5 Little Monsters: Triangles & Stripes Baby Blanket

Friday, October 10, 2014

Triangles & Stripes Baby Blanket


I had the idea for this baby blanket after coming across a Japanese crochet pattern on Pinterest that had this triangle design. I took that design and turned it into a blanket. My first thought was to do it in a solid color but then I thought it might be fun in stripes. I used three colors and decided to use blues, I thought the geometric pattern in the blanket would work well for a boy blanket but I think it would be cute in girly colors too, and as few or as many colors as you want. 




I decided on a simple single crochet border. I didn't want something really busy that might take away from the blanket design and since I chose to make it a boyish blanket I didn't want anything that would be too frilly.


My blanket ended up about 30x33 inches. A little on the small side but with crocheted baby blankets I feel like kind of small is okay. (Don't mind the teeth marks on the crib, it has been through five kids and has definitely seen better days.) It would be really easy to make it bigger or smaller. 

I will share my written pattern but if you prefer working from a chart you can look here at number 84. You will start by chaining a multiple of 12 plus 6. I started with 90 (7x12=84+6=90). To make it bigger just keep adding 12 until it is as big as you want it. 

Triangles and Stripes Baby Blanket

You will need:

Worsted weight yarn in 3 colors (or as many as you choose to use)
J crochet hook
Yarn needle for weaving in ends

*turning ch 3 counts as a dc

ch 90

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (the first 3 ch create the first dc so now you have 2 dc), [ch 1, sk 1, dc in next ch] repeat until you have one ch left, dc in last ch, ch 4, turn

Row 2: (turning ch 4 creates 1 dc and 1ch) dc in ch 1 space, ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, [dc in dc, dc in ch space, *ch 1, dc in ch space* 5 times] 6 times, dc in next dc, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in top of ch 3 from previous row, ch 3, turn

Row 3: [dc in ch space, ch 1] twice, [dc in ch space, dc in next 3 dc, dc in ch space, *ch 1, dc in ch space* three times, ch 1] 6 times, dc in ch space, dc in next 3 dc, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, dc in top of ch 3, ch 4, turn

Row 4: dc in ch space, ch 1, [dc in ch space, dc in next 5 dc, dc in ch space, *ch 1, dc in ch space* twice, ch 1] 6 times, dc in chain space, dc in next 5 dc, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in top of ch 3, ch 3, turn

Row 5: dc in ch space, ch 1, [dc in ch space, dc in next 7 dc, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1] six times, dc in ch space, dc in next 7 dc, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space and top of ch 3, ch 4, turn

Row 6: [dc in ch space, dc in next 9 dc, dc in ch space, ch 1] 7 times, dc in top of ch 3, change colors, ch 3, turn

                       
Row 7: [dc in ch space, ch 1] to the last two stitches, dc in ch space, dc in top of ch 3, ch 3, turn

Row 8: dc in next dc, dc in ch space, [*ch 1, dc in ch space* 5 times, dc in ch space, dc in dc, dc in ch space] 7 times (the last time your last dc will be on top of a ch 3 not in a ch space), ch 3, turn

Row 9: dc in next 2 dc and next ch space, [*ch 1, dc in ch space* 4 times, dc in next 3 dc, dc in ch space] 7 times ending with 4 dc (ch space, dc, dc, top of ch 3), ch 3, turn

Row 10: dc in next 3dc and next ch space, [ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, dc in next 5 dc, dc in ch space] 6 times, ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1 dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, dc in next 4 stitches, ch 3, turn

Row 11: dc in next 4 dc and next ch space, [ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, dc in next 7 dc, dc in next ch space] 6 times, ch 1, dc in ch space, ch 1, dc in ch space, dc in next 5 stitches, ch 3, turn

Row 12: dc in next 5 dc and next ch space, [ch 1, dc in ch space, dc in next 9 dc, dc in ch space] 6 times, ch 1, dc in ch space, dc in next 6 stitches, change color, ch 3, turn

Repeat rows 1-12 changing colors every six rows. You will repeat 1-12 four times and then 1-6 one more time, ending with row 6. You should have 9 stripes. Weave in all of your ends.

Border: Join your yarn in any corner, sc around. Sc in each stitch along top and bottom and evenly on the sides, I found that about 2 sc along the side of each dc worked for me, and sc 3 times in each corner. Join with a slip stitch to your starting sc, ch 1, sc around again working 3 sc in each corner. Finish off and weave in ends, you may need to do some blocking to make it look squared. Mine was a little trapezoid shaped when I first finished.


