Over on Red Heart’s website you will find the Chasing Rainbows crochet baby blanket as a FREE pattern to download. I created this pattern to be the perfect bright and cheery gift for the next baby show you go to. With 15 colors to choose from you can customize this blanket for the child that will love it forever.
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Many of you have been requesting that I put together a video tutorial about the Chasing Rainbows crochet baby blanket that I designed for Red Heart. You have been asking me to show you how to work the stitch pattern so that you can make this crochet baby blanket for someone special in your life. Designed using Red Heart Gumdrop, which comes in 15 colors, you will be able to pick the perfect color combination.
In the video tutorial you will find a few important teaching points. Be on the look out for the following tips. The following are great ways to expand your crochet skill set.
Chasing Rainbows Crochet Baby Blanket Video Tutorial Learning Points:
- Standing single crochet and double crochet join
- Secure method of weaving in ends
- Camel stitch
Although this pattern is written as a baby blanket size, it can be customized into any size. Using a stitch multiple of 6 + 4 to create the pattern allows you to easily change the size. Change up the size to make this blanket for a child or adult simply by increasing the number of chains you make, as long as they follow the stitch multiple.
If you hadn’t guessed by looking at the finished blanket let me warn you that there are a LOT of ends to weave in at the end of this project. Each row is fastened off before starting the next. This translates into two ends to weave in for every row. Because there are so many ends to weave in, and because I want you to feel confident when giving this as a gift, I added a section to the tutorial on how to weave your ends in.
Those with children will know that baby items are washed often. They are loved hard and washed often. Acrylic yarn is a great choice when making crochet baby items, and Gumdrop is 100% acrylic. Although acrylic may not be as luxurious as some of the natural fibers out there, it is machine washable and dryer friendly. Two things that every new mom wants to hear! If you don’t take the time to weave in your ends well, making sure that they are very secure, the first time the blanket is washed the ends may start to pop out. If you are taking the time to make this beautiful blanket, please take the time to weave in your ends securely.
Chasing Rainbows Crochet Baby Blanket Materials:
- RED HEART® With Love®: 2 skeins 1001 White B
- RED HEART® Gumdrop®: 1 ball each 750 Grape A, 625 Apple C, 530 Blueberry D, 620 Cherry E, 501 Smoothie F, and 202 Lemon G
- Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8]
- Yarn needle