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Eileen Blanket a Free Crochet Pattern

Eileen Blanket a Free Crochet Pattern

The Eileen Blanket is a lightweight cotton blanket perfect for those summer babies or picnics with the family. This blanket is great for playing on or snuggling up together. Crocheted with Bernat Baby Softee Cotton the natural materials and subtle color palette are a stunning combination.

The wattle stitch gives this blanket it’s texture and is an easy stitch to learn, if it’s new for you. I gifted this beauty to a little lady so I added a small border, but I think this one would make a wonderful borderless blanket.

I prefer my baby blankets without too many holes or spaces for tiny toes and fingers to get caught. Plus acrylic and many other fibers can shed, especially in those grabby little hands! The Eileen Blanket fits the bill for these factors and is just what I had in mind. This Bernat cotton is breathable, washable and just beautiful.

I’ve included how to start this blanket with a foundation single crochet or, if you’re unfamiliar with fsc, then I’ve written in the chain start too. I like the foundation single crochet for blankets that you add a border to because they’re easier to work into since both ends look like stitches.

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Materials

Notes

  1. Ch 1 counts as a sc.
  2. At the end of Row 2 and on you will sc into the ch 1 turning ch at the end of the row. This can be hard to see, mark it with a stitch marker for the first few rows until you get the hang of it. 
  3. Finished size with border is 32”x 35.” See How to Adjust Width below to change your size.
  4. The stitch multiple is 3 plus 2 for the foundation chain.

Stitches/Abbreviations

Wattle– sc, ch 1, dc all in the same, sk 2

sk-skip the indicated stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

rep-repeat

fsc-foundation single crochet

ch(s)-chain(s)

dc-double crochet

sl st-slip stitch

sc-single crochet

Gauge

4”x 4” = 7 wattle sts (21 individual sts) x 13 rows

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How to Adjust Width

Stitch multiple is 3 plus 2 for the starting chain. If you would like to increase or decrease your blanket width then you would add or subtract in threes. In this pattern I start with 159 chs plus 2 for the foundation ch. This is about 30” wide. To increase your blanket size to 36” you need to add enough stitches for 6” more. Gauge tells us that each stitch is roughly .19” (.19 x 33 = 6.3) so you need 33 more stitches. 159 plus 33 = 192 divided by 3 (our st multiple) = 64. So for a 36” wide blanket you would Ch 192 + 2 (for the foundation chain)= 194: Ch 194 = 36” wide. (With this yarn, hook and my gauge) In this way you can make your blanket any size you need.

Stripes

I alternated between Feather Gray and Soft Plum every 4 rows. My stripes were a little over an inch wide, so 28 stripes, or 112 rows gave me 33.5”  long. 

For the same size stripes:

Rows 1-4 Color A

Rows 5-8 Color B

Rows 9-12 Color A

Rows 13-16 Color B, etc.

Pattern

Check out the photo tutorial here.

In Color A

  1. Fsc 159, ch 1 and turn. OR Ch 161, sc in 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across, ch 1 and turn. Mark the ch 1.
  2. Sk the first 2 sts, *{(sc, ch 1, dc) all in next st, sk next 2 sts} rep from * across, sc in the last st, turn. (157 sts)
  3. Ch 1 (mark this), sk next 2 sts, (sc, ch1, dc) all in next ch sp, *{sk next 2 sts, (sc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch sp} rep from * to the last 2 sts, sk last sc, sc in ch 1, turn. (157 sts)
  4. -112. Rep Row 2, or until desired length.

End with one row of single crochets to mirror the foundation row: Ch 1, sc in the same and in each st across.  Cut yarn and continue to Border.

Border

  • I chose a striped wattle stitch border in the round. 
  • Underlined ch 1 is the st that you will work into for each corner.

Attach Color A with a sl st to any corner,

Round 1. Ch 1 and sc, ch 1, sc in the same corner st, continue to sc evenly around, placing (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner. Sl st back to 1st sc to join. 

Round 2. All in corner ch 1 sp: (sc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc, ch 1, dc), *{sk next 2 scs, (sc, ch 1, dc) all in next sc} rep from * along each side, in the corner ch 1 sps: (sc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc, ch 1, dc), sk the next two sc and continue to  rep from * sl st to 1st sc to join. 

Round 3. Rep last round. Cut yarn and join Color B.

Round 4-5. Rep Round 2 in Color B, then finish off. 

When finished, block your blanket. After blocking mine measured 32” x 35.”

  I’d love to see your #eileenblanket tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work!

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