Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies: 101 Projects for Infants and Toddlers (Storey Publishing, 2016), edited by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman offers 101 unique crochet projects using only one-skein of yarn. These projects include adorable baby clothing, toys, blankets, and accessories. These handmade baby items are quick and easy to make and will be treasured for a lifetime! The following excerpt is from Chapter 7, “Little Blankets and Sacks.”
First crochet the body, then pick up around the edges, double the stitch count, and voilà, you’ve got a ruffle. Worked in V-stitch, the flouncy edge is finished with another little edging.
Approximately 22"/56 cm by 29"/73.5 cm
• Yarn: Maple Creek Farm Sport Weight, 100 percent superwash merino wool, 770 yds (704 m)/8 oz (225 g), Periwinkle 2
• Crochet Hook: US H/8 (5 mm) or size needed to obtain correct gauge
• Gauge: 18 stitches and 18 rows = 4"/10 cm in body pattern before blocking
• Other Supplies: Stitch markers, yarn needle
ch = chain
st(s) = stitch(es)
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
pm = place marker
WS = wrong side of work
V-st (Dc, ch 1, dc) in 1 stitch or space.
Crocheting the Body
Row 1 (WS): Skip 3 ch (counts as dc), sc in next ch, *[dc in next ch, sc in next ch]; repeat from * across. (70 sts)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), skip first sc, *[sc in next dc, dc in next sc]; repeat from * across, sc in top of turning ch.
Repeat Row 2 ninety-two more times (94 rows total); piece measures approximately 21"/53.5 cm long.
Setting up for the Ruffle
Turn to work down long edge of blanket.
Rnd 1: Ch 1 (does not count as st), *[2 sc in first row edge st, 1 sc in each row edge along side to last st on this side, 2 sc in last row edge st (you now have 96 sts along side 1); ch 2, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each st to last st on this edge, 2 sc in last st (you now have 72 sts along side 2 and a ch-2 space in corner), ch 2]; repeat from * to end of side 4, join with slip st to first sc. (336 sc; ch-2 spaces in each corner)
Rnd 2: *[Ch 3, dc in each sc to corner, 3 dc in corner ch-2 space, pm in center st of these 3 dc to mark corner and move marker as you work the rnds]; repeat from * to end of rnd, join with slip st to beginning ch. (348 dc)
Rnd 3: *[Ch 3, dc in same space, 2 dc in each dc to corner st, 3 dc in corner st]; repeat from * around, join with slip st to top of ch-3. (704 dc)
Crocheting the Ruffle
Note: To work the corners, do not skip the sts before and after the corner st — V-st into 3 sts, then continue in pattern. The result is that you’ll have 5 V-sts together with no slipped sts between.
Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1 throughout), dc in same space (counts as V-st), *[(skip 1 dc, V-st in next dc) to corner st, V-st in next 3 dc]; repeat from * around, ending skip 1 dc, join with slip st to 3rd ch of ch-4.
Rnd 2: Slip st in first ch-space, ch 4, dc in same space, V-st in each ch-1 space around, join with slip st to 3rd ch of ch-4.
Rnd 3: Slip st in first ch-space, ch 4, dc in same space, *[V-st in each ch-1 space to corner, V-st in space before corner V-st, V-st in corner V-st, V-st in space before next V-st], repeat from * around, V-st in each V-st to beginning of rnd, join with slip st to 3rd ch of ch-4.
Rnd 4–7: Repeat Rnds 2 and 3 twice more.
Rnd 8: Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, sc) in each ch-space around, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off.
Weave in ends. Wet block to finished measurements.
Excerpted from Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies, © by Storey Publishing, LLC, photography by Geneve Hoffman Photography, used with permission from Storey Publishing. This project is by Judith Durant.