Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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How to crochet the Bubble Puff Blanket - free pattern and video tutorial!


I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working quietly on this blanket – I am super amped to share it with you all! If you are a fan of texture, chunky fat stitches, fast growing projects and stunning yarn then the Bubble Puff Blanket is for you!

In my video, I spend the first 8 minutes (yes EIGHT MINUTES lol) chatting about this blanket, my inspiration for it, the yarn and general excited ramblings so pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and come and listen to me natter rather than reading my waffle!




For my particular blanket, I made it pram / stroller sized as it is a thick squishy blanket perfect for keeping baby warm.




I am writing the pattern for the small stroller size, feel free to upscale this pattern – just be aware you will need more yarn the bigger you go.



Yarn required:

·         Sirdar Hayfield Spirit in Sundown: https://www.snufflebeanyarn.co.uk/products/sirdar-hayfield-spirit-chunky?variant=21501928767572&ref=7

·         Cygnet Chunky in Cream: https://www.snufflebeanyarn.co.uk/products/cygnet-chunky?variant=14035836403796&ref=7

·         6.5mm Crochet Hook

·         Repeat pattern between the asterisks * …….. *

·         Pattern notes / explanations specific to each row (info inside bracket written in italics)

AMERICAN STITCH TERMS

Stitches / abbreviations used:

·         FSC = Foundation Single Crochet
·         Ch = Chain
·         Sc = Single Crochet
·         Hdc = Half Double Crochet
·         Dc = Double Crochet
·         Ss = slip stitch
·         Sp= space
·         Sk = skip
·         Shell = 5dc



Pattern multiple is 4FSC + 3FSC

TO START:  Pram / Stroller baby blanket size

Cream Yarn x 5 balls

Hayfield Spirit in Sundown x 2 balls

Make 71 FSC (foundation single crochet)

Row 1:

Ch2 (does not count as a stitch) 1dc in 1st fsc

Skip 2

*5dc, sk3* until last 3fsc

Skip 2

1dc in last fsc

Row 2:

Ch2 (counts as a stitch) 2dc in 1st stitch

*4dc in 5th stitch of shell from row below. Puff inbetween 4th & 5th stitches of shell from row below*  (please see video)

End on 1dc in top of dc from row below

Row 3:

Ch2 (counts as a stitch) 2dc in 1st stitch

*4dc in 5th stitch of shell from row below. Puff inbetween 4th & 5th stitches of shell from row below*  (please see video)

End on 1dc into top of ch2 from row below

REPEAT ROW 3 to end of blanket

To finish your blanket, you need to straighten up the top edge so it matches the bottom.

This is done over 2 rows.

End Row 1:

Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 1hdc & 1dc into 1st stitch

*3dc in 5th dc stitch of shell from row below*

End on 1hdc into top of ch2 from row below

Final row: (this row is important to match the stitch count to your fsc row)

Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc in 1st stitch

*sc over next 3 stitches, sc inbetween next 2 stitches* (please see video)

End on sc in last 2 stitches.

Ch1, cut your yarn.



COLOUR SEQUENCE FOR CREAM / SUNDOWN BLANKET

Using Cream: FSC row
Rows 1 – 6: Cream
Row 7: Sundown
Row 8: Cream
Row 9: Sundown
Row 10: Cream
Row 11: Sundown
Rows 12 – 18: Cream
Row 19: Sundown
Row 20: Cream
Row 21: Sundown
Row 22: Cream
Row 23: Sundown
Rows 24 – 30: Cream
Row 31: Sundown
Row 32: Cream
Row 33: Sundown
Row 34: Cream
Row 35: Sundown
Rows 36 – 42: Cream
Row 43: Sundown
Row 44: Cream
Row 45: Sundown
Row 46: Cream
Row 47: Sundown
Rows 48 – 52: Cream
End Row 1: Cream
Final Row: Cream


Now you are ready for the border!






BORDER TIME!





Border Pattern (for stroller size blanket above – please see video for how to make a border on a larger version of the Bubble Puff blanket)

Using cream and with the right side of your blanket facing you:

ROUND 1

Join yarn to 1st stitch (top right hand corner of blanket)

3sc in 1st stitch (1st corner made)

Sc in each stitch along

3sc in last sc (2nd corner made)

Hdc evenly down the side (2 hdc per row, please see video)

3sc in 1st stitch of bottom (3rd corner made)

Sc in each stitch along

3sc in last sc (4th corner made)

Hdc evenly back up the side (2 hdc per row, please see video)



ROUND 2 (please see video for clarification)

Top edge

9dc into 2nd sc of 3sc

*skip 1, ss, skip 1, 5dc* to corner

Skip 2, 9dc into 2nd sc of 3sc

Join with ss to 1st sc.

Side

Skip 2, ss

*skip 1, 5dc, skip 1, ss* to last few stitches

Skip 2, 5dc, skip 2, 9dc into 2nd sc of 3sc

Bottom edge

Skip 2, ss

*skip 1, 5dc, skip 1, ss* to end

Skip 2, 9dc into 2nd sc of 3sc

Side

Skip 2, ss

*skip 1, 5dc, skip 1, ss* to end putting final ss just before beginning 9dc


I hope that makes sense! Please see the video for clarification of the border as seeing it written down looks mega complicated! Eek!


If you have any questions about this pattern / spot any errors / notice any typos but holler!
I would absolutely LOVE to see any Bubble Puff blankets you make – please feel free to tag me in your photos on Instagram (I am @puddnhead) or post them to my Facebook page here! <3

Happy crocheting!

Robin x




4 comments:

  1. Can I just ask if you always use the foundation single crochet to begin blankets, does it give a firmer start to the work.

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  2. I personally like to use foundation crochet (whether it's single crochet, double or whatever stitch) because I find it easier to work into when it comes to border time - that plus I really REALLY hate chaining then having to work back again as it takes forever 😂 I find foundation crochet much quicker. It's also less likely to pull inwards like chaining can. You don't have to though! You can do a multiple of 4 and then single crochet back along if you didn't want to do the fsc start x

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  3. May I ask when you will have the written instructions for the border available please? Thanks.

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    1. Ack sorry for the delay, I completely forgot to update the blog! It is up now :D xx

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