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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 10: Baby Blankets & Layettes

#FlashbackFriday #crochet #linkblast - roundup of 15 free patterns for baby blankets & layettes 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 more than 15 free crochet patterns for baby blankets and other items for a layette set. Baby projects are small and easy to carry around when the weather gets warmer. All photos are used with permission and are copyright the respective designers. Unless otherwise noted, all patterns are free.

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Roundup of 15 free #crochet patterns for baby blankets & layettes on @ucrafter

Rectangular Sampler Baby Blanket (picture #6) by me!: This variation on the “granny square stitch” is easy to customize.

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Celtic Weave Blanket (picture #4) by @PatternParadise: This delightful blanket includes a photo tutorial and a link to a video tutorial.

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Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets (for sale) by Sharon Silverman: Explore Tunisian crochet with through these 8 patterns. You can read Sharon’s guest post about the booklet here.

White Baby Bolero by Marumin Crochet: This adorable pattern is available in both Spanish and English. You can read my interview with Maru Minetto here.

Call the Midwife Inspired Baby Blanket (picture #5) by @LittleMCrochet: This baby blanket has a classic vintage look. You can read my interview with Rebecca Langford here.

Honey Sweet Baby Blanket (picture #10) by @CrochetKim: This striking cabled Tunisian crochet blanket pattern includes links to video tutorials for both right- and left-handed crocheters. (If you like Tunisian cables, read my review of Kim Guzman’s Tunisian Cables to Crochet on the CGOA blog here.)

Car Seat Blankets

Car Seat Blankets (for sale) by Becky Stevens: This booklet includes 8 car seat blankets. You can read my complete review on the Crochet Guild of America’s blog here.

Sugar Candy Stripes Newborn Dress (picture #12) by @erangi_udeshika: This pattern is part of a coordinated layette set including patterns for a hat, booties, and blanket.

Woven Rainbow Baby Blanket (picture #8) by @MazKwok: This vibrant basketweave blanket is also a great stash buster!


Crochet Daisy Afghan (picture #1) by @RepeatCrafterMe: The adorable daisy appliques add texture to this simple blanket.


A Year of Baby Afghans (for sale): This booklet includes 12 crochet patterns by various designers.

Calming Seas by @KatiesCrochet: This unisex striped blanket is a great beginner-friendly project.

Chevron Lace Romper (picture # 2) by @MelodysMakings: This downloadable tutorial pattern includes instructions for making this adorable romper in 5 sizes from newborn through 2 years old.

Joseph’s Puff Stitch Blanket (picture #3) by @Jessie_AtHome: This unisex textured blanket pattern includes both video and photo tutorials.

Baby Hats

Baby Hats (for sale) by Annastasia Cruz: This pattern booklet includes 10 crochet hats, each sized for 3, 6, and 12 months.

Shell Stitch Baby Blanket (picture #7) by @stitchin_mommy: This classic baby blanket style is updated with contemporary colors.


Summer Shells Dress (picture #11) by @BustingStitches: This adorable pattern is available in four sizes from 3 months through 18 months.

Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket (picture #9) by @mooglyblog: This colorful pattern includes a photo tutorial and links to a video tutorial. You can read my interview with Tamara Kelly here.

Sweet Potato Baby Sweater by Erica Jackofsky via @aboutdotcom: This cute unisex sweater is part of a layette set including patterns for a beanie, blanket, and slippers.

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 Interview Series: Maru Minetto from Marumin Crochet

This post is part of my 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month interview series.

Today is the last interview in my Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 series.  (For those who don’t know, Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 and ends on October 15.)  I’m happy to interview Maru Minetto, the Peruvian blogger and crochet designer behind Marumin Crochet.  Maru can also be found on Ravelry as marumin and on her designer page.

Maru Minetto.

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

Maru: My grandma did the most beautiful crochet work.  She taught me the basics as a teenager, but I wasn’t any good at it.  I had difficulty holding the crochet correctly and ended up  very frustrated with my uneven results.  I tried it again several years later, before the birth of my son… I bought a few magazines and started crocheting with much better results, so I started to crochet for gifts and charities.

UC: You seem to enjoy making projects for babies and children.  What is it about these types of projects that you love?

Maru: I went back to crocheting because I wanted my children to have crocheted items like the ones my grandma used to make for us, (not that I could really do more than bibs and blankets), but that was what drew me back to crocheting.  Caps, booties and sweaters soon followed. Baby projects are finished up fast, and don’t take up a lot of material.  Babies and children are a great inspiration and they can wear anything from vintage classic to colorful  modern edge items and always look cute. Even when my kids are all grown up now, there’s always need for baby items for gift giving and especially to be donated to hospitals and children in need and I find it very rewarding to be able to give something done with my own hands.

Maru Minetto’s White Baby Bolero pattern.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Maru: I think basically the need to experiment, create and have fun.  I started by following patterns written by other designers (and I still do crochet items by other designers), but sometimes I have a specific idea and no pattern to follow, so I simply start crocheting and creating a pattern of my own.

UC: Tell us about the crochet scene in Peru.

Maru: As you may know, Perú is well known for its fine Alpaca wool and the excellent craftmanship of our native people.  (UC comment: This is definitely true.  I work with Galler Yarns, and they import several luscious Peruvian alpaca yarns!)  In native communities they learn to spin, knit and/or crochet as children. Several years ago it was also common for schools to teach the basics of knitting and crochet. There is no rivalry between knitting and crochet that I know of, but knitting is more widely spread as it is almost always related to clothing items as opposed to crochet that is viewed more as a decorative labor (tablecloths, doilies, dishcloths, afghans, etc). Also, people seem to find it easier to knit than to crochet and it is way easier to find information and patterns  related to knitting than to crochet.

Maru Minetto’s My Lavender Sachet pattern.

UC: Your blog is bilingual.  Tell us about your decision to blog in both English and Spanish.  What do you see as the benefits and the challenges of writing a bilingual blog?

Maru: I decided upon a bilingual blog as a means to reach more people, and make it easier for my followers.  I find that built in translators do not do a good job and the “translations” are almost always “confusing” to say the least.  Crochet has its very own “language” and common dictionaries/translators do not have the correct equivalents for crocheting terms. Blogging in two languages just takes up a little more time.

Maru Minetto’s Cute Baby Sweater pattern.

UC: Do you have any favorite Spanish or English crochet blogs or websites to share? Maru: There are several blogs I follow.  There are lots and lots of creative and caring people in the crochet community who love to share their knowledge of crochet.

But my all time favorite crochet blogs  are in Portuguese:

Thanks so much for stopping by Maru, and sharing your thoughts and links with us!

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