Agua Azul Baby Blanket | Free Crochet Pattern
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I have another baby blanket for you guys, and I hope you love it as much as I do. I call it the Agua Azul Baby Blanket! Can you guess why?
In case your Spanish is a little rusty, “agua” means water and “azul” means blue. So it’s like calling this blanket the “blue water” baby blanket. However, in using Spanish words I hoped to incorporate a slight feeling for the southwest, as if this were a Mexican/Indian blanket.
(Though I am not a person who naturally gravitates toward blue, I adored the color changes of Caron Cakes Faerie Cakes! From a seafoam green to a deep ocean blue, each stitch was lovely. *Sigh*)
If you follow me on Instagram then you will have already seen a sneak peek of my latest design. All my baby blankets are designed with care (I’m sure you’ve heard me say it before) so that the recipient receives a handmade blanket made just for them.
How It All Came About
Having already decided on using the Caron Cakes in the color Faerie Cakes that I had on hand, it didn’t take me long to choose to do some sharp chevrons. But then I realized that this would just be another chevron/ripple blanket with stripes. I wanted something more unique than that, and since I was using a self-striping yarn, there wasn’t any variety to be had in color changes. It actually hit me in the middle of the night to make two narrow panels and seam them together so that the color pattern would be different.
Also, using Daisy Farm Crafts Modified Hdc was a pure inspiration in itself, and turned my ordinary chevrons into textured lines. It was great fun to work the hdc in a slightly different way!
After experimenting with chevrons to achieve long and sharp points, I began crocheting the first panel. I’m sorry to say, however, that I was just eyeballing the size. I used up a whole skein of Caron Cakes and was nearing the end of the second panel and the second skein of Caron Cakes before realizing that my baby blanket was going to be kind of long. Then and only then did I turn my attention to size –this is a problem I need to work on, obviously. Anyhow, I pulled out many rows until I had an even 60 on either side.
Should I Add Fringe?
I really love fringe, don’t you? Of course, there’s a time and a place for everything, and I’m not sure I’d want it on everything, but the hippy in me says it’s a keeper. When I added fringe to the ends of this blanket (which took me a few hours actually!) I suddenly got the idea of an Indian/Mexican blanket. Hence the name.
My Agua Azul Baby Blanket is actually really easy, and when working it with medium weight yarn, it works up pretty quickly. Give it a try and tell me what you think!
Agua Azul Baby Blanket
Skill Level Easy
Finished Size 26″ wide x 30″ long
6 hdc + 5 rows = 2” square
Modified Half Double Crochet: Each hdc is worked through the front loops only, by inserting through not only the front loop but the loop below it as well. See Daisy Farm Crafts tutorial for more instructions.
PANEL (make 2)
Row 1: ch 46, 2 hdc in 3rd ch, * hdc in next 8 ch, hdc2tog twice, hdc in next 8 ch *, 2 hdc in next 2 ch, repeat from * to *, 2 hdc in last ch: 42 hdc
Row 2: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first hdc, * hdc in next 8 hdc, hdc2tog twice, hdc in next 8 hdc *, 2 hdc in next 2 hdc, repeat from * to *, 2 hdc in last hdc: 42 hdc
Row 3 – 60: repeat Row 2
Finished off. (Do not finish off second panel).
Align panels so that the tops and bottoms are together. I recommend using stitch markers to hold the panels in to place while you work.
With the working yarn from the second panel, single crochet through both thicknesses to seam. Join yarn in any corner and single crochet around blanket.
Cut 168 or so strands of yarn, measuring about 10 inches long. Use these to add fringe to both ends of the blanket, working one strand in each stitch. I simply cut a pile and added them and then cut some more as I went.
Here’s a tip: instead of measuring each piece of yarn against a ruler or measuring tape, I used one contrasting piece of yarn that was the length I wanted and measured against that.
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