Today, I want to share with you the Call the Midwife Inspired baby blanket that I’ve been working on.
Yes, this is what I’ve been using that pretty yellow yarn that I reviewed the other day.
I haven’t quite finished the entire blanket yet but I have finished the beautiful blocked section that makes this pattern so interesting. I was really surprised to learn how easy it is to crochet.
Surprisingly, the block part of the pattern only uses three stitches, chain, single crochet and double crochet. And once you get the repeat of the pattern set in your mind, it’s easy as pie to quickly create the rows of blocks that make up this adorable lacy baby blanket.
The blanket became popular online after a similar one was seen wrapped around an infant on the show Call the Midwife.
Set in 1962, Call the Midwife is based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth and tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End.
It’s available on Netflix if you’re interested in watching it.
I love watching historical shows but the reason I became interested in this pretty blanket wasn’t from watching Call the Midwife. It happened because I kept seeing it pop up on my Instagram account and decided to check it out.
From what I understand, and I could be wrong, and it wouldn’t be the first time, this modern pattern is based on a vintage one that still exists in a booklet somewhere hence the need for the “inspired” part at the end of the pattern name.
I’ve just started on the pretty border. I chose to use a half double crochet as my first row.
The nice part about this pattern (and the way it was written) is that it gives you several options for the starter row on the border and it shares a multitude of starter chain counts for creating a blanket in many different sizes that can be used as baby blankets, afghans, throws, or even on a regular bed. I love when I don’t have to calculate anything!
For the baby blanket, I made mine using six blocks across and ten block rows down. With only the half double crochet row complete on the border my blanket measures 27″ x 33″. The border can be as big or small as you like, depending on how many rows of stitches you choose to use. I plan to make mine very similar to the one pictured at the pattern website.
I used a 3 weight yarn with a 5.50mm hook. I love the softness and lacy drape but I think next time I might use a smaller hook as recommended on the yarn I purchased for this project… just to get tighter stitches.
This blanket isn’t spoken for yet and I can’t wait to complete it so I can get it up for sale in my Etsy shop, which I’ve been neglecting terribly lately.
Visit Call the Midwife Inspired Afghan Pattern by Siena’s Maine Design at Ravelry to find the pattern and start making your own beautiful blanket. I have to add that this free pattern is very well written and super easy to follow.
If you’re more of a visual learner you can watch this video to help you get started!
Have you ever tried this pattern? Will you? Tell me what you think in the comments. I love hearing from my readers.
Wishing you a frog-free crochet day!