Crochet Pattern: Crosshatch Stitch Baby Blanket With Video

Free crochet pattern: Crosshatch Stitch Baby Blanket in Premier Yarns Everyday Baby with video tutorial by Underground Crafter | This simple stitch pattern creates a delightful chevron without complicated decreases. Carry the unworked yarn up the side while you’re working and then cover with a border to minimize the number of yarn tails you need to weave. This pattern makes a great gift for your next baby shower, or is suitable for donation to your favorite children's charity, or one of the organizations highlighted by the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.

The Crosshatch Stitch Baby Blanket uses simple stitch pattern to create a delightful chevron without complicated decreases. Carry the unworked yarns up the side and then cover with a border to minimize the number of yarn tails you need to weave in at the end.  The beautiful unisex blanket makes a perfect gift for a baby shower, or as a donation to your favorite children’s charity. This pattern is part of my monthly charity spotlight series, where I highlight a charity that accepts crochet and other handmade donations and share a crochet pattern designed with that charity in mind. This month’s featured charities are the organizations spotlighted through the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation. I’ve also included a complete video tutorial to walk you through the pattern, step-by-step.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Premier Yarns.

Free crochet pattern: Crosshatch Stitch Baby Blanket in Premier Yarns Everyday Baby with video tutorial by Underground Crafter | This simple stitch pattern creates a delightful chevron without complicated decreases. Carry the unworked yarn up the side while you’re working and then cover with a border to minimize the number of yarn tails you need to weave. This pattern makes a great gift for your next baby shower, or is suitable for donation to your favorite children's charity, or one of the organizations highlighted by the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.

May’s Featured Charities: Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation

For over a decade, the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation website has helped crafters around the world share their generosity with the people of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, a home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe. This large reservation includes three of the poorest counties in the United States and has about 40,000 residents. This community also experiences harsh weather conditions during the year.

Charity Guide

For crafters that want to make a difference, Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation has a special handmade donation page that is regularly updated to let people know which organizations are currently accepting handmade donations. Once you click on a participating organization, you can see a list of its current needs and learn where to send your donations. At the time I was developing this pattern, the Little Singer Community School was looking for handcrafted baby blankets of all sizes.

Free crochet pattern: Crosshatch Stitch Baby Blanket in Premier Yarns Everyday Baby with video tutorial by Underground Crafter | This simple stitch pattern creates a delightful chevron without complicated decreases. Carry the unworked yarn up the side while you’re working and then cover with a border to minimize the number of yarn tails you need to weave. This pattern makes a great gift for your next baby shower, or is suitable for donation to your favorite children's charity, or one of the organizations highlighted by the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.

Tips for Making Great Donations to the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation

Since the Friends represent several different organizations and needs of these organizations change, be sure to check the website for current needs before starting a project. You can find mailing and shipping information for each organization there, too. The Friends recommend that you package handmade donations with usable items, such as clean garbage bags or new rolls of toilet paper, rather than bubble wrap or packing peanuts. You can also find lots of free knitting, crochet, and sewing patterns on the handmade donation page.

Free crochet pattern: Crosshatch Stitch Baby Blanket in Premier Yarns Everyday Baby with video tutorial by Underground Crafter | This simple stitch pattern creates a delightful chevron without complicated decreases. Carry the unworked yarn up the side while you’re working and then cover with a border to minimize the number of yarn tails you need to weave. This pattern makes a great gift for your next baby shower, or is suitable for donation to your favorite children's charity, or one of the organizations highlighted by the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.

When making handmade donations for Pine Ridge, consider how the project will be used before selecting a fiber. I used Premier Yarns Everyday Baby for my project because it’s an easy care yarn that can be washed and dried in the machine. Since baby blankets are washed frequently, I didn’t want to choose any yarn that requires special care. Everyday Baby is also a light weight yarn, so the finished blanket is much easier to roll up for shipping than a bulkier, medium weight blanket.

