This week’s Crochet Club tutorial is all about keeping our tiny tots warm and toasty. This Star baby blanket is the perfect size to throw over the top of a baby car seat or pushchair, but could be made slightly bigger for a cot or crib.
The blanket is worked in simple Double Crochet (US Single Crochet) and the stars are hooked up separately and stitched on to the finished blanket, making this a beautiful and totally unique handmade accessory!
The finished blanket measures approximately 62cm x 52cm.
To make the blanket
Starting in the second chain from the hook work a row of DC, 90 sts
At the end of the row chain 1 and turn. Keep working rows of DC until your work measures approximately 60cm, finishing on a RS row.
Remember to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.
Do not finish off at the end of your final row.
Round 1: Switch to using a 3.5mm hook and work a round of DC all the way around all four edges of the blanket, working 2 or 3 stitches into each corner stitch to stop the blanket from becoming out of shape.
(I found it helped to keep the edges flat by working 1 DC in each stitch on the top and bottom edge and two stitches in every alternate stitch down each side.)
Round 2: Work a second round of DC, working 1 DC into each stitch all the way around, and two or three stitches into each corner stitch if needed.
Round 3: You are now going to work the Picot border as follows;
* Sl St, chain 2, Sl St back in to the first stitch of the chain you have just worked, Sl St in to the next stitch.* Now repeat from * to * all the way around the edge of your blanket. Sl St to join at the end, finish off and sew in the ends.
To make the stars
I made a total of 23 stars for my blanket.
Using the Bloom and 2.5mm hook makes the stars as follows.
DC 5sts into a Magic Ring, join with Sl St.
2 DC into each stitch, join with Sl St.
Sl St, chain 4.
First star point: Beginning in the *second chain from the hook work a Sl St, followed by a DC, followed by a HTR. Skip a stitch and Sl St the point back to the central circle*.
*Skip a stitch, Sl St, followed by a DC, followed by a HTR. Skip a stitch and Sl St the point back to the central circle*.
Repeat from * to * until you have 5 points.
Sl St to join, finish off and sew in the ends.
Once you have made the required number of stars, lay out your blanket and position the stars as you want them. I pinned mine with safety pins to hold them in place whilst sewing each star in to its final position with a needle and thread.
When sewing each star, work all the way around the edge with small stitches to ensure that each one is held firmly in place.