The Easy Baby Bobble Blanket Pattern is a perfect project for a beginner who would like to start with a quick and easy baby project.
This quick and easy crochet Baby Bobble Blanket uses only HDC for the blanket itself which gives perfect weight and texture to the blanket for maximum warmth and comfort.
The HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (HDC) stitch one of the easiest stitches to master and is a very common stitch in crochet.
The half double crochet (abbreviated hdc) is kind of an oddball stitch. The half double crochet falls in between a single crochet and a double crochet in height, but instead of working off two loops at a time, you draw the yarn through three loops on the hook. It produces a firm, closed fabric like one made with a single crochet stitch, but just slightly heavier in texture.
Mastering the HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (HDC) Stitch:
- Once you’ve done your foundation chain, add another 2 stitches to the chain.
- Yarn over and insert the hook into the 3rd stitch from the last loop.
- Yarn over the hook and gently pull the wrapped hook through the center of the chain stitch, carrying the wrapped yarn through the stitch.
- You should have 3 loops on your hook.
- Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through all 3 loops on your hook. See the image for a demonstration.
- Begin in the next chain of the foundation chain. This step completes a full row of half double crochet stitches
- Work 1 half double crochet stitch in each successive chain across the foundation chain. You have [the number of stitches on your foundation chain + 1] half double crochet stitches at the end of Row 1 (counting the turning chain as 1 half double crochet stitch).
- Turn your work. You need to turn your work to start Row 2.
- Chain 2 (ch 2) and yarn over the hook (yo). The two stitches are for the turning chain.
- Skipping the first stitch of the row directly below the turning chain, insert your hook in the next stitch. Skipping the first stitch maintains a consistent number of stitches per row.
- Repeat the preceding steps in each of the next half double crochet (hdc) stitches. Follow the steps from pulling the wrapped hook through the centre of the chain stitch to drawing yarn through all 3 loops.
- Work 1 half double crochet in the top chain of the previous row’s turning chain. You should have [the number of stitches on your foundation chain + 1] half double crochet stitches in Row 2 (counting the turning chain as 1 half double crochet).
Mastering the Bobble Border Stitch:
This border requires an even number of stitches around your blanket. If you have an odd number, simply increase or decrease 1 stitch on the first round. Or if you are like me just fudge it at the end of a side (it’s only 1 stitch).
Attach your yarn anywhere on you blanket with a sc and chain 1.
*Yarn over, insert into the space below the chain, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 (two loops left on hook) Repeat from * four more times until there are 6 loops on your hook, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
In the following chain spaces, sc 3. In the 4th sc and then chain 1*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the corner. Do a bobble stitch in the corner space and repeat the pattern again along the next side.
This Easy Baby Bobble Blanket Pattern can be made with any yarn you choose, but we made ours in MOYA® Variegated Harmony (Ice Cream) which is SUPER-SOFT, and the hand-dyed cotton is both great for babies and a lot of fun. This is a South African yarn and if not available locally, you can substitute any DK / Light Worsted (3) Weight yarn to get the same size.
Easy Baby Bobble Blanket Pattern – GAUGE
15 stitches x 14 rows = 10cm (4in)
7 balls/skeins (135m/120yds x 7 = 945m/850yds) Moya Variegated Harmony in “Ice Cream”. This yarn in DK / Light Worsted weight. You can substitute any yarn you prefer, just use the recommended corresponding hook for your selected yarn. We recommend COMFY COTTON BLEND.
I used a 4mm / Size G-6 hook as my tension is quite loose, go up a hook size if you have tighter tension.
Finished size approximately 75cm x 80cm (30in x 32in), but you can always customize and do your own size.
Remember that you should always have an even number of stitches on your chain to keep an even edge
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends or use a magic knot when changing colour to avoid “fringes”.
Easy Baby Bobble Blanket Pattern – PATTERN
Chain 150 in your main shade (this is just a suggested number, if it is too long for your taste, just work any EVEN number you wish so estimate the length. If you are doing vertical stripes, then do a long chain).
ROW 1: HDC in the 3rd chain from the hook, *HDC in the next CH* repeat to the end of the row. (The last stitch should be a SC in the last chain.) CH 2 and turn.
ROW 2: Repeat as Row 1. CH 2 and turn.
Weave in all ends before you start the border or use the magic knot if you’re like me and hate weaving.
For the border, pull up a loop in CS in any side stitch and work the bobble pattern. For the sides, use every row as a chain space to keep your sides even.
Slip stitch to join and then weave in all ends.
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