I crocheted the Circle of Friends 8 inch square and just loved the pattern. I decided to use this pretty purple square for the center of my preemie baby blanket. I’m participating again this year in the NICU Christmas baby blanket drive that Kathryn heads up each year. If you are interested, you can join us on Crochetville or through Facebook now.
After crocheting the 8 inch square in purple Berroco Ultra Alpaca yarn, I added a round using a light-colored lilac yarn by working double crochet (DC) stitches around the square. In the corner, I worked 2DC, Ch-2, 2DC in each corner space around. I worked one additional round in the purple yarn before finishing the basic portion of the blanket in the light lilac yarn. I ran short of yarn so I added the edging using a Red Heart pale plum yarn by crocheting my scalloped edging that I first used on my scalloped baby hats.
The scalloped edging was added by attaching the pale plum yarn, then working single crochet (SC) in each stitch and 3 SC in the corner ch-2 space. Then I worked one additional row of SC in each stitch before working the scalloped edging.
Ch 1, *Sc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches and work 8 Dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches*. Repeat between * to the end of the round. End with a Sc at end of round and Sl St into the beginning Sc of round.
The finished size is a 22 inch square baby blanket that I will be shipping to the 2014 NICU Baby Blanket Drive. Come join us if you are able. It is very rewarding to make blankets for these precious little babies.