For today’s Crochet-A-Day series post, I have the lovely Lisette of Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, sharing a guest post for her double crochet baby blanket pattern. Lisette is the one who inspired me in the beginning, just over a year ago, to learn to crochet. Read below for Lisette’s story, crocheting for Teeny Tears, and her darling baby blanket tutorial!
Guest post by Lisette of Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
My interest in crocheting grew out of my desire to comfort other grieving families and in turn was the beginning of my own path to healing. It was not until the day I lost my first child that I realized hospitals have a continuing need for bereavement items. At the hospital where we had our son, we were given two tiny diapers and a crocheted blanket for our son. After we returned home my sweet husband suggested we make a set to replace the one we were given from the hospital. Little did he know his simple suggestion would turn into my passion. A couple months after Asher’s passing we made a large donation of tiny flannel diaper and crocheted blankets. Over a year later we continue to trace, cut, sew, and crochet bereavement items for other grieving families. Through this I have witnessed the power of one.
My son, the inspiration.
My husband, the motivation.
Myself, searching for a cause to run with it.
Whenever you lose someone, there is a hole left in your heart. Seeing what has been created because of my son fills that hole with love.
If you want to take part in this worthy project feel free to contact me directly or check out Teeny Tears who we work through to make all our of donations nationwide.
Crochet-A-Day: Double Crochet Baby Blanket
A handmade baby blanket would not only be the ideal gift for a baby shower, but the ideal project to keep you busy before your own impending due date. Keep your baby warm with this simple crochet baby blanket. The double crochet pattern makes it appropriate for either a girl or a boy. Use different color choices to make your blanket unique.
- Main color: 2 skeins of yarn
- Contrast border: 1/2 skein of yarn
- Use size I/5.5mm hook
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Finished measurements: 16″ x 16″
Row 1: Chain stitch 50-55 stitches loosely. Make certain to maintain an even tightness so each chain stitch evenly spaced. This row will be foundation of your blanket, so you can make it as long as your short as you would like your blanket to be.
Row 2: Double crochet in each chain across.
Row 3+: Repeat Row 2 until blanket measures 16″ across (approximately 20-24 rows).
For border: If you want to incorporate a contrasting yarn, the border would be the perfect place. Otherwise continue to use the main color yarn and do 2 double crochets for every stitch.
Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends using a tapestry needle.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest Lisette feels most alive surrounded by trees and breathing in fresh mountain air. Lisette is a self taught photographer, Interior designer, outdoor enthusiast, world traveler, mother and lover of beautiful things. When she is not working you will most likely find her spending time outdoors. Lisette loves to hike, camp, kayak and travel near and far. Check out her blog for great Pacific Northwest adventures and stunning photography.