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Crochet V-stitch & Ribbon Toddler Blanket for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

This is the first design Elizabeth has done.  She found some super inexpensive, 2-ply yarn at the craft store that offers free supplies in exchange for displaying your items and she fell in love with the color.  So she decided to make a toddler blanket for a 2 to 4 year old Operation Christmas Child shoebox child.  She knew she had to make it "lacy" so it wouldn't take up much room.  We plan to tuck into a Ziploc bag and squeeze the air out so it will take less room.  It will still take a bit of room, so she is on the hunt for some very small toys to include.

V-stitch toddler afghan pattern and instructions. Designed for an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift.



Approx. 8 oz. of two ply yarn

G hook

5 Yards of 1/2” satin ribbon


These will be simple instructions, not in great detail.  Elizabeth just stitched and made it work as she went.  She did not keep track of the number of stitches as she did not plan to make another one but wanted to share the basic instructions in case anyone wanted to try it.

Chain until measures the width you want it – Elizabeth did 29”.  Add a couple of extra chains to be sure the number is coordinated with the pattern [sets of 4 plus 3 stitches (and an original 2 for the first dc]—you can undo them if there are too many, I learned this trick and always add a few extra chains in case I count wrong.
V-stitch crochet.
Note: To make V-stitch:  double crochet, chain 1, double crochet in same stitch.

Rows (as many as needed for the size you want):  Work one double crochet, ch 1, skip next 2 stitches, work v-stitch in next st, [ch 1, skip next 3 sts, work v-stitch in next st,] across, ch 1, skip next two stitches double crochet in last chain.  Ch 2 turn.  NOTE:  In subsequent rows place the V-stitches within the V-stitches in the row below.


Note:  The stitch count may not be exact in each row, Elizabeth just added or skipped a stitch in a round if necessary to make it work.

Round 1: Single Crochet around (corner—3 sc I corner st)

Round 2:  dc, ch 1 around (corner—3 dc in corner st)

Round 3:  V-stitch, ch 1 pattern as in body of blanket (v-stitch worked as dc, ch3, dc in corner)

Round 4:  1 shell st in each V-stitch of round 3 (shell stitch is dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc)

Cut ribbon in 4 even pieces.  Weave in and out of round 2.  Tie bows in corners, sew the center of bows so they cannot come undone.  Finish ends so they will not unravel—heat with flame or use fray check.

Ribbon laced thru crocheted afghan.
Design and instructions copyright Simply Shoe Boxes.  Please enjoy using this design for your personal use and for gift giving.

We have several other free crochet patterns here on Simply Shoeboxes.  You can find them here in this link:  Crochet Craft Patterns & Tutorials suitable for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.


Mary said...

Just beautiful - love the design, the ribbon and the yarn. You do excellent work, your stitches are so even! LOVE!!!
There is a church that packs small toddler quilts...they always attempt to pair them with a coordinating book and stuffed animal (like all monkey themed, etc.).
What a lovely new way to pack a box. I love seeing what other people do, it inspires me.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks, Mary, for the kind remarks. Theme boxes are so fun to make. Right now Elizabeth is making an ensemble for a little baby doll--diaper bag, sleeping bag, little teddy bear, block, headband, etc.

We got some monkey flip flops so I can't wait to do a monkey themed one. I got some fabric the other day with monkeys for some drawstring bags.

It is fun to see what others are doing--so many creative ideas. I know I put a larger variety in my boxes now after reading so many great ideas.

Terra Heck said...

I'm not crafty by any means but do appreciate those who have the talent. That is a very pretty blanket and some toddler will be very happy to receive it.

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