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Sweet Stars Baby Blanket

And FREE Bonding Square Crochet Patterns!

Y’all may or may not know that I am a mom to 5 kids, ranging from 2 years into the teenage years. So to say my life revolves around kids would be an understatement… I’m honestly surprised how long it took me to publish a baby blanket pattern, it’s typically one of the first large crochet projects we tackle once we’ve got down the basics, and for myself like many others I learned to crochet mainly to make things for my kids! But here we are, and I couldn’ be more excited to share the Sweet Stars Baby Blanket and Free Bonding Square patterns with you! Come crochet a baby blanket with me!

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Crochet Blanket Pattern!

Blankets are such a great crochet project! Blankets make amazing gifts whether they are for a new baby, an old friend, or for yourself! It’s like giving the gift of coziness and security, but even better because YOU made it! Plus, everyone needs and uses blankets. 

Crochet blanket patterns are unique in that they also allow us lots of opportunity to practice a particular stitch or technique, or learn a new one! Blankets are a great way to relax while crocheting, because of the repetitive nature of a larger project, once you have the hang of the stitches and the rhythm of the pattern down, the yarn just flows! 

Blankets are the perfect project for kicking back and relaxing with your crochet project and favorite form of media! When I crochet, I love to listen to an audiobook, or watch the latest movie on Amazon Prime! How about you? Do you love to relax by listening to music when crocheting or maybe you prefer to binge watch your favorite series?

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Sweet Stripes Friendship Square Crochet Pattern image with colorful crocheted afghan squares in purple, blue, coral, and mint green by www.greenfoxfarmsdesigns.com

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My Amazing Pattern Testers!

Where would we be without my incredible pattern testers?! Thank you pattern testers for creating your sample crochet baby blankets to help work out all the kinks before the pattern is published! My absolute fave part of designing is getting to see your amazing projects y’all crochet using my patterns! I greatly appreciate my testers’ feedback which helps ensure that I can provide you with the highest quality pattern! My testers have all done such an amazing job creating their beautiful and classic crochet baby blankets!! Make sure to check those out below!!

Thank you so much for testing the Sweet Stars Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern Susan Richards, Sigal Alon, Erin Murphy Kennel, Brenda Meineke, Charlotte McDonald, Peggy Swaim, Lyn Wilson, and Joann Fleming!

Make your Bonding Squares!

Materials:

Finished Size:  

Bonding Squares (2): 5″ wide x 5″ long

Lovey Blanket: 12″ wide x 12″ long

Preemie Blanket: 20″ wide x 20″ long

Baby Recieving Blanket: 36” wide x 36″ long

Stroller Blanket: 30” wide x 36″ long

Crib Blanket: 40” wide x 60″ long

 

Gauge: 12 rows x 13 sts = 4” square

SWATCH: (5.5” x 5.5”) Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch, turn (20 sc). [Ch 1, sc in each st, turn, x2 rows, (20 sc). Ch 3, 9 star st, hdc in last ch, turn (1 hdc, 9 star st). Ch 1, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in center of each star, hdc in last st, turn (20 hdc).] Repeat these 4 rows 4 more times (21 rows). Measure Gauge.

Experience Level: Intermediate

Pattern Key:

st(s) – stitch(es)

sp(s) – space(s)

sl st – slip stitch

ch(s) – chain(s)

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

hdc2tog – decrease by hdc 2 sts together

yo – yarn over 

FO – fasten off

Star St – Star stitch

Puff st – Puff Stitch

Special Stitches:

PUFF STITCH: 

STEP 1: Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook).

STEP 2: Yo, insert hook in same st, yo and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook).

STEP 3: Yo, insert hook in same st, yo and pull up a loop (7 loops on hook).

STEP 4: Yo and pull through all 7 loops on hook, ch 1 to close, Puff st completed.

STAR STITCH:

BEGINNING STAR ST: 

STEP 1: Ch 3, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), repeat for 3rd ch from hook (3 loops on hook).

STEP 2: Insert hook in 1st st, yo and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), repeat for 2nd st (5 loops on hook), repeat for 3rd st (6 loops on hook).

STEP 3: Yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 to close. Beginning Star St complete.

STAR ST: (Method of all star sts after beginning star st is completed)

STEP 1: Insert hook in ch 1 sp from last star st, yo and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook in last spoke of the previous st, yo and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), insert hook in same st as last spoke, yo and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), 

STEP 2: Insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), repeat for next st (6 loops on hook).

