Sugar Babies crocheted blanket

Any baby would be lucky to receive this handmade blanket.

Finished size is approx 117 x 101.5 cm/46 x 40 ins. Standard abbreviations are used. Recommended for crocheters with some experience.

You need:

•Lily Sugar Babies pure cotton yarn, Solids (5 oz/140 g) or Ombres (4 oz/113 g) as follows:
•Main Colour (MC) 4 balls
•Contrast Colour (A) 4 balls
• 5 mm steel crochet hook OR whichever size you need to produce the tension given below
•Tapestry needle

16 sts and 8 rows = 10 cm/4 ins in pat. Work to exact tension with specified yarn to obtain satisfactory results. TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK TENSION.

To make:

Strip A (make 2)
With MC, ch 39 (bottom edge).

Row 1 (right side): 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, [1 sc in each ch] to end of row, ch 3, turn.

Row 2: Skip first 3 sts, 1 dc in next st, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd of first 3 skipped sts, [skip next 2 sts,1 dc in next st,ch 1,1 dc in first of 2 skipped sts] to last st, 1 dc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: [1 sc in each st or ch 1 sp] to end of row, ch 3, turn.

Rep last 2 rows for pat, work 17 more rows, ending last row with join A, ch 1, turn.

*With A and keeping continuity of pat, work 20 rows in pat, ending last row with join MC, ch 1, turn.

With MC, work 20 rows in pat, ending last row with join A, ch 1, turn.*

Rep from * to * once, omitting joining yarn and turning ch at end of last row, fasten off (top edge).

Strip B (make 2)
Substituting A for MC and MC for A, work as given for Strip A.

To finish:

Alternating Strip A with Strip B, sew together.

Rnd 1: With right side facing, join MC to top right corner, ch 1, 3 sc in same sp, 1 sc in each st around edge, working 3 sc in each corner sp, sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, skip first st, 5 dc in next st, [skip next 2 sts,1 sc in next st,skip next 2 sts,5 dc in next st] around edge, sl st to top of ch 3, fasten off.

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