I am so excited to share my first post with you. This corner to corner crochet #naps baby blanket will be a hit at all the baby showers, you may even have to enlarge it for a matching mommy afghan, because who doesn’t love #naps. I was inspired by a graphgan I saw on @repeatcrafterme, but I had to try this in my favorite obsession C2C. This project took me about two weeks to put together and to convince myself that I am ready to start a crochet blog. I cannot wait to wrap up this blanket in a pink bow, now that I have taken a million photos of it and its progress, and send it off to the baby girl waiting for it.
Let me back up a bit; corner to corner crochet is the method of creating tiles from, well you guessed it, the corner instead of moving in rows or rounds. Once you have mastered this simple technique you will be able to create any image into a crocheted afghan (I can see family portraits in my ambitious future). I have not created a post to show you the basics for the C2C method YET, but I am wrapping up a simple dinosaur silhouette blanket that would be perfect for doing just that. Until then, there are many skilled crocheters on the internet that can help get you started. I think Mikey with the crochet crown does a great beginner tutorial available here.
Although, the C2C method can be mastered by the beginner crocheter this particular graph contains many quick color changes. Just go slow, use some tools to avoid tangles, and be prepared for all those ends to weave in when you are finished. It will be worth it when you get to cuddle up in it for all those #naps.
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Finished baby blanket with large shell border: 40in x 40in
- Yarn: Caron 1 Pound Yarns. 100% Acrylic. Weight: 4.
- Color 1: Grey 1 skein
- Color 2: White (1/2 skein)
- Size I [5.25mm] crochet hook
- C2C #naps graph or word chart
- Tapestry needle
5 x 5 tiles = 4inches x 4inches
Abbreviations (US Terms):
- SC – single crochet
- DC – double crochet
- SK – skip
- CH – chain
- SL ST – slip stitch
- Granny Stitch – 3 DC into the same space
For the word chart
- G – Grey (main color)
- W – White (second color)
PDF File: #Naps
For those of you who do not like graph paper.
PDF File: WordChart#Naps
LARGE SHELL BORDER
Round 1: With color 2 attach your yarn to your hook with a SL ST. SC into any of the tiles (C2C squares) around the outside of your blanket. CH 2, SC into the next space between tiles. *SC, CH 2, SC all around the blanket. In each corner tile: SC in the last gap, CH 2, SC into the corner stitch (the four points of your blanket), CH3, and SC into the same corner stitch, CH 2, SC into the gap between tiles. SL ST into the first SC of the round.
Round 2: Granny Stitch (3DC) into every CH 2 space all around the blanket.
Round 3: I like to make sure that a scallop lands on the corner of my blanket, I started with a scallop on the second granny stitch from the corner. You can simply SL ST to the top of the DC you would like to start in. Do not CH 1 to start this round. From your last SL ST: *SK 2 and 5 DC into the next stitch, SK 2 and SL ST into the next stitch. Repeat around the blanket. (Your 5 DC should land in the V between Granny Stitches). In the corner I worked 10 DC instead of the normal 5 to turn the corner.
Now it is time to weave in all those pesky ends. Easily my least favorite part of any project, but it must be done! This particular project has quite a few, but you know #naps are coming soon for its recipient … or maybe for you!