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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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The Midwife Blanket
Hook: G (4.25mm) Yarn: Light (DK). I used approximately 1,000 yards of Bernat Softee Baby Yarn in Antique White. Difficulty: Easy Crochet Language: American Standard Terms (I would have written it in UK, in honor of the fact that the show is from there, but I don't know how...) :) Finished Size: Approx. 30" x 35" (You can easily increase or decrease the size by adding to your starting Ch; just make sure you start with a multiple of 16, plus 6)
Notes: (1) Because of the design, which is created by the use of skipped stitches, you'll be crocheting into those stitches often. It's up to you whether you crochet into the Ch, or the space created by it. I chose to crochet into the Ch itself because I felt it would give my rows a steadier look. Just note going into it that each of those skipped stitches still counts as a stitch for the row that follows it. So if it tells you to "DC in next 6 sts", and there are only 4 DCs from the previous row followed by a space that was created by chains, you'll need to put the last 2 DC into those chains (or the chain space, if you prefer). (2) This pattern has been translated into Dutch (click here) and Swedish (click here). I don't offer support for the translations, but the translators are linked to within the individual blog posts.
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To Begin: Ch 118.
Row 1: DC in 6th Ch from hook. (Ch 1, Sk 1 St, DC in next St) across. Ch 4; turn.
Row 2: Sk first 2 Sts, DC in next 15 Sts, including Ch 1s from previous row. (Ch 1; Sk 1 St. DC in next 15 Sts) 6 more times. Ch 1, Sk 1 St, DC in next St (which is part of the Ch 4 from previous row). Ch 4; turn.
Row 3: Sk first 2 Sts, DC in next 6 Sts, Ch 3, Sk 3 Sts, DC in next 6 Sts. (Ch 1; Sk 1 St. DC in next 6 Sts. Ch 3, Sk 3 Sts. DC in next 6 Sts) 6 more times. Ch 1; DC in next St (which is part of the Ch 4 from previous row). Ch 4; turn.
Row 4: Sk first 2 Sts, DC in next 4 Sts, Ch 3, Sk 3 Sts, SLIP STITCH into next St, Ch 3, Sk 3 Sts, DC in next 4 Sts. (Ch 1; Sk 1 St. DC in next 4 Sts, Ch 3, Sk 3 Sts, SLIP STITCH into next St, Ch 3, Sk 3 Sts, DC in next 4 Sts) 6 more times. Ch 1; DC in next St (which is part of the Ch 4 from previous row). Ch 4; turn.
Row 5: Sk first 2 Sts, DC in next 6 Sts (don't forget to include the Chs from the previous row in your count!), Ch 3, Sk 3 Sts, DC in next 6 Sts. (Ch 1; Sk 1 St. DC in next 6 Sts. Ch 3, Sk 3 Sts. DC in next 6 Sts) 6 more times. Ch 1; DC in next St (which is part of the Ch 4 from previous row). Ch 4; turn.
Row 6: Sk first 2 Sts, DC in next 15 Sts. (Ch 1; Sk 1 St. DC in next 15 Sts) 6 more times. Ch 1; DC in next St (which is part of the Ch 4 from previous row). Ch 4; turn.
Row 7: Sk first 2 Sts. DC in next. (Ch 1, Sk 1 St, DC in next St) across. Ch 4; turn.
You've completed one row of rectangles. To continue your blanket, repeat rows 2-7 10 more times for a stroller blanket, or as many times as you want to achieve desired length. At the end of your final row, do not Ch 4, but continue to "Edging".
Edging You will be working along the little boxes that line the perimeter of your blanket, using two of them together to create a scalloped edge. Ch 1. SC + DC into first space. DC into the stitch that divides the two spaces. DC + SC into second space. This completes 1 scallop. (Sk next dividing st. SC + DC into next space. DC into the stitch that divides the two spaces. DC + SC into second space.) Repeat () all the way around the blanket (I added an extra DC when working in the corners).
Depending on how many rows of rectangles you chose to do, you may end up with a leftover box at the end, like I did. I simply improvised and made a 3-box scallop at the end. There's probably a better way to figure that out, but I'm not above a little improvisation to get a job done. ;) Fasten off; weave in ends.
Because I did not create the original blanket, I do not claim copyright on this pattern. I do, however, have written permission to keep it on my blog from the company that published the original version. All that said, here are the “do nots”:
Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post.
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I'm Rebecca, a wife, mom, and tryer-of-new-crafty-things. I love to crochet, and I try to design patterns that the younger generations will love to make and love to wear. You can get to know me a little more here!