Crochet Baby Blanket and Ball
Source: Martha Stewart Baby, Winter 2001
Crochet can be worked in two ways: in rows or in rings. A flat item, such as a blanket, is created with rows of stitches worked in one direction, then turned and worked back. Spherical and round pieces, such as the ball, are made by crocheting rounds of stitches in a continuous circle; the work is never turned. Typically, beginners find it easier to use a pattern worked in rows.
We twisted red yarn with salmon to create a subtle tweed for the stripes, but a single color can be just as striking. This blanket, which measures about 33 by 36 inches, is too large to be made from a single skein or ball of yarn, so you will need to join new yarn. Whenever possible, join yarn of either color at the beginning of a row.
Gauge: 13 stitches by 12 rows equals 3 square inches
Crochet Abbreviations st(s)= stitch(es)
sl st(s)= slip stitch(es)
ch(s)= chain stitch(es)
t-ch= turning chain
sc(s)= single crochet(s)
dc= double crochet
Repeat from * to *= Asterisks indicate that you must repeat the instructions between them.
Seven 100-gram skeins of natural-color double-knitting cotton yarn
50 grams of red fingering-weight yarn
50 grams of salmon fingering-weight yarn (for single-color stripes, use 100 grams of double-knitting cotton yarn)
One crochet hook U.S. size G6 (4.0 mm); one yarn needle
Make your foundation row with 168 ch in natural.
Row 1: 1 sc into second ch from hook, then 1 sc into each ch to end of row, t-ch, turn.
Rows 2 to 176: 1 sc in each ch to end of row, t-ch, turn. To create stripes, change yarn from natural to red/salmon for rows 9 to 15, 22 to 27, 152 to 157, and 164 to 170, changing back to natural when each stripe is completed. Finish off, and use a yarn needle to weave in ends. Press blanket lightly with a steam iron.