Use your new skills to hook this knit-look puff stitch baby blanket. Designed by Becky Skuse
Designer Becky Skuse says: “Make an adorable newborn baby gift and try out your new crochet ‘knitting’ skills with this chunky puff stitch blanket. The cosy acrylic and alpaca yarn is touchably soft next to baby’s skin, but is still machine washable. The chunky v-shapes are quick to create and form a fabric that looks just like knitted stocking stitch – oh, the power of the hook!”
Using Yarn A, ch63.
Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook (skipped ch does not count as st), dc in each ch across, turn. [62 dc]
Row 2 (WS) Ch3 (counts as tr throughout), skip 1 dc, *puff st in next dc, puff st in same dc**, skip 2 dc; repeat from * another 19 times ending last repeat at **, skip next st, tr in last dc, turn. [2 tr, 40 puff sts]
Row 3 Ch3, (2 puff sts in space between next pair of puff sts) 20 times, tr in top of beg ch-3, turn.
Repeat Row 3 until work measures 70cm or the length desired (we worked a total of 40 rows). Next row (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in tr, 2dc in space between first pair of puff sts, *dc in next space between pairs of puff sts, 2dc in space between next pair of puff sts; repeat from * 38 times more, ch1, dc in last st. [61 dc, 1 ch-1 sp]
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Using Yarn B, make 4 tassels, 7cm in length. Securely attach one tassel to each corner of the blanket.
Customise the shades – you might want to match them to the nursery colour scheme