That is it, if you try this pattern and have any problems please let me know. It is really a pretty easy pattern once you start going but I had a hard time figuring out how to write it down. Once you start getting the pattern going it really makes sense where the chain spaces are and where you double crochet but this pattern has more to it than any other pattern I have ever tried to write down so I hope it makes sense. Please, let me know if something seems wrong or confusing and I will try to help.

50 comments :

  1. What a great pattern for a baby blanket -I love it! Your colors look great too! :)
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    Lee Ann
    Crochetgottaloveit.blogspot.com

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  2. This is a fantastic pattern! Also, I LOVE that you show the math for the multiples of 12 plus 6 in parentheses; I have YET to see anyone else do that in their written instructions. It really helped me understand what is meant when a pattern calls for a multiple of a number, X, plus another number, Y. Thank you so much!

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  3. This is an adorable blanket!!! Love the pattern and colors!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  4. Really really cute! Eager to try and hope the triangles turn our properly in correct order :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Let me know if you need clarification or help with anything.

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  5. Love this pattern - looks pretty and interesting without being too complicated to make - love it with stripes could easily fit the colours to boy, girl or neutral - thanks for sharing the pattern

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  6. This is adorable! Is there a printer friendly version?

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    1. I don't have a printer friendly version. To be honest that is not something that I had thought about until I read your comment. I will have to look into how to do that, I am still new to having a craft blog and posting patterns online so there are a lot of things I am still figuring out. I will definitely look into making my patterns printer friendly, especially the longer ones like this.

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    2. I would like a downloadable copy

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    4. Until the pattern is available for download or a printer-friendly version is ready, I use Awesome Screenshot: Capture and Annotate which is an extension for the Chrome Browser. It comes in very handy quite often is is able to capture the entire page; in this case the comments included, too, but more is better than missing part of the pattern. I can always crop it in another program or even the screenshot program and write notes on it, if I choose, before saving it to my computer and then printing it out. Just a suggestion! Edited for clarity!

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    5. Just as a FYI, I just went to Erica's Pinterest Boards and they are filled with wonderful ideas. I immediately spotted a page of information that I really need regarding Color Combinations. I captured that page also and added Erica's name as the owner for my file!

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    6. Ok, I just added a print friendly button and it seems to be working. In order to see it you have to click on the post itself not just be reading it from the home page. It shows up in the bottom bar next to all of the social media icons. I will try to mess around with it a little more to see if I can get it more visible but for now that is where it is. By clicking on that button you can print, save it as a pdf or email it.

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  7. What a cute design. I have to make this!

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  8. I like this pattern a whole bunch. It doesn't seem too difficult for even me. I sure do miss crochet, it's been a long time I'm gonna have to retrain myself. Need to find me a crochet buddy.

    Thanks for the pattern.

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  9. Love this pattern... new grandson coming in Feb 2015, oldest will be 2 in January, so need to make 2 sizes!!! I think I'd like a throw, too!! Thanks for the formula & the pattern!! And maybe even the 10 & 11 yr old granddaughters :)
    ~Tess

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  10. Wonderful pattern!!!! I can see making it in a mix of colors as well,,, suitable for a boy or girl. And since so many of us have yarn collections with partial skeins etc this would put those bits to good use. Thanks so much for sharing your unique creativity SMILE

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  11. This is a very cool design! Good for either gender. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

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  12. Great looking pattern! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  13. Simple yet lovely, which is hard to achieved! The stripes do make the triangles stand up! Love it!

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  14. What a neat looking pattern! It looks pretty east, too. I'm adding it to my list... Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Thanks SO much for sharing your talent! This is a wonderful pattern and I believe it will look GOOD as a full sized blanket/afghan! That's where I'm going to head with it as I have no babies to stitch it up for. I'm going to make it, selfishly, for myself. LOL I think mine will be in earth tones as that is the theme in my family room. LOVE the pattern! Thanks again! :)

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  16. Lovely blanket n good instructions.
    Going to try this one definitely.
    Thanks for sharing the pattern.

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  17. Thank you for sharing the Pattern. I am looking forward to making this for my 2 week old granddaughter.

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  18. I'm lost already. Ugh. Second row says dc in first ch1 space, chain 1 then... dc in ch space. Is the the NEXT ch1 space???

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    1. Sorry I didn't reply to this sooner, I'm not sure how I missed seeing it. Yes, you will dc in the next ch space. There will always only be one stitch per stitch, either in the ch space or top of the double crochet if that makes sense. You will never have 2 dc's worked in the same stitch. Let me know if that doesn't make sense or if you have more questions. I will try to make sure I check the comments sooner.

