This blanket was inspired by an afghan my great-grandmother made as a wedding gift to my parents some 34 years ago. It is pale blue on one side, and navy on the other, and edged in navy. It took my a couple years to figure out how it was done (then again, I wasn't trying very hard) and once I figured it out, it was like a "Duh!" moment! The pattern below is for a baby-sized blanket, but can also be made much larger (like my parents' blanket, which fits a full-size bed) simply by making a longer foundation chain. Of course, the larger blanket will need a lot more yarn. ;-)
- Lion Brand's Pound of Love--2 skeins, 2 colors of choice (or mount equivalent of)
- Size K/6.5mm crochet hook
- About 5 yds. 3/4"-1" wide satin ribbon in coordinating color
- 2 safety pins, optional, or other item to "hold" sts in place
With MC, ch 102 (or if doing the swatch, to about 18" plus 2)
Row 1: Dc in top loop of 4th ch from hook and in ea ch across. Pull loop up and use pin to keep last st from falling out. Do not turn. W/ CC, start at 1st dc and join w/ sl st to opposite free loop of ch, leaving back ridge of ch free. Ch 3, dc in next ch and across to end, ch 3, turn. At this point the two colors are not joined at the top and will try to fold outward and away from each other.
Row 2: Continuing with CC, dc through inside loop of MC plus both loops of CC (MC will be facing you at this point w/ CC facing away from you). Continue in same manner across to end of row. ch 3, place stitch holder. Do not turn. Remove holder from MC, ch 3, dc in free loops across to end of row, ch 3, turn.
Row 3: W/ MC, dc in inside loop of CC--which should now be facing you--and through both loops of MC in next dc and ea dc across, ch 3, place st holder. Remove st holder from CC, dc in free loops in next dc and ea dc across. Ch 3, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until blanket is size desired. Finish off CC and weave in ends through CC side.
Rnd. 1: Ch 1, sc in ea st around through all four loops on top of blanket, working 3 sc in ea corner, alternating 2-3 scs down the sides of the dc posts of ea row working through posts of both dcs of front and back of blanket, and work in remaining free back ridge of original foundation chain on bottom. Join w/ sl st, ch 4, turn.
Rnd. 2: (Sk next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1) around. In center sc of corners work (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc). Join w/ sl st in 3rd ch of ch-4 at beg of rnd., ch 1.
Rnd. 3: Sl st in next ch1 sp, 2 sc in ea ch-1 sp around, working a ch-3 on either side off center dc in ea corner. Finish off, weave in end.
Rnd. 4: W/ CC, join w/ sl st in any sc of previous rnd. Ch 1, sc in next sc and ea sc around. In ch-3 sps, work (sc, ch3, sc). Join w/ sl st, finish off, weave in end.
Rnd. 5: W/ MC, join w/ sl st in any sc from previous rnd. Ch 1, sc in ea sc around, working 5 scs in ch3 sp of corners. Join w/ sl st, ch 1.
Rnd. 6: Continuing w/ MC work reverse sc in ea sc around. Join, finish off, weave in end.
To finish blanket, weave satin ribbon through Rnd 2 of edging. Sew ends or tie into a bow.
If you're making a larger blanket, and don't want to do the edging above, simply work in rounds of single crochet, or pick an edging you would prefer.