Sometimes you have an idea that pops into your head and you go, hmm.. I wonder if that would work. Most of the time, the answer is no. You’re silly, of course that won’t work. Or at least it doesn’t work the way you were thinking. But this idea popped into my head to make some “bow-like” stitches and it actually worked out! I did try several variations on the steps to get the “bows” as “bow-like” as possible but I was still impressed with myself.
I made this blanket a couple of ways. One with 2 colors and one with 3. I think they are both cute in their own ways but I may love the grey and pinks the best. The red and white though is truly perfect for Christmas time! But I can see so many different color schemes working for this.
Lion Brand Pound of Love, Medium Worsted Weight 4 (100% Premium Acrylic, 1020 yds, 16 oz) In Main Color, 1 skein-approximately 650 yds, In Accent Color(s), 1 skein-approximately 450 yds
I/9 5.5mm Hook
Tapestry Needle-to weave in ends
SC- Single Crochet
DC- Double Crochet
DC3TOG- Decrease over 3 DC, *Yarn over, insert hook into next, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops* Repeat from * to * 2 more times, Yarn over, Pull through remaining loops to finish decrease.
FPDC- Front Post Double Crochet, worked like a regular DC but you will go around the post of the next stitch from front to back
As written and pictured this comes out as a baby blanket approximately 32″ x 38″. You can make it bigger by increasing the starting chains and repeating the pattern across. You will need a multiple of 3 + 3 more (the additional 3 are your turning chain, 2, and the turning DC you’ll need). And then just continue repeating rows 3-8 until you’ve reached your desired length. Keeping in mind that changing the size will also change the yardage required.
In Main Color
1) In 3rd from hook, DC across. (100)
2) Ch 2, DC across. (100)
In Accent Color
3) Ch 4, DC3TOG, *CH 2, DC3TOG* Repeat from * to * until last DC. DC in last. (33 DC3TOG, 1 DC)
4) Ch 3, 3 FPDC around the center of the DC3TOG. Repeat 3FPDC across. DC in beginning chain of Row 3. (99 FPDC, 1DC)
photo steps for Rows 3 and 4
In Main Color
5-8) Ch 2, DC across (100)
9-64) Repeat Rows 3-8 until you have 11 rows of bows. DC rows are in the Main Color and “bow rows” are in the Accent Color.
In Main Color
65-66) End with 2 rows of DC.
I used a basic SC round and then a DC Ruffle for the border of these. I thought it was simple and cute. You can do any version of the ruffle that you know and like. For mine, I went around the sides of the blanket with a SC in the main color doing 3 SC in each corner. Then I switched to a J hook and the accent color for the ruffle. I went around with *2DC, 3DC* pattern doing 5DC in each corner.