This is a baby blanket I designed and crocheted for my 6 month old neice as a Christmas present.
This baby blanket is crocheted in the round from the center. The clusters keep it interesting, but the simple design and construction make it easy to get lost in your favorite tv show. I personally think this would make an excellent gift for either a boy or a girl. It would also make a great lapghan.
Caron Simply Soft Brites (6oz/315yds/288m, 100% acrylic) - 3 skeins in Rose Violet (9611)
US size G hook (4.25 mm)
17 dc X 9 rows = 4" X 4"
30" X 30"
beg cl (beginning cluster): ch3, (yo, insert hook in sp and pul up a loop, yo and drw thru 2 loops on hook) twice, yo and draw thru all 3 loops on hook.
cl (cluster): (yo, insert hook in sp and pull up a loop, yo and draw thru 2 loops on hook) 3 times, yo and draw thru all 4 loops on hook.
Ch 8, sl st to form ring.
R1: beg cl, ch5, cl, ch2. *cl, ch5, cl, ch2* 3 times. sl st in beg cl. (total: 8 clusters)
R2: sl st in next sp. (beg cl, ch3, cl) all in same sp, ch2, 3dc in next sp, ch2. *(cl, ch3, cl) all in next sp, ch2, 3 dc in next sp, ch2* around. sl st in beg cl. (total: 8 clusters, 3 dc each edge)
R3: sl st in next sp. (beg cl, ch3, cl) all in same sp, ch2, 2 dc in next sp, dc in each dc across, 2dc in next sp, ch2, *(cl, ch3, cl) all in next sp, 2 dc in next sp, ch2* around. sl st in beg cl. (total: 8 clusters, 7 dc each edge)
Continue increasing by 16 dc each round in the above way (round 3) for a grand total of 31 rounds. Round 31 will have 8 clusters and 119 dc each edge.
R32: sl st in next sp, (beg cl, ch3, cl) all in same sp, ch2, cl in next sp, (ch2, skip 2 dc, cl in next dc) to next ch-2 sp, *ch2, cl in next sp, ch2, (cl, ch3, cl) all in next sp. ch2, cl in next sp. (ch2, skip 2 dc, cl in next dc) repeat to last 2 dc. ch2, skip next 2dc.* repeat around. cluster in last sp, sl st to beg cl. (total: 172 clusters)
R33: ch1, sc in same st. *5sc in next sp, (sc in cl, 2sc in next sp) rep to next ch-3 sp, sc in cl* repeat around. sl st in first sc.
Break yarn and weave in all ends.
To make the blanket larger:
In order to make the blanket larger you'll add more rounds before round 32. In order to do this you will have to count the number of dc on one edge, add 1, and divide that solution by 3. If the solution is a whole number, you can proceed with round 32. If not, you will have to add other rounds or remove them until you get a whole number.
To save all the hassle of counting and/or frogging, I've come up with a formula to make it a bit simpler (I use the word 'simply' loosely here. lol. But it's really not that bad):
First: 3 + (4 * a) = b, where a = the total # of rows minus 2. Just plug that number into the formula to get b.
Second: (b + 1)/3 = c. Again, if c is a whole number, you will go on to round 32. If not, just plug in another number for a and continue with the formula. This way you can decide if you want a smaller or larger blanket without a lot of guess work and unnecessary crocheting/frogging.
I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I did (and hopefully as much as my neice will)! If anyone has any problems with the pattern just let me know. Thanks for looking!