The Mommy Blanket

Jan 3, 2006
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by Josi Hannon Madera

Introduction

Mommy BlanketA Mommy Blanket is an afghan you create for a pregnant woman or new mom. It's a gift for her and her alone and has nothing to do with babies. It isn't cutesy (unless that's her style) and it is barely practical, although entirely comforting. It should be made from yarn too nice for baby puke, and in colors and a stitch pattern that reflects the pre-parent personality of the recipient. The best Mommy Blankets also have foot pockets.

Obviously, any afghan can be a Mommy Blanket. For this article I've written up the pattern I designed for my latest Mommy Blanket -- a 3-color crocheted plaid. This afghan is built up from strips which use front-post stitches to achieve a woven effect. (A hint to those who dabble with PhotoShop -- copy Diagram A below and use the color switcher to test different color combinations.)

Materials List

  • 1600 yds - DK or Light Worsted weight yarn, color A (shown using Lion Brand Imagine in Moss)
    500 yds - DK or Light Worsted weight yarn, color B (shown using Patons Classic Merino in Winter White)
    300 yds - DK or Light Worsted weight yarn, color C (shown using Patons Classic Merino in Old Gold)
  • 5.50mm (US-I) hook

Finished Size

Finished size with border is 42" wide x 50" long

Gauge

Follow instructions for Strip 1 to end of Row 17.
9 stitches = 2.75 inches
8 rows = 2.25 inches

Notes

US pattern notations used (click on db-ch or tr/rf for a tutorial)
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
db-ch = double base chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
tr/rf = front post triple

The Pattern

Strip 1 - Make 5

Base - Using yarn A, db-ch 15, turn.

Row 1 (A) (wrong side) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Row 2 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, turn.

Row 3 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Row 4 (A) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of sc 3 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 5 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Row 6 (B) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 7 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Row 8 (A) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 9 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Rows 10 to 17 - repeat Rows 6 to 9. Fasten off yarn B after Row 15. Do not change color at end of Row 17.

Row 18 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, turn.

Rows 19 to 28 - repeat Row 18.

Row 29 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color C, turn.

Row 30 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, turn.

Row 31 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Row 32 (A) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of sc 3 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 33 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color C, turn.

Row 34 (C) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 35 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Row 36 (A) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 37 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color C, turn.

Rows 38 to 45 - repeat Rows 34 to 37. Fasten off yarn C after Row 43. Do not change color at end of Row 45.

Rows 46 to 56 - repeat Rows 18 to 28.

Row 57 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Rows 58 to 113 - repeat Rows 2 to 57.

Rows 114 to 129 - repeat Rows 2 to 17. Fasten off yarn A. Strip completed.

Strip 2 - Make 2

Base - Using yarn B, db-ch 15, turn.

Row 1 (B) (wrong side) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, turn.

Rows 2 to 14 - repeat Row 1.

Row 15 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Row 16 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, turn.

Row 17 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Row 18 (B) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of sc 3 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 19 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Row 20 (A) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 21 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Row 22 (B) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 23 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Rows 24 to 27 - repeat Rows 20 to 23.

Row 28 (A) - repeat Row 20.

Row 29 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color C, turn. Fasten off yarn A.

Row 30 (C) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 31 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Row 32 (B) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 33 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color C, turn.

Rows 34 to 41 - repeat Rows 30 to 33.

Row 42 (C) - repeat Row 30.

Row 43 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn. Fasten off yarn C.

Row 44 (A) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 45 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Row 46 (B) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 47 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Rows 48 to 59 - repeat Rows 44 to 47. Do not change color at end of Row 59. Fasten off yarn A.

Row 60 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, turn.

Rows 61 to 70 (B) - repeat Row 60.

Row 71 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Rows 72 to 127 - repeat Rows 16 to 71.

Row 128 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, turn.

Row 129 (B) - repeat Row 128. Fasten off yarn B. Strip completed.

Strip 3 - Make 2

Base - Using yarn C, db-ch 15, turn.

Row 1 (C) (wrong side) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Row 2 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, turn.

Row 3 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color C, turn.

Row 4 (C) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of sc 3 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 5 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Row 6 (B) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 7 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color C, turn.

Row 8 (C) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 9 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color B, turn.

Rows 10 to 13 - repeat Rows 6 to 9.

Row 14 (B) - repeat Row 6

Row 15 (B) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn. Fasten off yarn B.

Row 16 (A) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 17 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color C, turn.

Row 18 (C) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of tr/rf 2 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 19 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Rows 20 to 31 - repeat Rows 16 to 19. Fasten off yarn A at end of Row 29. Do not change color at end of Row 31.

