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Joy’s NICU Blankie

The pattern for this blanket can be found at:
http://www.knotsoflove.org/nicu-blanket-patterns
and
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/joys-nicu-blankie.

Additional Directions:
I used a total of 4.87 oz. (138 g) of a soft medium-weight yarn. One pattern said to make the blanket 20″ x 24″ (51 cm x 61 cm.). The other pattern and the Knots of Love NICU Blanket Patterns Page said blankets should be approximately 18″ x 24″ (46 cm x 61 cm), so I decided to go with the 18″ x 24″ (46 cm x 61 cm) size. The designer did not list the gauge for this pattern. Using a US H (5 mm) crochet hook, I made a chain of 62 stitches instead of 42 stitches. This made my blanket 16″ (41 cm) wide. I made the blanket 22″ (56 cm) long. Then, I did a 1″ (3 cm) border around the blanket to make the finished size 18″ x 24″ (46 cm x 61 cm). I used the same stitches to crochet the border. For the corners, I did 1 sc, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 sc, 1 dc. To start a new row for the border, I joined the row with a sl st, ch 1, 1 dc. Then, I went back to following the pattern. This pattern does not have a turning chain at the end of each row. When I tried adding one, my blanket did not look like the pattern photo. You will need a yarn needle to weave in the ends after fastening off the blanket and the optional border.

Donation:
Although I prefer donating items locally so I do not have to pay for shipping, I am going to mail this blanket to Knots of Love in Costa Mesa, CA.

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