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laurah4200
« on: October 06, 2007 09:51:08 PM »

I worked up this little number for a lady who works at the local
grocery store. (I live in a tiny town, so it's not that random, right?)
Her little boy just turned one, so of course I jumped. A reason to
make a baby blanket, yea!

I've had this Bernat Sweet Stripes for ages and it frankly was the
softest yarn I could muster from my stash in the largest amount. It is
hard to rip out if you make a mistake (of which I made many) and
also splits a lot. But it is a nice soft, cheap acrylic, so I can't
complain.





Chromium Star Blanket Pattern

While this star shaped afghan sports the usual gaps parallel crochet
stitches form, a modified hdc2tog and an adjacent dc stitch fill in the
cracks normally made by chains on an increase and skipped stitches
on a decrease. The mhdc2tog and adc stitches may seem
unconventional at first, but you might find after a few pattern
repeats you will no longer need to reference the pattern.

Materials
Bernat Baby Coordinates Sweet Stripes
5.3oz/150g/404yd
2 skeins in Splash Stripes

Size F/5 (3.75mm) crochet hook
or size needed to obtain gauge
Blunt end yarn needle

Skill Level

Gauge
15dc and 8 rows = 4

Finished Size
33 across from valley to point
21 from center to point

Special Stitches
Adjacent double crochet (adc)- yo, in previous st just made insert
hook in bottom left front prong, yo and pl through prong, [yo and pl
through 2 loops] twice.

Modified half double crochet two together (mhdc2tog)- yo, insert
hook in next st, yo and pl through lp, sk 1 st, insert hook in next st,
yo and pl through lp (4 lps on hook), yo and pl through all lps.

To make hole-less starting rounds, use the magic loop technique.

Ch 2
Rnd 1: in second ch from hook *sc, ch 1, rep from *4 times
more, join rnd with sl st to sc.

Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1*sc in ch-1 st, ch 1, sc in sc,
ch 1, rep from * 4 times more, end sc in ch-1 st, ch 1, join rnd with a
sl st to sc. (10 sc)

Rnd 3: ch 1, *sk ch-1, (2 dc, adc, 2 dc) in next sc, sk ch-1, sl
st in next sc, rep from *4 times more, join rnd with a sl st to ch-1.

Rnd 4: [sl st in next dc] 2 times, ch 3, *(3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in
adc, dc in next st, mhdc2tog, dc in next st, rep from * 3 times more,
end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next st, mhdc2tog, join rnd with a
sl st to top of ch-3. (50 sts)

Rnd 5: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, *(3 dc, adc, 3
dc) in adc, dc in next 3 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 3 sts, rep from *3
times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 3 sts, mhdc2tog,
join with a sl st to top of ch-3. (70 sts)

Rnd 6
: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, *(3dc, adc, 3 dc)
in adc, dc in next 5 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 5 sts, rep from *3
times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 5 sts, mhdc2tog,
join with a sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 7: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 6 sts, *(2dc, adc, 2
dc) in adc, dc in next 7 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 7 sts, rep from *3
times more, end (2 dc, adc, 2 dc) in adc, dc in next 7 sts, mhdc2tog,
join with a sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 8: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, *(3dc, adc, 3
dc) in adc, dc in next 8 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 8 sts, rep from *3
times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 8 sts, mhdc2tog,
join with a sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 9: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 9 sts, *(3dc, adc, 3
dc) in adc, dc in next 10 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 10 sts, rep from
*3 times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 10 sts,
mhdc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 10: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 11 sts, *(3dc, adc, 3
dc) in adc, dc in next 12 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 12 sts, rep from
*3 times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 12 sts,
mhdc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 11: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 13 sts, *(2dc, adc, 2
dc) in adc, dc in next 14 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 14 sts, rep from
*3 times more, end (2 dc, adc, 2 dc) in adc, dc in next 14 sts,
mhdc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-3.

Rep rnds 8-11 four times more, ending on row 27, continuing to (3 dc,
adc, 3 dc) in every tip for three rows and (2 dc, adc, 2 dc) in the
next row, only changing the number of dcs between shells and
mhdc2togs.


Border

Special Stitches
These stitches mimic the special stitches used in the body of the
blanket, using the same technique and resulting in a slightly shorter
stitch.

Adjacent half double crochet (ahdc)- yo, in previous st just
made insert hook in bottom left front prong, yo and pl through prong,
yo and pl through all lps on hook.

Modified single crochet two together (msc2tog)- insert hook in
next st, yo and pl through lp, sk 1 st, insert hook in next st, yo and pl
through lp (3 lps on hook), yo and pl through all lps.

Rnd 1: sl st in next dc, ch 2, hdc in next 42 sts, *(3 hdc,
ahdc, 3 hdc) in adc, hdc in next 43 sts, msc2tog, dc in next 43 sts,
rep from *3 times more, end (3 hdc, adc, 3 hdc) in adc, hdc in next
43 sts, msc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-2.

*Thats Cool* a random fact

Stainless steel is not completely rust-proof, but because of a hearty
helping of chromium, it oxidizes less than its counterpart.

