Many Hugs: Baby Blanket

Someone requested a “hugs” version of my “love blanket”, so here it is!

They were posting in the Facebook group: Mosaic Crochet World and they said they love Rosina Plane’s Hugs square and specifically asked if I could make this. I hope it lives up to the expectations!

This blanket is nearly the same as my “Preemie Love Blanket”. It is the same size and it uses the same background: “Many Hearts”.

The original “Preemie Love Blanket” – the inspiration for the “Many Hugs” baby blanket

Just like all my other patterns, this pattern includes a chart as well as written instructions for both of my favorite techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

I have included right- and left-handed instructions for both techniques. I have a few patterns that have words on them and instead of forcing all the left-handed crocheters to read each line from end to beginning I have reversed each line already. See my other patterns that include left-handed instructions in this ravelry bundle: https://www.ravelry.com/bundles/left-handed-instructions-included

This chart for this pattern is 121 x 121, which means your blanket will be about 30″ square if you meet my gauge. When I crocheted the Preemie Love Blanket I used a 5 mm hook instead of my usual 4.5 mm hook but I only made it 0.5 inches larger 🤣 so obviously the hook didn’t force me into a looser tension enough.

**For Interlocking Crochet, You Will Need**
– Worsted Weight Yarn (1050-1075 yards)
– Main Color (MC) – 525 yards plus 25 yards for optional SC border
– Accent Color (AC) – 525 yards
– Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
– Stitch marker
– Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square

**For Mosaic Crochet, You Will Need**
– Worsted Weight Yarn (1170-1370 yards)
– Main Color (MC) – 585 yards
– Coordinating Color (CC) – 585 yards
– Plus 200 yards for optional envelope border
– Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
– Scissors
– Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4″ square

You can get this pattern on Etsy or Ravelry.

At one time I had considered getting rid of Etsy because the fees were too high but I have adjusted some things and I hope it can remain a viable option for awhile longer.

On Ravelry, I have set up a fun promotion: you can get “Many Hugs” FREE with a minimum purchase of $25 from my Ravelry Store. You MUST add “Many Hugs” to your cart at the same time as your $25 purchase. No code needed, offer expires June 9, 2021.

I have a lot of patterns in my drafts and a lot more in my head. I have been quite slow at getting them out lately while I focus on my family. I know you all understand and I am thankful for your patience and continuued support.

I also sent out an email to announce this new pattern and there’s a game: tell me how many free patterns were available in the email to win a free pattern of your choice from my Ravelry store! See the newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/37fa8354833b/manyhugs

Lightning Squiggle

My friend called me up and said,

Ashlee, I love that purple baby blanket! Can you make me something like that but bigger?

And I was like,

“Wow! Thank you! Can I just add to the Preemie Love Blanket I already made? It would save us time.”

And she said,

“Yes! Make something beautiful, I trust you! All your designs are great!”

So, I created the Heart Levels Banner for the top and bottom.

And added these skinny squiggly panels on each side to fill it out.

If you want to do the exact same thing, you can!

This is the squiggle pattern I made up. You can do as many repeats as you want to make it whatever size you need. My blanket is all in interlocking/Locked Filet Mesh but since my “thing” is LFM and Mosaic I have written out both options here for you.

Use whatever yarn and hook you are using for the rest of your project. This is easily customizable, I have written the size that you will need if you are adding it to the Preemie Love Blanket like I did.

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Interlocking Squiggle Pattern

Interlocking Key

RS = right side: the side of your work that will show the finished design
WS = wrong side: the back of your project
Front = the side currently facing you
Back = the side not facing you
Ch = chain
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
F = DC in front, then CH 1
B = DC behind, then CH 1
ES = DC into the last window space
EF = end stitch in front: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working in front of MC
EB = end stitch in back: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working behind MC
ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you
ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

Notes

  • If you chain tighter than me you may need to Ch 4 where I Ch 3
  • Don’t confuse RS / WS with Front / Back
  • Remember, each color is worked into itself only and there is a chain space between each DC

Foundation Rows (8 MC stitches / 7 AC stitches)

  1. Using MC create 7 windows. I prefer the chainless technique using triple/treble crochet but alternatively you can Ch 15 + 3 (or 4 if you chain tighter than me), then DC in 6th (or 7th) Ch from your hook. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC* repeat until the end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel.
  2. With your AC, Ch 15 +1 (or 2 if you chain tighter). Place MC windows on top of this chain (make sure the end with the stitch marker is at your left) and pull the tail of your AC through the window on the right end (see picture by the Key). DC through the back of the next window into the 6th (or 7th) Ch from your hook.
  3. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC through back* repeat to end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel. Both stitch markers should be on the same end.

