Saturday, March 10, 2012

Rainbow Shell Baby Blanket

Well, I don't have the blanket for stitch 20 finished yet due to a lack of yarn.  I'm clearing out my stash and I ran out of the red yarn that I was using for this blanket.  So, as I figure out how to obtain more or find some other way to finish it, here's something else I made.

I found this yarn on clearance and knew just what to do with it.  This baby blanket is very simple, but it is pretty and fairly solid.  I just used a simple shell stitch to make this.  This stitch is handy because it is easy to tell where to do each part of the stitch and it is actually pretty solid.  There are no large holes in this fabric.  This is an example of a mindless stitch because it is very obvious where to do each part of the stitch.  The only potential problem is doing only 4 dc or doing 6 dc instead of 5 dc.  This issue is easily fixed because the only time you are likely to see it is when you are only one row beyond it.  This mistake is very minor and practically invisible.  Because of the variegated nature of this yarn, a natural striping happened in the blanket, and then, just as naturally, went away. this yarn is very fluffy and has some shine to it.

Here's how to make it:
Chain 95,
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook.  Skip 2 ch, (5 dc in next chain, sk 2 ch, sc in next chain), across, ending with 3 dc in last chain. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: sc in first dc, sk 2, (5 dc in sc, sk 2, sc, sk 2) across, ending with 3 dc in last chain. Ch 1, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until work is square.
Last Row: sc in first two dc, (3 hdc, 3 sc) across, ending with 2 hdc.
Round 1: sc around, 3 sc in each corner
Round 2: dc around, 5 dc in each corner
Round 3: sc around, 3 sc in each corner
Round 4: (sc, ch 3, sk 1) around, (sc, ch 3, sc in same stitch) at corner

My friend Nettie has a great picture tutorial about how to do this stitch on her blog:

I made this using Bernat Baby Coordinates Candy Baby yarn with a J hook.


  1. How many Skeins of yarn did you use? How did you finish the blanket? Can you confirm what your abbreviations are?

  2. It took 2 skeins; sc = single crochet; dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet; sk = skip; ch = chain