When you hit the your late twenties/early thirties, you may notice this phenomenon of all your friends having babies. Sometimes, it really feels like all of them. I’m a crocheter, and I like to make gifts for my friends, I feel like it’s more personal. I can’t commit to making a blanket for every baby, blankets take a long time (I have a friend who knits a blanket for each baby born in her group of friends – she cray cray). Usually, I make a baby hat. Hats are quick (especially baby hats!) and easy and super cute. But for a few special friends and/or relatives, I do go all out and crochet a blanket.
This year, I took my first few steps into designing my own patterns. I created this graph for a Legend of Zelda baby blanket. The graph shows one half of the design. The other half is a mirror image of what is in the graph. I did originally start out with a full-image graph, but found it too difficult to remember where I was, and which direction I was going! Since both sides are the same, I found it much easier to repeat the graph backwards.
I worked this blanket it single crochet, but half double crochet would also work! When changing colors, I left both yarns attached, and ran the other yarn through the middle of the stitches. The back side isn’t quite as nice as the front side, but I wanted to make sure there were no loose strings for baby’s fingers to catch on.
I also allowed for a border around the graph, but that’s up to you!
For just the graph: Start with a chain 72 (the total pattern is 71 stitches: stitch 36 is the midpoint, after which you crochet backwards along the pattern to create the mirror image).
R1 – single crochet in second stitch from loop, 1 sc in each stitch across, changing colors where indicated in the graph.
R2-44, 1 sc in each stitch across, changing colors where indicated in the graph.
I also made some blankets using graphs I found of Ravelry!
Thanks to Ahooka Migurumi for sharing this Star Wars blanket pattern.
Thanks also to kejsarinna Astrid for sharing this TARDIS blanket graph. Note that this links to a website in Swedish, but the graphs are easily viewable and downloadable!
(pics to come)