Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: It's been a very long time since I have posted anything to my Blog. Due to family and life in general, I got a little detoured. I will try to get time to type up some new entries. I have created a lot of items, gave them away and did not take pictures or type them up. We lost both of our boys this year. Jiggy in March and Stubby in July. We have a new friend her name is MayBee (due to the fact that we weren't quite sure about keeping her). She's 4 years old and full of energy. I make her Kitty Strings with yarn, it was such a hit, I donated some to the local animal shelter. I'll try to put them on the Blog next week. As usual, if you have questions about crafting or crochet, I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Neopolitan Baby Blanket
By Berta Gilholm
Red Heart Plush Baby ww#4, solids/3.5oz/176yd, multi's/3oz/150yd  
2 skeins of Coconut.
1 skein each of Strawberry, Kiwi, and Fruity.
1 skein of Village Yarn dk#3 Basic Boucle, Loam (dk. Brown) 3.5oz/275yd.
Crochet Hook US I9/5.5mm
Yarn Needle

Stitches and Abbreviations: Ch = chain, FO = fasten off, Hdc = half double crochet, Dc = double crochet, Jwslst = join with slip stitch to top of the beginning stitch,  Sc = single crochet, Slst = slip stitch, St = stitch.

Note: At beginning of rounds, Ch 2 counts as hdc and Ch 3 counts as dc. The hat and booties were made with the small amount of left overs I had using a basic baby hat and bootie pattern and mixing up the colors. You can find patterns at any of the free pattern links on the left.

Traditional Basic Circle in the Middle Granny Square:
With Loam Ch 3, join with Slst in third ch from hook to make a small ring,
Rnd 1: Ch 3, dc 8 times in ring, jwslst, (9 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, jwslst, (18 dc) FO Loam, Join Strawberry
Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next dc, *2 hdc in next dc,  hdc in next dc, Repeat from * around, jwslst, (24 hdc) FO strawberry, Join Fruity
Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 2 hdc, Repeat from * around, jwslst, (32 hdc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc,  hdc in next 3 hdc, Repeat from * around, jwslst, (40 hdc) FO Fruity Join Kiwi
Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 4 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc,  hdc in next 4 hdc, Repeat from * around, jwslst, (48 hdc) FO Kiwi, Join Coconut
Rnd 7: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 5 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 5 hdc, Repeat from * around, jwslst, (56 hdc) FO Coconut, Join Loam

Basic square off pattern for the rest of the blanket:
Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in next 12 hdc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next hdc, *dc in next 13 hdc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next hdc, Repeat from * 2 more times, jwslst,  FO Loam, Join Strawberry

Change yarns following the chart below, With established pattern work through Round 36, FO at end. Work rounds by doing 1 dc in each dc on straight sides of square and increase 4 dc on each side by working (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in each corner space. You can keep going in this pattern if you would like a larger blanket.

Round # for Color Changes
Join / then FO for next color
9 - 17 - 25 - 32
10 - 18 - 26 - 33
11 - 19 - 27 - 34
12 /13 - 15 /16 - 20/21 - 23/24 - 28/29 - 31
14 - 22 -30 - 35 - 36



  1. Hello, I love this pattern and would like to know if you have a pattern for the booties and hat. It would make a a lovely gift as a set. Btw your very talented :)

  2. Basically I used the Baby Boucle Blanket Set Hat and Booties pattern for the matching Hat and Booties on the Neopolitan Blanket, I sort of winged it, with left over colors from the Neopolitan Blanket. I took the picture and didn't think to write down the changes. Hope this helps. Thank you so much for the comments and interest. I have created several items since my last one, but got waylaid with illness and caring for an aging BFF. Maybe tomorrow??? Birdie