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Free Pattern: Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter

I’m so excited to share this pattern with you today! I originally designed it for the FaveCrafts Blog, and they titled the post “The Stunningly Beautiful Crochet Baby Blanket You Need In Your LIfe.” I think it came out great, and I’d love to hear what you think!

This pattern is crocheted from corner to corner, increasing to the midpoint and then decreasing to the end. The design creates a square blanket, but the size is adjustable.

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter

This post contains affiliate linksThe yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand.

I crocheted my version using a rainbow of Vanna’s Choice Baby colors – Cheery Cherry as red, Goldfish as orange, Duckie as yellow, Sweet Pea as green, Little Boy Blue as blue, and Bluebell as purple.

I used this same color combination, with the addition of Angel White, in my sample for the Scrappy Shells Blanket pattern, which originally appeared in the February, 2015 issue of I Like Crochet.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Scrappy Shells Blanket detail.

But, in spite of its name, you don’t have to crochet the Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket pattern in rainbow colors. It also makes a great stash buster project! You can change colors at the end of any row. If you do choose to make a scrap yarn version, remember that rows towards the middle use the largest amounts of yarn, so use your small yarn odds and ends at the beginning and end of the project.

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Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50

This adjustable crochet blanket pattern looks great in planned colors or as a scrap blanket.

Finished Size

  • 32.5” (82.5 cm) square.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 170 yd/156 m)
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Shop for Vanna’s Choice Baby yarn on LeisureArts.com!

Gauge

  • 6 boxes x 6 boxes in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • + Rep instructions after plus sign as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Blanket is crocheted in one piece in rows from corner to corner using a variation of the diagonal box stitch.
  • Stitch pattern is reversible, so choose best side as right (front) side before starting to crochet border.
  • Border is crocheted in the round with right (front) side facing.
  • To adjust size, continue repeating Row 3 until straight edge reaches your desired length.

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter

Pattern Instructions

  • With CA, ch 5.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 3 (counts as ch-3 sp), dc in next 2 ch. (1 box)
  • Row 2: Ch 5, turn, sk 3 sts, dc in next 2 st, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp of previous row. (2 boxes)

Increase to center

  • Row 3: Ch 5, turn, sk 3 sts, dc in next 2 st, *(sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; rep from * across. (Increases by 1 box ea row)
  • Rows 5-8: Rep Row 3 4 times.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 3, changing to CB in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CA.
  • Rows 10-17: Rep Row 3 8 times.
  • Row 18: Rep Row 3, changing to CC in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CB.
  • Rows 19-26: Rep Row 3 8 times.
  • Row 27: Rep Row 3, changing to CD in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 28-34: Rep Row 3 7 times.
  • Row 35: Rep Row 3, changing to CE in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CD.
  • Rows 36-40: Rep Row 3 5 times.
  • Row 41: Rep Row 3, changing to CF in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CE.
  • Rows 42-47: Rep Row 3 6 times.

Decrease to end

  • Row 48: Turn, sl st in first 2 sts, *(sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; rep from * across. (Decreases by 1 box ea row)
  • Rows 49-53: Rep Row 48 5 times. Fasten off CF.
  • Row 54: Turn, join CE with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
  • Rows 55-59: Rep Row 48 5 times. Fasten off CE.
  • Row 60: Turn, join CD with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
  • Rows 61-66: Rep Row 48 6 times. Fasten off CD.
  • Row 67: Turn, join CC with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
  • Rows 68-75: Rep Row 48 8 times. Fasten off CC.
  • Row 76: Turn, join CB with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
  • Rows 77-84: Rep Row 48 8 times. Fasten off CB.
  • Row 85: Turn, join CA with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
  • Rows 86-93: Rep Row 48 8 times. Fasten off CA.

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter

Border

  • Rnd 1: Join CB with sl st in any corner starting with vertical box, ch 1, sc in same vertical st and in next vertical st, *3 sc in next horizontal st (ch-3 sp or side of dc), sc in next 2 vertical sts;** rep from * to last st of row, sc again in same st, ch 2, turn and continue working along next side, +4 sc in next horizontal st (ch-3 sp or side of dc),++ sc in next 2 vertical sts; rep from * to ** to last horizontal st of row, rep from + to ++; ch 2, turn and continue working along next side, ***2 sc in next vertical st, sc in next horizontal st, rep from * to ***, sc in first st, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off CB.
  • Rnd 2: Join CC with sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *dcBL in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, rep from * to corner ch-2 sp,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off CC.
  • Rnd 3: Join CF in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, [(2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in ch-2 sp, scBL in next 3 sts, * (working behind ch-1 sp, dc in next st from Rnd 1), scBL in next st; rep from * to last 2 st before corner ch-2 sp, scBL in next 2 sts] 4 times, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off CF.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.
© 2015 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2015/07/08/free-pattern-diagonal-rainbows-baby-blanket. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 12: Circular Blankets

#FlashbackFriday #Crochet #LinkBlast: roundup of 14 (mostly free) circular blankets patterns on @ucrafter

On Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! Keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 14 (mostly) free crochet patterns for circular blankets. These are a fun way to break up the monotony of square or rectangular blankets. Read on for more details!

