Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Bubbles Baby Blanket Pattern

Yes, this pattern is a free download on Ravelry, which you can download without being a member and now available from Docstoc.com from the tab above (click menu to download) or here.  It originally appeared at Crochet Pattern Central and has gone viral since.  It was the first pattern I ever wrote, so there are a few additional things I would like to add to make it easier for those who had questions:

Hook size-M/N-9 MM (depending on the hook manufacturer, it could be an M or an N hook)
This makes a great stroller or car seat blanket, as it won't drag on the ground or the floor of the car, however you can make it larger.  Just make sure your starting chain is divisible by 3 (multiples of 3) and add 2 chains for the starting chain and go from there.  You can just chain one at starting chain and each row thereafter for the last stitch, but the chain 2 gives it a nice edging and it won't curl, it's up to you.  If using finer yarn, go down a hook size, if using single strand, go down two hook sizes, etc, but the starting chain will be with width you chose and work from there.  I've made it several different ways, using single strand and double strand.  Gauge isn't important and if you're a tight crocheter, then go up a hook size if it seems too stiff.



If you have questions, please continue to feel free to contact me.  I just hope this helps answer some of the questions and makes it easier for those who are downloading it from Crochet Pattern Central.

53 comments:

Vera said...

Pretty cute. That will make a nice quick baby gift.

Kay said...

Really loved working on this pattern Deneen! I used finer yarn so it took time for me to complete it, but i was amazed how beautiful the pattern looked as the blanket grew big! Thank you for sharing.

Here is the link to my blog post -> http://krochet.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/bubbles-baby-blanket/

Granny said...

Could you please tell me if you continue to repeat row 1 and 2 or do you just do row 2 over and over? Thank You

Deneen said...

Just repeat row 2 until it is the size you want.

Dani said...

I made this one for my daughter before she was born using double strand of pink and white, and then created a white scalloped edge around it to finish.
It's so easy, but even more than that, it's such a snuggly, beautiful blanket for how quickly you can pump one out! :) Thanks!

Barbara said...

I have made five of these, and have used 4 strands, 3 strands, 2 strands, and 1 in a super think plush yarn. I love this pattern, it is so quick and easy and makes a beautiful gift! For each one, I prayed as I crocheted them and gave them to ladies in our church. Each one brought tears of gratitude. Thank you so very much for sharing this one!

Lee Ann said...

Hey, Deneen - Just completed an afghan for my daughter from your pattern - turned out beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing!

Deneen said...

Kay, Dani, Barbara and Lee Ann, you are all welcome

Suzanne said...

I am new at crocheting and am trying this blanket as my first project. I understand how to sc and dc, but I'm confused about how to do them in the same stitch. I'm teaching myself from a book. The dc directions say you skip 3 chains and go into the 4th chain. With your pattern it seems you are abbreviating that direction to just work on top of the sc. Is that correct? Kind of a stacking of sc and 2dc? then work into the 2nd chain?

Deneen said...

You are correct, after the first row, you would be crocheting a sc and 2 dc all in the sc from the previous row. sc/2dc in same stitch. After the first few rows, you will see the "bubbles" forming in the stitch pattern.

Anonymous said...

I have a question...how do can you do an edging on this little blanket?

Deneen said...

You can do a sc loosely around the edge and do a shell stitch (ex. 3 dc in same st) sk st, sc into next st, sk st and shell in next around. If you are on Ravelry, click the link on my sidebar and see all the edgings people came up with.

Susan said...

Is the 9.0mm crotchet hook correct. It seems a rather large hook?

Deneen said...

Yes, if you are using two strands held together. If using a single strand, make your chain longer (divisible by 3 add 2 for starting chain) and use a j or k hook, depending on thickness of yarn.

Anonymous said...

Love your pattern , mine came out a bit small so I decided to go around the out side with 10 rows, but noticed that the bubbles were smaller and only on one side, I think I should have reversed direction at the beginning on each new round. Oh well , I will unravel and try that again . Marion

claudia said...

i am having trouble with this pattern and im sure im doing something wrong but i cant figure out what. my sides seem to be slanting toward the middle. it says to do a sc in top of turning chain but the top of the chain is indented slightly so its dragging the sides inward. is it clear what im doing wrong?

Deneen said...

You should be doing your chain 2, turn and then 2 dc in the last sc. It will indent slightly to give it a slight wavy look. How many rows have you done? Do the sc in the 2nd chain of the turning chain, ch 2 and turn and continue on the next row. You repeat row 2 only for the entire blanket. I hope this helps.

claudia said...

looks better i think i was doing the sc in the wrong stitch on the turning chain. thank you for this pattern and for your help!

Deneen said...

No problem-just ask if you have any questions.

Morgan said...

I'm having a bit of trouble with the third row. I may just be a bad crocheter, but I can't seem to get the bubbles to start forming. I think I'm doing the sc/2dc wrong and into the wrong stitch. I'm learning out of a book, but I think I'm still doing it wrong. Do you have any suggestions for alternative explanations or pictures I could find or google? Thanks, and I really can't wait to make the blanket!

Deneen said...

Morgan, you should be doing the (sc,dc,dc) in the sc stitch from the previous row. You would skip two stitches and then do the above stitch combo all together in every third stitch to the end, which ends with a sc. The "bubbles" should start appearing after several rows. If you have any other questions, please let me know. My email contact is under the "about me" section on the front of the blog page (click the link).

Joy said...

This looks great so far. Have used Bernet baby sport yarn with a G hook. Very delicate looking. Making it large about 38 x 38 and it took 2 of the large skeins from Walmart. All in all a nice baby gift for $13.

Anonymous said...

