Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hooded Bear Baby Blanket

One of my besties is expecting a baby.  She and her husband call the baby in her belly Baby Osito.  Because she crochet (pregnancy carpel tunnel), I've been working hard to anticipate what she might like.  One thing I knew I needed to make was a baby bear blanket.  I'll be honest. I was intimidated.  There are a lot of patterns out there.  Many are very adorable.  In the end, I created my own.

It is designed as a blanket with a hood.  The pattern that is created uses alternating FPDC and DC to create ridges.

The top (V) is the alternating ridges. Below is the inside of the blanket.


Bear Hood


Yarn: Red Heart Soft in Chocolate (4 Skeins)
Hook: H

Blanket:

To begin, Chain 103.
Row 1: DC in the 4th chain from the hook and in every chain across. Chain 1 turn.
Row 2: SC in the same stitch and in each stitch across (99 sc). Chain 3 turn.
Row 3: The turning chain counts as your first DC.  FPDC around the second SC stitch. DC in the third.  Alternate FPDC in one stitch and a regular DC across.  If you do this correctly, you should end in a DC in the top of the turning chain.Chain 3, turn.
Row 4: The turning chain counts as your first DC.  Back Post Triple Crochet (BPTC) around the next stitch, then DC in the third. Alternate BPTC and DC across, ending with a DC in the top of the turning chain.  Chain 3, turn.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
Row 6: Repeat Row 4.
Continue alternating rows until you have 52 rows, ending with a repeat of Row 4. At the end of Row 52, chain 1 and turn.
Row 53: SC across. Chain 3, turn.
Row 54. DC across. Fasten off.

I went back and completed the border by crocheting a row of SC followed by a row of DC on each side, making sure to crochet 2 DC in each corner stitch and attaching to the top of the DC from the adjoining row to complete the border around.

Hood:
I used a pattern from Lion Brand for one of their hooded blankets. I used a set of ears from another pattern as well.

I love how it came out!

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