2007  Laura Lynn Hanks
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2007 10:15:58 PM »

That is gorgeous! How many skeins did it take?
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2007 10:22:15 PM »

Beautiful!!!  Thanks for the pattern.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2007 10:24:01 PM »

Oops!  The skein quantity must have been accidentally deleted whole I was inserting images. 
The whole blanket takes 2 skeins in Splash Stripes.  Thanks for noticing!
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2007 11:01:56 PM »

No prob. Love your avatar, btw. And thanks for sharing the pattern!

I had such a lightbulb-over-the-head moment just now. Here I was sitting with my Prince Charming of a kitty, Clippey, and looking at this post again and that's when it hit me! Make my kitties a star blanket!! Duh! Why didn't I think of it before??? They're always getting hair on the couch and as soon as I stand up from crocheting, the little devils are on my WIP. I have this one solitary skein of bright green yarn that I've been trying to find something to with for a while now and it will work well. It's kind of scratchy, which ironically, they seem to love about other projects I've used the yarn for. It won't be nearly as soft or interesting looking as your blanket, but they're cats, so it doesn't matter.  Grin Thanks again for the  pattern!
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2007 11:31:12 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2007 11:57:07 PM »

laurah4200> I don't crochet yet, but I have to say that I love that blanket.............and it looks fabulous! You did a wonderful job!

eatyerhartout> can't wait to see the kitty blanket in action!
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2007 02:51:00 AM »

That is the coolest baby blanket I think I've ever seen...and I don't even think I'm exaggerating.
If I had a baby, I would want him/her to have it.
That baby is going to grow up and say "I had the coolest baby blanket ever!"
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2007 06:21:27 AM »

Thank you for the free pattern!! I've never made one of these....yet!!!
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2007 06:43:00 AM »

When I first saw this, I said, "I love it but there is now way I am making that many color changes!"

...and then I read the pattern and saw what you used for yarn Wink

So now I could actually make one! Thanks for sharing the pattern!
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2007 09:47:26 AM »

I love how the self striping yarn makes the star look!! and no its not weird that you're making a baby blanket for a lady at the grocery store, as long as its not weird i'm making booties and a hat for my car insurance lady's grandbaby
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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2007 10:53:40 AM »

That is awesome!  I am so making this as my next baby blanket gift.  Thanks for the pattern!
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2007 04:05:28 PM »

this is the kind of thing that makes me upset that no one i know ever gets pregnant. even thought i'm happy about that on other times  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2008 05:17:02 AM »

This is awesome!
I'm actually making a gift for my bf's cousin's gf, who is pregnant, and have been using the Bernat Sweet Stripes in Candy Stripes for a cardigan and toque. I wanted to make a blanket for her as well, and I cam on Craftster to look for a star pattern to try my hand at (I've always loved the blanket, but been to afraid to try it)
How coincidental that I find yours Smiley

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I love the way you did the stripes! It makes it unique.
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« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2008 12:29:48 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2008 08:28:55 PM »

i want this blanket for ME haha

i really really love the colors you used!
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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2008 11:59:15 PM »

WOW, I like the star and the yarn.  I am a huge fan of multi color yarn, thanks so much for the pattern
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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2008 02:50:00 AM »

cant wait to try this!   thank you for the pattern.
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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2008 04:17:09 AM »

That's pretty. My friends are moving house, so I think I'll try to make this a bit bigger and in non-baby colours.
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« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2008 06:19:32 PM »

thanks again for this great pattern.
I was still a bit unsure when starting out, but you've really made this easy to follow Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2008 05:21:40 PM »

wow, those look so terrific! i started a couple with that other pattern and mishymishy's picture tute (because i don't read) but i'll have to try and figure this pattern out, i love that there are no spaces!
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« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2008 10:12:29 AM »

Huh.. I've done something wrong.

I have 4 points and a huge bubble in the middle.

*sigh* I guess I rip back again.

Edit: Good lord....I apparently can't read! I messed up on round 1! Roll Eyes
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i really dont have room for a mother blanket but i couldnt resist i started last night and im determined to use up as much of my stash as possiable.

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« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2008 08:34:45 AM »

WOW! I have a friend who runs our local SNB (btw, anyone in Auburn, AL here should joins us! It's usually just she and I. We need the company!! ).  Anyway, she's making this blanket for her not-born-yet daughter! I don't know where she got the pattern but she likes the fact that it doesn't have the holes at the seams.
The yarn she's using is soo cool -alpaca I think. The colors aren't your normal baby colors...but it is so beautiful!
I'll have to get her to post a pic or maybe I'll take a pic and post with her permission later on!
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Had to try this out for my niece who will be born in March I think. Mine came out a little bit smaller though. Not really sure how big babies are though.  Undecided
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« Reply #27 on: January 04, 2009 06:13:48 AM »

This baby blanket is beautiful!!! I'm thinking about making one in a larger scale. It could be an awesome full-sized blanket!  And I love the colors!!!  Cheesy
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