Little Boy's Blues Blanket
36 inches wide x 41 inches long
• Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn (4 oz/ 203 yds/113g per ball): 4 balls each #100-48 quiet
blue (MC) 2 balls #100-47 twilight
blue (CC) • Sizes I/9/5.5mm and K/101/2/6.5mm crochet hooks or size needed to obtain gauge • Tapestry needle
Size K hook: 13 hdc = 4 inches; 8 rows = 4 inches in Panel st pattern
Weave in loose ends as work progresses. Chain-2 at beginning of row counts as first half double crochet unless otherwise stated. Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated.
Backstitch single crochet decrease (bkst sc dec): Insert hook in last st worked, pull up a lp, insert hook into next st, pull up a lp (3 lps on hook), yo, draw through all lps on hook. Backstitch half double crochet decrease (bkst hdc dec): Yo, insert hook in last st worked, pull up a lp, yo, insert hook in next st, pull up a lp (5 lps on
hook), yo, draw through all lps on hook.
Single crochet join (sc join):
Place slip knot on hook, insert hook in indicated st, yo and pull up a lp, yo and draw through both lps on hook.
Make 2. With MC and larger hook, ch 17. Row 1 (RS): Working in back bar of chs (see illustration), 2 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (beg
sk chs count as first hdc), *sk 1 ch, 2 hdc in next ch, rep from * across to last 2 chs, sk 1 ch, 1 hdc in last ch, turn. (16 hdc) Row 2: Ch 2 (see Pattern Notes), *2 hdc in next hdc, sk 1 hdc, rep from * across to last st, 1 hdc in top of beg ch, turn.
Rows 3–72: Rep row 2, rotate panel so long side is up after completing row 72.
Side Panel Edging
Change to smaller hook.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, work 107 sc evenly sp in ends of rows across panel, turn. Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first st, sc dec (see Stitch Guide) in next
2 sts, bkst sc dec (see Special
Stitches) across, working last “leg” in last st, sc in same st, turn. (107 sc) Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, change color (see Stitch Guide) to CC in last st, turn. Cut MC. (107 sts) Row 4: With larger hook, sl st in first sc, *hdc in next sc, sl st in next hdc, rep from * across, change color to MC, turn. Cut CC. (53 hdc, 54 sl sts) Row 5: With smaller hook, ch 1, sc in first sc of row 3, *sc in hdc of current row, sc in next sc of row 3, rep from * across, turn. (107 sc) Row 6: Pull up a lp equal to hdc in height, hdc in first st, hdc dec (see Stitch Guide), bkst hdc dec (see Special Stitches) across, working last “leg” in last st, hdc in same st, turn. (107 hdc) Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Fasten off MC. (107 sc) Row 8 (RS): With RS facing, sc join (see Special Stitches) CC in first st, sc in each sc across, fasten off. (107 sc)
With MC and larger hook, ch 35, working in back bar of chs, rep rows 1–72 of Side Panel, rotate panel so long side is up after completing row 72. (34 hdc)
Center Panel Edging
Rep rows 1–8 of Side Panel Edging, do not fasten off, turn.
Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 3, sk 1 st, sc in next st, rep from * across to end, ch 2, turn, hold edged side of 1 Side Panel to Center Panel with RS of long edges tog. Row 2 (WS of Side Panel): Sc in first sc of Side Panel, *ch 1, sc in ch-3 lp of Center Panel, ch 1, sk 1 sc on Side Panel, sc in next sc of Side Panel, rep from * across to end, ch 2, join (see Pattern Notes) in beg sc on Center Panel, fasten off.