New parents may fill their baby registries with the latest strollers and baby entertainments, but a handmade gift shows extra care on the part of the giver. Making a custom baby blanket, such as an alphabet design in colours that match the decor of the baby's room, can also help you keep from giving a duplicate of a gift the new parents have already received. The ABC baby blanket also makes an ideal gift because it looks difficult to make, but is really quite simple.
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Things you need
- Graph paper
- 5 skeins baby soft yarn
- Size D crochet hook
Outline a rectangle on the graph paper that is 129 small squares and 155 small squares tall. Count out 25 small squares to the right from the upper left corner and draw a vertical line with the ruler through the 26th square from the top of the rectangle through to the bottom. Count another 25 small squares to the right and repeat. Make four vertical lines total, all 25 small squares apart.
Count out 25 small squares down from the upper left corner and draw a horizontal line with the ruler through the 26th square from the left side of the rectangle across to the right side. Count another 25 small squares down and repeat. Make five vertical lines total, all 25 small squares apart.
Starting in the second large outlined square from the left in the top row, write out the letter A in the middle of the square fifteen small squares tall. Write out the rest of the alphabet in the same manner, with one letter in each large square. Include only A, B and C in the top row, leaving the right and leftmost squares empty, and include only X, Y and Z in the bottom row, leaving the right and leftmost squares empty. This is your crochet pattern.
Use a slip stitch to attach the free end of one skein of yarn to the crochet hook. Chain stitch 140 stitches by winding the yarn around the hook and pulling it through the loop on the hook. Turn the hook, skip the first chain and single stitch in the next stitch. Make single stitches by pushing the crochet hook through the opening in the stitch underneath, looping the yarn over and pulling the loop through. Finish the single stitch by looping the yarn over again and pulling the loop through the loops on the crochet hook. Continue single stitches along the entire length of the initial chain stitches for 139 single stitches total.
Turn your crocheting over and begin the next row with 25 single stitches. Puff stitch the 26th stitch. Make a puff stitch by wrapping the yarn over the crochet hook before pushing it through the stitch underneath. Loop the yarn over the crochet hook again and pull it through one loop on your crochet hook. Again, loop the yarn, push it through, loop again and pull that loop through one loop on your crochet so you now have five loops on your crochet hook. Repeat the loop, push, loop, pull motions again so that you have seven loops on your crochet hook. Loop the yarn over and pull it through all the loops on your crochet hook.
Continue to make 25 single stitches followed by a puff stitch until you reach the end of the row. Turn your crocheting and repeat the same order of stitches. Review the crochet pattern you created earlier. Single stitch for every blank square on the graph and make a puff stitch whenever there is a line or letter. Continue stitching according to the graph paper pattern until you reach the last row. Make this row only single stitches.
Finish the blanket by making single chains in each stitch around the outside edges of the blanket. Tie off your yarn and use your crochet hook to tuck it into the nearby stitches.
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