Sleepy Bear Baby Blanket
Well hello there!
This is my very first C2C (corner to corner) project I have ever done and I am so proud of how it turned out. I’ve done three other graphgans before — you know the kind that are done with only single crochets — so I was already used to changing colors and whatnot. I have to say, though, that I’m very impressed with the C2C technique! It’s much faster than the graphgan and easier to follow. I can’t wait to make a few more!
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Some friends of ours just had their first baby — a little boy. And they named him Bear, which I think is just the cutest! His nursery is all decked out in the bear theme too, so I thought I would create a blanket for him. Like I said above, I had never done a C2C but I was excited to try it out.
I plan to make several videos dedicated to C2C techniques like changing colors, borders, working over ends and maybe even how to make your own charts. So watch out for those coming very soon!
I made this Sleepy Bear Baby Blanket chart using Stitch Fiddle, which allows you to make 15 charts for free. But if you elect to use the paid version, it’s only about $19 per year and you get access to a lot more features. (This is not an affiliate link. I just love them.)
You could totally get creative and make your bear a different color! I chose brown and tan because Bear’s nursery used those colors and it is more gender neutral in my opinion.
There are different ways that you can work the C2C. This blanket was done using a starting chain of 6 and working double crochets. Single and double crochets are the only stitches you need to know. How easy is that! Another method is by making a smaller version with a starting chain of only 4 and using half double crochets. This method would decrease the size of your finished blanket, so just keep that in mind.
I used size 3 light weight yarn and a G/6 (4.25 mm) hook and this blanket came out stroller sized and oh so light, which I thought would be perfect for the new baby as we head into the warmer weather months. If you want a larger blanket, you could increase the size of the border or you could use medium, worsted or bulky weight yarns. (I recommend using the size hook as instructed on the skein wrapper) This would create a slightly larger Sleepy Bear Baby Blanket blanket.
I have written out the instructions line by line and that written version is available for purchase through Etsy for only $2.99. It also includes the graph. I just wanted to make that clear up front that I’m only offering the graph for free on the blog. Writing out the instructions was time consuming, but incredibly helpful when I made the blanket so I think it’s a great buy! (Thank you for supporting my blog so I can continue to give you free patterns.) If you choose not to purchase, you can definitely write out the instructions yourself or simply use the picture graph.
Here’s a tip that I learned on Facebook recently: If you print out the graph, you can either laminate it or put it in one of those clear plastic protective sleeves and write on it with either a dry erase marker or sharpie. You then wipe the laminate clean when your done or throw away the sleeve and your graph stays perfect so you can reuse it. I thought that was a great little tip! I wrote all over my graph in pen, so I’m going to have to try that next time.
Sleepy Bear Baby Blanket
- 1.25 skeins of Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Naked – 4 oz/115 g – 377 yds/345 m
- 1.25 skeins of Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Chocolate – 4 oz/115 g – 377 yds/345 m
- Less than 1 skein of Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Teddy – 4 oz/115 g – 377 yds/345 m
- Less than 1 skein of Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Soft Licorice – 4 oz/115 g – 377 yds/345 m
- Or any size 3 light weight yarn.
- G/6 (4.25 mm) hook — My favorite hooks! I use them daily!
- Tapestry needle
Finished Size Approximately:
35¼” Length x 27½” Width
Note: The border adds 2” to all sides, which is included in the above measurments.
7 blocks by 7 blocks in a 4” (10cm) square.
FC – foundation chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch(s) – chain(s)
sl st – slip stitch
- This pattern uses the C2C (corner to corner) crochet technique. With C2C, you can either begin using a chain 4 and work half double crochets or chain 6 and work double crochets for your blocks. This example is worked using the chain 6 and double crochets so if you choose the half double crochets your finished blanket will be smaller than the example.
