There are so many reasons I love making things for babies. Baby stuff is soft and adorable as well as small and easily tackled. But most of all, I love making things for babies because homemade baby items get loved and used. So, when a friend of mine told me all about the grey and yellow gender-neutral nursery she was planning with elephants and chevrons, I knew immediately I wanted to make her little peanut a chevron crochet baby blanket.
Let’s take a second and talk about chevron. Yes, it is super trendy. Yes, it has been way overdone in the blogosphere. Yes, I am sure someone else has made and blogged about a blanket very similar to this one before. But, I don’t care. I will admit it right here and now. I like chevron. A lot. And more importantly, my friend (who had never read a blog before I sent her to mine) likes it and is incorporating it into her baby’s room.
Wow. Was that a rant? Sorry about that. Moving on.
Crocheting chevrons is pretty simple. It comprises basic rows of double crochet, except that you increase (the peaks) and decrease (the valleys) at regular intervals.
Here’s the pattern.
Chevron Crochet Baby Blanket
(ch – chain; dc – double crochet; dc3tog – 3 double crochets together)
Each Row: Ch3. Dc in first stitch. **Dc in next 5 stitches. dc3tog. 5 dc. dc ch1 dc in next stitch.** Repeat pattern between ** 10 times ending with 2 dc (instead of dc ch1 dc )in the final stitch.
Work 63 rows changing color every three rows (I started with white and ended with white).
I finished by working a single row of dcs along the raw edge and connecting it so that it appeared contiguous with the first and last rows.
I love how it turned out, and I hope that it gets used and loved by my friend and her lil’ munchkin. You will want to stop by on Wednesday to check out how I packaged this blanket for the shower. It was pretty ingenious dual-use packaging… if I do say so myself.
Do you love this blanket? Want to see more? See some blankets made by my readers here.
Having trouble with the pattern? Check out the detailed pattern and video tutorial here!
Want to see more baby blanket patterns? Check out this one.
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