Crochet “I Love You” Blanket

When I found out I was pregnant with a baby girl, I started crocheting a blanket for her. If you are a regular on my blog, you probably have noticed that blankets and afghans aren’t my thing. I mostly stick to hats :) So it’s not a surprise that after 90 rows I put the project down and didn’t pick it up again. I got burned out and lost my vision for it. Recently I have been reorganizing my yarn (can’t wait to show you guys what I’ve done!) and there, sitting in a corner pile of yarn sat my 90-row blanket. I thought about frogging it but too much work had gone into it already to do that. I decided to finish it the way it was! I added some simple edging and used the surface slip stitch technique to write “I heart you” on one side. It will be a little Valentine’s Day gift for her and a nice size for her car seat.
The blanket is a very fast and easy pattern. It’s simply made up of SC + chain. I followed THIS pattern called: Fast Easy Crochet Baby Blanket — Free Beginner-Level Crochet Pattern. I used an H crochet hook and Lion Brand Pound of Love in Pink. The edging is Vanna’s Choice yarn in Pink Poodle. You could really use any size hook and yarn for this project! The finished dimensions of mine are 34″x 24″. 
For the ruffle/shell edging, I attached my dark pink yarn and made a SC, skipped a stitch, made 4 DC in the same stitch, skipped a stitch, made a SC and so on. So the pattern looks like this:
SC, skip one, 4 DC in same stitch, skip one, repeat from beginning all the way around.
I surface slipped stitched the writing on. I freehanded it, using the crocheted rows as guides (think of them as notebook paper lines). I love THIS tutorial on how to make a Surface Slip Stitch.
I would love to see what projects you are working on for Valentine’s Day! Feel free to share them on the wall of my Repeat Crafter Me Facebook Page so everyone can see! And if you sell your work, I welcome you to post the link to your page or shop!
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Comments

  1. says

    Im so in love with this. Its is beautiful. Where did you get the pattern for he blanket? Like how many do I chain and stuff. If I were to make this. Blankets are not my favorite only because it takes forever to finish. I kind of like to see the orogress and be done as soon as I can. But this blanket is just so beautiful I might just make it.

    Love, love, love your blog.

  2. says

    I love the blanket. It's so cute! I'm sure your daughter is gonna love it :)

    Right now I'm looking for something to do for Valentine's day. Perhaps a cool crochet rose design.

    I have a little shop where I'm starting to sell crocheted things. In fact, I have your Lamb hat and your owl hat. They're adorable!!! I really, really apreciate that you give the patterns for free, because I admire your work a lot and love all the things you do. If you wanna see what I do, here's the link to the blog http://crochetaporter.wordpress.com/, and here to the Dawanda shop http://es.dawanda.com/shop/romaes79 It's not all translated yet (I'm from Spain), but pictures doesn't need it 😉

  3. says

    Very pretty blanket :) I have to admit I struggle with making afghans and blankets too – and they are more difficult to make when holding small children on my lap 😉

  4. says

    Such a cute blanket. I understand completely about the whole blanket/afghan/throw thing. Just made a fingerless glove, no pattern, now to try and make one to match. I really like the written stitch you did on this blanket, never seen it done that way. I have tried the back stitching and it always looks sloppy. I'm going to try this, thanks.

  5. says

    I haven't been able to stop thinking about this blanket. I would love to make this for my 3 year old daughter, but I'd have to also make one for my 8 and 10 year old…as I can hear both of them say, "Why did you make that for her and not us?". A solution I came up with this morning, is to just make the blankets the size of a small lovey blanket…and have the I love you in the center. Don't worry, if I do get to it, I will send you the pics… You have such great vision Sarah!

  6. says

    Hi

    I've started your I love blanket, I'm making the middle size one 121 stitches, but It only measures 27 in. I made a Gauge, and I needed to go up to a 6mm crochet hook. I don't no what's going wrong? Would be great if you could help please..

    Cheers Lisa

    • says

      In case you still need some help… Never have worked or seen the pattern that Sarah links to in this post, but looks like as long as your blanket begins with a multiple of 2 + 1, then you should be ok.
      [Example – your beginning chain 121 – 120 is a multiple of 2 plus 1 for the beginning chain].
      When I don't know how many stitches it's going to take to make "x" amount of inches, then I begin with a foundation single crochet (or double) rather than a regular chain. It will save you a lot of time and frustration since it is the same as working the beginning chain row and row 1 together. You can measure as you go and won't have to rip anything out (hopefully!) Then, after you have your desired length, begin working the actual pattern of the blanket.
      Hope this helps!
      Alexandra
      EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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