- The size of this blanket puts it in the category of “stroller blanket”. If you wish to have a larger blanket, you can use medium or worsted weight yarn along with the hook size the package recommends or even a bulky weight yarn with appropriate hook size. These larger yarns and hooks will create larger blankets.
- I encourage you to crochet over top of any loose ends as you work to help reduce the amount of ends to weave in after you’ve finished.
*** American crochet terms used throughout.
Using Background Color
FC: Ch 6
Row 1: Dc in the 4th ch from the hook. Dc, in the 5th ch and dc in the 6th ch. Turn. (1 block)
Row 2: Ch 6. Dc in the 4th ch from the hook. Dc, in the 5th ch and dc in the 6th ch. Sl st in the ch 3 space on the first block. Ch 3, 3 dc in ch-3 space. Turn. (2 blocks)
Row 3: Ch 6. Dc in the 4th ch from the hook. Dc, in the 5th ch and dc in the 6th ch. *Sl st in the ch 3 space on the next block. Ch 3, 3 dc in ch-3 space.* Repeat * to * one more time. Turn. (3 blocks)
Row 4: Ch 6. Dc in the 4th ch from the hook. Dc, in the 5th ch and dc in the 6th ch. *Sl st in the ch 3 space on the next block. Ch 3, 3 dc in ch-3 space.* Repeat * to * 2 more times. Turn. (4 blocks)
Continue along with pattern in same manner, increasing the repeat by one with every row. Change colors according to the chart or written instructions.
For Decrease Rows, sl st in the next 3 sts along the side of the last block from the previous row until you come to the ch-3 space of that same block. Sl st into that ch-3 space and then ch 3 and work 3 dc in that ch-3 space. Continue on with your row.
Don’t finish off after Row 93 unless you are changing the color for your border.
With Background Color
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in between the two blocks that your ch 1 comes out of. @ *Ch 2, sc inbetween next blocks* Repeat from * to * across to the corner. At the corner block, ch 2, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in same corner st.@ Repeat from @ to @ 3 more times. Ch 2, sl st in 1st sc made of round. Don’t turn.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in the same st your ch 1 comes out of, @*2 sc in ch-2 space, sc in next sc from previous row* Repeat from * to * across to corner. In corner ch-2 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in same space. Sc in next sc from previous row@ Repeat from @ to @ 3 more times. 2 sc in ch-2 space. Sl st in 1st sc made of round. Don’t turn.
Round 3: Ch 1, @ *sc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st* Repeat from * to * to corner. In corner ch-2 space, (sc, ch 2, sc, ch 1) all in same space, skip 1 st.@ Repeat from @ to @ 3 more times. Repeat from * to * until you come to the 1st sc made of round. Sl st in that 1st sc. Don’t turn.
Round 4: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 1, @ *sc in ch-1 space, ch 1, skip next st* Repeat from * to * to corner. In corner ch-2 space, (sc, ch 2, sc, ch 1) all in same space. Skip next st.@ Repeat from @ to @ 3 more times. Repeat from * to * until you come to the 1st sc made of round. Sl st in that 1st sc. Don’t turn.
If changing colors, finish off.
Round 5: Attach yarn in ch 1 space, around where you finished off the previous color. @ *Sc in ch-1 space, ch 1, skip next st* Repeat from * to * to corner. In corner ch-2 space, (sc, ch 2, sc, ch 1) all in same space. Skip next st.@ Repeat from @ to @ 3 more times. Repeat from * to * until you come to the 1st sc made of round. Sl st in that 1st sc. Don’t turn.
Round 6 – Round 7: Repeat Round 4
If changing colors, finish off.
With background color
Round 8: Repeat Round 5
Round 9 – Round 10: Repeat Round 4
If changing colors, finish off.
Round 11: Repeat Round 5
Round 12 – Round 13: Repeat Round 4
Finish off. Weave in ends.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Sleepy Bear Baby Blanket! If you make one, please tag me on Instagram @highlandhickorydesigns. I’d love to see your work!
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