Surf & Sea Star Baby Blanket | Free Crochet Pattern


Finally, after long last, here I am with another Ginger Peachy crochet pattern!

I've talked about my love for the simple art of baby blanket-ing in past posts, but let me just say, I love making baby blankets because I consider it an honor to be able to make something special and personal, a product that a child will use, and possibly remember through the years.

With this design, I was inspired by another piece of art, a lovely painting I saw on Pinterest where the frothy waves were rippling across the sand and a lone orange sea star sat in the corner. The simplicity of the scene grabbed me instantly, but the colors were what won me over.

Ready for the pattern?!

(Purchase the inexpensive and concise PDF copy of this pattern at my Ravelry and Ginger Peachy Store on Etsy!)



Surf & Sea Star Baby Blanket

Skill level easy

Finished Size 26” (66 cm) wide x 38” (97 cm) long

Materials
Light weight yarn – I used Bernat Baby Coordinates in Soft Turquoise (color A) and White (color B)
  yardage: 600 yards or 1 ½ skeins of color A and 360 yards or 1 skein of color B
Bulky weight yarn – I used Bernat Softee Baby Chunky in Creamsicle (color C)
  yardage: about 40 yards of color C
Crochet hooks G/4.25mm and J/6.00mm
Yarn needle

Gauge
4 dc = 1’’
2 rows = 1’’
Gauge Swatch: with hook G and color A,
Row 1: ch 6, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across: 4 dc
Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc in each dc across: 4 dc
Finish off.


In designing this blanket I was choosy about what stitch I actually wanted to use. There are so many ripple stitch patterns out there, sharp chevrons, lose chevrons, lacy ripples, etc. I wanted one that was simple to repeat and that looked gentle, not sharp. After some research, I chose this pattern from Lucy at Attic 24.

Before we get to the actual blanket part, let's take a look at the color pattern. As you can see, it's not consistent at first. Like the style used in my Jungle Rhythm Baby Blanket, I created a pattern that fluctuated immensely in order to give it an unpatterned, natural look like the surf.


Follow the section that is numbered and marked off, then repeat it two more times. This should give you the size mentioned as long as your gauge is similar to mine. But then again, I rarely worry about gauge.

Now that you have a good idea of the color pattern, let's proceed to the blanket!

BLANKET
Row 1: with color A and size G hook, ch 100, dc in 3rd ch from hook, * dc in next 4 ch, dc2tog twice, dc in next 4 ch, 2 dc in next 2 chs, repeat from * across to last ch, 2 dc in last ch: 98 dc
Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc in first dc, * dc in next 4 dc, dc2tog twice, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next 2 dc, repeat from * across to last 2 dc, 2 dc in last dc: 98 dc
Row 3 – 72: repeat Row 2
Finish off.

Border
With color A, single crochet around entire blanket, working 3 sc in each corner and 2 sc for each dc. Finish off.

Simple, huh? It was good fun for those times when I didn't want an involved pattern. But then, blankets always are.

Like nearly every baby blanket, this one took me many months to complete. It's simply a matter of too many irons in the fire, as they say. Blankets are involved projects, right? So I like to get one going and then work on it off and on while I create other, less time consuming patterns. Takes longer than I like but you can't have your cake and eat it too.

So once you have the blanket finished you can start your sea star decorating!!


By the way, I love sea stars. I am an amateur echinoderm specialist, if there can be such a thing as an "amateur specialist", and I sometimes add little bits of science to my crochet patterns. I am not sure people appreciate this or not, but it makes me happy.

Did you know that the term Starfish is inaccurate? A Starfish is not a fish at all but a marine animal belonging to the same class as sea urchins, sea cucumbers (my particular favorite!), sea lilies, and a number of others. Their more logical name is sea star but for the sake of tradition, many still call the creatures starfish. If you're interested in more, search "sea star" or "echinoderm" here on Ginger Peachy for more on this subject. There was a time when I was okay with mixing science posts with my crafting posts here on the blog, but now I just slip in a little piece of knowledge where I can.

BASIC SEA STAR
Round 1: with color C and hook J, make an adjustable ring, 5 sc in ring, sl st in first sc: 5 sc
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 10 sc
Round 3: ch 1, * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 15 sc
Round 4: ch 1, * 3 hdc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 25 sts
Round 5: ch 1, * sc in first st, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 35 sts
Finish off.

With this pattern you can make sea stars in practically any size you like. Rounds 1 - 3 define the size of the star, so add a round by continuing to increase in a circle for a bigger star, or subtract a round for a smaller one. I made two basics, one smaller, and one larger, but you can make as many as you want.


Stitch the stars to the top of your blanket (I judge by the border) with color A by sewing through only the bottom of the star and then through the blanket. I am sure there is a proper name for this kind of stitching but I couldn't find it.

In case you are wondering, I patterned these stars after the adorable cushion stars instead of the more common asteroidea. You have not seen adorable until you have seen a cushion star!

And there you have it! A brand new baby blanket crochet pattern.

This one is going to my little nephew who is only a few months old. Can't wait to see what he thinks of it!

A PDF version of this pattern is now available at Ravelry and Ginger Peachy Store on Etsy! My PDF patterns are easy to understand, to the point, complete with pictures and charts.


This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.

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