She loved trying new patterns. She would make almost each afghan from a different pattern. The last several years of her life her mind wouldn't always keep up with this desire and some days she found she just couldn't understand the instructions. On those days she fell back on an old favorite--what she called her "afghan for dummies." It was simple to make and included a "border" in the basic design so one didn't have to be added later. She had the pattern memorized and could easily make these on her off days.
|"Baby Little One" testing out Aunt Norni's blankets--a perfect fit.|
I have tried to redesign this afghan from my memory into a mini blanket for shoe box gifts. I love to include a little, mini blanket in the 2 to 4 years old boxes (click to see more mini blankets I have
made). I can picture a child cuddling a blanket for comfort--they usually just hang onto the edge of it, holding it near their face, often with their thumb in their mouth. These mini blankets are plenty big enough to accomplish that and provide comfort.
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Aunt Norni's Simple Shell Mini Blanket 12" x 15"
Chain (ch) 49 TIP: Use a hook one size larger for the chain--helps keep it from pulling too tight and is easier to work in.
|Shells make an automatic border as the blanket is crocheted.|
3 Double Crochet (DC) in 5th ch from hook TIP: DC in back loop of chain.
Skip 2 ch, work 3 DC (shell) in next stitch (st). Repeat across chain to last two chains. (15 shells)
Skip 1 ch, work 1 DC in last ch.
ROWS 2 thru 5:
Ch 3, turn (counts as a dc).
Skip 1 stitch in row below, work a shell in top of each shell (in center dc st) across row.
DC in in top of ch 3 in row below.
ROWS 6 thru 16:
Work across: Ch 3 turn, Shells in top of first 3 shells, DC in top of each stitch in each shell across (27 dc) to last 3 shells, work shells in top of last 3 shells, DC in last stitch.
ROWS 17 thru 22:
Same as rows 2 thru 5.
I would love to know if you use this design.
|Aunt Norni loved variegated yarn--but I love how this plain pink shows the design.|
You can find more mini blankets at this page: Simply Shoe Boxes Mini Blanket Tutorial of the Month Club.
Design and instructions copyright Simply Shoe Boxes. Please enjoy using this design for your personal use and for gift giving.
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