27 Oct 2018

Crochet Free Pattern: Remember Me Poppy Baby Blanket Afghan

     Veterans and Remembrance Days were coming up soon and it got me thinking how can I incorporate the poppy flower in my next design in a way that is beautiful and decorative.



     The idea came to me one day when I was having coffee with mr.B downtown. This young woman sat at the table in front of us and she was wearing a beautiful black and white striped shirt with red flowers on it and I thought the combination looked fresh and modern and the idea of the Remember Me Poppy Baby Blanket was born.


     I love the way this blanket turned out. The slip stitch - half double crochet combo gives it texture and makes the blanket soft and warm. The poppy flowers on top give an extra layer of texture as the petals are not stitched to the blanket making it look like flowers in a field.


     But the stitch combo did not create the straight lines I wanted between the white and black sections, so I had to add a row of single crochet stitches and crochet in the back loop of them.



     For this pattern I used the 3 petal poppy pattern, I liked how each petal overlapped the next, but you can choose to use the 4 or 5 petal poppy pattern. Find the patterns HERE.


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Supplies Used


 - DK / light worsted yarn in bright red, black and white, Red Heart Baby Hugs Yarn has the perfect shade of red for the poppies. 

     I used a speckled black yarn in this project, but plain black will look just as good, if not better.



- crochet hook size 3.5mm and 4mm, I use this set for all my designs, the yarn doesn't get caught in them and the metal can be easily cleaned and polished with a little wax to make the yarn, especially wool blends, slide easier. 

The Stitches


This pattern uses US terms.



- magic ring (MR) - tutorial here

- chain (ch)

- slip stitch (sl)
- increase - tutorial here

- single crochet (sc) 

- half double crochet (hdc) 
- double crochet (dc)
- single crochet back loop only (sc-blo)




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The Pattern 


I split this pattern in three parts:

- the blanket
- the poppy
- the border



The Blanket


     Using the yarn weight and hook size suggested in this pattern, will create a blanket size 118cm (46in) by 75cm (30in).

     The pattern for the blanket is a repeat of 2 stitches with a few adjustments to keep the lines straight. 

     A trick I have been using lately to make sure the foundation chain is not too tight is use a larger hook than I use for the rest of the blanket, in this case, the 4mm. So if your tension tends to be tight, use this trick to crochet your foundation chain and first row. 



With 4mm hook and white yarn ch199

Row 1: sc in 2nd from hook and across, ch1 and turn

Change hooks to a 3.5mm one

Rows 2 - 13: sl st in 2nd from hook, hdc, *sl st, hdc* repeat section ** across (always ending with an half double crochet stitch), ch1 and turn

Row 14: sc in 2nd from hook and across, change colours to black, ch1 and turn

Continue with black yarn

Row 15: sc-blo in 2nd chain from hook and across, ch1 and turn

Rows 16 - 27:  sl st in 2nd from hook, hdc, *sl st, hdc* repeat section ** across (always ending with an half double crochet stitch), ch1 and turn

Row 28: sc in 2nd from hook and across, change colours to white, ch1 and turn



     Continue alternating the white and black stripes until you have 6 white stripes and 5 black stripes, finishing with a white stripe. 

     Fasten off and weave in ends. 

The 3 Petal Poppy Flower


     When I created the poppy pattern for this blanket, I made several variations, but in the end I chose the 3 petals version because I liked the way the petals are bigger and each overlaps the next giving the flower a 3D effect.

     But you have 3 different versions you can choose from, with 3, 4 and 5 petals, you can have a mix of all or choose your favourite. 



     You will need to crochet 18 poppies, find the pattern HERE.  

The Border

     I chose a simple scalloped border for the Remember Me Poppy Blanket to keep the flower theme. The scallops look like tiny petals and frame the blanket beautifully. 


     Another trick I use to make sure that the the border is nice and straight, is to crochet a row of single crochet stitches all around the blanket first.



     Crochet in the round, without turning. The border is crocheted in black yarn only.

Round 1: start at the beginning of the row where you just fasten off and sc3 in that chain, continue with sc stitches until the end of the row and sc3 in the last chain (this will create the corners), continue on the side of the blanket and crochet along it making 10 stitches in each colour section (11 stripes x 10 stitches = 110 stitches. This doesn't include the corner chain.) Now that you reached the corner chain, sc3 in that chain, then sc in each stitch across until the end of the row where you create another corner by sc3 in the corner chain. Continue on the side and again create 10 stitches along each colour section (11 stripes x 10 stitches = 110 stitches). You now reached the first corner you created, sl st in chain 1 of 3 of the corner then sl st in chain 2 of 3 (the middle one of the 3).


Round 2: ch 1 (counts as a sc), 2sc in the middle chain of the previous cluster of 3 (this forms the corner again), sc in each following chain until you reach the corner stitch where you 3sc in the same chain forming the corner, sc across the side, 3sc in the corner chain, sc across to the next corner, 3sc in the corner chain, sc across until you reach the first corner you created, sl st in 1st and 2nd chains

The 3rd round is identical to round 2 except I chose to fasten off and start the 4th row from a different point. 



Round 3: ch 1 (counts as a sc), 2sc in the middle chain of the previous cluster of 3 (this forms the corner again), sc in each following chain until you reach the corner stitch where you 3sc in the same chain forming the corner, sc across the side, 3sc in the corner chain, sc across to the next corner, 3sc in the corner chain, sc across until you reach the first corner you created, sl st to the first chain, fasten off and weave in ends.

Round 4: join your yarn on the 4th chain from the top right corner chain with a sl st, *yarn over (2 loops on hook), insert your hook in the 3rd chain from the sl st, yarn over and pull a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook (2 loops remaining), yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops (this counts as the first dc in the scallop), 6 more dc in the same chain to create the scallop, sk2, sl*, Repeat ** section until the end of the row (you should have 3 chains left).

Next will create the corner scallop. Yarn over (2 loops on hook), insert your hook in the corner chain, yarn over and pull a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook (2 loops remaining), yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops (this counts as the first dc in the scallop), 8 more dc in the same chain to create the corner scallop, sk2, sl st.



Continue by making the regular scallops until the next corner where you create the corner scallop and so on until the end, sl st, fasten off and weave in the ends.

Assembling The Blanket

     I like symmetry in everything I do and you can tell by the way I chose to place the poppies: alternating rows of 4 and 3 poppies, 18 in total.


     But feel free to place your poppies any way you like and works for you. You can choose to place them in clusters, in rows, in diagonals, sky's the limit.



    Once you decided how to place the poppies, pin them down in position and sew around the black round middle with black yarn, making sure the stitches don't show on the back.


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Happy Crocheting!

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