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crochet clamshell blanket: ta-da!

Made from a lovely pattern from Cherry Heart and using a border technique from Felted Button, my clamshell blanket is now fully complete!

crochet clamshell blanket: ta-da!

The purple border, which is the same as the one used in the original tutorial (only with one extra sc row added) turned out nicely — the little ripples hit at just the right places for all 4 corners:

crochet clamshell blanket: border corner

It looks nice and adds a little over an inch to each side of the blanket:

crochet clamshell blanket border

 

The purple rounds out the color palette like I was hoping it would (*whew*).  The blanket measures about 28″ wide by about 30″ tall after blocking the body and adding the border.  I have not blocked the whole blanket with the border, but I don’t think it really needs it.

It’s worth mentioning again that I used KnitPicks Brava Sport for this in 9 colors, and I used less than half of each ball except for the purple, which took about 5g more than half.

I love this clamshell pattern, it just looks so cool!

crochet clamshell blanket close-up

Well, that ends my crochet clamshell baby blanket — but I haven’t actually said it was a baby blanket until now!  With the dimensions and amount of yarn used it made sense, but I never actually said it because this is for someone who sometimes reads my blog, and I wanted it to be at least a tad bit of a surprise!  L.P., congratulations on your baby girl, I can’t wait to meet her!

 

 

 

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crochet clamshell blanket: border

Almost done!  Just the border to go!  Sandra over at Cherry Heart did a lovely border, so I decided to use that pattern as well (only I added an extra row of sc to add just a tad more width).

But before the pretty ruffle-y, wavy edge, there’s a technique I wanted to share with you that I used.  It’s from Felted Button, and it tells you how to crochet a clean edge along a rough edge (aka the sides of a blanket made with rows).

Click the link for the full tutorial, but I’ll tell you that you use your border color to do a preliminary row of slip stitches along the sides of your work, and then when you start your proper border you work into those slip stitches.  Here’s the front:

crochet clamshell blanket border, front view

It looks that way all the way around, just normal sc.  But check out the back view, on the sides of the blanket:

crochet clamshell blanket border, back view

You can see the “dotted line” of the slip stitches, but it looks better, in my opinion, than the rugged “v” shapes you get when you don’t do the preliminary slip stitches.

Well, that’s all for now.  I’ll have the rest of the border and completed blanket photos up soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

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