Please note: There is a version of this blanket floating around that has red stripes with added heart-shaped sections. I’m getting a lot of questions about where that pattern is (I’ve even seen pattern roundups that show that blanket but link directly here). It’s not my blanket, and I do not have the pattern variation for you here. Sorry!
This season of life has been C-R-A-Z-Y in our home. Besides the daily chaos of raising two toddler boys (one “Terrible Two” and one “Threenager”), we’ve been juggling my husband’s two jobs as well as Seminary classes (he took his heaviest load, 10 credits, this semester). It’s one of those seasons I know we’ll look back on and wonder what we were thinking, taking on that much at a time. But by the grace of God, we survived, and June has brought us relief; Zack’s university job is on hiatus, and he’s only taking one elective this time around. It’s so nice to have my husband around in the evenings, instead of holed up at the campus library until midnight or later buried in homework.
There was, however, at least one good thing that came out of me having all those evenings alone after the little ones went to bed; I discovered a BBC show called “Call the Midwife”! (Click here to view the official site.)
Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, a nurse in London’s poverty-stricken “East End” in the 1950s, “Call the Midwife” is an extremely moving story of a group of women who face incredible odds to bring life after precious life into the world. I am not exaggerating when I say that this BBC gem is quite possibly my favorite show. Like, ever. And it’s one that my dear husband would never have sat through with me. But thanks to his busy schedule, and the Netflix and PBS web sites, I breezed through the entire show in a matter of weeks, landing me right on schedule to enjoy the Season 3 Finale with the rest of the world.
If you have not yet discovered this show, believe me — you want to see it. I don’t think there was a single episode in the entire 3 seasons that did not make me put down my crochet project and have a good cry. It is a beautiful show. (And it’s coming back for a 4th season!)
One really fun thing about “Call the Midwife” is its wide array of gorgeous baby blankets. It’s impossible as a crocheter to not notice them. But one of them really caught my eye. (And no, those of you who watch the show, I’m not talking about the afghan that the midwives made for Chummy… though that is definitely one of the most beautiful!) I’m talking about a blanket I saw on the Christmas special:
If you can take your eyes away from that ridiculously precious, tiny face for a moment, you’ll see what I mean. Isn’t the detailing neat?
I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to recreate it. A quick internet search provided no results for patterns, so I set out to figure it out myself. After some trial-and-error, I think I’ve managed to replicate the blanket, and I want to share it with you! Wouldn’t this make the perfect gift for a new mommy who is a fan of the show?
The blanket is begun with a chain in multiples of 16, plus 6 to account for the spacing that occurs at the beginning of every row. I created mine with a light weight, super soft acrylic yarn, and a size G hook, however I think my pattern scaled out larger than the one in the photo. If you really want to get it exact, you’ll probably need to use a fine weight yarn and a smaller hook. It was already enough of a stretch for me to use a G hook to create an entire baby blanket, so you won’t see me attempting this with anything smaller. 😉
It’s a fun project, one that will keep your brain engaged, and when you’re done you’ll have your very own straight-from-1950s-London baby blanket! (Well, at least straight-from-the-set-of-a-1950s-London-tv-show.) Have fun!
Update #1 (August 2015): When I originally posted this pattern, I was unaware of the origins of the baby blanket I saw in “Call the Midwife”, and of whether or not a published pattern even existed from which the show prop was created. An online search yielded no results, which is why I proceeded with trying to figure the pattern out myself. Since then, it has come to my attention (by a couple of my sweet readers) that there is a pattern in an old Patons booklet that looks just like the episode prop. And while I can’t speak for the crafter who actually made the prop, I can say with 99% certainty after looking at the booklet photo that the Patons pattern is the pattern she (or he) followed. If you would like to view that pattern, it is in Patons & Baldwins Limited (UK) Booklet 9930, as well as Patons #129 (Canada). Unfortunately, these booklets are both out of print, but clearly there are still some copies out there somewhere.
Update #2 (March 14, 2016): This pattern remains on my blog with the permission of Yarnspirations, who now owns Patons. (Yay!)
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