All photos are used with permission and are copyright the respective designers.

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Roundup of 14 (mostly) free #crochet patterns for circular blankets on @ucrafter

Sunshine of Your Love Blanket and Pillow Set (photo 1) by @ucrafter (me!): This baby blanket with a circular pillow sends virtual rays of sunshine to a special baby in your life. The Sunshine of Your Love Blanket & Pillow Set crochet pattern is 75% off with coupon code jdd20150703 today (July 3, 2015) only! Click here to add it (with the discount) to your cart on Ravelry.

Sunshine of Your Love Blanket and Pillow Set, #crochet pattern by @ucrafter. For sale on Craftsy, Etsy, and Ravelry.

Sunshine of Your Love Blanket and Pillow Set, crochet pattern by Marie Segares. Image courtesy of All Craft Media, Ltd.

Circle of Love Afghan (photo 3), free crochet pattern by @mooglyblog: This pretty throw includes links to several video tutorials.

Double Spiral Afghan, free crochet pattern by Margaret Zellner: This pattern also includes a video tutorial here.

Hurricane Whirl Afghan (photo 4) by @TriflsNTreasurs: This pattern would also make a lovely doily if crocheted with thread and a steel hook. For sale on Ravelry.

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Circle Lapghan, free crochet pattern by @kimkotary via @RedHeartYarns: This textured lap blanket is made with 4 colors of yarn.

Circle Afghan, free crochet pattern by @LionBrandYarn: This circular throw works up quickly in Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick.

Rainbow Wedges Baby Afghan, free crochet pattern by @LionBrandYarn: This vibrant baby blanket will brighten up a nursery with 5 colors Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby.

Zen Spiral Afghan, free crochet pattern by @LionBrandYarn: This striped throw in Lion Brand Wool-Ease includes the spike stitch.

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Circles Baby Afghan (photo 2), free crochet pattern by Mo King Low: This pattern uses bulky yarn to work up quickly.

Medallion Circular Throw, free crochet pattern by @GoCrochet via @RedHeartYarns: This lacy throw features triangular medallions.

Round Jacob’s Ladder Blanket for Babies, free crochet pattern by Maxine Gonser for Bev’s Country Cottage: This striped pattern would make a great way to learn the Jacob’s Ladder stitch.

Skipping Stones Circular Afghan, free crochet pattern by Priscilla Hewitt: This textured blanket is crocheted in one color.

Pastel Petals Afghan by @FreshStitches: This is one of many great contemporary nursery designs from Stacey’s book, Modern Baby Crochet.

Baby Love by Marken from the Hat & I: This lovely blanket includes connecting hearts in the border.

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Interview with Susan Carlson from Felted Button

Interview with Susan Carlson from Felted Button on Underground Crafter

I’m continuing my series of highlighting crochet designers as part of my celebration of (Inter)National Crochet Month by sharing an interview with Susan Carlson from Felted Button. Her colorful designs have been spreading joy online for several years, and she has also been a Design Wars Challenger!

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You can find Susan and her colorful crochet patterns online on the Felted Button website, and on Craftsy, Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Ravelry (as FeltedButton and on her designer page), and Twitter. All images are copyright Susan Carlson and are used with permission.

Interview with crochet designer Susan Carlson from Felted Button on Underground Crafter

Susan Carlson.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet?

Susan: I was taught to crochet by my left-handed granny. Since I’m a righty, I’m still not certain how she pulled it off with a distracted and squirmy 9 year old, but I’ll admit I found the process intriguing. From there I made only one thing that I can really recall…a hideously long, squeaky black scarf for my dad. See, my granny never taught me how to fasten off, so I just kept going until the entire skein was gone. That whole “not knowing when to stop” was a problem I faced in school, too, as my teachers confirmed. Indeed, I immediately got distracted–for over 30 years–with things like running hurdles, teaching high school sciences, and learning a lot about other crafty things. But then, being inspired by a number of crochet blogs, I found the hook my granny had given me and bought A LOT of yarn. Again, not knowing quite when to stop, I made the most ginormous blanket! But I was “hooked” and have been crocheting ever since!

Rainbow Sprinkles Blanket, a crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Rainbow Sprinkles Blanket, a crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Susan: I have what I call a very “noisy” brain. I crochet because it quiets the noise. And I remember as a child feeling the NEED to create something…anything. With crocheting, not only do I get a quiet mind, but also a wonderful, colorful, original handmade item to enjoy or share. Plus, do you realize how many colors of yarn there are? Why designing and writing patterns? To have someone with their own hands translate and make a tangible creation from what started out as only an idea in my head, well, it’s magical!! Plus, I never have to make the same thing twice—it’s that distraction/focus issue again.

