Southwestern Art Deco Inspired Baby Blanket — Filet Crochet

_MG_1404I’m so done with baby yarn; that endless stream of pastels wreaks havoc on my otherwise Cimmerian mood. Maybe baby would like a Navajo or Southwestern theme instead?

Here’s a vintage 1920’s Art Deco sweater pattern turned baby blanket. The original pattern appears in Corticelli Yarn Book No. 18, issued 1922, page 23, titled Crocheted Tuxedo No. 21A. It’s available online at the Antique Pattern Library.

The sweater I worked in this pattern can be seen here:

_MG_1401For this project, I’ve modified the pattern and am keeping to just the lower back section of the sweater in a widened format to create the blanket. I think it would also fare well as a travel throw; something you could whip out of your bag and say to a flight attendant, “No thanks, I brought my own.”

Inspiration + Motivation = Creativity


Material: Yarn used in photo was Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice in Taupe and Linen with Susan Bates Aluminum Hook Size F

Chart Works Bottom Up Beginning with Closed Mesh
Baby Blanket or Lap Afghan pictured is 37 meshes across. That’s 13 + 12 + 12 = 37. To make wider add groups of 12.

Starting Chain Calculation is 114. That’s 37 x 3 + 3 = 114.

Row 1:  ch 114, dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, (=37 cm) ch 3, turn

Row 2:  dc in each of the next 3 sts (=4 including turning ch), open mesh / OM= ch 2, sk 2, dc in next dc, closed mesh / CM= dc in each of the next 3 sts, follow chart left to right and right to left working from the bottom up.

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