Crochet Baby Blanket Easy Stripes

I love this crochet baby blanket pattern and its easy-to-stitch stripes. The stitch design also adds a certain elegance. Once you crochet a few rows, you don’t need to refer to the pattern.

crochet baby blanket easy stripes

Crochet Baby Blanket Easy Pattern

While the Crochet Stripes Pattern is designed to make a square blanket, I crocheted a rectangle (28″ wide x 48″ long – vertical stripes) so that the blanket can be used in a baby crib. I also stitched single crochet stitches all around the blanket once, and then I crocheted single stitch up the long sides. You can see the edging in the picture above. Below you can see the stitch in more detail.

easy crochet baby blanket with stripesColor combinations for the pattern are limitless, but I think if you combine anything with white or cream, you’ll end up with a very pretty blanket that everyone will love. I used Plymouth Yarn Encore cream (#256) and sea green (#801). I like this yarn; it’s 75% acrylic and 25% wool. It has a nice texture and it blocks beautifully. The best thing is that it looks expensive knitted up, and you can drop it in the washing machine (delicate cycle, cold wash) to clean. I always put my delicate items, including knitted or crocheted blankets in a lingerie bag before washing. The bag prevents the yarn from stretching or getting pulled.

If you need to make a baby blanket for an upcoming baby shower, I think you could easily crochet this in a few sittings. If you make up this pattern, share a link to your finished product in the comments. Happy crocheting. Oh, and if you want to add a handmade toy to the package, crochet a bunny rattle.

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Scrap Yarn Project – Weave a Bird’s Nest

I have discovered a variety of scrap yarn projects to which I can apply all my remnant bits and pieces of yarn. This project is fun and I think the results are beautiful. Additionally, the final product can be shared with Wildlife Rescue Nests. I can’t wait for a little animal to have this beautiful new home.

Here is what you’ll need to make a woven nest:

  • Cardboard pizza circles. I save the cardboard circles from frozen pizzas. They aren’t oily or dirty with pizza stains. Start saving the cardboard circles for circle weaving and other crafts.
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  • Ruler
scrap yarn project weaving
Use the ruler and pencil to draw equal pie segments around the circle. Next, use the scissors to cut equal depth (half-inch) notches on each pencil line.

 

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Tape a piece of yarn to the back. Then, run the yarn across to the adjacent cut. Repeat until the yarn is wrapped around your circle. Tape the ending yarn to the back.

 

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Run yarn through a tapestry needle and begin weaving it over and under the spokes of the wheel. When you near the end of the yarn, leave it to run behind the spokes. String new yarn through the needle and repeat the process.

 

Scrap yarn project for a nest
Continue weaving. Stop when your pattern edge is about 2-inches from the point of the cuts of the notches. Cut and tie off. Weave threads into pattern. For the nest, I wove the circle very tightly so that it would form a cup when removed. This picture shows the outside bottom of the nest.

 

nest from scrap yarn
Here is a picture of the top of the nest. Rather than tightly weave all ends in, I loosely wove some ends in and others I left loose inside the nest to make it fluffy.

Scrap Yarn Project for Kids

The nest project is great for kids too, and here’s another circle weaving project. Leave the yarn on the cardboard. Hang to display.

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Crochet Head Scarves and Knit Head Scarves

On my list of accessories to make for myself or others are crochet head scarves and knit head scarves. I’ve pulled together a sampling of patterns I like. I think you’ll like these patterns too. You’ll see the images and key to the patterns below. crochet head scarves and knit head scarves

Key to Crochet Head Scarves

2. Blue Bandeau – Free Pattern, mesh pattern stitch

5. Vintage Bandana – Free Ravelry download

7. Little Flowers Head Scarf – Craftsy pattern $2.50

Key to Knit Head Scarves

1. Rosie the Riveter Knit Kerchief – Free Ravelry pattern

3. Dutch Girl Headscarf – Craftsy pattern $2.50

4. Figure 8 Head Scarf – Ravelry (Interweave Knits pattern) $5.50

6. Kerchief – Free Vogue pattern – knit scarf, crochet flowers

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