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Rainbow Baby Blanket

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Speaking of colorful crocheted squares, here's a darling Rainbow Baby Blanket featuring a multi-color center block that could be used as a separate pattern for an afghan square to make charity blankets. You can create squares using as many rounds of the center block pattern as you like.

With its cheery rainbow colors and classic design, this sweet blanket is great for either a baby girl or boy and makes a perfect new-mother gift. It would also be beautiful worked all in one color for more of an heirloom look.

Design by Kathleen Garen

Project Specifications

Skill Level: Intermediate
Finished Size: 36 inches square

Materials

  • Medium (worsted) weight yarn:
    • 15 oz/750 yds/425g
      • white
    • 3 oz/150 yds/85g each
      • red
      • red-orange
      • orange
      • yellow
      • green
      • blue
      • lilac
  • Size J/10/6mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge

Rnds 13 = 4 1/4 inches square

Special Stitches

Beginning decrease (beg dec): Ch 2, dc in next ch sp.
Beginning double crochet cluster (beg dc cl): Ch 2, dc in same st or ch sp.
Double crochet cluster (dc cl): Holding back last lp of each dc on hook, 2 dc as indicated, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.
Double crochet decrease (dc dec): Holding back last lp of each dc on hook, work 1 dc in each of two places indicated, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.
V-stitch (V-st): (Dc, ch 2, dc) as indicated.

Instructions

Afghan

Rnd 1 (RS): With red, ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring, beg dc cl (see Special Stitches) in ring, ch 1, dc cl (see Special Stitches) in ring, ch 2, (dc cl, ch 1, dc cl, ch 2) 3 times in ring, join with sl st in top of beg dc cl. Fasten off. (8 dc cls, 4 ch-1 sps, 4 corner ch-2 sps)
Rnd 2: With RS facing, join red-orange with sl st in any ch-1 sp, beg dec (see Special Stitches), *ch 1, (V-st (see Special Stitches), ch 1) in corner ch-2 sp, dc dec (see Special Stitches) in same ch sp as last dc and next ch-1 sp, ch 1**, dc dec in same ch-1 sp and next corner ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st in top of beg dec. Fasten off. (8 dc dec, 4 V-sts)
Rnd 3: With RS facing, join orange with sl st in first ch-1 sp to the right of any corner ch-2 sp, beg dec, *ch 1, (V-st, ch 1) in corner ch-2 sp, dc dec in same ch sp as last dc and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, [dc dec in same ch sp as last half of last dc dec and next ch-1 sp, ch 1] across to next corner ch-2 sp**, dc dec in same ch sp as last half of last dc dec and corner ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st in top of beg dec. Fasten off. (16 dc dec, 4 V-sts)
Rnd 4: With yellow, rep rnd 3. (24 dc dec, 4 V-sts)
Rnd 5: With green, rep rnd 3. (32 dc dec, 4 V-sts)
Rnd 6: With blue, rep rnd 3. (40 dc dec, 4 V-sts)
Rnd 7: With lilac, rep rnd 3. (48 dc dec, 4 V-sts) Click here for larger image.
Rnd 8: With white, rep rnd 3, do not fasten off. (56 dc dec, 4 V-sts)
Rnds 920: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, beg dec, *ch 1, (V-st, ch 1) in corner ch-2 sp, dc dec in same ch sp as last dc and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, [dc dec in same ch sp as last half of last dc dec and next ch-1 sp, ch 1] across to next corner ch-2 sp**, dc dec in same ch sp as last half of last dc dec and corner ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st in top of beg dec. (152 dc dec, 4 V-sts at end of last rnd)
Rnd 21: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, beg dec, *ch 1, (V-st, ch 1) in corner ch-2 sp, dc dec in same ch sp as last dc and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, [dc dec in same ch sp as last half of last dc dec and next ch-1 sp, ch 1] across to next corner ch-2 sp**, dc dec in same ch sp as last half of last dc dec and corner ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st in top of beg dec. Fasten off. (160 dc dec, 4 V-sts)
Rnds 2228: Rep rnd 3 in the following color sequence: red, red-orange, orange, yellow, green, blue and lilac. (216 dc dec, 4 V-sts at end of last rnd)
Rnds 29 & 30: Rep rnds 8 and 9. (232 dc dec, 4 V-sts at end of last rnd)

Border

Sl st in first ch-1 sp, dc dec in same ch sp and corner ch-2 sp, *ch 3, sc in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, dc dec in corner ch-2 sp and next ch-1 sp, ch 3, [dc dec in same ch-1 sp and next ch-1 sp, ch 3] across to next corner ch-2 sp**, dc dec in same ch-1 sp as last half of last dc dec and corner ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st in beg dec. Fasten off.

Ruffles

First Ruffle
With RS facing, join white with sl st in any corner ch-2 sp on rnd 7 to the right of first dc of V-st, ch 1, sc in same ch sp, *ch 3, sc in same ch-2 sp to the left of V-st, ch 3, [sc in next ch-1 sp between next 2 dc dec, ch 3] across to next corner ch-2 sp**, sc in corner ch-2 sp to the right of first dc of V-st, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st in beg sc. Fasten off.

2nd Ruffle
Rep instructions for First Ruffle on rnd 21.

3rd Ruffle
Rep instructions for First Ruffle on rnd 28.

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