Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket

This Free Crochet Pattern is an adorable baby blanket that is bright and cheery… It can be made using one or more colors to get the effect you desire.  Great texture front and back too!

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket 1

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket 2

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket

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Materials:

Worsted Weight Yarn ~ 1200-1800 yards. This afghan looks more amazing using 3-5 colors of yarn.  In the photo shown I used Lion Brand Pound of Love Yarn in Bubble Gum, Turquoise, Honey Yellow and Lavender.

Hook ~ I

Yarn needle and scissors

 

Stitches:

Sl St – Slip Stitch     Sc – Single Crochet     Dc – Double Crochet     Sk St – Skip Stitch     Hdc – Half Double Crochet     Trc – Triple Crochet

FPTrc – Front Post Triple Crochet~ Yarn over 2 times, insert hook around designated post starting in the front, go around the back of the stitch and around to the front of the other side of the stitch, draw up a loop. Pull through 2 loops x3.

 

Tips:

To get the best effect from this simple stitching, you will change color every 2 rows.

 

Instructions:

Using your first color, Ch 92

Row 1:   Turn, Sc in 2nd chain from hook and each across. = 91 Sc

Row 2:   Turn, Ch 3(counts as Dc now and throughout), Dc in each stitch across. = 91 Dc

Change to next color. You can carry your colors up the sides of the rows or finish them off and join as needed and weave the ends in later.

Row 3:   Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st Dc, *FPTrc in next stitch 2 rows below(Around the Sc of Row 1 directly below, See photo tutorial), Sk St(Your FPTrc is taking up this stitch below so you need to skip this stitch to avoid extra stitches, See photo tutorial), Sc in next stitch(In top of row 3)*. Repeat * * across to end. =46 Sc & 45 Dc – Total 91 stitches

 

FPTcr Rainbow Dash 1

FPTrc Rainbow Dash 2

FPTrc Rainbow Dash 3

Row 4:   Turn, Ch 3, Dc across. = 91 Dc

Change To Next Color

Row 5:   Turn, Ch 1 Sc in 1st St, * FPTrc around Previous Rows FPTrc (See Photo Tutorial), Sk St, Sc in next St*, Repeat * * across. = 91 Stitches

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Row 6:   Turn, Ch 3, Dc across. = 91 Dc

Change to next color

Rows 7-82: Repeat rows 5 & 6 ~   76 more times alternating colors as desired.

 

Edging:

Using all one color for the edging, continue using the yarn from row 82 or join new color in top right corner of blanket.

Row 1:  Turn,  Ch 1, Sc in 1st st and in next 89 stitches to the 1st corner, 3 Sc in corner.  Working along the side edges of the rows, evenly space 123 sc’s to the next corner(this is approx 3 sc in each 2 row color segment). 3 Sc in next corner stitch. Sc 89 stitches across the bottom , 3 Sc in next corner. Working along the 2nd side of the blanket rows,  Sc 123 evenly spaced to the next corner, 2 Sc in same space as beginning Sc (this equals 3 Sc in this corner). Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. =  436 Sc

Row 2:   Turn, Ch 1 Sc in same St, 3 Sc in next st (this should be the corner stitch of the previous row), Sc in the next 125 stitches to the next corner. 3 Sc in corner stitch. Sc 91 Sts across, 3 Sc in next corner stitch. Sc in the next 125 stitches, 3 Sc in the next corner stitch. 90 Sc across. Join to the beginning Sc. =444 Sc

Row 3:  Turn.  Ch 2(Counts as Hdc now and throughout), Hdc in next 92 sts, 3 Hdc in corner, Hdc in next 127 stitches, 3 Hdc in next corner. Hdc in next 93 stitches, 3 Hdc in next corner. Hdc in next 127 stitches, 3 Hdc in corner. Join to the top of the beginning Ch 2. = 452 Hdc

Row 4:   Do not turn… Sl St in next St,  Ch 4(Counts as Trc now and throughout), 2  Trc in same space (1/2 Shell made). Sk 2,* Sc in next St, Sk 2 , 5 Trc in next St (Shell)* Repeat 14 more times. Sk 2, Sc in corner. Sk 1 , 5 Trc in next St,* Sk 2 Sts, Sc, Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St* Repeat * *20 more times, Sk 1 Sc in corner. Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St,* Sk 2, Sc in next St, Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St*, Repeat * *  14 more times, Sk 2, Sc in corner.  Sk 1, 5 Trc in next St, *Sk 2, Sc in next St, Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St* Repeat * * 20 more times, Sk 1, Sc in last corner, 2 more Trc in same stitch as beginning 1/2 shell. Join to the top of Ch 4. = 76 Shells

Row 5:   Do not Turn, Ch 1, *2Sc in each Trc, and 1 Sl St in each Sc*, Repeat * * Around. Join With Sl St to beginning, Finish off

 

Rainbow Dash Blanket

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post these patterns and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

Happy Crocheting!!!

Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Tuesday Tidbit… Crochet Storage!

How to stay organized when working on a multi-colored afghan…  I place all my yarn in a shallow plastic tote, along with my scissors, hook and other needed amenities… As I make the squares for a Granny Afghan, I also keep them lined up in the tote…This method helps keep the yarn tidy, clean and easy access when I want to pull out my project!  No more looking for my silly hook… And the bonus is… If I put it away for a long period of time… Everything is there when I am ready to crochet and no questioning what hook I was using!

Happy Hooking!!

Elenastorage

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Throw Back Thursday Crochet….

Like many of you know,,, My Grandmother Beatrice Ryan Ramshaw was the one who taught me to crochet 40 years ago…  I thought it would be fun to show you one of her blast from the past Afghans…  She was such an avid crocheter… Mastering both yarn and thread techniques!!!  I often wonder  what it was like to crochet for her… She was born around the turn of the century… and lived until 1997…  The materials she must have learned with would have been hard to come by… She lived in a remote area of Northern Canada until the 40′s… But even when she moved to the United States and settled in Northern California,,, I think yarn and patterns would have been so much different from what we have now!!

This week the Afghan I am sharing was made for my favorite Great Aunt Velma… Velma was her sister-in-law, who also came to the United States in the 40′s… They were great friend too!!  I was blessed enough to inherit this afghan after Velma passed away about a decade ago…  I was amazed how well this beauty held up over the years…  My best guess is that Beatrice made it in the 70′s.  Amazingly this is one of the softest Afghans I have… I was a little surprised,  many of the acrylic yarns during that time were pretty scratchy and rough!  It definitely is a treasure!

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This Great Afghan appears to be completely done in single crochet, with every other row done in back loop only… It looks to be a dk weight and a larger hook like maybe a N size…  Gotta love it… And to top it off… it measures a staggering 9+ feet long and 4+ feet wide…  I think she made it so it would nicely drape over both ends of Velma’s queen size bed…

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Well, there you have a Throw Back Thursday Crochet treat!!!  What about you… Do you have any Throw Back Treasures??

..Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

 

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Wednesday Facebook Fan Favorite… Week 21

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As the Arctic Vortex whips through the United States and freezes a large part of our country, many of us are crocheting to pass the time while we are trying to stay warm…What a way to start the new year!!!!  Today’s Facebook Fan Favorite it the first one for the year and it will keep you cozy in this chilly weather!  This design is from one of my favorite designers,,, Bonita Patterns… She is famous for her Crocodile Stitch projects and I have made several of her patterns!  This is a free one from her and well worth checking out!!!  So here it is… Our first Fan Favorite for the year… Reversible Textured Slouch & Crocodile Stitch DOUBLE LAYERED Flower by Bonita PatternsClick here for the Free Crochet Pattern.

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Don’t you love this hat?? I do and the flower is made from her signature Crocodile Stitch Pattern!!!  This will definitely be on my to-do a list for this year!!.

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On another note…. Are you ready for our Crochet-A-Long??? If you missed my last post containing the Material List… You can Click Here to see it… And at any time you can click on the Crochet-A-Long tab at the top of the page to see all the posts for this upcoming project… Each Saturday starting January 18th I will begin to post a pattern section for a weeks worth of crochet…  And every Friday Evening we will have a “Show and Tell” on my Facebook page where you can post your comments and progress pictures!!! And,,, Hang out on Ravelry too… We have a large group of you who have joined  over there… It will be another great place to hang out and crochet!!  I am beyond excited!! I have written and crocheted the first weeks section and will be taking the pictures this weekend…

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I think you are going to love it… It is a combination of all my favorite stitches and pattern pieces… Contemporary yet modern!!!  So get your yarn and hook… come hang out with me and crochet!!!

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Happy Crocheting… Elena

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1
Tuesday Tidbits…

Tuesday Tidbits…

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A quick tip… When you yarn seems to be dragging on your hook, it can really slow you down… And also cause hand fatigue!  Sometimes it is the yarn you are using and sometimes it is the hook…  A quick and simple tip: Take a small amount of household furniture polish and a soft cloth,,, Place a very small amount of polish on your cloth and polish the shank of your hook (the hook area).  Make sure to work the crevice and the tip thoroughly, and wipe all excess polish away. This method can be used on metal, plastic or wooden hooks.  A smooth hook makes for speedy crocheting!

Happy Hooking, Elena

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1
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