Greta’s Blankie – free pattern

Many people asked me if I could direct them to the pattern I had used for my first attempt at a baby blanket… remember?

So here I am trying to write my very first pattern πŸ™‚ As the stitches, yarn, hook and sizes were determined only by my inspiration at the moment, this is not going to be a step-by-step tutorial, but rather a serie of directions, in order for you to be able to get something similar πŸ™‚

So… ready for GRETA’S BLANKIE?

baby blanket... finished!

YARN:

Since it’s a baby blanket, I figured that using some acrylic yarn would be better. Small babys tend to get messy and acylic can be washed in the washingmachine without too many concerns. Wool yarn looks better though, and I prefer it due to the fact that acrylic tends to be a bit too “shiny” for my taste. So, according to your needs and your preferences, feel free to use what you like best πŸ™‚

I used Cigno Nero Sprint yarn, an Italian brand. It’s 100% acrylic and it’s veeeeery soft to the touch. The label says it should be worked with a 3-4 (G) Hook. I ended ups using about 4 skeins.

Acrylic skeins

HOOK:
I wanted my blanket to be soft yet crispy. I tried the advised hooks and I didn’t like the result with the stitch I had picked (more about it later), so I kept increasing the size until it looked the way I had it in my head. I ended up using a size 6.0 (J) hook in the end!

GRETA’S STITCH:
I was looking through an old craft book my gradmother had given me, when I found something very similar to this cool checkered pattern (the lower one) and I wanted to try it out. Still, for some odd reason I am totally unable to follow directions in italian (which is my mothertongue!), so I failed so sublimely that I ended up with a new stitch πŸ˜€

"Greta stitch"... Photo tutorial coming soon!

This stitch (*GS*) is worked in *clusters* of 3 dc.

All the dc will have to be worked as follows: *yo, insert hook in indicated chain, yo and pull up a loop – 3 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through 2 of the loops – 2 loops on hook, 1 dc in next chain (3 loops on hook), 1 dc into next chain (4 loops on hook), yarn over, draw the yarn through the 4 loops, chain one* – stitch cluster done

If you have any doubts, please check the Greta Stitch photo tutorial! Added as of 25.03.2013

PATTERN:

1. BASE: chain a multiple of 3 (+ 3 chains to turn). Pick the lenght that better suits you. My blanket was a size 50cmx70cm.

2. ROW ONE (right side): 1st dc of *GS* in 3rd chain from hook, continue with *GS* clusters till the end, chain 3, turn

3. ROW TWO (wrong side): repeat Greta’s stitch as above, working the 3 dc in the *stitch cluster* of the previous row instead that on single stitches, ch 3, turn

4. ROW THREE to…: repeat ROW TWO till desired lenght size.

EDGING:

there are so many different ways to edge a baby blanket. I just added a collection of my fave stitches.

1. FIRST ROW: 3dc, 2ch, repeat all around. The 2 ch spaces will allow you to add a ribbon.

2. SECOND ROW: *sc in the 2ch spaces of the previous round, ch 3*, repeat all around.

3. THIRD ROW: *1 sc, 1 hdc, 3dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc* in each ch 3 space of the previous round, repeat all around. The “petals” are finished.

You can add other rows if you wish…

here is a detail of the edging, sorry if the pic is not too clear:
Greta's Blankie - edging detail

And last but not least…

FLOWERS:

this is actually a “traditional” pattern. I have seen it in many variations in books and on websites. The correct name should be Irish rose. Have fun googlingΒ  for the many possibilities!

So… this is pretty much it. If anyone has ideas, tips or comments, please let me know. It’s the first time that I write a pattern down and english is not mym othertongue, so I would really appreciate any hints πŸ™‚

And if anyone happens to give this pattern a try, please comment with links to your pics! I’d LOVE to see the results!

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32 thoughts on “Greta’s Blankie – free pattern

  1. Hi!

    My grandmother, mother, aunt and I love the look of this pattern. We decided we wanted to make a few swatches to see how it worked up. It seems that- in following your pattern- we aren’t quite getting the look of your picture. We can do the Greta stitch but we are wondering if we are missing a few stitches in between each Greta stitch because when we follow the pattern, the Greta stitches seem to curl up. Is there a stitch or a chain we are missing between the Greta stitches because we are unsure what you mean by “of the previous row instead that on single stitches”. Our second row seems to look right but our first row gets curled up. thanks so much!!

    best,
    Maria

  2. Hi Maria!
    Sorry but your comment came in the middle of me moving into a new flat and not having internet and… in the end I totally forgot about it 😦

    I have started a new blanket with this pattern myself and actually my first row instead of being curly is a bit tight, so I really don’t know what could be wrong with yours, do you maybe have photos to show me?

