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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bouncy Ball Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern


I had made squares similar to these before to send out to joiners in some of the groups I belong to. It's a seven inch square when finished and the perfect size for what was needed at the time. However, I had never actually made a full blanket out of them. I used two skeins of each color in Red Heart Super Saver but the next one I'm working on is using scraps of pastel colored yarn. It's a great way to use up bits and pieces. Here's the pattern:

Bouncy Ball Baby Blanket

Two skeins of each color in Red Heart Super Saver
J hook

The squares:

Make 24 (for a rectangular blanket 4X6)
or make 25 (for a square blanket 5X5)

Triple Yo Yo
Chain 4 and join to make loop
Rd 1: ch 3 (counts as dc) 11 dc in loop and join to top of ch 3 (12 dc)
Rd 2: ch 3, dc in same space, 2 dc in each dc around and join (24 dc)
Rd 3: ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc around ending with 2 dc, join and end (36 dc)
The count is important, make sure there are 36 stitches

The Border
Using the contrasting color join to top of any dc
Rd 4: Ch 1 and sc in same space, *1 sc in each of next 3 dc, hdc, dc (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc to make corner) dc, hdc, sc, repeat from * around, join to first sc
Rd 5: dc in each stitch making corner (as above) in each ch 2 corner space join and end
Rd 6: repeat round 5

Join squares with your preferred joining method

Border is three rows of single crochet putting sc, ch 2, sc in the corners

33 comments:

Doris Sturm said...

Oh, thanks for the pattern. It looks lovely!

Alex said...

Beautiful,i cant believe you made it all by hand. it seems that a hand made blanket always looks better than a ready made one
Babies Chenille

Gardener said...

Thanks for the great pattern. What a great idea to use up the leftovers from other projects.

window into our life of love, joy, and adventures! said...

This is a beautiful pattern! Just in time for me to make one for my new grandchild! Well we just found out our son and daughter in law are expecting their second child! : ) I might make one for both of them tho! Thank you sooooo much for sharing!

Ande said...

This would be PERFECT to make for my little nephews! Its really cute!!! I've never made a blanket where you need to attach the squares together... Can you give me some advice on how to do that? Thanks so much for sharing!

Anita said...

So sweet Deb! Thanks so much for your generosity.

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bevq said...

That is just beautiful! You are SO talented. Thanks for sharing with all of us. ♥
Bev

Fitty said...

what a great pattern! Thanks for sharing.

Rose said...

Deb, this is beautiful. I can totally see it with primary color "balls" on either a white or black background. I can't wait to get to work on it.

Thanks for sharing.

C. Menendez said...

It is really lovely.

teakaycee said...

OOOOOOOH......... love that blanket!!!




God Bless
Tam

Julia said...

I added this project and thumbnail to our site and linked to you. We are looking for more afghan project as well as other projects, so if you have any similar projects please feel free to let me know.
Julia
jlitz@primecp.com
Editor, www.AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com

SaraHS said...

Thanks for the great pattern! However I started working on it and something seemed wrong. After studying the photo it looks like you left a row of the 2nd color out is this instructions. It looks like it is anrepeat of row 5?

SaraHS said...

I think there is another row of the 2nd color not in the instructions. Is is the same as row 5?

Thanks so much, I am making this for my cousin's baby. My aunt made beautiful blankets for my kids but passed away before she could make them for her own grandchildren.

Anonymous said...

I noticed the same thing about a row missing.I am making the missing row the same as row 5 hope it is right.I enlarged the photo and it looks the same so crosing my fingers

alied/holland said...

i am Alied from Holland. Your blanket is wonderfull and I try to make this. Because I have to translate this I have the next question: What do you mean with a triple yo yo?
Thanks for your answer

Mandy O said...

In the pattern, border round 5, it says "3 sc in next 3 dc" and I'm ending up with a bit of a curl. Did you mean 1 sc in each of next 3 dc?

Roberta Miller said...

