Are you all ready to start our blanket CAL?! I for one am very excited! We have had such a great response … we have over 100 people participating through the Ravelry group alone, not to mention the others who are joining via here on the blog and on Facebook. Participants are joining from all over the world including all across the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Brasil, and more are joining in every day. Pretty fun, huh?!
I am especially excited because I am in love with the colors I picked. Perfect for Autumn, don’t you think? I decided on Acadia, Yosemite, Shenandoah, Yellowstone, Everglades, and Joshua Tree … all Lion Brand Heartland colors. I can’t wait to start seeing the beautiful color combinations you all have picked!
So here we go! For these first 2 weeks we will be working on Rounds 1 through 6 of the center. The gauge and pattern notes are also included below, as well as a chart of the afghan that you may find handy as you work your way through. Don’t forget that if you have any questions at all, feel free to ask them in our Ravelry group or on my Facebook page and we will all try to help each other out. Feel free to start posting up your pictures of your yarn and progress too. It is always fun seeing everyone’s photos. Most of all, have fun!!
The Little Boy Blue Blanket
11 dc + 6 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm).
Center Granny Square = about 8 x 8 in. (20.5 x 20.5 cm).
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
dc2tog (dc 2 sts together) (Yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops) twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook – 1 st decreased.
sc3tog (sc 3 sts together) (Insert hook in next st and draw up a loop) 3 times, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook – 2 sts decreased.
1. Blanket is worked from the center out beg with Center Granny Square. Two V-Shaped Segments are worked over 2 side edges of Center Granny Square, then Corner Triangles are worked across the top edges of the V-Shaped Segments completing the center rectangle.
2. Borders are worked around the entire outer edge of the center rectangle.
3. See Diagram for arrangement of Granny Square, V-Shaped Segments, Corner Triangles, and Borders.
4. To change color, work last st of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete the st. Proceed with new color. Fasten off old color.
CENTER GRANNY SQUARE
With A, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), (3 dc in ring, ch 2) 3 times, 2 dc in ring; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 12 dc (four 3-dc groups) and 4 ch-2 sps.
Rnd 2: Sl st in first ch-2 sp, ch 7 (counts as dc, ch 4 in this rnd and in all following rnds), 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, dc in next 3 dc, *(2 dc, ch 4, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp (corner made), dc in next 3 dc; rep from * 2 more times, dc in first ch-2 sp again; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 28 dc (four 7-dc groups) and 4 corner ch-4 sps.
Rnds 3-5: Sl st in first ch-4 sp, ch 7, 2 dc in same ch-4 sp, dc in each dc to next ch-4 sp, *(2 dc, ch 4, 2 dc) in next ch-4 sp, dc in each dc to next ch-4 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in first ch-4 sp again; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 76 dc (four 19-dc groups) and 4 corner ch-4 sps at the end of Rnd 5. Fasten off.
Rnd 6: From RS, join B with sl st in any ch-4 sp, ch 7, 2 dc in same ch-4 sp, dc in each dc to next ch-4 sp, *(2 dc, ch 4, 2 dc) in next ch-4 sp, dc in each dc to next ch-4 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in first ch-4 sp again; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 92 dc (four 23-dc groups) and 4 corner ch-4 sps. Fasten off.
The Little Boy Blue Blanket (Pattern Number: L20643) was designed especially to compliment Lion Brand’s Heartland Yarn Collection. Crochet along approved and pattern reprinted with permission from Lion Brand Yarn Company.