Free crochet pattern: Crosshatch Stitch Baby Blanket in Premier Yarns Everyday Baby with video tutorial by Underground Crafter | This simple stitch pattern creates a delightful chevron without complicated decreases. Carry the unworked yarn up the side while you’re working and then cover with a border to minimize the number of yarn tails you need to weave. This pattern makes a great gift for your next baby shower, or is suitable for donation to your favorite children's charity, or one of the organizations highlighted by the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.

If you’d like to make a garment, be sure to check out Naztazia’s T Sweater, a toddler sweater that is perfect for donation to charity. We worked on these patterns as part of a YouTube collaboration. Head over to the Naztazia website or YouTube channel for more information.

Free crochet pattern: Crosshatch Stitch Baby Blanket in Premier Yarns Everyday Baby with video tutorial by Underground Crafter | This simple stitch pattern creates a delightful chevron without complicated decreases. Carry the unworked yarn up the side while you’re working and then cover with a border to minimize the number of yarn tails you need to weave. This pattern makes a great gift for your next baby shower, or is suitable for donation to your favorite children's charity, or one of the organizations highlighted by the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.

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Free crochet pattern: Crosshatch Stitch Baby Blanket in Premier Yarns Everyday Baby with video tutorial by Underground Crafter | This simple stitch pattern creates a delightful chevron without complicated decreases. Carry the unworked yarn up the side while you’re working and then cover with a border to minimize the number of yarn tails you need to weave. This pattern makes a great gift for your next baby shower, or is suitable for donation to your favorite children's charity, or one of the organizations highlighted by the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.

Crosshatch Stitch Baby Blanket

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

This simple stitch pattern creates a delightful chevron without complicated decreases. Carry the unworked yarn up the side and then cover with a border to minimize the number of yarn tails you need to weave in. This beautiful unisex blanket makes a perfect gift for a baby shower or as a donation to your favorite children’s charity.

Finished Size

  • Baby Blanket: 31” (79 cm) wide x 32.5” (82.5 cm) height.

Materials

  • Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Baby (Solid) yarn (100% acrylic, 4 oz/113 g/308 yd/282 m) – 2 skeins ea in 101-11 Fog Gray (CA) and 101-06 Green (CC), or approximately 410 yd (375 m) in ea of two colors in any light weight yarn.
  • Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Baby (Multi) yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/250 yd/273 m) – 2 skeins in 102-05 Frosty (CB), or approximately 385 yd (352 m) in any light weight yarn.
  • US Size G-6/4 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.


Gauge

  • 4 sets of (ch-3 sp + 3 dc) x 8 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

Pattern Instructions

Blanket

  • With CA, ch 211 (or any multiple of 7 sts, + 8).
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 3 ch (counts as dc), 2 dc in next ch, *sk 3 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3, dc in ea of next 3 ch; rep from * across to last 4 ch, sk 3 ch, sc in last ch, changing to CB in final sc. (120 sts + 119 ch-3 sp)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in first st, *sk 3 st, (sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp, dc in next st; rep from * across to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, sc in last st, changing to CC in final sc.
  • Rows 3-68: Rep Row 2, changing color at the end of ea row using the yarn that presents. (Or, continue on until blanket measures 31” (79 cm), or desired length is reached, ending after completing an even number of rows. For symmetry, end after finishing a row in CA.) Fasten off.

Border

  • Row 1: (Right Side) With CC, join with sl st to edge of last st at end of last row, ch 1, working over yarn tails on straight edge of blanket, sc in side of same row, starting in same row, *sc in side of next row, 3 sc in side of next row; rep from * across. (Multiple of 4 sts, + 1)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and ea st across.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sk first 2 sts, *(sc, dc, ch 2, dc, sc) in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, sl st in next st,** ch 1, sk 1 st; rep from * across, ending final rep at **. Fasten off.
  • Rep Border Rows 1-3 on opposite straight edge of blanket.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2017 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/2017/05/24/crochet-pattern-crosshatch-stitch-baby-blanket-with-video. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Crochet Pattern: For Kyle Baby Blanket

For Kyle Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterI love ripples. But there’s something about having a clean, straight edge on a blanket that I really enjoy. So for this baby blanket, I chose a stitch pattern that creates the appearance of a ripple when striped, but keeps the edges straight.

