Crochet Baby Squares

Blogged under Charity Crafting,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Monday 8 November 2010 at 6:41 am

My current crochet project is making a baby blanket for Healthy Start. I’m actually trying to figure out how to quicken this process and also make it more portable so that I can make a few blankets for them. One just doesn’t seem like that much, even though they can take a good chunk of time to make.

Hauling around a blanket, even a small one for a baby, can be a pain, so I’m opting to make 10 inch squares. Then I will stitch them together, figuring 16 squares for each blanket to make it 40×40 inches when completed.

It is has been a long time since I stitched crochet pieces of any kind together, so I’m hoping this won’t be too difficult to do. So far, at least, the squares are pretty fast and easy. I do one row of single crochet to start, then 20 rows of double crochet, and then finish all the sides with single crochet.

Pictured are 10 inch squares using Bernat Baby Jacquards in a pattern called “Easter Basket.” I’m using a size H hook.

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  1. Comment by Joan Murray — November 8, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    It’s really easy joining squares. I’ve done it both ways, sewing blocks together and then rows, and slipstitching through both blocks etc. It could also be fun to make the rows of the blocks not all go the same direction – almost stairstep, I think the quilting equivalent is rail fence.
    pretty yarn, lots of contrasts.

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  3. Comment by Eileen — November 13, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

    Lovely, Tammy. Wherever do you find the time to make even the small squares with your busy schedule? That’s certainly a wise approach though.

    I crocheted a solid afghan as a wedding gift for my sister years ago. It took me over a year to complete because there was no open work and several of the squares had American eagles crocheted in. I relate to avoiding have to haul the entire blanket around. Working on mine in the summer was really a b—-. lol.

  4. Comment by Tammy — November 13, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

    Thanks, Eileen. I usually get some crocheting in at night while in front of the TV. It’s relaxing, and I feel like I’m still accomplishing something.

  5. Comment by SB — November 14, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

    40×40 is huge for a baby afghan. I’d try 30×30, especially for charity!

  6. Comment by Tammy — November 15, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion, SB. I went with that size because some places, like Project Linus, require them to be around 40 inches, but you have a point. I don’t have to make them all (assuming I make more) that big.

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