Whether you want to give a friend a handmade gift or create an heirloom for your child, our sweet stroller blanket is the answer. To make sure the pattern was goofproof enough for moms who've never done needlework, we invited the Craft Yarn Council of America to the Parents offices to teach us all how to crochet. After a lunchtime lesson, most staffers were able to crochet a square in about an hour.
- Yarn 2 balls each of Patons Look at Me lilac, bright lilac, and deep purple (enough to complete 8 5 inch squares in each color and to finish the edges of the blanket)
- Size 5mm (H-8) crochet hook
- Yarn or tapestry needle (blunt-pointed)
To create this 22 x 32 inch stroller blanket, you'll need to complete 24 5-inch crocheted squares. Then, arrange the colored patches in a desired pattern, creating 4 rows of 6 squares each, and weave them together.
To make one 5-inch-square section
FOUNDATION ROW: Chain (ch) 20 stitches: Begin by making a slipknot on the crochet hook (A).
Holding the hook in one hand, bring yarn over the hook from back to front with your other hand, grab it with the hook, and draw the hooked yarn through the slipknot and onto the hook. This makes 1 chain stitch (B). Repeat 19 times. When finished, you should have 20 chain stitches and 1 loop remaining on the hook.
ROW 1: Skip the first chain stitch from the hook, and insert the hook through the center of the next chain stitch (C) and wrap the yarn over the hook.
Draw up a loop. Now you have 2 loops on the hook (D).
Wrap the yarn over the hook again, and draw it through both loops on the hook (E).
One loop remains on the hook, and you have just made 1 single crochet (F). Continue in the same manner, inserting the hook into each chain across the foundation row until you've completed 19 single-crochet (sc) stitches. Keep the yarn tension steady so that all stitches are of similar size.
At the end of the row, make 1 chain stitch (ch 1), and turn your work counterclockwise (G), leaving the loop on the hook.