Last year, BreeAnna from String with Style shared her awesome pattern for a fantastic car seat blanket. It is a great pattern and the resulting blanket is lovely.
|String with Style's Bobble Car Seat Blanket|
Do you see those two slits right there? Those are holes for the bottom buckle of the car seat to fit through. The beauty of this blanket is that it stays on the infant car seat without dropping our falling off without interfering with the safety straps. Just that little part of the blanket is held under the buckle and this keeps it on! Brilliant.
This has become my go to pattern for baby shower gifts. Not only does it look like I worked really hard on it, but it is awesomely functional.
The other day, I started working on a new blanket for a coworker and was not feeling the bobble love. BreeAnna's pattern uses the bobble stitch to make those great bumps in the blanket. They are adorable, but frustrating at times. You have to keep careful count of your stitches to make sure that the pattern works. I was feeling blah and wanted to just make a blanket I didn't have to think about after the first row of chains. In addition to that, I only had DK weight yarn which is much too thin for the Bobble Blanket pattern to work correctly.
Using BreeAnna's pattern as inspiration, I came up with a pattern for my own car seat blanket. The part for the buckle holes is all BreeAnna's work applied to my pattern. Thanks, BreeAnna!
K Hook (6.5 mm)
2 strands of Sport Weight (size 3) yarn held together (I used Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly Yarn)
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Gauge: 11 stitches = 4 inches, 9 rows = 4 inches
Note: throughout, the chain 2 does not count as an HDC
Row 1: HDC in the third chain from the hook and in each chain across. (42 HDCs)
Row 2-15: Chain 2 and turn. HDC in the same stitch and in each stitch across. (42 HDCs)
Row 16: Chain 1 and turn. SC in the same stitch and in the next 17 stitches. Chain 6 and skip the next 6 stitches. SC in the next stitch and in the remaining 17 stitches. (18 SC, 6 chains, 18 SC)
Row 17: Chain 1 and turn. SC in the same stitch and in each stitch across. Make sure to SC in each of the 6 chains from the previous row. (42 SCs)
Row 18-19: Chain 2 and turn. HDC in each stitch across. (42 HDCs).
Row 20: Repeat row 16.
Row 21: Repeat Row 17.
Row 22-37: Chain 2 and turn. 1 HDC in each stitch across.
You can do whatever you would like for your border. For mine, I wanted a feminine look, so I made a ruffle border.
Row 38: Chain 1. SC in each stitch around. Place 2 SCs in each corner.
Row 39: Chain 2. 2 DCs in the same stitch, 3 DCs in the next stitch. Continue around the blanket. Crochet 3 DCs in each corner stitch. (You can stop here, but I went a little bigger)
Row 40: Chain 2. 1 DC in each stitch around.
I also added a flower to mine because it did not feel finished.
I hope you enjoy making this blanket as much as I did. Enjoy!