WS – ACB (wrong side facing you, AC to back)

4 MC – Ch3, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B, ES

5 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, EB

RS – ACF (right side facing you, AC to front)

6 MC – Ch3, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 2F, ES

7 AC – Ch3 in front, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, EF

Repeat rows 4 through 7 until your desired length (for my preemie blanket addition I did 28 repeats). Then continue with the final finishing rows:

RS – ACB*

118 MC – Ch3, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 2F, ES

119 AC – Ch3 in back, 5B, EB

Cut and tie off AC

WS

120 MC – Ch3, 6F, ES

Cut and tie off, OR continue with border.

SC Border

Ch1, put 2 SC in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra ch2 space in each corner (corner gap will have 2sc, 2ch, 2sc).

FINISHED!

Take a picture and share it! @Ashleeslint #lockedfiletmeshcrochet


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Opposite LFM Squiggles

I did a mirror-image squiggle piece for the other side. So each row is read backwards and looks like this (foundation rows are the same):

WS – ACB (wrong side facing you, AC to back)

4 MC – Ch3, 2B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, ES

5 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, EB

RS – ACF (right side facing you, AC to front)

6 MC – Ch3, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, ES

7 AC – Ch3 in front, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, EF

Repeat rows 4 through 7 until your desired length (for my preemie blanket addition I did 28 repeats). Then continue with the final finishing rows:

RS – ACB*

118 MC – Ch3, 2F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 1F, ES

119 AC – Ch3 in back, 5B, EB

Cut and tie off AC

WS

120 MC – Ch3, 6F, ES

Cut and tie off, OR continue with border.

SC Border

Ch1, put 2 SC in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra ch2 space in each corner (corner gap will have 2sc, 2ch, 2sc).

FINISHED!

Take a picture and share it! @Ashleeslint #lockedfiletmeshcrochet


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Mosaic Squiggle Pattern

Mosaic Key

MC = Main Color: black in chart
CC = Contrasting Color: white in chart
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
CH = chain
SC = single crochet: insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops
sc = SC into Back Loop only
DC = double crochet: yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops
dc = DC into Front Loop of stitch, 2 rows below
JS = Joining Stitch / Standing SC: create slip knot, insert hook under both loops, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops
ES = End Stitch: SC under both loops, CH 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly

Mosaic Notes

  • Remember to skip the same number of stitch(es) behind your dc(s) before doing your next sc
  • The front of your work is always facing you (this is the right side, the side showing the design)
  • You are always working from the right to the left
  • You tie on a new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut it at the end
    • Tails don’t need to be longer than an inch and a half
  • Yarn colors can be anything you like
    • They need to contrast well (try a black and white photo to see if they are too similar)
    • They need to be the same weight (size/thickness)
    • My charts use black as the Main Color and white as the Coordinating Color
  • I prefer using a chainless SC to create my foundation row because then I have tails on both sides of my work just like all the other rows will have
  • Even-numbered rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC

Foundation Row: use Main Color (MC)

Use a chainless SC technique to create 15+2 SC. Or, chain 15+3, SC in 2nd from hook and all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

Switch to Contrasting Color (CC) {Even- rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC}

1 – JS, sc15, ES

2 – JS, dc1, sc13, dc1, ES

3 – JS, sc15, ES

4 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

5 – JS, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x3, dc1, sc1, ES

6 – JS, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x2, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, ES

7 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x2, (dc1, sc1) x2, ES

Repeat Rows 4 through 7 until desired length (28 repeats are required for the Preemie Love addition).

Then finish with these rows:

116 – JS, (dc1, sc1) x2, (dc1, sc3) x2, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

117 – JS, sc1, (dc1, sc3) x3, dc1, sc1, ES

118 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc2, sc2, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, ES

119 – JS, sc15, ES

120 – JS, dc1, sc13, dc1, ES

Tie your ends together.

Trim the fringe.

Add a border if you want.

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Mirror-image squiggle

You can do this pattern in mirror-image for the other side if you like, just read each row backwards, it would look like this (I’ve taken the repeats out as well):

1 – JS, sc15, ES

2 – JS, dc1, sc13, dc1, ES

3 – JS, sc15, ES

4 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

5 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, ES

6 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

7 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES 

Repeat Rows 4 through 7 until desired length (28 repeats are required for the Preemie Love addition).

Then finish with these rows:

116 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc1, ES

117 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc1, ES

118 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc2, dc2, sc1, dc1, ES

119 – JS, sc15, ES

120 – JS, dc1, sc13, dc1, ES

Tie your ends together.

Trim the fringe.

Preemie Love Blanket

I’m new to designing, new to having a blog, new to this world of turning my hobby into a business. It seems like a good idea to team up with others who are more established.

This pattern was created in response to a challenge from Sunflower Cottage Crochet to create a pattern suitable for a donation to a NICU or other preemie charity. They will be featuring one pattern a day from different designers for the month of August, 2020. And we will all be using the hashtag #preemiecrochetchallenge2020 so you can find the projects easily! Don’t forget to tag your works too!

