Here, finally, is Noelle’s Blanket pattern. If you’re a regular reader, you know that I finished this in the Challenge last month. What you don’t know is that I also finally finished writing the pattern. You can now make your own Noelle’s Blanket. Which is great! It is so much fun to see this blanket coming together as you make it.
Several good things have happened due to the Use Your Stash Challenges 2017, besides the obvious of using up stash yarn or finishing up projects. One of those things is it made me aware of several bad habits I
have had. Had, because I am changing them and making new habits in my life.
Those pesky bad habits aren’t going to be comfortable anymore. Working to kick them out can be a struggle, but it is worth it when the new habit is one that I want to keep.
Struggling is what makes us grow. So, if there is a struggle in creating new habits then I can rest in the knowledge that I am doing the right thing.
Wait. Does that sound right? If it is hard, then are you doing the right thing?
The answer is Yes (most of the time).
This blanket has been a long-time coming. Making baby blankets for those soft little bundles of love is so much fun! It has been fun. I have several new baby blankets coming out soon which are quick and easy to make. My first project worthy of “giving” was a ripple baby blanket for a Sunday school teacher. She was expecting her first child and I picked out the yarn and spent nights crocheting it. Baby blankets are quick and less intimidating than full-size blankets.
The Ombre Granny Stripe Baby Afghan
This was so fun to make; I started it during the Use Your Stash Challenge 2017, so you have seen bits and pieces of it.
A few weeks ago, a friend brought me an afghan to repair. It was her mother’s favorite and was crocheted sometime in the ’70s. I was fascinated with the pattern as I have never seen a granny square quite like it. I decided to write-up a pattern based on the squares as I repaired the unraveled spots. It’s called a Cathedral Window Granny Square, and I’d like to share that pattern with you today.
(I think I need to show you how to repair afghans because things happen– like dogs– but that is another post, or maybe another YouTube video!)
Cathedral Window Granny Square
As you can see in the photo, this square is done in 4 colors.
- Color 1–The first two rounds are a light main color
- Color 2– The third and fourth rounds are a medium main color
- Color 3– The fifth round is the darkest shade of the main color
- Color 4– The sixth round (in the example above) is white.
The yarn in the example afghan is baby weight yarn and the hook used was smaller than a G-size.
- The sample square is crocheted in DK Stylecraft Special
- I used a G-size hook and my instructions are in US crochet terminology
- hdc — half double crochet
- sc — single crochet
- tc — triple crochet
- dc — double crochet
- ch — chain
This square was crocheted with Stylecraft Special DK with a size G hook. The instructions are written in U.S. crochet terminology. I crocheted several different squares using various color yarns. The photos are color accurate. The square will look misshapen until the last round and may still need blocking to get it truly square.
Using color 1, ch 3 and join into a circle with a slip stitch.
Ch 2 and dc into center of circle, *ch 3 and dc twice into circle (corner loop group created).
Repeat from * two more times, until you have four double crochet groups, ch 3 and join to beginning ch 2 with a slip stitch (4 corner loop groups created).
Ch 2, *hdc into loop group 2 times, (hdc into space created between 2 dc of previous round). Hdc twice into next corner space (5 hdc created). Ch 4 and continue from * three more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch to complete the round.
There should be 5 hdc on each side. Fasten off yarn.
Join color 2 at loop group on corner.
Ch 2 (counts as 1hdc), hdc into loop group and in each space between hdc across and 2 hdc in corner loop group (8 hdc created per side). *Ch 5, hdc twice into loop group from previous row. Hdc in between each hdc across the side and 2 in corner loop group ch 5. Continue from * two more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch.
Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Hdc into loop group and in each space between hdc across and 2 hdc in corner loop group (10 hdc created per side). *Ch 2, hdc twice into loop group from previous row. Hdc in between each hdc across and 2 in corner, ch 5. Continue from * two more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch.
Fasten off yarn.
Join color 3 in corner loop group. Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) crochet 1 hdc in corner loop group and in each space between each hdc across ending with 2 hdc in corner loop group (total of 14 hdc).
*Chain 5 and crochet 2 hdc in corner loop and in each space between hdc from previous round ending with 2 hdc in corner loop and ch 3. Continue from * 2 more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch. Fasten off yarn.
Join color 4 (white) to corner chain loop.
Ch 1, sc in corner loop group, sc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round, hdc in next 2 spaces. Dc in next 5 spaces. Hdc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round. Sc in next 2 spaces and 2 times in corner loop and then ch 5.
* Sc twice in corner chain loop. Sc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round, hdc in next 2 spaces. Dc in next 5 spaces. Hdc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round. Sc in next 2 spaces and 2 times in corner loop and then ch 5. Repeat from * two more times. Join to beginning ch 1 with slip stitch. Tie off.
Cathedral Window Granny Square is complete.
Pattern based on vintage crochet blanket from a friend.