Sunday, August 3, 2014

Crochet Super Bulky Mini Blanket Basket Filler with Yarn Bee Chinchilla Yarn - FREE Pattern


Yesterday, I came across the Toot Sweet Newborn Bonnet found on Moogly. It is made with Super Bulky blanket yarn. 

I haven't used the blanket yarn before, but every time I go to JoAnn's, I stop and look at the Bernat Baby Blanket yarn.

I bookmarked the pattern and added Super Bulky blanket yarn to my shopping list...

Today, I attempted to crochet this bonnet using Yarn Bee Chinchilla Super Bulky yarn (no link available - not found online!) in White Invite that I found at Hobby Lobby on Clearance. NO LUCK!

     Quick Yarn Review:

     This yarn is difficult to work with as it is very bulky with no stretch. Even making the starting slip stitch was difficult!

     Try to be sure about your stitches beforehand, this yarn is very difficult to pull out and once you have pulled it out, it makes a mess!
(If it wasn't 10pm and dark, I would pull out my phone and take a photo of the fluffy pieces all over my crocheting chair!)

Anywho... I decided to use this yarn to make a mini blanket and attempt the beautiful newborn bonnet at a later time with a different type of Super Bulky yarn. Find my mini blanket pattern below!

This mini blanket is thick, sturdy and has a subtle sparkle. It makes a great basket filler, and would be perfect to use in photos during the holiday season.

Materials:
- Small Hook (such as a D3/3.25mm) to weave in your ends
- P15/11.50 Hook
- Super Bulky Blanket Yarn - I used Yarn Bee Chinchilla Yarn in White Invite
* This particular yarn comes in 25 yards but I would recommend at least 30.
** Side note, this yarn would probably work well for Arm Knit scarves!

Time Spent:
   I was able to complete the blanket and edge finishings in 45 minutes.

Measurements:
   9" x 10"

Gauge:
   Each row adds 1.25".

Abbreviations:
   CH - Chain
   HDC - Half Double Crochet
   ST - Stitch
   Sl St - Slip Stitch
   SC - Single Crochet

Notes for Pattern:
   Using the Chinchilla yarn, I did not quite have enough to finish my edging all the way around the mini blanket. I ended up only working down the sides on the blanket where the slight uneven-ness of the sides of the HDC's are. Easy solution: Get at least 30 yards of yarn to work full pattern below, otherwise, try my way.

   Weaving in ends will be done with the smallest crochet hook and fingers - since weaving the thick yarn with an embroidery needle is difficult. You will have the same result and it will be easier than trying to fight with the needle and yarn.
First, you'll want to use the small crochet hook to pull the tail under
several stitches as if you were weaving it in.

Once through, use your left index finger and
thumb to hold the loop of the last stitch
you've just finished weaving your tail under.
Since I don't have three hands, I can only show
one hand at work at a time! Pretend my left
index finger and thumb are still holding onto the
loop, while my right thumb and index finger pull
the rest of the tail through the loop. Tighten up
and trim off.

If you're more comfortable using a needle for weaving in your ends, feel free to do so instead! 

Pattern:

CH 11. HDC in 2nd CH and across. CH 1, turn.

Row 2 - 10: HDC in 1st HDC and ea HDC across. CH 1, turn.

Edging (to give it a finished look): Even SC in each HDC side and each HDC st all the way around. In each corner, make two extra SC's - otherwise, your blanket will pull up on the sides.

Please feel free to make and sell this mini blanket, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing One?
I do not plan on adding mini blankets with this particular yarn to my shop, but feel free to contact me with your requests should you like one.

I have a couple mini blanket basket fillers and full size baby blankets in my Etsy shop under the Baby/Toddler/Child section. Feel free to send in your custom color requests! Check out color options here: Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Yarn, and Homespun Thick & Quick Yarn.
I use my own patterns for them, so feel free to also send in your custom size requests!

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Crochet Mini Blanket 19" x 19" - Pink & Blue Twin Set - FREE Pattern


The day after writing up the draft for the 10" x 10" Mini Blanket (back in May - yikes!), I drafted the following post on a 19" x 19" Mini Blanket. 

With some research, I found that most crocheted mini blankets were 18" x 24", 19" x 19" or 24" x 24". 
After completing my 10" x 10" Mini Blanket, I took a trip back to Joann's to get some more chunky yarn and start on a bigger mini blanket.

