pom pom dolly blanket
Eh? What's that you say? You don't see the point in a dolly blanket? Well you would not believe how cold dolly life is, especially when dolly is normally stripped naked and left on bare floorboards in daily dolly endurance test the like of which Bear Grylls would be proud.
Yep, dolly blankets. All the rage, quick and easy miniature versions of standard sized crochet loveliness. I'll give you the pattern outline below and you can just adjust the number of granny squares to make something a little bit bigger so you can use this vision in pink (you are welcome) for yo actual babies, not your plastic ones.
Betsy got a Baby Born (freaky things that wee and POO!) for her Birthday and named her La La. Most of Betsy's dolls and bears are called La La, she is too lazy to think of a better name.
Along with La La she got a dolly bed that came ill-equipped with blankets, not only that but La La came dressed in a tiny onesie, clearly not warm enough for the dear girl and obviously a marketing ploy as she also came with the most impressive wardrobe catalogue full to brim of hideous over-priced polyester tat (La La is not going to be fully dressed, like, ever)! Therefore I felt it was necessary to make the poor love something warm, snuggly and bright in an attempt at keeping her decent.
Make 12 solid colour, 3 round granny squares in your favourite colours, make 'em bright, make 'em snazzy. To do this:
Ch4, join with SS to form ring (or use magic ring method if you prefer).
Round 1. Ch2, 2tr into ring, 2ch, *3tr, 2ch, repeat from * twice more, join with ss to beginning ch2.
Round 2. Ch4, *3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch in next corner space, repeat from * twice more, 3tr, 2ch, 2tr in beginning corner space and join with a ss to third of beginning ch4.
Round 3. Ch2, 2tr into ch1 space, *ch1, 3tr, 2ch, 3tr in corner space, ch1, 3tr in middle space, repeat from * twice more, ch1, 3tr, 2ch, 3tr into last corner space, ch1 and join with ss to beginning ch2. Break off yarn.
Join your chosen main colour in any corner space, mine is bright, bright, hurt your eyes pink (Stylecraft Special DK Fiesta) and work one more round of granny-ness, like so.
Round 4. Ch2, 2tr, 2ch, 3tr, ch1, 3tr in ch1 space, ch1, 3tr in ch1 space, *3tr, 2ch, 3tr in next corner space, ch1, 3tr, ch1, 3tr, ch1; repeat from * twice more, join with ss to beginning ch2. Break of yarn.
Sew in all ends and sew your squares together using a whip stitch. Finish off by working two rounds of grannies around the entire blanket.
Now I love this mini bundle of woolly brightness, especially the hot pink, but I felt that this blanket was lacking a something fancy. I expect you agree.
So we got crazy with the pom pom maker, never a dull moment in this house. We made loads of the things, and Betsy helped me tie them for maximum clashiness and now we are happy. We think La La might be happy too but we can't tell because she has just this one crazed expression on her face. She is an unknowable creature, but a warm one.