    What I mean by “working the 3 dc in the *stitch cluster* of the previous row instead that on single stitches” is that you need to works all the dc’s inside that big loop that was created by pulling all the dc loops into the last one in the previous row. You can see better what I mean in the 3rd pic.

    I hope I helped, though probably I’m too late!

    Giulia

  3. Hi Giulia,
    I’m one of the Editors at http://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/ and I just wanted to let you know I have linked to your project on our site. You can see the project and thumbnail at: http://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/Baby-Blanket-Afghans/Gretas-Blankie. I think it’s a great project that our readers will just love to make. This will easily bring traffic to your site and allow others to see what’s new on your site.
    We would love to add more of your projects to our site, so feel free to let us know as you add or create projects. We are always looking for afghan projects as well as other projects so if you have any of these please feel free to send them my way or let us know if you prefer we not link to you. We also feature projects from our website on our blogs, eBooks and e-mail newsletters.
    Your project is great and we know our readers will enjoy it. With that said, can we have permission to link to any project on your site as well as use the image? We will credit you, of course.
    Thanks!

  4. how many rows did you end up adding to the edging? it looks like 3-4 from the picture… beautiful blanket, by the way

  5. I love your pattern, may i please have the instructions for the other rows of edging that you used??

    Thankyou very much.

  6. It took me awhile to figure out exactly how the pattern works, but I did. It is turning out beautifully. Thank you, I love it.

  7. I made 66 clusters across but found the 2nd and 3rdnonly had 65… Why has this happened? Where do I need to put the last cluster?

  8. Hi Giuliani,
    I am trying to make Greta’s Blankie, I am very experienced in crocheting but for the life of me can not get the gs cluster right ( is it basically like working 3 dc together ) please help, I absolutely love this blanket and am looking forward to making it. Thank you so much.
    Cheryl

  9. Hi Cheryl!
    I’m sorry that the pattern is not clear to you. Yep, it is like working 3 dc’s together, what is actually going wrong? Maybe I can help! I have been crocheting several blankets with the same pattern with no problem, but maybe there is a typo somewhere which I have missed 😦
    I have made a step-by step photo tutorial. You can see a preview here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29514033@N06/sets/72157633069426766/with/8581814363/
    You need to be a member of Flickr though.
    Otherwise, just wait a couple of days and it will be posted here on the blog as well.
    Cheers, giulia

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  11. I also would like to know where in the U.S. can you find the Sprint Yarn
    I’ve checked Internet and can’t seem to find.
    Can you help?

  12. I am sorry, I can’t. Here in Italy it is a very common brand, but I have no idea whether it is sold abroad at all. Anyway, using the same yarn is not strictly necessary to complete this project πŸ™‚ feel free to play around with yarns and different hook sizes to get the tension you prefer!

  13. Could you please tell us where you found the pattern for the flowers? They look so beautiful and nothing I’ve found online look as good.

  14. I’m sorry, I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find the pattern for the flowers. I’ve finished the blanket itself and it looks great, I love the stitch cluster. Could you possibly send me the link for the flowers you did?

  15. I have finished crochetting the Blankie and I love it, I am sure my grand-to-be will also love it. But I am stuck on the edging where it says:- 2. SECOND ROW: *st in the 2ch spaces of the previous round, ch 3*, repeat all around. Where I am stuck is where the second row starts with: *st. What is missing here? Please assist me.

  16. Hi!
    I’m so glad to hear that you finished the blanket and are happy with the result!
    Thank you for pointing out that there is indeed a typo… the “st” is actually meant to be a “sc”, a single chain πŸ™‚ I hope it’s clear now! I will correct it straight away.
    Feel free to share pictures of your blanket! I’d love to see them!!

  17. Thank you very much and may God Almighty Bless your Ministry (free crochet patterns) abundantly so that you can continue to share these good things with us. Evelyn.

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  19. You have done a great job of writing the pattern. I am anxious to try it as soon as I finish the one I am working on now. Thanks and God bless

  20. I love your pattern and will try it once I am done with my present project (I’m in the process of joining the granny squares). The instructions are so easy to follow!! I would also like to try the Italian yarn. I have been looking for it, but cannot find it. Would you be so kind to let me know where to purchase it? Knitting World has the Cigno Nero Brand, but it is not the Sprint brand. Thank you in advance for your kind attention to my request.
    Sincerely,
    Raquel

  21. Dear Raquel,
    unluckily I cannot help you as I really have no idea πŸ™‚ Have you made the Greta’s Blanket in the end? I’d love to see it!

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