Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Jacob's Ladder Crochet Angel Baby Blanket Pattern

Jacob's Ladder Crochet Blanket Pattern


Adapted for angel babies from this pattern

For more angel baby info and patterns (including best yarn types and colors) click HERE

When making this pattern there will be large holes at first. By the end these holes will be filled in making your blanket a lot smaller than you started with. This blanket started out being 18 inches long but by the time it was done it was only 12 (not including the edge).

I use Caron Simply Soft yarn and an F hook to start with.

20 week size:
Chain 73 - turn

Row 1: Dc in 3rd stitch from the start - counts as 2nd dc - chain counts as first - need a total of 8 dc, *chain 8, skip 8, dc 8* - repeat * - * to the end of the row - make sure to end with dc 8. Chain 3 - turn

Row 2: Skip first stitch - chain 3 will count as first dc - total of 8 dc (on top of the last dc 8 in previous row) Repeat * - * to the end. All sections of 8 dc should match up perfectly. The holes should also match up perfectly

Repeat row 3 until blanket is the length you want. 24 -26 rows.


Switch to a bigger hook. I used a J hook. Before you do an edge - twist the bottom row to create a loop of your ch 8 - then you'll pull the 8 chain from the row above it through. It will be like making a big crochet stitch. It feels kind of like a chain stitch. This is called climbing the ladder. Go all the way up the row of ch 8. Scroll down for pictures.

Now edge first with a sc around the edge. Make sure to sc in the center of the ch 8 stitches at the top so that they will be stuck and not come out. The bottom edge will look a little scalloped. DC in the bottom part of the ladder stitches to pull the blanket flat. Then I did a hdc edge and then another sc and then the crab stitch.  recommend doing at least 2 rows - so that your blanket will lay flatter.

My blanket ended up being 13 by 12.5 inches long.

For a smaller size (15-20 week size) start with chain 57 then follow the pattern the same - but you'll need less rows - probably closer to 20 rows.

For this blanket I did 4 rows of white, then one row of blue and repeated that all the way to the end, ending on the last of 4 rows of white. I think over all 25 rows is about perfect - but 24 fit with my pattern and was close enough.

For more angel baby info and patterns (including best yarn types and colors) click HERE


Same pattern with pictures:

Row 1: Dc in 3rd stitch from the start - counts as 2nd dc - chain counts as first - need a total of 8 dc, *chain 8, skip 8, dc 8* - repeat * - * to the end of the row - make sure to end with dc 8. Chain 3 - turn






Row 2: Skip first stitch - chain 3 will count as first dc - total of 8 dc (on top of the last dc 8 in previous row) Repeat * - * to the end. All sections of 8 dc should match up perfectly. The holes should also match up perfectly.






When you get to the end of this row it will look like there is only space for 7 stitches. You'll do the last one in the last of the chains from the previous row. It might feel like you're kind of falling off the edge of the blanket. But the next row where you skip the first stitch will pull it all back and make a nice, flat edge.






Repeat row 3 until blanket is the length you want. 24 -26 rows.




Switch to a bigger hook. I used a J hook. Before you do an edge - twist the bottom row to create a loop of your ch 8
 


then you'll pull the 8 chain from the row above it through.




It will be like making a big crochet stitch. It feels kind of like a chain stitch.




This is what you're going for in the end:


This is called climbing the ladder. Go all the way up the row of ch 8. Do this to every row of ch 8 - so it should look like this:




Now edge first with a sc around the edge. Make sure to sc in the center of the ch 8 stitches at the top so that they will be stuck and not come out.

The bottom part of the blanket is a little scalloped from the twist to start climbing the ladder. To offset the scalloped edge do a dc in the center of that first twist (you may have to scoot it over a bit - mine was kind of folded funny - but it was easy to stick the hook through the center. The dc will make that spot a little taller to hide the scallop look.





Then I did a hdc edge and then another sc and then the crab stitch.  I recommend doing at least 2 rows though - so that your blanket will lay flatter. This is the blanket after just the sc edge:



 This is the blanket after sc, hdc and a crab stitch edge:


My blanket ended up being 13 by 12.5 inches long.



For this blanket I did 4 rows of white, then one row of blue and repeated that all the way to the end, ending on the last of 4 rows of white. I think over all 25 rows is about perfect - but 24 fit with my pattern and was close enough.



For a smaller size (15-20 week size) start with chain 57 then follow the pattern the same - but you'll need less rows - probably closer to 20 rows.

For more angel baby info and patterns (including best yarn types and colors) click HERE

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