As a yarn crafter there are always new things to get excited about. New techniques, new products, new patterns, and connecting with new people. Even with all there is to explore I find two constants in yarn crafting. One is a never ending list of projects I want to complete, and the other is finding people to give finished projects to. Right now I know quite a few ladies who are expecting little ones. Some as soon as a few weeks from now. So for my latest crochet project I needed a simple and quick working pattern. This gender surprise baby blanket had to be finished before the beginning of next month. Which is why the pattern seems a bit thrown together, but that means it is also highly adaptable.
Now I don’t consider myself a designer by any means, but this pattern is my “original creation” in the sense that I didn’t get the pattern from any other source than my brain. I would encourage you to improvise or change the pattern as you see fit, and I would love to see your recreations of this blanket. With that in mind here is how I went about making this blanket. I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Sage, Sunshine, and Cream with a size K crochet hook. The body of this blanket is worked in the half double crochet stitch holding three strands of yarn, one of each color, which makes this pattern perfect for beginners and a very quick crochet project. The boarder consists of one round single crochet just to even everything out, and one round of double crochet. I added the rope edging to the boarder just to give the blanket a little bit of flair. When I started this project I was not in love with how it was looking, and even though it grew on me there are a couple of things I would change.
This baby blanket didn’t turn out exactly as I had imagined it would, but it still works and with a few simple improvements I could see it becoming a really treasured baby item. Working this pattern with three strands of yarn held together makes the color very appealing, but it also makes the blanket very thick and heavy. Which would be fine for an infant raised in Siberia, but that’s not the case with the couple I plan on giving this blanket to. I would suggest using a larger size crochet hook to make the blanket a little lighter and fluffier. After starting this project I realized it was looking a little bit too wide, so I decided to work it from the long side. Meaning I considered the beginning rows the length of the blanket, and I just worked the pattern until it was a width that I liked. I would also like to try this blanket in slightly different colors. I think it would work very nicely in Baby Sunshine and Soft Green. It took me a long time to not see this as a Green Bay Packers blanket.
The rope edging on this blanket was a new technique for me, and I feel it adds a nice finished look to the blanket. Not as if you worked it up in one evening without a second thought. Because this rope edging will take some time, but the finished look is so worth it.
I added the rope edging to this blanket by starting with a slip stitch using the first color, chain 4, remove the crochet hook, and start the second color with a slip stitch in the next stitch, then chain 4, and remove the crochet hook. Pick up the first color again and single crochet into the next stitch, and chain 4. Repeat this process around your blanket. I didn’t do much planning when it came to the size of this blanket, but in the future I would advise making an even number of stitches around. Because when I had come back around to the beginning of the rope edging I had to fudge it a little bit and put two of the “ropes” into the last corner in order to keep the alternating color pattern the same. I cannot say how much I love the look of this rope edging. Someday I might add this look to the Color Spectrum Afghan with the six colors used in that pattern.
For those of you following The Monster corner-2-corner crochet project, don’t panic I haven’t given up. I’m taking a short break from The Monster because I’m working on something special for the next piece of the project. If you are following me on Instagram or a fan of the Homebound and Unwound Facebook page there will soon be a poll on which piece I should start next. I would love to hear your input.
The Pattern Gender Surprise Crochet Baby Blanket
- Worsted weight 4 Yarn in 3 Coordinating Colors, I Used Caron Simply Soft in Sage, Sunshine, and Cream
- Crochet Hook Size K, or Larger if You’d Like a Fluffier Blanket
- Tapestry Needle
SC- Single Crochet
HDC- Half Double Crochet
DC- Double Crochet
SL ST- Slip Stitch
Holding all 3 colors of yarn, Ch 105. It should measure approximately 38” or your desired size. Turn.
In the second chain from the hook, HDC. HDC in each chain. CH 1 and turn.
Repeat row 1 until the blanket is the desired size. I crocheted this blanket to be approximately 32”. Fasten off.
Holding two strands of cream join to any edge with a slip stitch. CH 1.
SC in the next stitch. Continue working 1 SC into every stitch along the edge of your blanket. Join to your first CH with a SL ST.
CH 2. DC in every stitch around. Join to the first CH in the round and fasten off.
Holding 2 strands of your first color join to any DC on your boarder with a SL ST. CH 1, SC in the next stitch. CH 4 and remove your crochet hook.
Holding 2 strands of your second color join to the next stitch with a SL ST. CH 4 and remove your crochet hook.
*Picking up your first color again, bring it in front of your second color and SC in the next stitch. CH 4 and remove your hook. Pick up your second color bringing it in front of the first color. SC in the next stitch. CH 4 – Rep from * all the way around your blanket.
When you’ve made it all the way around your blanket with the rope edging join the last two “ropes” you made with a SL ST in any inconspicuous spot and fasten off.
Using your tapestry needle and scissors weave in the ends. Don’t forget to save the scraps for your next amigurumi project!
Block the blanket any way you wish. Enjoy!