Row 32 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, turn.

Rows 33 to 42 (C) - repeat Row 32.

Row 43 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Row 44 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, turn.

Row 45 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color C, turn.

Row 46 (C) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of sc 3 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 47 (C) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color A, turn.

Row 48 (A) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of sc 3 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 49 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 15 stitches, change to color C, turn.

Rows 50 to 57 - repeat Rows 46 to 49. Change to color B at end of Row 57. Fasten off yarn A at end of Row 57.

Row 58 (B) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of sc 3 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Rows 59 to 113 - repeat Rows 3 to 57.

Row 114 (B) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of sc 3 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Rows 115 to 127 - repeat Rows 3 to 15.

Row 128 (C) - ch 1, {1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, * tr/rf around post of sc 3 rows below* x 3} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches, turn.

Row 129 (C) - repeat Row 128. Fasten off yarn C. Strip completed.

Arrange strips according to Diagram A and, using yarn A, join together with slip stitches (see Photo B).

Diagram A
Diagram A

Photo B
Photo B

Foot Pocket

Base - Using yarn A, db-ch 45, turn.

Row 1 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 45 stitches, turn.

Rows 2 to 129 - repeat Row 1. Fasten off yarn. Foot Pocket completed.

Border

Turn blanket so that strips run horizonatally. With wrong sides of the blanket and foot pocket together, join yarn in bottom left corner (see Diagram C for placement of foot pocket).

Diagram C
Diagram C

Working through both thicknesses where indicated:

Row 1 (A) - Step 1 - ch 1, 1 sc/row through both thicknesses (starting chain counts as a row, a total of 130 sc),
  Step 2 - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 45 stitches (first sc of this step is placed into same stitch as last sc of Step 1), working through both thicknesses,
  Step 3 - 1 sc into each of the next 90 stitches working only into blanket,
  Step 4 - ch 1, 1 sc/row (first sc of this step is placed into same stitch as last sc of Step 3, starting chain counts as a row, a total of 130 sc),
  Step 5 - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 90 stitches working only into blanket (first sc of this step is placed into same stitch as last sc of Step 4),
  Step 6 - 1 sc into each of the next 45 stitches working through both thicknesses (last sc of this step is placed into same stitch as first sc of Step 1),
  Step 7 - ch 1, join to first sc of border with a sl st.

Row 2 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 130 sc, (sc, ch 1, sc) into ch sp, 1 sc into each of the next 135 sc, (sc, ch 1, sc) into ch sp, 1 sc into each of the next 130 sc, (sc, ch 1, sc) into ch sp, 1 sc into each of the next 135 sc, (sc, ch 1, sc) into ch sp, join with a sl st to first sc, turn.

Row 3 (A) - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 131 sc, (sc, ch 1, sc) into ch sp, 1 sc into each of the next 137 sc, (sc, ch 1, sc) into ch sp, 1 sc into each of the next 132 sc, (sc, ch 1, sc) into ch sp, 1 sc into each of the next 137 sc, (sc, ch 1, sc) into ch sp, 1 sc into next stitch, join with a sl st to first sc, turn.

Row 4 (A) - ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch1), sk 1 stitch, {1 hdc into next stitch, ch 1, sk 1 stitch} all around, join with a sl st to 2nd ch of beginning ch 3. Note: work an extra (hdc, ch1) into each corner.

Row 5 (A) - repeat Row 4. Fasten off. Border completed.

Foot Pocket will work best if you tack it in place vertically down the center to create 2 pockets (one for each foot).


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Comments

Anita M wrote
on Oct 26, 2006 8:18 PM
Dear Ms. Madera,

I just wanted to thank you so much for the tips offered on your website. I am fairly new to crocheting, and could not figure out for the life of me ow to make a double base chain. I found your instructions very clear, and the pictures served as a great guide!

Anita M.

on Sep 27, 2007 2:37 PM

Hey Josi! Good seeing your name on yet ANOTHER awesome pattern!

Cherie

LilianI wrote
on Oct 14, 2007 9:38 AM

i see lovely designs but i am fairly new in crotcheting. is there a way i can get an e-book or something in pdf form to help me???

TeneilW wrote
on May 4, 2008 9:20 PM
REALLY COOL!!!

TeneilW~*

sharon.long wrote
on Oct 28, 2008 6:12 AM

I would love to see the pictures you have posted, but on my computer they aren't coming out at all. Is there any way to fix this so I can see how this blanket works? Thanks.