Peaks and Valleys Baby Blanket

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Bernat’s Blanket yarn is some of the softest yarn I have used! I love how squishy the finished projects are with it. I’ve used it for a number of Amigurumis (like my Brain Slug) as well as my Simple Cat Pillow. Until recently though, I had never actually used it for a blanket! GASP! Well, I just happened to have some on hand that I purchased “just in case” and when I realized I had a baby shower to attend on short notice I finally decided to use it!

I wanted to design something that would be simple and quick to work up, but that was also more interesting than a simple back and forth repeat. I came up with this color block design and it took off. It worked up so quickly! My husband actually looked at me at one point and said… Didn’t you just start that? Yep. That’s one of the best things about the bulky yarn and a big hook, projects take shape very quickly! I was able to whip the whole blanket out, from design to finish, in an evening! And I was able to give it to my friend with plenty of time to welcome Mr Greyson! 🙂 

Isn’t he adorable?!

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Photo Credit: Espy’s Photography 

But being the thinker that I am, I didn’t fully write out the pattern as I went and therefore had to make another one to test out the steps. (I do this quite often…) I’m not complaining though because it didn’t take too long and I’ve considered keeping it as a lap blanket for myself! It’s just that cozy!

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A couple of disclaimers: This pattern is intended for personal use only. You are welcome to use the pattern to make and sell products, to keep for yourself, or to give away as gifts. I would appreciate receiving credit and a link back to the site, however. Please do not republish or distribute the pattern in any way, or use my photos in your listings. 

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I hope you enjoy this crochet pattern. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below OR email me at auburnelephant@gmail.com OR through the contact page on this site. I’d also love to see your finished creations! 🙂

You can now purchase a Printable, Ad-Free, PDF-version of this pattern from Ravelry HERE! 

Peaks and Valleys Baby Blanket

Supplies Needed:

Bernat Baby Blanket, Super Bulky 6 (100% Polyester, 220 yds, 10.5 oz) 3 colors, 1 skein of each (Pictured are Aubergine, Vintage White, and Dark Grey. And Royal Blue, Busy Blue, and White.)

N 10mm Hook

Tapestry needle for weaving ends (a large needle with a large eye is super helpful)

Stitches Used:

In US terms

SC- Single Crochet

Ch- Chain

DC- Double Crochet

Special Stitches:

Peaks and Valley Row: 

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Step 1- SC in SC of last round. Steps 2/3- Yarn Over, Insert hook into skipped stitch of previous round, in FRONT of the Ch 1 space. Steps 4/5- Yarn Over, Pull through. Complete DC. (Not pictured-SC into next SC) Steps 6/7-Yarn Over, Insert hook from front to back into skipped stitch of previous round BEHIND Ch 1 space. Steps 8/9-Yarn Over, Pull through. Complete DC. Video of steps below written pattern.

Notes:

As written, the blanket should come out approximately 34″ x 44″. To increase the blanket’s width, use a multiple of 4 plus 2. To increase the blanket’s length, continue to repeat rows 13-19 until you reach the desired length.

Each row will end with a Ch 1 and turn, unless specified.

In Color A

Ch 62

1) In 2nd from hook, SC across. (61)

2-5) SC in each across. (61)

6) *SC in next, Ch 1, Skip 1* Repeat from * to * across. SC in last. (31 SC, 30 Ch spaces) 

In Color B

7) (Peaks and Valley Row-photo steps above) *SC, DC into Skipped stitch from previous round-going in FRONT of Ch 1, SC, DC into Skipped stitch from previous round-going BEHIND of Ch 1* Repeat from * to * across. SC in last SC. (31 SC, 15 DC in front of chain, 15 DC behind chain)

8-12) SC in each across. (61)

13) *SC, Ch 1, Skip 1* Repeat from * to * across. SC in last. (31 SC, 30 Ch spaces)

In Color C

14) (Peaks and Valley Row) *SC, DC into Skipped stitch from previous round-going in FRONT of Ch 1, SC, DC into Skipped stitch from previous round-going BEHIND Ch 1* Repeat from * to * across. SC in last SC. (31 SC, 15 DC in front of chain, 15 DC behind chain)

15-19) SC in each across. (61)

Repeat Rows (13-19) changing colors in order until you have 4 sections of each color.

Border

SC evenly around the edges in Color A placing 3SC in each corner space.

Do another SC round in Color B and another in Color C, continuing to place the 3 SC in each corner space.

You could also use other color combinations. This blanket, as written, will use all but a small amount of each of the skeins. Altering it will change the amount of yarn required.

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