These mini blankets are great as photo props! They also work great for baby dolls!

Materials:
- L11/8mm Hook
- Chunky Yarn (5) - I used about 146 yds (2 balls) of Deborah Norville's Chunky Serenity Yarn in Alaskan Blue and Lilac Chiffon.
   *You will need 3 balls if you decide to make the matching hat.
   *You can also use two strands of worsted weight yarn held together.
- Embroidery Needle for weaving in ends

Time Spent:
   I was able to complete this larger mini blanket and the matching hat in about an hour and 45 minutes.

Abbreviations:
   DC - Double Crochet
     *You can start with a FDC (Foundation Double Crochet) if you want to make your mini blanket shorter or longer.
   CH - Chain
   ea - each
   SC - Single Crochet
   st - stitch

Measurements:
   18" x 18" plus 1" border = 19" x 19"

Gauge:
   2 rows = 1.5". Border adds 1" to total.

Pattern Notes:
For the 0-3 Month Baby Hat, I used Emi's 15 Minute Chunky Baby Hat Pattern. You can watch her How to Crochet a 15 Minute Chunky Style Beanie Hat YouTube video or vist her Etsy shop and purchase the 15 Minute Beanie pattern, which includes changes for all sizes.
I added a button on my hat. It is a 1 1/8" wood button I purchased from Joann's. I sewed it onto the left side on the second to last row. I reinforced it with a drop of hot glue on each side.
*Should the button come loose, it can pose a choking risk so do not leave babies unattended with hat.

Mini Blanket Pattern:

CH 42. DC in 2nd CH and in ea CH across. CH 2, turn. (40 DC)

Rows 2 - 25: DC in 2nd DC and in ea DC across. CH 2, turn.

Row 26: DC in 2nd DC and in ea DC across. CH 1, turn.

Row 27: SC in 1st DC and in ea DC across. DO NOT FASTEN OFF.

Border: (Add 2 SC to last st (to create a corner), evenly SC along the side) around the blanket until you reach the beginning of Row 27. Join to the first SC.

Fasten Off.

Please feel free to make and sell this mini blanket, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, please link to it instead.

Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing One?
Photographed is two 19" x 19" Mini Blankets, two 8" x 10"
Mini Blanket/Basket Fillers, and two 3-6 month hats.
This set is in Alaskan Blue and Lilac Chiffon and makes the
perfect gift for a twins baby shower! Or for a girl or boy
purchased separately.
I will slowly be adding these to my Etsy shop in different colors. Feel free to send in your custom requests, including sizes and/or colors. Search color options here: Deborah Norville Chunky Serenity Yarn.

I am happy to make these as a full 30" x 30" baby blanket - Please contact me with your request!

You can also purchase this as a set including the 8" x 10" mini blanket and/or the 10" x 10" mini blanket, the 19" x 19" mini and/or 30" x 30" baby blanket and the 0-3 month baby hat. Again, feel free to send in your requests!

Linking Up To...
The Creative Collection Link Party - The Cards We Drew
Craft Schooling Sunday - Creative Jewish Mom
August Sharing Time Week 1 Raising Memories
Show & Tell Saturday - Be Different Act Normal
Serenity You #144 - Serenity You
Nifty Thrifty Sunday #167 - Nifty Thrifty Things
Think Pink Sunday #176 - Flamingo Toes
Seems Impossible Until it's Done Creativity Link Party #123 - It's Overflowing
7 Summer Treats & Inspiration Monday - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Best DIY Projects & Recipe Party - The 36th Avenue
The Sunday Showcase Party #254 - By Stephanie Lynn
12 Bright & Fun 30 Minute Craft Ideas Monday Funday Link Party - Club Chica Circle
Yarn Fanatic Link Party #1 - The Philosopher's Wife
Hookin on Hump Day #76 - My Merry Messy Life
Your Whims Wednesday #174 - My Girlish Whims

Crochet Mini Blanket Basket Filler 10" x 10" in Spring - FREE Pattern

   

   My sister-in-law, Briana of Briana Lugo Photography, has been mentioning to me for the last year or so how easy chunky mini blankets are to crochet, how little yarn and time they take and how popular they are. Have I listened? Well, I did but I didn't look into it or try my hand at one until a few months ago. I actually drafted this post up in late May, but haven't edited my photos for posting until now. Shame on me!



