You can never have too many, especially the warm ones when the temperatures are low. Then there is the chance of spit ups or other messes. It’s like baby clothes. You always need a ton,just in case. And what a fantastic combo to have a warm blanket AND it’s handmade.
Can’t beat that.
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That’s why I love Cullen’s Baby Blanket. It’s crocheted using the Suzette Stitch, which translates into no holes, super warm awesomeness.
This stitch is my absolute favorite!
It gives beautiful texture with its “bumps” and is thick and incredibly warm. I’ve made full sized blankets using this stitch (pattern soon to come!) and sitting under it while you work on it, sipping a hot cup of coffee and watching the snow fall outside…Heaven!
The nursery was done in a woodland theme and that was all I knew when I went to pick out the yarn. I ended up grabbing Buff and Medium Thyme, not knowing that they would match his nursery perfectly.
I know that sometimes Red Heart yarn can be scratchy, but I’ve learned over the years that the lighter colors tend to be much softer than the darker ones. However, after washing the finished blanket, the yarn softens up considerably. You can use whatever brand worsted weight yarn you like for your blanket.
I think if you were to use a baby weight yarn, that the finished product would end up being smaller than my example or the stitches too loose. If you do choose to use a lighter yarn, I would suggest using a smaller hook size (whatever is recommended on the yarn packaging) and increasing your foundation chains and increasing your rows.
I didn’t want to make a pastel baby blanket either since the child does eventually grow up and I wanted him to be able to continue to use it even though he was no longer an infant.
I used to laugh to myself every time I opened my Facebook because the lady I made this blanket for had it in almost all of her outdoor photos! When I went over to visit, the blanket would be sitting in her baby’s car seat. I know she used it constantly. In fact, she said it was the warmest handmade baby blanket she’d ever seen. She even asked for a second one to give to her brother as a gift for their new baby.
How great is that?
The pattern is extremely easy and works up very quickly, which is nice if you’re rushing to make a last minute gift. The stitches are single crochet and double crochet, very basic. The size of this blanket is perfect for strollers, car seats or a crib blanket. This pattern can also be customized, no matter what yarn you choose to use, if you need a larger version. All you have to do is increase your foundation chain, which would need to be any even number of chains for the stitch to work, and increase your rows.
Here is a helpful, very detailed photo tutorial I created called How to Crochet the Suzette Stitch if you are unfamiliar or just need a refresher!
Cullen’s Baby Blanket
* 2 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver in Medium Thyme 198 g / 7oz – 333 m / 364 yds
* 2 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver in Buff 198 g / 7oz – 333 m / 364 yds
Or any worsted weight yarn of your choice.
* 5.50mm (I/9) hook
Adjust your hook size if needed to obtain the required gauge.
Finished Size Approximately:
35” x 38”
6 pattern stitches by 12 rows in a 4” (10cm) square.
*(1 sc, 1 dc) in same st, sk 1 st* Rep from * to * for pattern.
ch(s) – chain(s)
st – stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
Rep – repeat
FC – foundation chain
R1 – Row 1
Rnd – Round
* Pattern is worked in 6 rows of each color to make a stripe. There are 17 stripes.
* At the end of each color section, you can either weave in the ends or crochet the next row right over top of the previous color’s tail.
* Blanket is easily customizable; use a multiple of 2 for the foundation chain and any number of rows.
* American crochet terms used throughout.
With Medium Thyme
FC: ch 100
R1: (1 sc, 1 dc) in 2nd ch from hook, sk 1 ch, * (1 sc, 1 dc) in next ch, sk 1 ch * Rep from * to * across until 2 chs remain. Sk 1 ch, sc in last ch, ch 1, turn.
R2: (1 sc, 1 dc) in same st, sk 1 st * (1 sc, 1 dc) in next st, sk 1 st * Rep from * to * across. 1 sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
R3 – R6: Rep R2; at the end of R6, finish off.
R7 – R12: Rep R2; at the end of R12, finish off.
With Medium Thyme
R13 – R18: Rep R2; at the end of R18, finish off.
Continue alternating colors until there are 17 stripes. Final stripe will be Medium Thyme. Finish off.
Rnd 1: Sc evenly around the entire perimeter of the blanket, 3 sc in each corner. Sl st in the first sc of rnd made, ch 1. Do not turn.
Rnd 2 – Rnd 3: Rep Rnd 1.
Finish off. Weave in end.
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Have you ever used worsted weight yarn for a baby blanket? What brand did you use?