How to crochet christening blankets

Written by jessica cook
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A baby's christening is a special occasion for family and friends. The big event is usually celebrated at church and afterward in the family's home or another gathering place. A crocheted blanket makes a memorable christening gift that can become a treasured heirloom.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Soft yarn
  • Crochet hook

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose yarn and a crochet hook. Pick a yarn in the traditional christening colour of white, and be sure it is soft enough for the baby's touch. Wool yarn can irritate the baby's sensitive skin, so it's better to stick with acrylic or natural fibres. A machine-washable yarn also would make things easier on the new parents. Determine what size crochet hook to use by checking the yarn label for the manufacturer's recommendation.

  2. 2

    Crochet the body of the blanket. For a baby girl, try a lacy pattern like a V stitch (double crochet, chain, double crochet all-in-one stitch) or a shell stitch (three double crochets in each stitch). For a boy, try a more masculine pattern like a basket-weave stitch or a herringbone half-double crochet stitch. Make the blanket 36 to 48 inches, in a rectangular or square shape.

  3. 3

    Add a border. The lacy border gives the christening blanket a touch of elegance. Try a basic single-crochet border and then make picot stitches into every single-crochet stitch. To do this, slip stitch into the stitch, chain three, then slip stitch into the same stitch. Repeat this around the edging of the blanket.

Tips and warnings

  • When putting a border on a blanket, use three stitches in every corner to round off the corners. For square corners, use four stitches.

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