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    1. dc stands for double crochet so dc in dc means that you are working that double crochet in the top of the dc from the previous row rather than in one of the chain spaces.

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    2. Oops! Accidentally removed my comment. Thank you for such a quick reply!! This is actually my first crocheting pattern but I am doing alright so far (I knit well, so that might be aiding a tiny bit). Fell in love with this blanket and just had to learn and make one before baby #2 arrives this summer.

      One more question for you though (sorry!!). If I wanted to increase the width of the blanket by 50% - or by however many triangle widths - how would I go about adjusting certain parts of the pattern? In each row (aside from one row, I think #7) it says repeat 6 times for the bracket instructions and I dont want to arbitrarily adjust that or wing it and mess the whole pattern up. Hopefully I am making sense... I understand to increase length I'd just keep going as long as I wanted, but I'd also like to make it larger width wise.

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    3. Each triangle repeat is 12 stitches wide so to add another triangle to the width you would add 12 more to your beginning chain and 1 more repeat to each row, to add 3 more triangles you would add 36 chains and add 3 more repeats to each row. I tried to explain the math a little just before the pattern instructions start. As you are making it the pattern becomes visible pretty quickly and as the triangles start to appear the repeats will make sense. If that doesn't help let me know and I will try to explain it better. I am happy that you are making it, any help you need just let me know and I will try to help.

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  20. Hi, I love this pattern, so simple and graphic! I was wondering if you had some idea of how much yarn you used for this.
    I'm planning on making a single bed sized version for my 3 year old son, as I think this pattern will grow with him really well, and just wanted to work out how much yarn I'll need before I start. Even if you know the weight and type of yarn used, I could work out a rough idea of yardage and multiply it for what I need.
    Thanks for sharing this awesome pattern, I can't wait to start it.
    Cheers, Mikaela

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  21. I loved this pattern for a baby blanket, and this will be my next project for sure. I will make it bigger than this, so i will make sure that i copy your comment above about how to do that.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your pattern and have a great summer :)
    Cheers, Lizza in Oslo, Norway

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  22. This pattern is so cool. But I'm stuck on row 8. I've taken it out multiple times and crocheted it, but each time the triangles don't look like they are in the right place. And I also end up not having enough stitches at the end. I'm thinking it's a problem with my row 7. Any pointers?

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  23. Love this pattern, if I wanted to make it bigger than the size you have done, in way multiples would I have to chain to create the founation row?

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  24. Love this pattern, thank you for sharing. Quick easy to follow. Starting another baby blanket tonight. LOVE LOVE LOVE

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  25. During winters and cold weather we are start using blankets and therefore our baby also need baby blankets. Here we can get a suitable review of triangle and stripes of baby blankets and I am sure that every parent should go through this.

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  26. Could you please clarify row 2 for me. For the (dc in dc, dc in ch space, *ch 1, dc in ch space* 5 times) 6 times Not sure exactly what you are asking for do I repeat the * area 5 times and then do that whole bracketed and stared area 6 more times??? Thanks for your help, have done tons of crocheted blankets but this doesn't make any sense.

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    1. That is what I did and it looks right.

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  27. I will add this to my Pinterest for you. Thanks!

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  28. I love this pattern! Do you know how much yarn you used for the 30 x 33 size?

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    1. I used less than one skein of each color. I'm not sure the exact amount.

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  29. Fell in love with this blanket. It will be the next baby blanket I make. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. It is a very pretty pattern and I want to make it in white blue and green for my nephew who is due beginning of August! Could you please clarify how many dc (counting the 3ch) should be in the first row if you start of with 90 ch? That would be very helpful! Is it a multiple of 6 or multiple of six plus 2? Many thanks in advance!

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  31. I love this baby blanket and already have the yarn colors. I will be making it soon. Thanks for the pattern

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  32. I am currently working on this pattern and I am also confused about row 2, not sure what you are telling us what to do. What should be repeated 5 times. Is the asterisk in the right place? Please help, can't wait to continue. Thanks

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  33. Hi. I love your pattern and am going to be making this blanket in neutral colours. How many grams of yarn would I need to make it your size? Thanks!

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  34. I love this! I did have problems starting out and instead of starting with chain 90 I had to start with 89 to get row 2 to equal out the same on both ends! I've got it going now just hope my nice love it for her baby as much as I do!

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