Chunky Granny Square Baby Blanket and Hat Set in Kitty

Chunky V-Stitch Baby Blanket and Hat Set in Spring

   Back at the end of June, I posted the Chunky V-Stitch Baby Blanket and Hat Set in Spring and the Chunky Granny Square Baby Blanket and Hat Set in Kitty. Once finished, I was very excited to show Briana. Again, she brought up the mini blanket idea and pulled one out that she had made. I glanced at it for a few minutes and though, what the heck? Why not?

   I was in need of another ball of the Spring yarn anyway to make a matching Chunky Style hat.
For the 0-3 Month Baby Hat, I used Emi's 15 Minute Chunky Baby Hat Pattern. You can watch her How to Crochet a 15 Minute Chunky Style Beanie Hat YouTube video or vist her Etsy shop and purchase the 15 Minute Beanie pattern, which includes changes for all sizes.
I added a button on my hat. It is a 1 1/8" wood button I purchased from Joann's. I sewed it onto the left side on the second to last row. I reinforced it with a drop of hot glue on each side.
*Should the button come loose, it can pose a choking risk so do not leave babies unattended with hat.

While at work one evening, I took out my remaining yarn, and came up with a 10" x 10" little mini blanket/basket filler.

   Being that this mini blanket is a square, it is a great mini blanket option for using on the top layer of a few coordinating blankets. I don't have any shots of this mini blanket in action yet, but update to come soon.
It also works great hanging out of a basket with baby leaning head on top, or fully inside a basket to prop baby up.

   On to the pattern!

Materials:
- Chunky Yarn - I used about half a ball (50 yds) of Deborah Norville's Chunky Serenity Yarn in Spring
   *You can also use two strands of worsted weight yarn held together.
- L11/8mm hook
- Embroidery Needle for weaving in ends

Time Spent:
   I was able to complete this mini blanket with edging and weaving in ends in about half an hour.

Abbreviations:
   DC - Double Crochet
     *You can use a FDC in you'd like to make your mini blanket longer.
   CH - Chain
   SC - Single Crochet
   ea - each

Measurements:
   9" x 9" plus a 1" border = 10" x 10"

Gauge:
   2 rows = 1.5". Border adds 1" to total.

Pattern:

CH 23. DC in 3rd CH from hook. CH 2, turn.

Row 2 - 12: DC in 2nd DC and ea DC across. CH 2, turn.

Row 13: DC in 2nd DC and ea DC across. CH 1, turn.

Row 14: SC in 1st DC and ea DC across. DO NOT TURN.

Border: (Add 2 SC to last st (to create a corner), evenly SC along the side) around the blanket until you reach the beginning of Row 14. Join to the first st.

Fasten off.

Please feel free to make and sell this mini blanket/basket filler, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, please link to it instead.
Photographed is a 30" x 30" baby blanket, a 10" x 10" mini
blanket/basket filler, and a 3-6 month hat.

Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing One?
I will slowly be adding these to my Etsy shop in different colors. Feel free to send in your custom requests, including sizes and/or colors. Search color options here: Deborah Norville Chunky Serenity Yarn.

You can also purchase this as a set including the 10" x 10" mini blanket/basket filler, the 19" x 19" mini and/or 30" x 30" baby blanket and the 0-3 month baby hat. Again, feel free to send in your requests!

Linking Up To...
The Creative Collection Link Party - The Cards We Drew
Craft Schooling Sunday - Creative Jewish Mom
August Sharing Time Week 1 Raising Memories
Show & Tell Saturday - Be Different Act Normal
Serenity You #144 - Serenity You
Nifty Thrifty Sunday #167 - Nifty Thrifty Things
Think Pink Sunday #176 - Flamingo Toes
Seems Impossible Until it's Done Creativity Link Party #123 - It's Overflowing
7 Summer Treats & Inspiration Monday - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Best DIY Projects & Recipe Party - The 36th Avenue
The Sunday Showcase Party #254 - By Stephanie Lynn
12 Bright & Fun 30 Minute Craft Ideas Monday Funday Link Party - Club Chica Circle
Yarn Fanatic Link Party #1 - The Philosopher's Wife
Hookin on Hump Day #76 - My Merry Messy Life
Your Whims Wednesday #174 - My Girlish Whims