Baby’s First Ball

Baby’s First Ball
This is a fun project and I’ve made several as gifts for babies. The pattern is the same as a bath scrubby or loofah. You put 25 to 35 single crochets in a ring (magic ring or chained ring) then 3 dc (you may use 5 for a VERY dense result)in each of the singles around. For rows 2-4 you place 3 dc in each dc around and you’re finished!

I used only 25 sc into ring and 3 dc in each stitch of rounds 2-4. The only difference I made was to slst a primary colored yarn into the top of round 4 to make a pretty contrast to the white cotton. Baby’s fingers love the feel and easy grip and the colored yarn is visually stimulating.
These are as fun to make as they are to play with! Have fun.

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Block Stitch Variations

Today I’d like to talk about the block stitch, also known as the brick stitch, the mosaic stitch, the dot stitch -just to name a few. It’s also sometimes referred to as the interlocking block stitch. It seems like there are as many patterns for it as there are names.

Looking at different patterns you’ll see that some start with the chain 3 row and some start with the 3 double crochet row. One I saw had 2 double crochet in the block area and 1 double crochet in the single crochet of the previous row. There are many variations. Here is the pattern I prefer.

Any multiple of 3+2 (make it as wide as you want).

Row 1 – dc in 4th ch from hook and in each chain across.

Row 2 – turn and ch 3, 1sc not in next stitch but between 3rd and 4th dc of previous row, *ch 3, sk 3dc, sc in next sp. Repeat across ending with sc in top of ch 3 from previous row.

Row 3 – turn, slst into first ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 more dc in same space. *3 dc in each ch 3 sp* across.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach the size you like!<

Above is a small sample I made so you could see the two color version.

It can be done in rounds like a granny.  See Here.

It makes wonderful baby blankets like these. The pattern for the blankets follows.  I used two strands of baby yarn together- one solid pink or blue and one verigated.

Block Stitch Baby Blanket

Block Stitch Baby Blanket

Blankets measure approximately thirty inches square.

With H hook Chain 84 (3×28)

Row 1 – dc in 4th ch from hook and in each chain across.

Row 2 – turn and ch 3, 1sc not in next stitch but between 3rd and 4th dc of previous row, *ch 3, sk 3dc, sc in next sp. Repeat across ending with sc in top of ch 3 from previous row.

Row 3 – turn, slst into first ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 more dc in same space. *3 dc in each ch 3 sp* across.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach the size you like!

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