I tried and tried and could not make this pattern correctly! I have a 'hunch' others made the same mistake I did on The Border. It says " 3 sc next 3 dc " - so - I did 3 sc in Each of the next 3 dc. I put the project down for 2 weeks and went back to it today. I have made 7 Perfect squares and cannot wait to connect them for the finished product! I am using plain AND veregated yarn for the balls themselves. Wonderful - thank you, thank you & Bless you.
Roberta Miller

Katie B said...

Thanks for the pattern! I used it to make an afghan for our living room.

Jackie said...

Fabulous pattern. Thanks so much for sharing!! I just finished 25 squares and I'm getting ready to whip stitch them together. Thanks again,

tennismama said...

I have a question/problem. I made 24 squares and began joining them, only to realize that some of my squares have 18 "posts" on the outer round, some have 19 and some 20. It's always on the side where I join, then chain to begin the next round. It seems like I am ending up having 2 "posts" where I should only have one at the join spot. Not sure if I am explaining this correctly. I am pretty sure round 6, if done correctly, should have 18 posts between corner spaces. Can you post (or point me to) a detailed instruction (with photos or video) on what exactly the join and beginning of the next row looks like for rounds 4 - 6? I am pretty sure I am adding an extra stitch when I join...

tennismama said...

I have a question/problem. I made 24 squares and began joining them, only to realize that some of my squares have 18 "posts" on the outer round, some have 19 and some 20. It's always on the side where I join, then chain to begin the next round. It seems like I am ending up having 2 "posts" where I should only have one at the join spot. Not sure if I am explaining this correctly. I am pretty sure round 6, if done correctly, should have 18 posts between corner spaces. Can you post (or point me to) a detailed instruction (with photos or video) on what exactly the join and beginning of the next row looks like for rounds 4 - 6? I am pretty sure I am adding an extra stitch when I join...

DebsCrafts said...

Tennismama, this is a fairly common problem when making squares, Many people put an extra stitch in the round right before the join. It looks like there should be one in that last stitch before the end but there's not, that's actually part of the first stitch. Just count your stitches on the last row until you get used to what it should look like.

Anonymous said...

ever considered making a video tutorial? I cant read crochet patterns but i really like this one! U understand it up up to the border part haha. Beautiful blanket!

Gina said...

I was looking for a blanket to make for my son's teacher that is having a baby soon. I had another pattern I was trying and didn't like the way is was shaping up so I started searching again. I came across your pattern. I LOVE it. It is so easy and quick to work up. I just bought the yarn yesterday, began the other blanket, pulled that back out and started using your pattern. I already have all 24 circles made and I'm working on the squares now. So, so, so happy I found this pattern. Thank you!!!

Josephine said...

Thank you so so kindly for sharing your pattern. I am first time gramma and was looking for a perfect pattern, this is it! It's a boy!!!! I am sooooo excited! Thanks again.

Mary Blace said...

Thank you so much for posting this pattern! I just finished a blanket with it and it is adorable!

Anonymous said...

Hi, have made this blanket many times for Project Linus. Found that after making the 3 row circle (either back loop only or both loops) (and I begin w/a magic circle) I attach a different color yarn, chain 3 then do a double crochet in the same stitch, chain 2, repeat in the same stitch, then dc, hdc, sc x4, hdc, then make the corner and repeat all the way around, ending w/the first made corner. Slip stitch and chain 3, etc.... much neater square.
a "triple yoyo" is what the person who posted this is calling the circle,,, some call it a "ball" "yoyo" "circle" ... all means the same thing. circle in a square... hope this helps.

lhlh928 said...

Beautiful blanket, I'm trying to do one each month for the Linus Project and this could be made in colors for a boy or a girl. My Linus group lets us know in advance a month or so where the blankets will go. This would be great for CASA. Thanks,

Debbie Jewell said...

Thank you for sharing this pattern. I am making it in baby blue and white. It is easy and works up fast. Will post when finished if able to learn how to post pic.♥

Debbie Jewell said...

Thanks for sharing ur pattern. I started it in baby blue and white. I'll post pic if I can learn how♥

Debbie Jewell said...

Thank u for the pattern. it works up fast. Making it for a young mother with 6 girls. Their first boy is on the way!

Anonymous said...

having problems with the first row of border doing what it says but not sqaure can someone please help me