Hooray, it’s Christmas in July time again! I have to say this is one of my favourite events each year. I enjoy trying to get ahead start on the Christmas makes and I just love designing for Christmas anyway, so it is the perfect excuse for me.
This year, I was particularly excited to design something for a baby because by Christmas, I will be an auntie again! This penguin baby/crib blanket has been designed with so much love and I just hope that you enjoy crocheting and the babies can stay warm underneath it.
There’s something new to make every day in July. Each week will have a theme.
Week 1 (July 1-7): Babies, Kids, and Teens
Week 2 (July 8-14): Women
Week 3 (July 15-21): Gifts for Anyone
Week 4 (July 22-28): Home
Week 5 (July 29-31): Pets
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Materials and Size
The baby/cradle blanket measures approx. 15 inch (40cm) by 20 inch (55cm)
You will need:
Tapestry needle and sharp scissors
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A note about yarns and yarn subbing:
You can work this pattern in any dk yarn to get the approximate dimensions. Working it in Aran/Worsted yarn will produce a slightly larger blanket, but this could mean that baby can use the blanket for longer.
The penguin tummy and trim are made with a faux fur yarn. Scheepjes itself recommends this yarn for baby clothing, but you may wish to use just a simple white yarn.
I also deliberately chose to make the penguins in grey rather than black so they look more like cute baby penguins.
The pattern is made entirely of US single crochet (known as double crochet in the UK).
The pattern is worked back and forth in rows.
For the first stitch on each row: Chain 1 to move up to the next row.
Start crocheting here:
Foundation: Work 58 ch.
Row 1: Sc into the second chain from hook. (57)
Row 2 to 29: Work back and forth in rows following the grid below. Each square on grid represents 1 sc.
Use the intarsia method for colour changes. Check out this colour changing in crochet guide.
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When you have completed crocheting the grid once, repeat the whole grid again two more times so that you have six penguins. You can repeat more times if you would like a longer blanket.
Use the yellow yarn to sew on the beaks. You may also wish to sew on eyes.
Edge the blanket using the faux fur/white yarn. Space sc evenly around the edges, paying attention to work (dc, ch 2, dc) into the corner stitches. If the edges do not feel fluffy enough yet, work another round of sc.