The Soft Steps Blanket is the perfect gift for any new arrival – soft, simple, traditional and subtle.
The pattern is free here on this post or you can buy an ad free, printable PDF of the pattern for £2 here.
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Made with a simple repeat pattern it’s the perfect choice of pattern for beginners but the complicated looking eyelet design will have everyone thinking you’re an expert! The stitches you will need to know are the chain stitch and the UK double crochet and treble crochet or US single crochet and double crochet. It’s that simple.
The blanket pictured is made with some beautiful Lion Brand Wool Ease DK in Fisherman (099), Seaspray (123) and Blush Heather (104) which is widely available in the US but for an alternative for anyone in the UK I would recommend using:
75% acrylic, 25% wool, 298m/100g
3 balls of Cream (2305)
1 ball of Ice Blue (2414)
1 ball of Rose (2301)
Along with the yarn you will also need:
A 5mm/H crochet hook
The finished blanket measures 100cm by 85cm but you can easily change the size by adding multiples of 8 to your foundation chain and working some more pattern repeats.
15st and 7 rows = 10cm by 10cm
Glossary/Abbreviations: Standard UK terms (Standard US terms)
ch(s) – chain(s)
sk – skip
RS – right side
rep – repeat
st(s) – stitches
BL – back loop
ss – slip stitch
dc – double crochet (sc – single crochet)
tr – treble (dc – double crochet)
- The ch3 at the beginning of a row always counts as a stitch.
- The ch1 at the beginning of a border round does not count as a stitch.
Standard UK terms/US terms in italics
Foundation chain: Using Cream, ch128 (any multiple of 8)
Row 1: tr/dc into 4th ch from hook and each across 
Row 2: RS: ch3, tr /dc in 2, *ch2, sk2, tr/dc in 6, rep from *14 more times, ch2, sk2, tr/dc in last, change to Ice Blue
Row 3: ch3, *tr/dc in 6, ch2, sk2, rep from * 14 more times, tr/dc in 5, change to Rose
Row 4: ch3, *tr/dc in 6, ch2, sk2, rep from * 14 more times, tr/dc in 5, change to Cream
Row 5: ch3, tr/dc in 2, *ch2, sk2, tr/dc in 6, rep from * 14 more times, ch2, sk2, tr/dc in last
Rows 2-5 create the pattern
Repeat the pattern 11 more times.
Border: Work in back loops only throughout the border.
With RS facing, join Cream to 1st stitch of last row.
Round 1: ch1,*dc/sc in each st, 3dc/sc in corner, 2dc/sc in side of each tr/dc, 3dc/sc in corner, rep from *, ss in 1st to join 
Round 2: ch1, dc/sc in each st around, 3dc/sc in each corner, ss in 1st to join  change to Ice Blue
Round 3: Repeat Round 2  change to Rose
Round 4: Repeat Round 2  change to Cream
Round 5: ch3, tr/dc in each st around, 3tr/dc in each corner, ss in 1st to join 
Round 6: Repeat Round 5 
Round 7: Repeat Round 2 
You can purchase an ad-free PDF of the pattern to print off for £2 here.
More free patterns from HanJan coming up, I’m thinking the Classic Cowl and The Basketweave Beanie, it’s still so chilly out there!