For Kyle Baby Blanket free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter 1

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As my long-time readers know, I donate several crochet projects each year. In December, on a very stormy and rainy afternoon (hence, the lack of photographic evidence), I took a stack of baby blankets to the post office to mail to Kyle, South Dakota to the Oyate Teca Project, one of the many programs you can learn about in the Friends of the Pine Ridge Reservation website. This blanket, designed for donation, was one of those in the box.

For Kyle Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Pound of Love yarnIf you make one, don’t forget to share a picture on Ravelry or Facebook.

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For Kyle Baby Blanket

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This simple stitch pattern makes a gentle ripple for this classic baby blanket.

Finished Size

  • Baby Blanket: 31” (79 cm) width x 37” (94 cm) length.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Pound of Love (16 oz/454 g/1020 yds/932 m/100% acrylic) – 1 skein each in 110 Denim (CA) and 148 Turquoise (CB), or approximately 700 yds (640 m) in CA and 790 yds (722.4 m) in any medium weight yarn.

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  • US Size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 17 sts x 11 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.


Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • t-ch – turning ch
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Blanket is worked flat in rows. Edging is worked in the round.
  • Carry unused color up side of blanket as you change colors.

Pattern Instructions

Baby Blanket

  • With CA, ch 150, or any multiple of 3 sts.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 2 ch, dc in next ch, *sk 2 ch, (sc, 2 dc) in next ch; rep from * across to last 3 ch, sk 2 ch, sc in last ch.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 2 (counts as sc, here and throughout), 2 dc in same st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next sc; rep from * across to last 3 sts, sk 2 st, sc in t-ch, changing to CB in last yo of last sc.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 2, 2 dc in same st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next sc; rep from * across to last 3 sts, sk 2 st, sc in t-ch.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2, changing to CA in last yo of last sc.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 3.
  • Rep Rows 2-5 19 more times, or until blanket measures approximately 30” (76.2 cm) long.
  • Row 6: Rep Row 3. Fasten off CA and CB.

Edging

  • Round 1: With CB and working along edge with carried yarn, join with sl st to side of first row, ch 1, sc in side of same row, 2 sc in side of next row, starting with next color change, *evenly work 3 sc in side of next 2 rows; rep from * across to last row, ch 2,** turn and working along last row, sc in ea st across, ch 2, rep from * to ** turn and working along foundation ch, sc in ea ch across, ch 2, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2015, 2016 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/2016/01/13/free-pattern-for-kyle-baby-blanket/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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2012 Year in Review: Charity projects and crafting for a cause

This year, I donated more projects and patterns to charity (and causes) than I have for quite a long time.

I started off 2012 by making 6″ granny squares.  I sent off 40 to Binky Patrol in May as part of the Crochetlist charity challenge.

26 6″ granny squares.

In June, I hosted the charity challenge for Crochetlist on behalf of Bideawee‘s Manhattan Adoption Center.  I created a pattern e-book, 30 Purrfect Stitches for Pet Blankets, and I donate all of the profits from its sale to animal welfare organizations.  So far, I’ve raised over $180 for Bideawee and the Humane Society of New York!

I also collected about 70 pet blankets for Bideawee.

In August, my very first knitting pattern was published in support of the 2013 Knotty Knitters for Autism calendar.  You can read my interview with Marsha Cunningham, the organizer, here.  (And calendars are still available for sale here.)

In the fall, I made two hats and also donated a scarf to the Hats 4 the Homeless drive hosted by Lion Brand Yarn Studio.

The Studio’s November window was all about crafting for charity.

This year, I made a strong effort to destash.  In addition to using up yarn for new charity projects, this also meant rummaging through my bins for existing projects and yarn to donate.  In September, I donated a bunch of yarn to the Roosevelt Yarnies and Knitters and Crocheters Care.

And in December, I mailed off 6 hats, 5 scarves, and 2 cowls I crocheted in years gone by to the Oyate Teca Project, a charity I found through the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.  I also included this wool scarf I made in 2012.

