Crochet Rectangle Blanket


Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as well as my friends over at Yarnspirations.com. I’m your host Mikey. Today we’re going to use Bernat blanket stripes to make a really cute baby blanket. And if you flip it over, it looks just like the Caron cakes where we do a color transition for this particular yarn. This is a Jeanne pattern, and today I’m going to show you how to use her pattern. And you only need two of these balls in order to make a baby blanket. You’ll need an L size eight millimeter crochet hook in order to play today. This video has sound alerts added. When you hear this sound it will be your signal that the segment is finishing up. Press stop and crochet the instructions and then press play again to continue along in your project. So here’s Jeanne’s pattern. It’s a rectangular motion like so. We just continually go around in a circle. Of course we slip stitch in order to build up and then what happens here is that the color transitions on its own. So there’s no doctoring of any colors. Exactly how you see it how it comes out of the ball. So this is just a small baby’s blanket and you’re going to leave enough yarn in order to do the final round all the way around with the reverse single crochet which I’ll show you have to do as well. So it’s a very simplistic idea. We’re going to get started right in the middle, and then I’m going to show you how to build up onto it. I’m going to show you how to do the reverse single crochet. And you’ll probably have this done as quickly as Jeanne did it. It took her only three hours to make this blanket. So let’s get started. We’re going to create a slip knot like so. And Jeanne’s blanket, just so the record, is it’s 29 inches by 34. It’s perfect size for a baby blanket and only using two balls. So once you have your slip knot on there and you chain only 16. Remember that the one on the hook never counts as 1. So 1 2 3 4 and 5 and go all the way to 16 for me, and meet me back here in just a moment. So now that I have my 16 on, what I want to do is that I want to come across this chain, back down, and come back through the other side and meet me back here. So I’m going to create a rotation in this one here. So 2nd chain from the hook. So just count back. So 1 and 2 just like there, and I want you to insert your hook into the 2nd chain, and we’re going to do a single crochet. And then we’re going to do a chain 2. And into the same stitch again single crochet. And then chain 2. And then single crochet into the same chain. So what we’ve done is that we’ve created the rotation going around. So just imagine that this is going to come around, and it’s going to come out here, and the chain 2’s are the corners just like you see. So now that you have this done, all we’re just going to do now is just work our way across this chain in order to do it. So what we’re going to do is that we’re going to chain 1, skip 1 chain. So skip 1, go to the 2nd, and single crochet. Then chain 1, skip 1, and single crochet into the next chain. And I want you to do that all the way across your chain. So do that, and I’ll see you at the other side of this chain in just a moment. So I’ve now come across my chain, and I have 2 stitches left. So I’m going to chain 1, and then I’m going to go into the very last stitch. And what we’re going to do is that we’re going to go into this one and then continue to go into it again and again until we come around the other side of this particular chain. So let’s just go into the very final one, and we’re going to single crochet and then chain 2. There’s your first corner. Single crochet into the same one again, and then chain 2. And see how I’m naturally turning the project around? Come back into the same project, or same stitch, and just single crochet once again. Just like that. So now what you want to do is you want to match exactly what you see. So you can see that these single crochets are in a certain chain, and you’re going to match those all the way across. So chain 1 first, and you can see you’re going to skip 1, and the next one is in the other side of the signal crochet. So chain 1, single crochet in the next one. So chain 1, single crochet in the next one, chain 1. And you’re going to do that all the way back until you get to where you had started. Okay, so here’s the last one here. And I can tell it’s the last one because the next one is the turning corner. So to finish this off you’re going to chain 1, and just extend over and slip stitch to the first single crochet. So therefore you can kind of see your rectangle is right here. So let’s begin round number 2. So let’s begin round number 2. We’re going to slip stitch into the next chain 2 space. So you’re already in the first single crochet from the row below. So slip stitch in and pull through and through. And now you’re in the first chain two space that’s part of the corner. So now what I want you to do is that I want you to chain 1, and I want you to single crochet, chain 2, single crochet right into that same space. So you’re going to create the corner again. So a single crochet, chain 2, and single crochet. So now we have to make our way to the next corner. So in order to get there first we have to chain 1, and then the corner happens to be the next one which will be the same information. So it’s going to be single crochet, chain 2, and single crochet. And see how I naturally just turn the project as