Baby blanket “Justine”

maRRose - CCC --- Babyblanket Justine-14Right before I left for my fantastic yoga week in France (more here and here), I decided I needed a (second!) nice, quick little project to take along with me.
Finding some lovely leftover soft pink Alize Cotton Gold in my stash (with which I crocheted this “Summer Shawl”) the beautiful “Popcorn Blanket Pattern” by Haafner popped into my brain: baby blanket “Justine” was born.
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To be honest, I don’t think the Cotton Gold was the most perfect yarn to crochet this design with – but some blocking did the trick and took care of initial wobbliness.

This stash busting project allowed me to make six big squares (each measuring approx 30 cm x 30 cm – 11.8 x 11.8 inches), which resulted in a reasonably sized baby blanket of 90 x 60 cm – 35.4 x 23.6 inches).
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In my opinion the gorgeous pattern of the blanket did not need too much of a border, so I simply crocheted one round in crab stitch in a contrasting Cotton Gold that I was lucky to find in my stash as well.
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I’ve just listed this beauty in my Etsy shop and have to admit ….. I’m a bit in love ….

Marianne xx

Baby blanket “Gigi”

maRRose - CCC - Baby Blanket Gigi-02You might easily think this post is a bit too similar to this one, but I’m way too content with the newest addition to the “maRRose”-baby blanket department to not give it its own little moment of glory here on my blog ……
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maRRose - CCC - Baby Blanket Gigi-03Still in love with the “Dijon” stitch and the first blanket I crocheted with it, I very much wanted to make a more girly version.
So, for this one – the “Gigi Blanket” – the off-white, light grey and charcoal that I also used in the “Dijon Blanket” were mixed with light and …… neon pink.
And just for fun, I crocheted some of the blocks in a stripe pattern.
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Please don’t ask me why, but this blanket partucularly called for a much bolder border, which is why I added the big bobbles using the charcoal yarn – the inspiration coming from this Pinterest-image.
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maRRose - CCC - Baby Blanket Gigi-12The stats:
* size: 77 x 77 cm (30 5/16 x 30 5/16 inches)
* 6 x 6 blocks
* weight: 400 grams
* yarn: Hema & Zeeman Acrylics, hooksize 7
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Since there are no baby girls that I can gift this blanket to, I’ve listed it in my Etsy shop, hoping it will make a darling little girl (and her mom) happy!

Marianne xx

The “Dijon” Blanket

maRRose - CCC: The Mustard BlanketUsually I do not blog about a project until it’s ready. However, I’ve been asked so many questions about the baby blanket I’m making right now, that I thought it would be handy if I shared the details with you all nów, so you can have a go at this – I have to admit – very pretty pattern too!
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When I saw the grey and off-white yarn at “Zeeman” – a local discount store – I knew they would make a perfect combo with the “Hema”-charcoal and -mustard I already had. Yarn wise I was all set to start this baby blanket, but what stitch/pattern to pick?

A blanket in v-stitches is still high on my list, but since the grey and off-white yarns are slightly thicker than the other two, that did not work out.
Cruising the internet I found this youtube-tutorial, and liked the stitch/pattern right away. Although I have always had the impression that this qualifies as the moss stitch, I do not care about labels: I loved the youtube-“moss stitch” very much, and even more so after I had crocheted some squares using it.
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But ….. the yarns not having the exact same thickness, I did not like the look of the squares crocheted together – not even after having adjusted my stitch count. Maybe I’m too much of a perfectionist, but no, this was not going to work for me.

So I kept trying and frogging, until I had figured things out, the way they are now.
I honestly do not know why or what made me start the blanket as it is at the moment – just another try – but for some reason this I liked a lot.

Here’s how I went about it ( – US terms used – ):
You start any square, chaining 14+1 turning stitch, turn your work.
Crochet: 1 slip stitch in the second stitch from your hook, 1 half double crochet,
* 1 slst, 1 hdc; repeat from * to the end of your 14 chains.
Chain one (= turning chain), turn your work. On every slst made, you will now crochet a hdc, on every hdc, you’ll crochet a slst, basically working the second (and all other rows) in the exact same way. Just keep in mind to alternate these two stitches at the start of every row.
maRRose - CCC: The Mustard BlanketSlip stitches are only made behind the diagonal stitches from the previous row. Make sure to pick up both loops that are kind of hiding behind the diagonal loop. The half double crochet stitches are made in the two loops of the horizontal stitch from the previous row (sitting in between two diagonal ones).

Isn’t it great that the combination of these simple stitches gives such a fab pattern and structure? Added bonus is the fact that there is no “front” or “back” – both sides are equally pretty.

Ok, so you’ve made your first square – let’s continue!
maRRose - CCC: The Mustard BlanketIn the very first two loops/stitch of the chain of my first square, I attached the yarn for my new square with a slip stitch. I then crocheted 15 chains (14 + 1 turning st), turned my work and crocheted the pattern as described above (1 slst, 1 hdc, etc).
As soon as I had crocheted the 14 stitches of my first row, I slip stitched into the opening right beneath the first diagonal stitch of the already finished square. This is your turning chain, so no additional turning chain is being made.
maRRose - CCC: The Mustard BlanketmaRRose - CCC: The Mustard BlanketTurn your work. Continue the pattern, row 2. When you have almost crocheted row 3 (i.e. made your 13 slst/hdc’s), you must make sure you crochet your stitch 14 on/in the stitch that is actually the slip stitch of the previous round, the one with which you’ve connected your new square to the finished one. After that you’ll slip stitch again in the space right underneath the diagonal from row 4 of the already finished square, turn your work and continue.

I’ve tried to make squares that measure 10 x 10 cm, again adjusting my rows given the unevenness of my yarn, but as long as you make sure your chain-row has an amount of stitches that can be divided by 2 (not counting your turning chain), you can make your squares, blanket as small/big as you want.
Also, by adding squares as you go, you can play with colors and size while you crochet – another win, I think.maRRose - CCC: The Mustard Blanket

Happy crocheting!
Marianne xx

The “Rose” Baby Blanket

maRRose - CCC: Rose Baby BlanketWhen preparing the “Rose Granny Square”-tutorial a couple of months ago, I had to crochet several new squares myself and really enjoyed making them again.
A friend saw the new bright and happy squares and asked me to make a baby blanket for her little niece.
While discussing colors and size, she said she would like this blanket to have the same fleece backing, as the big one I had originally made with these granny squares.
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I liked that idea very much, but came to think that this would restrict people from using the blanket year round. It would obviously be way too warm in spring and summer, whereas the blanket consisting just of the cotton squares would be too cold in fall and winter …..
That’s when I decided I’d try to make the back of the blanket removeable!

However, I first had to come up with a way to join my new “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.
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So I needed to search for a different type of join, preferably a continuous one.
I tried the flat braided (continuous) join (tutorial here), but wanted a more substantial stitch, preferably a double crochet/treble stitch. The pattern of the square only giving me 14 stitches on each side, made it quite the puzzle to evenly divide the stitches, but I figured it out ….. eventually, and I’m very pleased with the result.
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If you want to give it a try too, here’s what I did.
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”
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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.
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You’ll want to do this with every square, it really works very well using the continuous join as you go-technique!

The next little challenge was the border: I always love this part of a crochet project! Since I planned on attaching a removable fleece backing using buttons, button holes were 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 Blanket maRRose - CCC: Rose Baby Blanket maRRose - 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!
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