Free Crochet Pattern: Baby 50/50 Blocks and Bobbles Blanket

This color block pattern with rows of bobbles makes a classy beautiful baby blanket. I've been dreaming of trying some bobbles and incorporating them into a pattern. I love the color block technique I learned from Daisy Farm Crafts so thought I'd try another and add the bobbles with it. I previously used the color block style in this gray/white blanket found in one of my other blog posts.
Coordinated to be opposite colors, the blanket border is an intricate part of this design

I’ve been dreaming of trying some bobbles and incorporating them into a pattern. I love the color block technique I learned from Daisy Farm Crafts so thought I’d try another and add the bobbles with it. I previously used the color block style in this gray/white blanket found in one of my other blog posts.

Pattern:

Yarn: Red Heart Soft, about 1-1/2 skeins of each White and Seafoam

Hook Size: 5.75mm (Size J)

Stitches:

CH: chain

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

ESC: extended single crochet

HDC: Half double crochet

Bobble is DC5tog

You will be using both White and Seafoam for every row throughout the body of this blanket:

Using White, CH 42 then pick up Seafoam and drop White (leave it dangling because you will be switching and picking up alternating colors throughout this blanket). Using Seafoam, CH 42 +1 to turn. Your starting chain will be 85 total.

Row 1 (continue with the color you have on the hook after turning): Make 2 HDC in second stitch from hook (the turning chain is left empty). Skip the next stitch (the third stitch). Make 2 HDC in fourth stitch from hook. Skip the next stitch, 2 HDC, and repeat to the middle where you will change colors by picking up the white yarn when you are in the second last stitch. At the middle, the SECOND last stitch will END by yarning over with the other color and pulling through the white yarn. Like this example explained with a Seafoam to White switcheroo:

  1. With Seafoam to make the last HDC stitch before switching to white: Yarn over with Seafoam, put hook in the last Seafoam stitch of the previous row, yarn over with Seafoam and pull through (you will have 3 loops of the HDC on your hook).
  2. Drop the Seafoam yarn and pick up the White yarn.
  3. Yarn over with white and pull through the three loops to complete the HDC.

Now you have one loop of White yarn on your hook, skip the last Seafoam stitch in the center. In the first White stitch, make 2 HDC. Skip one stitch and continue 2 HDC in every other stitch through the second last stitch of this row. Then there will be one remaining stitch and you should end with a single HDC to give stability to the edge, CH 1 and turn.

Rows 2 through 8: Repeat Row 1.

Row 9 – Bobble Row pattern – total is 84 stitches in the row.

Start with 1 HDC in each of the first 3 stitches then a Bobble in the 4th stitch, *sc, (5) HDC, Bobble*, repeat * to * 5 more times, end with sc, 2 HDC, then you will be at the middle to switch yarn color. Change colors (as explained before) and repeat the pattern in the next color (42 stitches) to finish the row (total 84 sts). Ch. 1 and turn.

Row 10 – HDC across in every stitch, switching colors at the center.

Rows 11-68: Repeat Rows 1 to 10, ending with 8 HDC rows.

Note: Both ends of this blanket have 8 HDC rows and there are 6 Bobble rows with 8 HDC rows in between for a total of 68 rows.

Note: Don’t cut the yarn when changing colors in the middle. Don’t carry the yarn along, just change colors and leave the end hanging to pick up in the next row.

Add Contrasting Border: Using White around the Seafoam edges and Seafoam around the White edges of the body, you will make the first row by simply going around, switching colors when the body color switches, then turn it over (reverse around) and make the second row until you get back to the other color. Same for Row 3, you don’t cut the yarn, you pick up the next color when you get back to it. Please feel free to leave a message on the blog if this is not clear. It leaves less ends to weave and that is a GOOD thing!

Border Row 1: Starting with white at the edge of the Seafoam section, with the front bobble side facing you, SC around and change colors to Seafoam when you get to the White part of the body – drop one color and pick up the other color – just like was done in the center of the blanket, leave the yarn attached and just drop it. Join with a Sl St when you get back the the start (when you’re done with the round), Ch1 and turn so the next row is worked from the back side of the blanket.

Border Row 2 will be all HDC: Continue with Seafoam until you get to the White, change colors and continue HDC back to the start. Join with a Sl St at the end of the round. Ch1 and turn.

Border Row 3 will be all Extended SC in every stitch around. Again, when you get back to the beginning, join with a Sl St.

Tie off and weave in ends and enjoy your creation!

~ Beccie B~

I'd love to hear from you, comments or questions are welcome!

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