I went around. So now you’re going to chain 1, and now you’re going to skip into to the next chain 1 space. And then chain 1 and then single crochet into the next chain 1 space. And you keep doing that all the way around. So the only time you really have to pay attention to is the corners in order to keep those corners building out. And this is why it only took Jeanne three hours to do because it’s really just all about spaces, right? So you’re going to come into the next one, and then the corner is your next one after that. So chain 1. And here is your first corner right here, so you’re going to single crochet, chain 2, single crochet. And then that’s your corner done. And then chain 1, and you’re going to jump to the next corner. Single crochet, chain 2, single crochet. And then keep moving around to the other side. So chain 1, single crochet in the next chain 1 space, and so on. So what you’re doing is that you’re just paying attention to where you’re finishing off. So here’s the last space here, and then chain 1 and join it to the first single crochet that you had started with. Just like that. So here’s the trick. Every time you go to start this you’re always going to slip stitch to the first chain 2 space and then start. So your slip stitching will always stay in this particular corner as you go. So let’s just review one more time for round number 3. And then we’re going to let you go, and then I’ll show you how to do the edging as well. So as promised when you go to start a new round you just slip stitch to the first chain 2 space, and then keep that corner. So it’s chain 1, single crochet, chain 2, single crochet into the same space. So you’re just going to be paying attention to your spaces here. So chain 1, go to the next space, and then chain 1. And then corner happens to be next, so every side gets bigger as you go. So this distance between the corners gets greater and greater. So in the corner is a single crochet, chain 2, single crochet, and then you keep on going. So chain 1, go to the next. Just to open it up if you don’t see it. Just use your fingers. And keep on going around. And eventually the yarn will change color on its own. And I think in today’s tutorial it’s not going to change color because I’m not going to do enough of it to get that color transition to happen. But it’s really a neat idea, and saves the hassle of trying to figure out what colors are going to go together. And you’ll work out with something really quite pretty. So chain 1. The next one is your chain 2 space the next corner, so single crochet, chain 2, single crochet, and then chain 1. Go into the next space. Chain 1. And then here’s your next corner. So single crochet, chain 2, single crochet, chain 1. After that and keep moving down, like so. So you can see that this size hook, this size yarn, you are going to have a baby’s project in no time. So if somebody surprises you with the baby shower then you don’t have to worry about it so much. So you’re just going to do the same rotation all the way around. And then once you have almost all of the two balls done, you just leave enough yarn, and then you’ll do a reverse single crochet. So this is the last one before it starts again. So chain up 1, and then just join to the first single crochet that you had started with to bring that to conclusion. So that’s how you’re going to do this. And what I’m going to show you is how to do the reverse single crochet all the way back around in order to finish. So here is going to be the final border. So once you get to the size that you need, then we’re just going to finish It off with the reverse single crochet which is also known as the crab stitch. So to begin, you’re going to chain up 1, and you’re going to come to the space before it. So look where the hand is and come before it and go right into the space and dive in. And then you’re going to wrap the hook, pull it through, and then you’re going to pull through 2. So it’s called reverse single crochet because instead of moving forward I’m moving backward. So once you have that reverse single crochet done, then all you just have to do is chain 1, and then go to the next chain 1 space right here because it is before it. And go in, pull through, and pull through the 2. Then chain 1, go to the space before it again. And what this is doing is it’s providing a nice border. So just make sure you chain 1 in between doing the reverse single crochet. And in the corners what do you think is going to happen? So in the corners what Jeanne is suggesting, and I’m going to get there in a second, is just to put in 2 reverse single crochets into the corner just to fill it in. So the reverse single crochet I didn’t learn too long ago. I never even knew it existed to be honest with you. So here is the corner. So Jeanne’s just suggesting that you put 2 into the final corner. And you can do that. So go in and then put another one in. And then keep moving along. So chain 1, go to the next space, and etc. So you’re just going to keep moving around doing this. And you’re going to notice that it’ll have a nice finishing border just like you see here. And then you’ll be good to go. So until next time, I’m Mikey on behalf of thecrochetcrowd.com. When you get around just slip stitch it, just weave in your tails, and you’re good to go. Until next time, have a great day and we’ll see you again real soon. Bye-bye.

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