Deneen,
Love this pattern. Do you have any directions to make this stitch
into an infant hat?
Thank you,
Judy

Deneen said...

Judy, I don't have a pattern, although some on Ravelry have made a sets. BevsCountryCottage.com has some wonderful baby hat patterns which I have made in the same yarn as the blanket to give as gifts.

Shirley said...

I had made this pattern before and it worked up great and I gave the pattern away with the baby blanket when someone asked me for it. I never kept a copy. So I am so glad to find it once again. I making this blanket for cancer patients now for their laps as they sit in a chair they can place it over their laps and keep them a little warmer. Thank Deneen

Deneen said...

Thanks Shirley, exactly what I love hearing about the pattern and the various uses.

Paula in Calif said...

I just found out that I am getting 2 great-grandchildren and a great neice or nephew..Mar, Apr & May next year! Have not crocehted in a while, but looking at patterns and just found this. Just what I was picturing for a baby afghan. I'm excited to start making them! I'll have to post my results!
Thanks!

Deneen said...

Congrats Paula and best wishes to your growing family!

Wendy said...

I love this blanket... it's so easy and fast! I've crocheted 4 of them in the last year. I put a ruffle edge on it just to make it a little fancy.

Thanks for sharing the pattern :)

Deneen said...

You are welcome Wendy, my pleasure.

TMcGee said...

If I use two strands for the blanket. What would I use to make an edging, 1 or 2 strands? Also, could you suggest a simple edging for this pattern?

Deneen said...

You can do a sc loosely around the edge and do a shell stitch (ex. 3 dc in same st) sk st, sc into next st, sk st and shell in next around. If you are on Ravelry, click the link on my sidebar and see all the edgings people came up with.

I did the edging using a single strand. I hope this helps.

jkshu80 said...

I really want to make this blanket, but I'd like to make it a bit larger, I understand that the chain has to be divisible by 3 however, the chain 2 part is not making sense to me....so if I do a chain of 132 is that how long my chain will be? What is the chain 2 part?

Deneen said...

The ch 2 part is the turning chain (you can ch 1 for this part, but the ch 2 adds the little bubble edging). 130 isn't divisible by 3. 132 is fine, because 129 is divisible by 3 plus you add two for the turning chain, hence 132. You would have to do a trial and measure how long the chain 132 is and that will be the width of the blanket. The second row, and every row after that will end with ch 2.

I hope this helped.

Anonymous said...

Quick question. The directions kind of confuse me a little. Are rows 1 and 2 the same, but row 1 is going into a chain where rows2 and so on go into stitches? Thank you

Deneen said...

Yes, just keep repeating row 2. Row 1 is the set up row.

jo said...

Great pattern, Deneen. Thank you for sharing. I am a new crocheter but was able to make this without a problem. I am so excited to give this as a gift. I used the "one pound" yarn in antique white. It's beautiful! I'm now starting one in pink. So fun! Thanks!

Deneen said...

Thanks Jo! Always happy to hear from a new crocheter and that this was an easy project for them :)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try this pattern. It looks very nice.

Anonymous said...

I really like this pattern, I can't wait to try it. So glad you shared it.

Bess said...

Just found this pattern! After working on a couple of different patterns that just did not work right, this pattern is a wonderful relief! The pattern is very easy to follow and it really works out nicely! The edges are even! (what a novel concept!) So many patterns don't give a nice result on the ends like this one! Fabulous...thanks a million! I will use this one for all my baby blankets in the future!! :D

Deneen said...

Thanks so much for your kind words Bess. I am so glad you like the pattern.

Cristi said...

I am a beginner and am confused on the sc and sc in the same sc. Can someone help me to understand this better?

Cristi said...

I am a beginner and I am really confused on the sc and 2 dc in the same sc. Can someone clarify this for me?

Unknown said...

I am almost done with one for my 3rd grandson...appreciated the change and since I only do basics, this one was absolutely great....but I can find the ideas about the edging. I want to do something around the outside and can't find the link I used to have. Can you help?

V said...

I am making this for my 3rd grandson...I needed a change from a large one color granny sq. It is almost done...need ideas for the edging and I can't locate the one I saved...any ideas?
Thanks...and love your stuff...want to make that cork mat!

V said...

This is for my 3rd grandson..tired of making large granny squares. I only do basics and this one came out great! Just need some edging ideas...I had yours somewhere and it disappeared. Can you help? Also, love your cork mat!

patty said...

I am new to crocheting and would like to try this using Bernet baby sport yarn, would I use 2 strands at one time and what size needle would I use?

patty said...

I am new to crocheting and would like to ry this using Bernet baby sport yarn. Would I use 2 strands at one time and what size needle would I use? thank you.

Deneen said...

Patty,

Please contact me at deneen(at)yarnsandmusings.com and I will try to help you through.

Anonymous said...

Deneen,

I am on the twenty-second shelter blanket using this pattern. Thank you so much for publishing the details. Having the three Plus two formula makes it easy to use any number of yarns and combinations.
Thanks again,
Nancy

Deneen said...

Nancy, so happy you like the pattern and are using it for shelter donations!

Beth Zimmerman said...

I have probably made this ten times already as gifts for friends.

It turns out so pretty each time and I like trying different color combos. My favorite by far is the varigated (pink/purple/green/white) and using a 2nd strand of blue. It can be either a boy or girl blanket. I am making one now with the 2nd strand being white and it is so PRETTY! Definitely a girl blanket with that, though!

I usually edge mine with a couple rows of single crochet in the 2nd color. Everyone LOVES this blanket.

It takes me WAY LONGER than 3 hours, though! hahaha....I spend a couple hours a night on it and it still takes me a couple weeks or more to get it done. I must be really slow....sigh!

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