Rose Baby Blanket

maRRose - CCC: Rose Baby BlanketThis blanket is made using the “Rose Granny Square”-tutorial.
maRRose - CCC: Rose Baby Blanket

Once you have crocheted the squares for your top, you could do what I did: make a removeable fleece back. I’ll explain how I did this a little further down in this post.

First we need to join the “Rose”-squares.
No matter how much I still like the look of the joins on the big “Rose Square Blanket“, in retrospect there’s only one conclusion: too time consuming.
maRRose - CCC: "Rose"-blanket

So I searched for a different type of join, a continuous one.
I tried the flat braided (continuous) join (tutorial here), but wanted a more substantial stitch, preferably a double crochet/treble stitch. Here’s what I did.
maRRose - CCC: Rose Baby Blanket

Just keep the continuous join as you go-technique in mind, adjust your stitches, follow the chart and you’ll zoomingly crochet your “Rose Granny Squares” together!

How to join your “Rose Granny Squares”
maRRose - CCC: Rose Baby Blanket
The “Rose Granny Square” has 14 stitches on each side. It’s best to start in a corner, right in the middle of the 4 corner stitches of the previous round (so 2 dc’s on each side when you insert your hook). Begin with 1 dc, 2 chains and one dc, first corner made.
After that you’ll continue with 1 dc, 1 dc (so, one dc in every stitch, making sure you don’t miss that first dc of the previous round – the stitch is kind of hiding right next to the last corner stitch), one chain – skipping one stitch of prev. round,  *1 dc, 1 dc, one chain – skip one stitch *, repeat from * to * 2 more times.
In total you should have 4 sets of 2dc/one ch on this side of the square. Now you’ll crochet 2 dc’s in the last two stitches of the previous round (stitches 13 and 14) and in between the 4 corner dc’s from the prev. round you’ll crochet 1 dc, 2chains, 1 dc (2nd corner made). Continue to crochet all around your square.
maRRose - CCC: Rose Granny Square - continuous joining     maRRose - CCC: Rose Granny Square - continuous joining     maRRose - CCC: Rose Granny Square - continuous joining
You’ll want to do this with every square, it really works very well using the continuous join as you go-technique!

Next up is the border: I always love this part of a crochet project! If you plan on attaching a removable fleece backing using buttons, button holes are needed, this being the more elegant option when compared to velcro……
Precisely where two squares joined, as well as in the corners, I crocheted a small opering (skipping 2 st from prev. round, chaining 2) – just big enough for the buttons to fit through.
maRRose - CCC: Rose Granny Square - the borderThe last round on this border in bright blue was quite the puzzle to get right, but after a couple of tries, this is how I liked it best.

The blue part of the border is crocheted like this:
Attach yarn, chain 5, yarn over, insert hook in 3rd chain from hook, pull up a loop – leaving yarn on hook. Yarn over, inserting hook in same chain, pulling up a loop 3 more times, leaving all loops on hook. Total loops: 9. Yarn over, pull yarn through all loops, chain two, sc in next space.

maRRose - CCC: The Rose Baby Blanket, blue border

After having the crochet blanket washed and blocked, I cut and seamed the fleece backing, sewed the buttons – all 32 – to the orange fleece and ta-dah!
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maRRose - CCC: Rose Baby BlanketmaRRose - CCC: Rose Baby BlanketmaRRose - CCC: Rose Baby BlanketI soooo love it when an idea works out just the way I’ve planned it in my head: very, very happy with this multi-season baby blanket!
maRRose - CCC: Rose Baby Blanket
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Love,
Marianne

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