My youngest son is really loving blankets and stuffed animals – something that my older two boys never did. I really think he is going to be my animal lover because of how excited he gets whenever he sees animals. He will find a blanket or lovie and just squeal with delight and cuddle with it.
That’s what he did when I gave him this blanket to model. This blanket was intended as a gift for a friend having a girl but I think my little guy has claimed it as his own, just like this other blanket I created.
Looks like I’ll be making more blankets and stuffed animals in my future!!
This blanket uses an easy stitch called the Duchess Lace Stitch to give it a lacy feeling with no large holes. I love this stitch – it’s really one of my favorites and I’ve also used it on a scarf and washcloth.
If you can double crochet, chain and slip stitch, then you can make the body of this blanket. The border uses a combination of double crochet, single crochet and chains, or there is an option to use the duchess lace stitch as a simple border if you prefer.
Keep scrolling down for the simple border option.
I decided to create a video tutorial for this blanket when I was on maternity leave and had to break it into two parts. Both videos are linked below to help if you get stuck!
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Duchess Baby Blanket
by Amanda Saladin
What You’ll Need
- 3 Skeins Red Heart Soft Yarn
- J/10 (6.5mm) Hook
Not crucial for this project
Approximately 24″ x 36″
Row 1: (2 dc, ch 3, sl st) in 4th ch from hook, *sk next 2 ch, (2 dc, ch 3, sl st) in next ch; repeat from * across; turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, *(2 dc, ch 3, sl st) in next ch-3 sp; repeat from * across, ending with dc in top of turning ch; turn.
Rows 3-42: Repeat row 2.
Row 43: Ch 1, *2 sc in ch-3 sp, dc in 2nd dc; repeat from * to last ch-3 sp, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, dc in top of turning ch; turn.
Round 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *sk 2 sc, sc in dc, sk 2 sc, 7 dc in next dc; repeat from * to corner, sc in last dc before corner, 7 dc in corner st, [*(sc in next ch-3 sp, 7 dc in next ch-3 sp); repeat from * to last ch-3 sp, sc in last ch-3 sp, 7 dc in corner st] across side and bottom, repeat from * across other side to last ch-3 sp, sc in last ch-3 sp, 4 dc in same st as beginning; join with sl st to top of ch-3.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in top of ch-3, ch 3, sk dc, sc in next dc, *ch 3, sk sc, sc in dc, (ch 3, sk dc, sc in next dc) three times; repeat from * to last dc, ch 3, join with sl st to beginning.
Round 3: Ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-3 sp, (sc, ch 3, sc) in each three ch-3 space, join to first sc with slip st.
Option for Border:
I tried just using the same pattern stitch for the border which worked well but I was going for a lacier look. If you would like a simple one round border, work pattern to row 42, then work row 2 of pattern along sides, and bottom, leaving the top as is. To turn the corners, simply work (2 dc, ch 3, sl st) into corner ch-3 space.
If you like the look of the photo below then follow the original border instructions. I have added a stitch diagram you can view here.