Rainbow Spiral

Rainbow Spiral crochet baby blanket

 

Can you double crochet? (or TC if you are from the UK?)  I had a hunch you could!  Well, I have good news for you….

The Rainbow Spiral blanket is made up of only double crochet stitches, so you can make this bold and traditional log cabin inspired baby blanket with ease!  Still working on your double crochet technique?  Well, I think it will be safe to say that you will be a double crochet professional after completing this blanket.

Even though we are using an easy stitch, the traditional log cabin pattern adds a bit of whimsy to a precious baby blanket.  If you follow CoffeeandCrochetGoals, you know I am sucker for a log cabin pattern.  The Crochet Log Cabin Twist was first log cabin crochet blanket I made and now I am so excited to introduce a similar pattern: the easiest crochet baby blanket, The Rainbow Spiral!

Easiest Baby Blanket, the Rainbow Spiral

This is a free pattern, but please do not share this pattern as your own.  You may  make items to sell with this pattern.  In exchange, please link back to this post.  Do not use my photos as your own sales photos.  Please feel free to tag CoffeeandCrochetGoals to share your projects.

SIZE:

Finished blanket measures 30in x 30in, but this blanket can easily be made bigger – I will explain how further on.

SUPPLIES:

  • Size I (4.25mm) crochet hook
  • White, Red Heart Super Savor
  • Cherry Red, Red Heart Super Savor
  • Carrot, Red Heart Super Savor
  • Bright Yellow, Red Heart Super Savor
  • Spring Green, Red Heart Super Savor
  • Turqua, Red Heart Super Savor
  • Blue, Red Heart Super Savor
  • Navy Blue, Red Heart Super Savor
  • Aubergine, Red Heart Super Savor
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • DC- double crochet
  • CH – chain
  • SL ST – slip stitch

Easiest Baby Blanket, the Rainbow Spiral

GRANNY SQUARE

I promised you a blanket with only DC, so do not be scared off with the granny square, it is actually only comprised of double crochets and chains.  I promise you can handle it and if you need more help there are many video tutorials available on the web to help get you started.

ROUND 1: make a magic ring and CH3, counts as your first DC.  2DC into the magic ring.  CH2.  3DC into the magic ring.  CH2.  3DC into the magic ring.  CH2.  3DC into the magic ring.  CH2.  SL ST to the top of your beginning CH.

ROUND 2: SL ST into the next two stitches placing you into the corner CH2 space.  CH3, counts as your first DC.  2DC into the same corner space.  CH2 and 3DC into the same corner space.   DO NOT CHAIN.  *Place 3DC, CH2, 3DC into the following corner space.  Repeat from * two more times completing the square.  SL ST to the top of your beginning CH.

ROUND 3:  SL ST into the next two stitches placing you into the corner CH2 space.  CH3, counts as your first DC.  2DC into the same corner space.  CH2 and 3DC into the same corner space.  DO NOT CHAIN.  3DC into the gap between DC clusters.  *3DC, CH2, 3DC into the next corner space.  3DC into the space between clusters.  Repeat from * two more times completing the square.  SL ST to the top of your beginning CH.

For this baby sized blanket I stopped after three rounds on my base granny squares.  The next time I make this blanket I will make it bigger by continuing with this same simple granny square pattern for another round or two – and you can even add more rounds than that to make your blanket even bigger, do I see an adult size in your future?  NOTE: if you are adding more rounds to your base granny square, make sure to add two rows of double crochet for every one round increased to the following panels.

After completing the two base granny squares, with the white yarn and tapestry needle sew them together on one side only.

SPIRAL STRIPES

Now comes the fun part!  Attach the Aubergine (purple) yarn into one corner.  CH3, counts as your first DC, and 1 DC into every stitch across.  (our granny square with only three rounds will have 18 stitches across).  At the end of the row, your last stitch goes into the corner CH2 space of the granny square.  CH3, counts as your first DC, and your turn your work.  1DC into the every stitch across (18).  Continue back and forth until you have completed 6 rows of DC in Aubergine,.  If you have added rounds to your base granny square remember with every one round increased, add two rows of double crochet to each of the following panels.  EXAMPLE: if you have 4 rounds on your base granny square you will complete 8 rows of double crochet for every panel.

First panel

Looking good!  You have just completed the third panel in this project.  Continue building this log cabin pattern by switching colors as detailed in the diagram below.

Rainbow Spiral Block

FINISHING

Compared to many of my projects, this blanket doesn’t have that many loose ends to weave in, so you’re welcome!  As for the border…. I went back and forth for the longest time!  I am one that really likes a border, I feel like it gives that finished look to my projects.  However, this blanket doesn’t seem to want one.  Everything I tried took away from the Rainbow Spiral design and we can’t have that.  So I, for the first time ever, am encouraging you to not add a border to your blanket.

If you find that your blanket isn’t squaring up after you have completed your project (you may have added to many stitches along your sides), that is okay, that’s why we bock our projects.  Simply through it in the tub and rinse it with some warm water until it is damp.  Gently squeeze out the excess water and lay your blanket out to dry on a flat surface.  Make sure to pull our stitches from the center outward until you have a square blanket.

Rainbw Spiral Baby Blanket

I love learning new stitches and techniques, but there is something wonderful about creating a project with a simple stitch.  Even though this blanket can be considered easy and even simple, the finished design is bold with a modern twist to a traditional pattern. Whether you are just embarking on your crochet journey, or you are an old friend this blanket is for you!


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