STEP 3: Yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 to close. Star St complete.

NOTES:

  1. Read through the entire pattern first.

  1. Make a gauge swatch to ensure accurae sizing.

  1. Beginning chain only counts as a stitch on STAR ST rounds.

  1. Pattern is worked back and forth in rows.

  1. Repeat stitches between [ and ] the number of times indicated.

  1. The Bonding Square pattern is FREE to view and read on my website ONLY, and has been thoroughly tested and tech edited. Please feel free to share any comments or ask any questions you may have! I welcome your feedback!!

  1. If you would like a downloadable, ad-free PDF of the pattern, and the additional blanket sizes, you may purchase from one of my shops linked in this post for a small fee.

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  1. If you want to share this pattern online, you must only share a link to my blog post. You may not copy and paste my text or the pattern to another site. Thank you for respecting my work.

  1. By using this pattern, you are agreeing to abide by these terms.

Pattern Release Details:

This heirloom crochet Baby Blanket Pattern is now available for purchase in my Ravelry and Etsy Shops! The Crochet Bonding Square pattern is FREE here on my blog, OR you can purchase the ad-free, printer friendly, PDF copy with ALL SIX BLANKET SIZES for a couple of dollars.

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Sweet Stars Bonding Square

Free Pattern for the Preemie Challenge

 

This pattern was featured in the 2021 Preemie Challenge! What is the Preemie Challenge?  In order to encourage people to make and donate needed handmade items for premature babies and their families, Helen of Sunflower Cottage Crochet has created a wonderful annual event called the Preemie Challenge that she hosts each year in August 2021! A new designer and pattern is featured each day! 

The 2021 Preemie Challenge has ended, but you can click the link below to read more about the Preemie Challenge and find all the patterns that were included!

 

What is a Bonding Square?

Bonding squares are 5 inch squares made in pairs, either knit or crochet. One is worn by the mother of a premature baby (against her skin), and the other is kept with the baby in the incubator to help with bonding during physical separation. The squares are swapped each time mother visits the baby so the baby can associate the mother’s smell and begin to form the bond we all need to thrive.

 

Many NICUs use these squares to help with bonding, and you can help by making squares to donate to your local NICU or to a family with a premature baby! Please check with your local NICU to find out if they are accepting donations, and any specific rules or regulations they have in place regarding donated items. Most hospitals request that the yarns used for baby items be of a DK/Baby/Weight 3 or smaller and that they are very soft, washable yarns usually acrylic for ease of care.

SWEET STARS BONDING SQUARE:

Pattern Directions:

USING K/10.5 6.5 MM HOOK

BONDING SQUARE: (make 2)

  • Pre-border: 3.5” wide x 3.5” long.
  • With Border: 5” wide x 5” long.

Row 1: Loosely ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn, (12 sc).

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as hdc), beginning star st, 4 star st, hdc2tog same st and last st, turn, (2 hdc, 5 star sts).

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in same st, [2 hdc in center of star st, skip next st,] 5 times, hdc in last st, turn, (12 hdc).

Rows 4-5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn, (12 sc).

Rows 6-8: Repeat Rows 2 – 4, turn, continue with border below.

BONDING SQUARE BORDER: 

You will place 3 sts in each corner – 2 count as 1st and last st of each side, and 1 counts as an increase, on Round 1.

Round 1

Step 1: Ch 1, sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in last st, (13 sc).

Step 2: Turn, working down side of square, 1 sc in corner, 10 sc evenly spaced down side, 2 sc in corner, (13 sc).

Step 3: Turn, working along bottom of square, 1 sc in corner, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in corner, (13 sc).

Step 4: Turn, working up side of square, 1 sc in corner, 10 sc evenly spaced up the side, 2 sc in corner, sl st to join, (13 sc). Total R1 (52 sc).

Round 2: Ch 1, {[sc, puff st, sc,] 4 times, 2 sc in corner st,} repeat for each side (4 times total), sl st to join, (40 sc, 16 puff sts). 

Round 3: Ch 1, [sc in next 13 sts *skip over chs of puff sts, (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc,) in corner st,] 4 times, sl st to join, (68 sc). FO and weave in ends! Make a pair and you have a wonderful donation to help a premature baby bond with mom!!

Sweet Stripes Friendship Square Crochet Pattern image with colorful crocheted afghan squares in purple, blue, coral, and mint green by www.greenfoxfarmsdesigns.com

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