Get ready for ALL of the baby patterns! My cousin- who is practically my sister- is having her first baby in May and I've been crocheting up a storm for that little guy!
All babies need a blanket- I feel like it's kind of the quintessential crochet/knit item you just HAVE to give. I tried corner to corner crochet for the first time a couple years ago and fell in love with the stitch. It's easy enough to learn, works up fast, and can be used in a variety of ways. I think it's a great stitch for blankets!
I've got a post with picture and video tutorial on how to corner to corner (c2c) crochet that can provide some direction if this is your first time c2c crocheting. (link here) In that post, I've also included a blurb on how to read charts as that is how this pattern is written up.
This blanket- using the materials and hook as I did (although you can certainly change that up) measures to be about 4' x 4'. I know those tiny little blankets are cute- but I want the kiddos I give these blankets to to be able to enjoy them for years to come. (The only downfall is that they likely can't use them when they are baby babies.)
Happy Crocheting! ~Dana
You can find the C2C tutorial video and images here.
5 MM Hook
2 Colors of Yarn- Weight 3 (I used Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly in Blue Yonder for the Elephant/border and Loops & Threads Kai for the rest of the blanket.)
Row 1: ch 2, hdc aroung (you will hdc 3 in each square) plus 3 hdc in each corner
Row 2: ch 2, alternate fpdc, bpdc around (adding 3 for each corner).
Row 3-5: rep Row 2
Finish off. Sew in ends.