The challenge is that each free download (see below for the link) will be considered a pledge to make that pattern and donate it by the end of November (which is Preemie Awareness Month). I don’t have a nearby NICU centre (since I live in the middle of nowhere, Saskatchewan), but I do have a new baby niece!

I will likely have to make this blanket again because I have 3 children and 2 blankets – not a good ratio!

This pattern holds a special place in my heart because my first baby was preemie. She was born at 36 weeks – which is considered a late premature. Some babies are fine at this point, others can still have a lot of problems. After a 30-hour labour, my little 5 lb 13 oz girl was born. We stayed in the hospital for 5 days because baby Alice needed to stay in the warming isolette for a day or two (the details are a bit fuzzy to be honest).

The first few months at home were stressful. She hard a hard time eating. She always wanted to sleep. She dropped down to 5 lbs 3 oz and was in the 6th percentile for weight and the doctor considered diagnosing her “failure to thrive”.

Somehow we made it through. And I have a proud-mama-picture of her at 3 months old, FINALLY over 8 lbs! However, shortly after that, we discovered that the heart murmur she had since birth was not benign. She would need surgery.

A 7 months old, my baby girl underwent a balloon valvuloplasty to correct the pulmonary stenosis. One sentence doesn’t describe the stress.

But everything went smoothly. Every few years they check on her heart and so far, so good. She’s growing like a weed (do they say that about kids everywhere, or only here in Saskatchewan?) and she’s a sweet, kind, caring 5 year old now (well, she’ll be 6 in three weeks).

But, back to the crochet!

I could tell you a completely different story about the baby in this picture, but I’ll save that for another time. She’s my 3rd and she’s just as sweet as her sister and brother.

I crocheted this blanket using both the techniques I make my patterns for. The orange and blue one (with the thick blue envelope border) is mosaic. The colors seem more accurate in the picture with my baby versus the picture with the older kids holding the blankets but either way, you get the point, you can see the hearts and the word “love” and it’s soft and a good size.

The purple-on-purple blanket is interlocking crochet. It’s slightly smaller because there’s no extra border. This technique also uses *slightly* less yarn.

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I’m also MUCH faster at crocheting using the interlocking technique. It is sort of difficult for me to constantly be using the front loop or back loop of a stitch. Based on what they show in the magazines, mosaic seems to be the more popular choice. But I will definitely be sticking with the interlocking technique!

Another thing to note is that I used a medium (4) weight yarn but you could easily use a different yarn! When I use a baby or sport weight yarn I usually get about 6 stitches per inch which would make the finished blanket around 20″ (about 51 cm).

Many centers have restrictions on the size of blanket you can donate (example, it must be less than 30”). Make sure you do a gauge swatch if your finished piece needs to be a certain size.

You can buy this pattern on Etsy or Ravelry (it is on sale on Ravelry for the month of August – add it to your cart to see the automatic discount).

PROMOTION ENDED! For 3 DAYS ONLY (August 25 & 26 & 27, 2020) you will be able to download this pattern for free on Ravelry! The code “Preemie2020” is being used for every pattern in this promotion.

I will send a tally back to Sunflower Cottage Crochet and they will announce the numbers (downloads/pledges) on their pattern round-up post.

Go to Sunflower Cottage Crochet

I can’t wait to see everything you all create!

Personal update: 977 of you took advantage of the free promotion code! That is a lot of blankets! Wow! I did not expect so many! Great job everyone!

July’s Summary

The end of July means I’ve been designing for 4 months now!

I am learning so much and I still have so much more to learn. Thank you to everyone for bearing with me as I make some mistakes and do things the hard way before learning the easy ways. I have really appreciated all the love and support!

I am currently trying to learn more about mailing lists and newsletters. Right now, I’ve directed everyone to sign up to follow my blog so that you will receive an email each time I post a new entry (like this one).

The potential problem I see is that if you have signed up to receive updates for the “Abstract Queen CAL” but you also receive an email when I publish all my Doctor Who squares (for example) you may feel annoyed at the excessive amount of uninteresting emails.

So, I have created a mailchimp sign up form instead. I won’t be hurt if you unsubscribe from my blog and choose to just get the CAL.

Update: mailchimp sign up for my random newsletters here!

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Back to the summary

So far in July I have published 8 new patterns (each has interlocking and mosaic, so in a way it is like 16 patterns):

I had a big giveaway for the Wings Are Freedom Shawl – there were over 600 entries! Congratulations again to Samantha J. and Heather B.!

I also managed to create this website and crochet my Preemie Love blanket twice (once in interlocking, once in mosaic).

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Next month is going to be busy – birthday central around here (3 out of 5 in my house have a birthday in August) plus the pre-release of the Abstract Queen CAL. Oh, and at least 2 more patterns are in the works.

Thanks for coming on this journey with me 🙂

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