Dorian Baby Blanket

Materials:

5.5mm Crochet Hook
3 skeins Lion Brand Basic Stitch in White
3 skeins Lion Brand Basic Stitch in Silver Heather 
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms to Know

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
2dc - 2 double crochet stitches in the same stitch
sk - skip

Pattern (written in US terms):

With silver, Ch multiples of 3 (I used 108 for the baby blanket) 
Row 1: continue with silver, 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Rows 2-8: 2dc in first stitch, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 9: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 10: Attach white; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 11: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 12: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 13: Attach silver; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 14: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 15: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 16: Attach white; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Rows 17-23: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 24: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 25: Attach silver; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 26: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 27: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 28: Attach white; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 29: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 30: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 31: Attach silver; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Rows 32-38: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 39: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 40: Attach white; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 41: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 42: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 43: Attach silver; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 44: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 45: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 46: Attach white; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 47-53: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 54:  2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 55: Attach silver; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 56: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 57: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 58: Attach white; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 59: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 60: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 61: Attach silver; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Rows 62-68: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 69: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 70: Attach white; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 71: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 72: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 73: Attach silver; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 74: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 75: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 76: Attach white; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Rows 77-83: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 84: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 85: Attach silver; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 86: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 87: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 88: Attach white; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 89: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 90: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off
Row 91: Attach silver; ch 2; 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Rows 92-98: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; ch 2 and turn
Row 99: 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk 2 stitches, sc and 2dc in next stitch*; repeat *...* until you get to the last stitch; sc in final stitch of the row; fasten off

The Wordy Bit

Following the pattern exactly should yield a baby blanket that is 29 inches wide and 36 inches long (depending on your tension). Feel free to customize the size by chaining more at the beginning (making sure to chain a multiple of 3) and continue the row pattern for whatever length you desire. 



This blanket came about from my brother wanting a gift for a co-worker. He wanted something gender neutral but not boring. I hope they agree this isn't boring! We had originally looked at the grey/white colorway of the Basic Stitch. Online, it looked great but in my opinion it was a bit busy for a baby blanket. I opted, instead, to create a stripe using the two different colors. This way, I had more freedom in stripe width, and I was able to play around a bit with patterns. We ended up with a bold yet elegant blanket design that should match pretty much any gender neutral nursery out there. (And coordinate with any stroller!)

Lion Brand Basic Stitch is a fantastic yarn to use for baby blankets. It's an anti-pilling yarn, so it won't fuzz up as bad as some. It also is machine washable and dryable (a must for a baby blanket, if I'm honest). The "blanket stitch" one row repeat makes a warm and dense fabric that is very squishy. If I weren't already working on a larger blanket for my home, I'd be tempted to whip up a larger version of this. 



On a personal note, I do apologize for this post getting out to you later than usual. Things have been quite hectic for me, but they're finally starting to slow down. This weekend, I'm going to pre-write a couple months worth of posts so this doesn't happen again. I'll start with a simple (yet romantic) recipe for Valentine's day. My next craft post will be a bit different. I'll be writing about the projects I've currently got on my desk that I didn't design, as well as my thoughts and experiences with them. I also heard it's supposed to snow at my house tomorrow, and I think a fun snow day is just what we need! 

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