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Lightning Fast Striped Baby Afghan

Lightning Fast Striped Baby Afghan
Lightning Fast Striped Baby Afghan
This image courtesy of redheart.com

The Lightning Fast Striped Baby Afghan really does work up quick with an open pattern and simple striped rows. This baby blanket pattern uses single, double, and treble crochet to create a design that will stand the test of time. Baby will love to cuddle with it, and it’s likely to become their favorite snuggle blanket. Work up a few of these patterns for the expected babies in your life. No one will believe you made this pattern with your own two hands because it is that adorable!

Intermediate

Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge16 sts = 5”; 4 rows = 2” in pat.

Finished Size30" x 37"

Materials List

  • RED HEART® “Baby Econo”: 1 skein each 1001 White CA, 1802 Baby Blue CB, 1722 Lt. Pink CC, 1682 Baby Green CD and 1223 Yellow CE.
  • Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8]
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

NOTES:

Blanket is worked from side to side.

To Change Color in SC: Draw up a lp in last st before color change, drop color in use, with next color to be used yo and draw through 2 lps on hook.

Blanket

With CA, ch 113.
Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in back ridge of each ch across; turn – 112 sts.
Rows 2 and 3: Ch 3, skip first st, * dc in next st, dc around the post of dc just made, skip next st; rep from * to last st; dc in last st; turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each st across changing to CB in last st; turn. Cut CA. Row 5: With CB, ch 1, sc in back lp of each st across; turn.
Rows 6 and 7: Rep Rows 2 and 3.
Row 8: Rep Row 4 changing to CA in last st. Cut CB.
Rep Rows 5-8 in the following color sequence: next 4 rows CA, then 4 rows CC, CA, CD, CA, CE, CA, CC, CA, CB, CA, CD.
Work Rows 5-7 using CA.
Next Row: With CA, ch 1, sc in each st across; turn.
Last Row: Sl st in each st across. Fasten off.

Border

 NOTE: Work border across top and bottom of blanket in ends of rows matching the border colors to the rows being worked across.

With right side facing, attach CA in first sc of the first sc row; ch 1, sc in end of sc row, * [ch 1, tr] 3 times all between the next 2 dc rows, ch 1, sc in end of next sc row changing color as required **, sc in end of next sc row; rep from * across, changing colors as required, end at **. Fasten off.

Rep Border on opposite side. Weave in ends.

Abbreviations

CA, Cb, etc
Color A, Color B, etc
ch
chain
dc
double crochet
lp(s)
loop(s)
sc
single crochet
sl st
slip stitch
tr
treble crochet
yo
yarn over
* or **
repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated
[ ]
work directions given in brackets the number of times specified

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This is another lovely afghan project that I cannot just take for granted, if only for the color scheme. I like to give this out as a present exclusively for a baby girl as the colors signify gentleness, finesse, and being fragile but with strength of character. Perfect shower or christening present. The parents will love it as this Lightning Fast Striped Baby Afghan is a specially handcrafted masterpiece exclusively for a special baby girl.

These colors remind me of a traditional baby blanket. I can definitely see a toddler dragging this behind as she walks.

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