Monday, 30 October 2017

RAINBOWS n SUNSHINE BABY BALL BLANKET

free crochet blanket pattern, free crochet lovey pattern, free crochet hypoallergenic ball pattern

free crochet blanket pattern, free crochet lovey pattern, free crochet hypoallergenic ball pattern

RAINBOWS n SUNSHINE BABY BALL BLANKET


This project was shared by a friend recently, and of course, I knew this was on my “to-do” list.. just didn’t know I’d get to make it so soon J
“The stork” just visited a family member .. so guess who is going to be filled with love wrapped in a blanket ;)

Materials used : Today I’ve used a combination of colours from Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarns with a 3.5 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Intermediate.  

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

How to single crochet join :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30

How to join using whip stitch : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBYfdRgy5II


Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                             sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                 ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                       sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                        yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)     
                   

For this lovely project, I’ve used the inspiration from this free pattern at http://cre8tioncrochet.com/2014/04/you-are-my-sunshine/


This pattern is available in Dutch as well, so do mosey along and check it out. J



free crochet blanket pattern, free crochet lovey pattern, free crochet hypoallergenic ball pattern

free crochet blanket pattern, free crochet lovey pattern, free crochet hypoallergenic ball pattern

free crochet blanket pattern, free crochet lovey pattern, free crochet hypoallergenic ball pattern

After I finished making the lovey, I have decided to do something different and funky.  Usually a lovey has a cute little toy in the centre and a smallish blanket around it, right? So this lovey satisfies all of that – the small little sunshine face, and the multi-coloured rainbow blanket. 
Now for a twist, I thought of making a bag, and attaching it to one side of the lovey, such that if you neatly stuff the lovey into it, you get a ready-made ball – a cute, huggable ball!

I know some kids are allergic to poly-fill, so with this idea you get a soft huggable toy and a blanket as well.. lets see how this works out.

OK first things first.  Go off to that pattern link above and make the lovey.  Attach on that small sun where ever you want it.  I attached mine to one corner, such that when I stuff the lovey into the ball (big sun), the little sun is popping out from one side.

Big Sun Pattern (a.k.a The Big Ball)

free crochet blanket pattern, free crochet lovey pattern, free crochet hypoallergenic ball pattern

free crochet blanket pattern, free crochet lovey pattern, free crochet hypoallergenic ball pattern

So what are we doing here?  We are going to make 2 big rounds in the same pattern as we have for the little sun (for the lovey). 
The only difference is that we will be working the pattern for a much larger circle. 
The pattern for the little sun goes till Round 4, increasing till you have 40 stitches.  We get 10 spikes as the last round of pattern is worked every 4th stitch. 

So all you now need to do to get this pattern to work for a larger sun, is to end your last round in multiples of 4.  So just continue working the pattern, and end when you have multiples of 4 and the size you need for your big sun.


So here’s what you need to do in short :
a)   You need to see how large a sun you need to stuff your lovey.  It all depends on how large your lovey is.  Check sizing chart at the top of this blog.
b)   To figure out how large you want it, fold your lovey (or scrunch it up) and measure how wide it is approximately.  That’s how large a diameter (side to side) you’d need for your circles.
c)     As we are working the same pattern as for the little sun, all you will do is increase the number of rounds till you have the diameter you need.  Remember to check that you have multiples of 4 when you end.
d)   Once you have the last round in multiples of 4 (so say 40 , 60, 80 sts), go back to the pattern sheet and work Round 5 and you will have spikes.
e)    Keep a note of how many stitches / rounds you have worked and work the 2nd piece in the same way.
f)     Attach the two halves of your ball using one of the joining methods at the top of this blo (Read Finishing instructions below.



Finishing : Once you have two pieces of the large sun, join them together, leaving one opening where you can stuff your blanket in.  What I did was attach the small sun at one corner, and attach this big sun in another corner – so when you fold the blanket and stuff it into the bag, the little sun can still stay popped out.  It does not really matter where you attach the little sun, so go ahead, create and have fun.

You will , however, attach one half of the sun under the blanket in one corner.  The other open half will stay open so that you can stuff the blanket in. 
Did this work for you?

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