Pointillism Posie, a crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Pointillism Posie, a crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: Although you have a lot of variety in your patterns, you definitely have quite a few blankets. What do you enjoy about designing blankets?

Susan: For me, I tend to be more focused on the art of the design than the current style or trend. That’s probably why I am drawn to blankets and rugs as they are essentially a huge canvas on which to “paint” or “draw” with colorful yarn! Like the Painted Pixels Blanket which is made with 7 colorways of a self-striping yarn. This one was taken on as a challenge to myself to see if I could make these 7 disparate balls of yarn actually look good together.

Painted Pixels Blanket, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Painted Pixels Blanket, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: Crocheters and afghans (and crocheted afghans) sometimes get a bad rep. When you’re designing blankets, do you feel additional pressure to break those stereotypes?

Susan: I often get sweet comments from Felted Button fans that my work is “not granny crochet.” Although I don’t necessarily consider that when I am designing, I am drawn to bold colors, lots of texture, interesting stitch placements and sometimes graphic, modern designs. Although I have a few traditional designs, I really enjoy trying to think outside of the box and create something brand new—but not trendy.

Monet's Garden Throw, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Monet’s Garden Throw, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: Color is prominent in your designs. What suggestions do you have for crocheters who are feeling nervous about experimenting with colors?

Susan: Texture and color are vital elements in my designs, but never at the expense of crocheting that is pleasurable, as I believe the fun is in the action of hook and yarn in hand, not merely the finished product. So I strive to make my patterns friendly for various skill levels with any unusual stitches and techniques shown in detail. It has to be fun to make, right?!

Although I always suggest to folks to choose colors that speak to them—otherwise they get bored or discouraged and lose interest in the middle of a project–I also try to persuade them that getting a little daring can be surprisingly fun. I think I have been blessed with “an eye for color” so selecting colors is pretty easy for me. But, I have rounded up a number of sites for reference when looking for color inspiration. You can find them here on my blog.

Mariposa Throw, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Mariposa Throw, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?

Susan: Everywhere! Sometimes it is the yarn itself, sometimes the colors I see around me, sometimes a photograph, sometimes just playing with hook and yarn in hand to see where it takes me.

I also find myself wandering Pinterest and the web for graphic designs in other mediums that I can translate to crochet. That’s how I came up with my Pointillism Posie Blanket. It started with a picture of a single bloom, which led to reminiscing upon my sixth grade art class where we learned about pointillism. Each of the 29 colors of motifs—busted from my stash–makes a little spot of color that adds to the image of the huge flower.

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I came up with the Rainbow Sprinkles Blanket after finding a print of little sprinkles of color falling against a neutral background gaining more color as they fall into a colorful pile!

Infinity Blossom Cowl, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Infinity Blossom Cowl, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: What is your favorite crochet book in your collection?

Susan: Right now, I am having a ball playing with various stitch patterns from The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs by Linda P. Schapper. It may sound less than exciting to some folks, but it inspires me to use my creativity with color, texture and stitch placement and allows me to really experiment with my hook and yarn.

UC: You have over 5,100 sales on Etsy. Do you have any tips for new Etsy sellers?

Susan: I feel like such an amateur in the business world, but these are a few suggestions:

  • Photos—take good ones with natural light!!!
  • Shop Appearance—strive for a uniformity in your shop “look” so when people see your work they recognize it as yours and know precisely what they will find when they are in your shop
  • Know your audience–exactly who you are marketing to? Age range? Gender? Skill level? Style?
  • Value of your work—don’t undervalue your work or everyone else will, too.
  • Take advantage of Etsy’s tips and suggestions for success.
  • Look at other’s shops, but don’t look too hard. Comparing yourself to them, or worse yet, trying copy them, is not genuine and will not bring success. You must be true to yourself and your style. Create a strong brand that screams YOU!
  • Flood the earth—Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc. If your product is quality, financial success is dependent on “eyeballs.”
Let"s Twirl Baby Blanket and Rug, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Let”s Twirl Baby Blanket and Rug, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: Do you have any crochet/crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Susan: All of these sites provide delightful and colorful eye-candy, crochet patterns, inspiration and learning:

Interview with crochet designer Susan Carlson from Felted Button on Underground Crafter

Circle Takes the Square Blanket, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: How are you celebrating NatCroMo this year?

Susan: I’m planning on celebrating in a small way but probably should start planning some fun business events! I have a small crochet group—The Happy Hookers—in my area, and I’m hoping to have a simple celebration full of crochet, chatting, giggling and yummy treats.

That sounds like a very fun way to celebrate NatCroMo, Susan! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your enthusiasm for crochet with us.