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Swedish Embroidery Baby Blanket

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Design by Diane Poellot

Our Swedish Embroidery Baby Blanket is a great project for trying your hand at this artistic needlework technique. A simple repeating alternating pattern of half double crochet and slip stitches creates the raised threads for working the Swedish embroidery design. The time involved in creating the embroidery pattern will surely be worth it when making a beautiful blanket that's sure to become a family heirloom.

Size

50 x 54 1/2 inches not including Fringe

Materials

  • Fine (sport) weight yarn:
    • 24 oz white
    • 8 oz pink
    • 5 oz each green and yellow
  • Medium (worsted) weight yarn:
    • 4 oz light green
  • Tapestry needle
  • I/9/5.5mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge

4 sts = 1 inch; 7 rows worked in pattern = 2 inches

Pattern Notes

Leave 6-inch-long end at beginning and end of each row to be worked into Fringe. Use sport weight yarn unless otherwise stated.

Afghan

Row 1: With white, ch 200, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, (hdc in next ch, sl st in next ch) across, turn. Fasten off. (199 sts made)
Row 2: Join yellow with sl st in first st, ch 2, (sl st in next st, hdc in next st) across, turn. Fasten off.
Row 3: Join white with sl st in first st, (hdc in next st, sl st in next st) across, turn. Fasten off.
Rows 4-13: Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternately, working in color sequence of pink, white, green and white, ending with white.
Row 14: With yellow, repeat row 2.
Row 15: Repeat row 3, do not fasten off.
Row 16: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, ch 4, skip next 3 sts, sc in next st, turn, sc in 4 chs just made, turn; working in front of ch-4 lp, sc in 3 skipped sts on last row, *ch 4, skip next 3 unworked sts, sc in next st, turn, sc in 4 chs just made, turn; working in front of ch-4 lp, sc in 3 skipped sts on last row; repeat from * across to last st, sc in last st, do not turn. Fasten off.
Row 17: Repeat row 3.
Rows 18-31: Repeat rows 2-15.
Row 32: Working this row in front lps only, sl st in first st, (hdc in next st, sl st in next st) across, turn.
Row 33: Working this row in remaining lps of row before last, sl st in first st, (hdc in next st, sl st in next st) across, do not turn. Fasten off.
Rows 34-47: Repeat rows 2-15. At end of last row, do not turn. Fasten off.
Row 48: Working this row in front lps only, join white with sl st in first st, (hdc in next st, sl st in next st) across, turn.
Row 49: Working this row in remaining lps of row before last, sl st in first st, (hdc in next st, sl st in next st) across, turn. Fasten off.
Rows 50-63: Repeat rows 2-15.
Rows 64-65: Repeat rows 32 and 33.
Rows 66-79: Repeat rows 2-15. At end of last row, do not turn. Fasten off.
Rows 80-81: Repeat rows 48 and 49.
Rows 82-95: Repeat rows 2-15. At end of last row, do not turn. Fasten off.
Row 96: Join white with sc in first st, sc in next st, ch 4, skip next 3 sts, sc in next st, turn, sc in 4 chs just made, turn; working in front of ch-4 lp, sc in 3 skipped sts on last row, *ch 4, skip next 3 unworked sts, sc in next st, turn, sc in 4 chs just made, turn; working in front of ch-4 lp, sc in 3 skipped sts on last row; repeat from * across to last st, sc in last st, turn. Do not fasten off.
Row 97: Ch 1, sl st in first st, (hdc in next st, sl st in next st) across, turn. Fasten off.
Rows 98-111: Repeat rows 2-15. At end of last row, do not turn. Fasten off.
Rows 112-113: Repeat rows 48 and 49.
Rows 114-127: Repeat rows 2-15.
Rows 128-129: Repeat rows 32 and 33.
Rows 130-143: Repeat rows 2-15. At end of last row, do not turn. Fasten off.
Rows 144-145: Repeat rows 48 and 49.
Rows 146-159: Repeat rows 2-15.
Rows 160-161: Repeat rows 32 and 33.
Rows 162-175: Repeat rows 2-15.
Rows 176-177: Repeat rows 16 and 3.
Rows 178-191: Repeat rows 2-15. At end of last row, fasten off.

Fringe

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For each Fringe, cut 3 strands each white, green and pink each 14 inches long. Holding all strands together, insert hook in end of specified row, draw fold through, draw all loose ends through fold including 6-inch ends at beginning and end of each row, tighten. Trim ends.
Fringe in every 4th row across short ends of Afghan.

Embroidery

Sections between white trim are embroidered by weaving yarn through back bar (see photo of close-up) of hdc.
With tapestry needle and light green worsted yarn, embroider every other section according to Graph A.
With tapestry needle and light green worsted yarn, embroider remaining sections according to Graph B.

 Graph B

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