I sent out a very big bear I crocheted in 2008 to a drive for the children of Newtown, CT that I read about on FreshStitches.

I’m not sure why I crocheted an enormous bear (other than because I wanted to try out the pattern at the time), but I’m hopeful that he’s found a better home than squished into a plastic bin in my apartment.

I also packed up 60 (!) granny squares to send to Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge.  These included the charity squares I made as part of the second Year of Projects and a bunch of squares I found hiding in a yarn bin during the summer.  I will mail these out by the end of the week.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up this much charity crafting next year (especially since a many of my donations were actually crocheted years ago), but I’m glad I was able to help out this much in 2012.

I also started a Pinterest board of charities that accept handmade donations, in case you are looking for places to donate.

Do you have a favorite crochet or knit charity or charity project?

F.O. Friday and I Love Yarn Day!

Happy Friday everyone!  I’ve been thinking for a while about how to celebrate I Love Yarn Day, since I first read about it on the Craft Yarn Council website.  The CYC has several suggestions about what to do to celebrate (and several projects from famous designers, too!).

My post for today is a celebration of my favorite yarns and also about yarncrafting for charity.  If you have been crocheting or knitting for any amount of time, you have probably found that we yarncrafters are a generous lot.  I even have some Finished Objects to share, in the form of charity crochet projects.

My Favorite Yarns

My current favorites are Cascade Eco Duo, Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Alpaca Love, Dream in Color Classy, Patons Classic Wool, and Spud and Chloe Sweater.

Top (from left to right): Eco Duo, Alpaca Love. Bottom (from left to right): Classy, Classic Wool (ombre) with Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (solid), Sweater.

Cascade Eco Duo

Like most of the yarns on my list, I discovered this super soft yarn in my LYS, Knitty City.  As the name implies, Cascade Eco Duo is an eco-friendly yarn made of undyed baby alpaca (70%) and undyed Merino wool (30%).  Since it is undyed, it is offered in a relatively limited range of colors (mostly browns, blacks, whites – very gender neutral) and it is marled.  The softness is incredible and it is really nice to work with.  There is a kind of self-striping effect with most of the colors.  The one drawback for me is that it isn’t machine washable, and since I hate handwashing, I only use this yarn for small accessories.

Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Alpaca Love

This is my favorite big box store yarn. Alpaca Love is also a wool (80%) and alpaca (20%) blend.  I love the feel of the yarn – a great combination of softness with firmness.  It comes in some very fun coordinated colors.  This yarn is very affordable (especially when purchased at Michaels using a coupon!).  The drawbacks for me are the handwashing issue again, and the limited color range.  I usually get around the handwashing issue by felting projects made with this yarn :).

Dream in Color Classy

Dream in Color Classy is another great yarn that I first tried out at Knitty City.  This yarn has recently made several appearances on the blog (in my crocodile stitch project and my yarn haul post).  Classy is a 100% superwash Merino wool yarn that is spun and hand dyed in the U.S.  The colors are variegated and are really fabulous.  The only drawback here for me is the cost, which means that I have to save it for slightly more special occasions.  At least there are 250 yards in each skein, which makes me feel a little less guilty when splurging!

Patons Classic Wool

Patons Classic Wool is another big box store yarn.  It is 100% wool and it is available in a great variety of colors, including both solids and ombres.  (A few colors are also available as tweeds.)  The  solids have 210 yards in each skein and are reasonably priced.  It isn’t the softest wool I’ve felt, but it isn’t scratchy, either.  It is a great, firm, workhorse yarn which doesn’t split.  The only real drawback for me is that it isn’t machine washable.

Spud and Chloe Sweater

Sweater is probably the yarn in this group that I’ve worked with the most.  It is a blend of 55% superwash wool and 45% organic cotton.  I also found it at Knitty City 🙂 about a year ago.  I first picked up a skein of Turtle for a design submission which wasn’t accepted.  I loved the yarn so much that I submitted two more designs with it, which were both accepted.  The first was my Sunshine Blanket, published in the August, 2011 issue of Inside Crochet.  I am also in the middle of a top secret project using these colors for Cooperative Press‘s Fresh Designs Crochet (Kids) book, which should be published in 2012.  I honestly can’t think of any drawbacks to this yarn: the colors are great, it is machine washable, and it feels nice :).

