If you have read my "20 things about me" post, you will know that I have an Etsy shop which was set up to give me the perfect excuse to make whatever I like without having to stress about who I am making it for.
This lovely little hobby shop also pushes me to try new things and helps me out of crochet slumps. Although I am totally addicted to crochet, I do occasionally struggle for ideas as to what to do next.
A couple of weeks ago I was going through one of these slumps when a message popped up from my store asking me to make a custom order.
The message was from an expectant Grandma who had fallen in love with a rainbow pixie hat but she couldn't find one for sale anywhere. Having trawled the internet she stumbled upon one of my creations and was wondering if I could tweak it in order to create something similar to the image that she had found.
Always up for a crochet challenge, of course I accepted.
It occurred to me as I costed up her pixie hat that, in order to create a rainbow I was going to have to buy seven balls of yarn. This was not going to be very cost effective. I decided to suggest that I create a blanket to match in order to use up some of the left over yarn.
She jumped at the chance so this is where my rainbow journey began.
I asked my customer to pick her favourite form the crochet baby blankets in my shop and this it the one she chose.
She had chosen my absolute favourite. I couldn't wait to get stuck in. Crochet slump Fixed!! 😀
Off I went to Truro Wool (my local yarn shop) in search of the perfect colours. After several minutes of squishing and sorting and with a second opinion from a very helpful and patient member of staff, here is what we came up with.
As the blanket is for a newborn baby girl we decided to go for a softer approach rather than opting for the traditional bright rainbow. I think it works really well.
Stylecraft have such a wonderful pallet of colours available I could have created so many different rainbows. It's a good job there was someone there to keep me focused on the task in hand. I opted for the double knit acrylic yarn so that both the blanket and the pixie hat can be machine washed and headed off home ready to hook up a storm!!
I'm going to leap ahead now.
For those of you who would like the pattern for the pixie hat, I promise that I will do it but this post is about the star blanket, so here we go.
I wasn't sure wether or not to share this pattern because it takes some steaming into place and the border was made up in a hurry as I went along so I shared it in a Facebook group that I follow (called "Crochet Friends with Creativity". Hi guys 🙂 ) to see what they thought and the resounding response was Yes, please share it.
So here it is...
Rainbow Star Baby Blanket - Free pattern.
Hook size, 4mm, US G
Yarn, Stylecraft Double Knit.
One ball of each.
Stitches and Abbreviations.
Ch - Chain stitch
Dc - Double crochet (US Single crochet)
Tr - Treble crochet (US double crochet)
Ss - Slip stitch
Ch Sp - Chain space
Because this star curves rather than inverting in defined points it will appear rippled when you are making it. It will look like you have too many stitches but, as you can see form the pictures it will block out into the correct shape. (My advice to its new owner will be to reshape it whilst it is damp.) The more consistent you are with your tension the easier it will be to shape.
Star Blanket. Granny star body.
Using pomegranate yarn Ch6, join with a slip stitch.
Ch3, 17 Tr into the foundation loop. Ss into the 3rd ch to form a circle.
Ch1 1dc at the base of the ch1, ch5, miss 2tr, *dc into the next tr, ch5, miss 2 tr* repeat from * to * 5 times. Ss into the first ch st to join round.
Ch3 (counts as tr throughout), tr3 ch3 tr3 into each of the next 5 chain spaces, tr3 ch3 tr2 into the last space, join with a slip stitch into the 3rd ch of the ch3 to complete the round.
Ss into the space between the ch3 and tr of the last round, ch3 tr2 into the same space, tr3 ch3 tr3 in the next ch3 space, skip the next 3 tc's, tr3 into the space between the two sets of tr's. (As shown in the image below.)
*Tr3 in the space between the next groups of trs, tr3 ch3 tr3 in the next ch3 sp* repeat from * to * until the round is complete, join with a ss into the top of the starting ch3.
Ch3, tr3 in to the next space between trs, tr3 ch3 tr3 in the ch3 sp. continue with 3trs into the spaces and tr3 ch3 tr3 in the ch3 spaces until you reach the final space, 2tr into the space and ss into the top of the starting ch3 to join.
Ss into the next space between the tr3 groups. Ch3 tr2 into the same space. Continue with 3tr into each between tr space and tr3 ch3 tr3 into each ch3 sp. Join the round with a ss into the top of the starting ch3.
The rest of the main star pattern is created by repeating rows 5 and 6.
To recreate my exact star pattern do;
The foundation loop and 6 rows of Pomegranate
3 rows of Shrimp
4 rows of Saffron
3 rows of Aspen
4 rows of Sherbet
3 rows of Lavender
and 4 rows of Violet.
So there you have it, that's the basic pattern for my crochet rainbow star blanket.
I hope that you are still with me and that it has made sense so far.
Here comes the border...
I puzzled my boarder out as I went along. I didn't photograph it because it was in a hurry to get it to my customer in time for her trip to her daughters house so there aren't any tutorial photos (at some point I hope to make another blanket to rectify this) but I am more than happy to tell you what I did and hopefully it will work for you.
I started again using the pomegranate yarn and worked my way through the rainbow, in order, with a different colour for each row.
Attach your yarn in to a tr from the previous round, ch2, dc, dc, 2dc into the trs of the precious round, 6dc into each corner. Join with a ss into the top of the starting ch. Change colour.
Ch 2, *dc in to every stitch until you reach the corner, dc2, dc, dc2, dc, dc2 around the corner then continue with a dc into every stitch until you reach the next corner*. Repeat from * to * until the round is complete. Join with a ss and change colour.
Ch 2, dc in every stitch along the edge of your star. When you reach the corner 2dc, dc, dc, dc 3 times then continue along the next edge with a dc into every stitch. Join the round with a ss and change colours.
Ch 2, dc in esch stitch until you reach beginning of the corner. 2dc, dc, dc, dc 3 times then dc until the next corner. repeat until the round is complete. Ss to join, change colour.
At this point the edging of my star started to ripple slightly so, in order to stop this problem i didn't add any stitches to this round. If you have the same problem as me then dc into each stitch and join with a slip stitch at the end of your round.
If you don't have any rippling, dc into each stitch until the corner, 2dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, 3 times then continue in the same manner until the end of your round.
If your border is folding over on itself, you will need to add a few more stitches so that it lies flat. Play around with it. Don't be afraid to rip it back, adding and taking away stitches until you are happy that it is right.
Ch 2, dc into every stitch from the previous round until you reach the corner. Dc, dc2, dc, dc2 dc, dc2 into the central 6 stitches of the corner. Continue to doing a dc into each stitch until you reach the central 6 stitches of the next corner and repeat. Join with a ss into the starting ch, change colours.
Ch 2, dc into each stitch from the previous round. Join with a ss into the beginning chain. fasten off
Weave in ends.
Now It's Time To Block.
If your blanket looks anything like mine did then it will need some serious blocking to get it into shape.
When I block my work I use children's foam play mats to pin it out on and an iron to steam (whatever you do, don't touch the iron to the yarn, you'll squish your lovely stitches, I learned that the hard way). Different people have different techniques but getting down on my hands and knees with a pot of pins and a steaming hot iron seams to work for me. Pin your blanket into place and give it a good blast. Leave it to dry and there you have it. All done.
There was a lot of pinning, repining, smoothing and adjusting involved but it was worth every minute. I hope you agree. 😀
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Cheers for now