Cheerful Child Crochet Along Border

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Cheerful Child is a baby blanket CAL (crochet along) on pinkmambo.com that appeared every Monday and Thursday January 7-today. That’s right, today we are wrapping up Cheerful Child with the border pattern!

If this is the first you’ve heard of this CAL, you’ll want to check out all the information in the original CAL post here.

Cheerful Child features granny-style blocks in a variety of designs, all on the easy side. it’s made of 25 squares plus a border. Twelve of the squares are different granny-style designs arranged in a checkerboard pattern with the remaining square design, Hadley #4, of which you make 13. You can find downloadable info-graphics in this post to make the blanket in different sizes, if you’d like.

This CAL’s skill level is adventurous beginner, which means you have knowledge of the basic stitches and are ready to take on a larger, more involved project with a little more texture and combinations of stitches. Experienced crocheters will enjoy the fun of making these fresh and pretty blocks as well.

You can find information about getting your squares to the same size, blocking, and joining squares together in this post.

Each square features round by round photos and written instructions. This is the border pattern for the CAL.

Cheerful Child Crochet Along Border

by Carolyn Christmas

Size

2” wide

Instructions

Rnd 1: Join E with sc in any corner, [ ch 2, sc in same sp, * (ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st) across to corner ** where blocks meet; ch 1, skip next st, sc in corner sp of this block, ch 1, sc in corner sp of next block*; repeat from * to * across ending last repeat at ** ]; repeat from [ to ] around, ch 1, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

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Rnd 2: Join C with sl st in any corner, ch 2 (counts as beginning partial dc), yo, pull up lp in same sp, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook—beginning 2-dc cluster made; ch 2, (yo, pull up lp in same sp, yo, pull through 2 lp on hook) 2 times, yo, pull through 3 lps on hook—2-dc cluster made; ch 2, (2-dc cluster in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around with (2-dc cluster, ch 2, 2-dc cluster) in each corner, join with sl st in top of beginning 2-dc cluster. Fasten off.

Rnd 3: Join D with sl st in any corner, ch 3, 4 dc in same corner, sc in next ch-1 sp, (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp) around with 5 dc in each corner, join with sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: Join E with sl st in center dc of any 5-dc group in corner, ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 2), dc in same sp, ch 1, sc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next sc, ch 1, dc in center dc of next 3-dc group) around with (ch 1, dc in second dc, ch 1, [dc, ch 2, dc] in center dc, ch 1, dc in next dc) in each corner 5-dc group, join with sl st in third ch of beginning ch 5. Fasten off.

Rnd 5: Join B with sc in any corner, ch 2, sc in same sp, ch 1, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

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And we’re finished! I hope you had lots of fun making this blanket with me.

I’m planning my next CAL now and well into crocheting it, so be sure to sign up to receive the blog posts in your email, and/or sign up for my newsletter, so you won’t miss a thing!

Best wishes,

Carolyn xo