CHECKER­BOARD BABY BLAN­KET

Crochet! - - Contents - De­sign by Randy Cava­liere

IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE FIN­ISHED MEA­SURE­MENT

37 inches square, ex­clud­ing Fringe

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• Ber­roco Com­fort medium ( worsted) weight ny­lon/ acrylic yarn ( 31/2 oz/ 210 yds/ 100g per ball): 7 balls each # 9732 pri­mary yel­low and

# 9813 multi brights • Size L/ 11/ 8mm cro­chet hook or size needed

to ob­tain gauge • Smaller cro­chet hook for Fringe • Tapestry nee­dle

GAUGE

6 blocks = 61/2 inches mea­sured across side edge

PAT­TERN NOTES

Hold 2 strands to­gether through­out. Be­gin and end each row with 8- inch tails. Do not weave in these tails. Tails will be en­cased in each Fringe. Chain-3 at be­gin­ning of row or block does not count as first half dou­ble cro­chet un­less oth­er­wise stated. Join with slip stitch as in­di­cated un­less oth­er­wise stated.

SPE­CIAL STITCHES

In­crease block (inc block): Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook (beg 3 sk chs count as ch-3 sp) and in next 2 chs. Block: (Sl st, ch 3— see Pat­tern Notes, 3 dc) in in­di­cated ch-3 sp. De­crease block (dec block): (Ch 3, 3 dc) in in­di­cated ch-3 sp.

BLAN­KET

Row 1 (RS): With 2 strands (see Pat­tern Notes) of yel­low and leav­ing an 8- inch tail (see Pat­tern Notes), inc block (see Spe­cial Stitches), leav­ing and beg with 8- inch tails, change color (see Stitch Guide) to multi brights in last dc, turn. (1 block)

Row 2 ( WS): Inc block, block (see Spe­cial Stitches) in beg ch-3 sp of pre­vi­ous row, leav­ing and beg with 8- inch tails, change color to yel­low, turn. (2 blocks)

Row 3: Inc block, block in ch-3 sp of each block across, leav­ing and beg with 8- inch tails, change color to multi brights, turn. (3 blocks)

Rows 4–34: Rep row 3, chang­ing color at end of each row. (34 blocks at end of row 34)

Row 35: Inc block, block in ch-3 sp of each block across. Leav­ing an 8- inch tail, fas­ten off. (35 blocks)

Row 36: With WS fac­ing, join (see Pat­tern Notes) 2 strands of next color in ch-3 sp of first block, dec block (see Spe­cial Stitches) in same sp, block in ch-3 sp of each rem block across to last block, sl st in ch-3 sp of last block. Leav­ing an 8- inch tail, fas­ten off. (34 blocks)

Rows 37–70: Rep row 36, chang­ing color in each row. (2 blocks at end of row 70)

Row 71: With RS fac­ing, join 2 strands of yel­low in ch-3 sp of first block, dec block in same sp, sl st in ch-3 sp of last block. Leav­ing an 8- inch tail, fas­ten off. (1 block)

FIN­ISH­ING Fringe

Work Fringe in first and 3rd dc of each 3- dc group at end of rows. Do not work in beg ch sps. For each Fringe across edges, cut 3 16- inch strands of match­ing color. Fold strands in half to form a lp. With RS fac­ing, in­sert smaller cro­chet hook from WS to RS through top of dc. Place fold on hook and draw fold through, form­ing a lp. Thread ends of strands through lp and catch­ing match­ing beg or end tail in lp, pull to tighten. Rep to at­tach Fringe in first and 3rd dc of each 3- dc group around. For each Fringe in cor­ner dc, cut as many strands of each color as needed to make an 8- strand Fringe with 4 strands of each color and join in same man­ner as other Fringe. Trim ends evenly.

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This bright and color­ful blan­ket will keep Baby warm and is a per­fect size to spend time play­ing peek­a­boo!

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