It’s Baby Blanket Time!! -Double Ended Tunisian Crochet Pattern 

My daughter and my daughter-in-law are both expecting babies:)!  One is due in May and the other in June. Yea!! I love cute little  babies and especially GRAND babies!  They are the best:)!!

I have been waiting to start on baby blankets, quilts, and blessing outfits until we were certain if they would be a boy or a girl.  We are having two boys:). While I would have loved to make a bunch of frilly pink girly things, I enjoy fun blues and cars and trucks.

I really loved the cute blanket I designed for my first grandson.  It is so soft and fluffy.  He sleeps with it every night.  His little fingers go through the holes:).  I gave the instructions on my blog here.

But I don’t want to give the same blanket to my next grandson.  They might get them confused.  Sooooo I am making double ended Tunisian crocheted blankets for these next grandsons.  One will be in blue and the other will be in gray.

Have you ever tried Tunisian crochet?  It feels a little like knitting to me.  The needle is long like a knitting needle and the thread is worked on and off of it.

I really like this little stitch pattern.  An older neighborhood lady introduced it to me several years ago.  I was instantly “hooked”!  Once you get the hang of it, it just works right up.

I especially like how it “magically” makes one side of the project look predominantly one color while on the back it is the coordinating color that is the star.  Fun!!.


Here is the “stitch recipe” if you want to give it a try:

Items needed:

  • 14″ double ended crochet hook
  • 1 knitting end cap 
  • Baby yarn in two colors

Pattern:

  • Place the needle cap on one end.
  • Chain in multiples of three plus one with the free hook end.  I chained 121.
  • Place the needle in the 2nd chain from the hook and pull up a loop.  
  • Do not work off.  You will have two loops on the hook.
  • Place your needle in the next stitch and pull up the loop.  Now you have three loops.  Repeat in all of the remaining stitches.  121 loops on your needle.
  • Row 1- Do not turn. yo and pull through first loop on the hook working it off. *Ch3, pull through the next 3 loops, ch1 to lock, repeat from * across. Work off all of the loops in groups of three.  I think to myself – lock, 1,2,3,pull through….
  • Row 2- Do not turn. Ch1, place needle in the last chain of the previous row pull up a loop.  Now you have two loops on your hook. Repeat in the next two stitches. There will be 4 loops on your hook.  *Skip over the shell. Pull up loops in the next three ch.  repeat from* to the end.
  • Push all of the stitches in to the center. Move the end cap from the one hook to the other hook.
  • Row 3- turn . With the next color work off the first loop, *ch3, pull through the next three loops, ch1 to lock, repeat from * across.
  • Repeat rows 2 & 3 to your desired length.  Do not cut yarn between color changes.  Just leave it hanging and pick it up again at the next color change.
  • To work off- yo, pull through 1 loop, * yo pull through 2 loops, repeat from * working off stitches to the end of the row.  Finish off and cut yarn.

SWEET!!  This pattern is a nice change to the ordinary crochet stitch. I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think:)