You may have noticed that all of these yarns are worsted weight – yes, I am one of those American yarncrafters that prefers a heavier weight yarn!  You may have also noticed that all of these yarns are made with natural fibers.  I am by no means a “yarn snob” – I work with Red Heart Super Saver, too.  But recently, I have really tried to limit my purchasing of acrylic yarn.  I just don’t feel comfortable buying a yarn made from crude oil anymore.  This is my own personal choice as part of changes I’ve made in my life to be more environmentally conscious.  On the other hand, I can’t just let the existing acrylic yarn in my stash go to waste (that’s  not too eco-friendly either), and so that is where some of my charity crafting and experiments with freeform crochet come into play.

Charity Crafting

One great way to use up your stash while finding a home for some of your creations is through charity crafting.  I especially like to make items for infants and pets (because they are fast and cute, and because my very own special cat was adopted from the Humane Society).

I was inspired by the phrase “Think globally.  Act locally.” and decided to make up a list of local NYC charities that accept handmade donations.  I checked in with all of these organizations, and the list is current as of October, 2011.

Snuggles Project sites:

  • ASPCA, the first humane organization in the Western hemisphere, has a wishlist of donated items for their Manhattan adoption center which includes handmade bedding or toys.  Items can be dropped off during regular adoption hours.
  • Bideawee, the oldest no-kill animal humane organization in the U.S., welcomes Snuggles in any size for cats and dogs in its adoption center.  These can be delivered in person, or mailed to the attention of Lauren Bonanno at the Manhattan location.
  • S.A.V.E., a pet rescue organization in Queens, is looking for small or medium sized bedding.  Email the organization at savepetNY@aol.com to arrange pick up.

Knits for Infants is looking for hats, booties, sweaters, and blankets in soft, machine washable yarns for newborns and infants being treated at the North Central Bronx Hospital.  Having worked in the health care industry in the Bronx for years, I can say that families served by this hospital would really benefit from the donations.  They also accept yarn donations (no novelty yarns or “scratchy” yarns like Red Heart Super Saver, please).

For those of you who live in the U.S. outside of New York, some great organizations you might consider donating to are one of the organizations listed on the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation website (Oglala Sioux Tribe families and elders), Knit Your Bit through the National WW II Museum (scarves for veterans) and  The Red Scarf Project through Foster Care to Success (scarves for foster care students in college).  Internationally, you can find a participating animal shelter/pet rescue organization that accepts handmade donations through the Snuggles Project.  Of course, this is just a small sampling of organizations, and there are many more out there!

Finished Objects


Today, I’m showing off some of the projects that I’m donating to charity for I Love Yarn Day.

Six scarves for Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Owicakiyapi, Inc. (LOWO).
Two scarves, a hat, and mittens for toddlers via Knits for Infants. I have two other hats in the works, too.
This is a close up of my snuggle for Bideawee. I plan to make a few more using scrap yarn (I doubt the doggies are too concerned about the colors).

My post yesterday was a reflection on my craft goals for the year, and I’m thinking that when I update them, I will add some charity crafting goals.  I used to donate a lot of projects to charity, and I would like to make more crocheted donations in the coming months.

For more finished objects, don’t forget to stop by Tami’s Amis!

A Final Word on Awesome Yarn

A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway from Danielle at A Stash Addicts Ramblings for my choice of sock yarn from her Jane & Michael Etsy shop.  This lovely skein arrived yesterday, just in time for I Love Yarn Day!

 

The colorway is called Emerald Forest.

 

(On a side note, I remember being totally confused by The Emerald Forest as a kid, since I was, of course, way too young to have any real sense of what the film was about!)

There’s a good chance that this may eventually transform itself into a gift for my mom.

Thanks, Danielle!

To find more blogs participating in Blogtoberfest 2011, visit Tinnie Girl.  For Blogtoberfest 2011 giveaways, visit Curly Pops.