Dedicated to Aunt Anne.
My aunt made this blanket for me for a special occasion when I was just a little baby. She still made a baby blanket for our eldest son as well. What makes this blanket even more special is that she had a stroke a couple of years back and will never be able to make another crochet blanket. I decided to work out the pattern and made a second one. Now each of my little girls can one day have one.
I used about 300g 4 ply baby wool and a 3mm crochet hook. The blanket is approximately 75cm x 90cm (without the tassels) .
ch – chain
dc – double crochet (US) or treble (UK)
sc – single crochet (US) of double crochet (UK)
4dc-tog – Start with a dc, but only yarn through the first 2 stitches (leave 2 on the hook), continue making 3 more dc’s in this way. You are now left with 5 stitches on the hook. Pull the yarn through all 5.
1) 192 ch
2) sc in each ch
3) 1 ch , 1sc, *3ch, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc * (repeat * to* until there is only 2 remaining sc, sc in last 2 sc
4) 3 ch, dc, *3 ch, sc in first 3 ch space, 3 ch, 4dc-tog in next 3 ch space * (repeat * to * until 2nd last 3 ks space), 3 ch, sc in last 3ch space, 3ch, dc in last 2 sc
5) 1 ch, 1 sc, 3 ch, skip first 3 ch space, sc in next 3 ch space, * 3 ch, sc in 3 ch space* (repeat * to * until 2nd last 3 ch space), 3 ch, skip last 3 ch space, sc in last 2 dc’s
repeat row 4 and 5 (ending with row 5) until you have the desired length .
Finish with sc’s around entire blanket (3 sc in each 3 ch space and 2sc in each dc side).
There is 2 easy ways to add fringing to the blanket. I usually prefer to rather start out with a too long fringe and then cut it to the length that I prefer. For the simple fringe on the left I’ve cut approximately 12 cm pieces of yarn, 4 pieces per tassel. Then added a tassel to every 5th sc.
For the fringe on the right I’ve simply used longer pieces of yarn (about 20cm). Each tassel is then divided into 2 pieces and knotted midway.
You can obviously add more pieces of yarn for thicker tassels or decrease the 5 sc spacing.
Once you are finished simply cut all the tassels to the same length for a even fringe.