Preemie Love Blanket by Ashlee Brotzell

Preemie Love Blanket

Crochet
July 2020
both are used in this pattern
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in Single Crochet
5.0 mm (H)
1040 - 1300 yards (951 - 1189 m)
30" x 30"
US
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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. 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.

See my blog for more information on the promotion (which has ended now: 977 free patterns were downloaded!)

My patterns can be made using the interlocking crochet method (what I call Locked Filet Mesh/LFM) or mosaic crochet. I use single-row mosaic.

I have now included right- and left-handed instructions for both techniques. Each file includes the line-by-line instructions, a single-page chart, and a chart spread across multiple page.

Both types of crochet work with one color at a time in alternating rows to create the design.

Interlocking crochet uses only chain spaces and double crochets to create a mesh; the “wrong” side is sometimes as pretty as the front.

Mosaic crochet uses single crochet and double crochet stitches. The double crochet stitches cover some of the other color’s single crochet stitches to create the design. My patterns instruct you to cut your yarn at the end of each row. The back is striped but often gives a faint impression of the pattern on the front (sort of like illusion knitting). See an example here.


I have YouTube tutorials available for both crochet methods! Follow this link to get to my YouTube channel and find my other social links.


For Interlocking Crochet, You Will Need

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (1065 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 520 yards plus 25 yards for optional SC border
  • Accent Color (AC) – 520 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 (1300 yards)
  • Main Color (MC) – 600 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 600 yards
  • Plus 100 yards for optional envelope border
  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Scissors
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4” square

I am in the process of writing out mosaic instructions for all my patterns; if you want one of my other patterns in mosaic form please send me a note and I will work on that piece first!

Chart and pattern ©Ashlee Brotzell 2020. US terminology used.