Free Isla Baby Blanket Pattern

Hello lovelies! Thanks so much for reading my first blog and free pattern of 2021. This is just a quick and easy baby blanket pattern, but there’s nothing stopping you from scaling it up to make it adult sized.

The Isla Blanket is a gorgeously squishy blanket that has the most beautiful drape and super cute pompom edging! I used Paris stitch, which reminds me of C2C a little, but it just produces the most lovely texture which I am a little obsessed with! I’m desperately trying to see if I can sneak it into a garment design.

I hope you enjoy making the Isla Blanket, it’s a nice and mindful make with lots of soothing repetitive motions!

Pattern Notes

This pattern is written in UK crochet terminology.

I used Stylecraft Special DK in Pale Rose and White, but any DK that meets the gauge will work.

This pattern produces an 80cm x 110cm blanket, but if you wish to make a larger blanket simply chain a larger number, ensuring that it’s a multiple of 3 + 1.

A Paris Stitch cluster refers to: (2 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc)

Full disclosure: the border is not my design, but an original method from Daisy Farm Crafts! (tutorial linked below)

Materials Needed

4.5mm crochet hook
Yarn A (blanket colour) DK yarn (approx 1220m)
Yarn B (border colour) DK yarn (approx 250m)
Scissors
Darning needle

Gauge

6 paris stitch clusters x 10 rows = 10x10cm 

Follow the instructions for the blanket pattern, starting with a chain of 19 instead.

Abbreviations – UK terms

dc: double crochet
htr: half treble
tr: treble
ch: chain
st/sts: stitch/stitches
RS: right side
WS: wrong side

The Blanket

With Yarn A and 4.5mm hook (or size needed to obtain tension) ch 151.

Row 1: Skip 3 ch sts and work 1 tr in next st. Ch 2 and work 1 dc in same st as tr. **Skip 2 sts and work (2 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc) in the next st**. Repeat from ** to ** until the end of the row. (50 paris stitch clusters)

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn. Skip first dc. Work (1 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc) in first ch 2 space. **Work (2 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc) in next 2 ch space**. Repeat from ** to ** until the end of the row. (50 paris stitch clusters)

Repeat Row 2 until you have 110 rows in total, including the first Row 1 and Row 2 in that count OR  until your blanket is approx 110cm in length. 

The paris stitch leaves almost a scalloped edge, but to match the flat edge of the starting chain, we need to work a special row to flatten the end.

Final row: Ch 1 and turn. Work (1 dc, 1 htr, 1 ch) in each ch-space of the previous row.  Do not cut yarn.

The final row worked to produce a straight edge

Border

With Yarn A still attached and 4.5mm hook (or size needed to obtain tension)

Row 1 : (RS) With blanket yarn still attached, work a row of DC around the entire perimeter of the blanket. I worked 2 dc in each scalloped edge down the sides, but just experiment to see what gets you a nice flat finish. Cut yarn and knot to secure.

Pom Pom Edging

With Yarn B and 4.5mm hook (or size needed to obtain tension)

For the edging, I followed Daisy Farm Craft’s Crochet Dot Border tutorial and I’m not ashamed to say I will be bedazzling everything with these cute little poms! They have a fabulous step-by-step video tutorial for you to follow. I used the border colour (white) to really make the edging pop.

Congratulations! You’re all finished and ready to weave in your ends.

I really hope you enjoy this little make, I thought it was so simple but so effective AND I learnt a new stitch! Please share your HWD makes on Instagram, tagging me (@hollywoodwarddesigns) and using the hashtag #IslaBlanket so I can see your lovely makes.

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Warm hugs,