Red Heart Super Saver Young Athlete Blanket and Rattles

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by Nancy Anderson, Red Heart

Red Heart Super Saver Young Athlete Blanket and Rattles

An adorable blanket that's always in season!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:4 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use a gauge of 11 stitches (about 4 inch) in half double crochet and 8-1/2 rows (about 4 inch) with largest hook to crochet a blanket that measures about 36 inch x 36 inch. Be sure to check your gauge. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches to match the gauge, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if it takes you more stitches, try a larger size hook or needles. Download template for abbreviations not explained elsewhere.
    Special stitches and abbreviations:
    dtr (Double treble crochet) = [Yarn over] 3 times, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] 4 times.
    sc2tog (Single crochet 2 together) = insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, (2 loops on hook), insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
    Adjustable-ring method = wrap yarn in a ring, ensuring that the tail falls behind the working yarn. Grip ring and tail firmly between middle finger and thumb. Insert hook through center of ring, yarn over (with working yarn) and draw up a loop. Work stitches of first round in the ring. Pull gently, but firmly, on tail to tighten ring when instructed.
    Notes:
    Blanket is made back and forth in rows, then border is worked in joined rounds.
    Sixteen appliques of various sport balls are sewn to blanket. Details on balls are added with embroidery.
    Rattles are made in continuous rounds (spirals). Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed.
    Before closing each rattle, insert a small ball with jingle bell inside (cat toy). As a safety precaution, place the cat toy in the toe of a knee high, tie securely, and trim off the excess hosiery. This will contain the pieces if the insert is crushed. Discard the rattle if the insert breaks.
    Refer to sizes listed above for the appropriate hook for each section.
    To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Proceed with new color. Do not cut old color until instructed. Carry color not in use up side of piece until next needed.
    Refer to photograph for placement of all embroidered details.
  • 2
    Blanket:
    With largest hook and Blue Tones, ch 69.
    Row 1: Working in back bumps only, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—68 sts.
    Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout this section), hdc in each st across, turn.
    Repeat Row 2 until blanket measures 25 inch long.
  • 3
    Border:
    Round 1 (right side): Ch 1, sc evenly across ends of rows of first side; working in opposite side of foundation ch, (sc, ch 1, sc) in first ch (corner made), sc in each ch to last ch, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch (corner made); sc evenly across ends of rows of other side; (sc, ch 1, sc) in first st (corner made), sc in each st to last st, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last st (corner made); join with slip st in first sc.
    Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc here and throughout), hdc in each st around, working (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in each corner ch-space; join with slip st in top of beginning ch.
    Repeat Round 2 until blanket measures 35-1/2 inch x 35-1/2 inch.
    Next Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, working (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in each corner ch-2 space; join with slip st in first st.
    Repeat last round, as needed, until blanket measures 36 inch x 36 inch.
    Fasten off.
  • 4
    Rattle Pocket:
    With largest hook and Blue Tones, ch 26.
    Row 1 (wrong side): Working in back bumps only, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn— 25 sc.
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 5, skip next 3 sts, sc in next st; repeat from * across, turn —6 ch-5 sps.
    Row 3: Ch 7, sc in 3rd ch of first ch-5 space, *ch 5, sc in 3rd ch of next ch-5 space; repeat from * across, ch 2, dtr in last st (counts as ch 7), turn— 5 ch-5 sps and 2 ch-7 sps.
    Row 4: Ch 6, skip first ch-7 space, sc in 3rd ch of first ch-5 space, *ch 5, sc in 3rd ch of next ch-5 space; repeat from * across, ch 5, sc in 4th ch of beginning ch, turn —6 ch-5 sps.
    Rows 5–-16: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 six times.
    Row 17: Ch 1, sc in first st, *3 sc in next ch-5 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * across, sc in last ch of beginning ch, turn —25 sc.
  • 5
    Edging:
    Note: When you are instructed to work in a stitch at the end of a row, the stitch may be a ch, sc, or dtr.
    Round 1: Ch 1, 3 sc in first sc (corner made), sc in each sc across to last st, 3 sc in last sc (corner made); sc 31 sts evenly across ends of rows of side, working sc in each st and 3 sc in each ch-space; working on opposite side of foundation ch, 3 sc in first ch (corner made), sc in each ch across to last ch, 3 sc in last ch (corner made), sc 31 sts evenly across ends of rows of next side, working sc in each st and 3 sc in each ch-space; join with slip st in first sc—120 sc (23 sc across top and bottom edge between 3-sc corners and 31 sc across sides between 3-sc corners).
    Rounds 2 and 3: Ch 1, sc in each st around working 3 sc in center st of each 3-sc corner; join with slip st in first sc —136 sc.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Using photograph as a guide, position pocket to lower left corner of blanket, placing left side and bottom edge of pocket to edge of Round 1 of border. Sew in place on 3 sides leaving top edge open.
  • 6
    Appliques:
    Football (make 4):
    With hook appropriate to this section and Warm Brown, ch 2.
    Row 1 (right side): Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn —2 sc.
    Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st across, turn —4 sc.
    Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, [2 sc in next st] twice, sc in last st, turn —6 sc.
    Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, [2 sc in next st] twice, sc in last 2 sts, turn —8 sc.
    Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, [2 sc in next st] twice, sc in last 3 sts; change to Soft White at end of row, turn— 10 sc. Drop, but do not cut, Warm Brown.
    Rows 6 and 7: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn; change to Warm Brown at end of Row 7. Cut Soft White.
    Rows 8 and 9: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
    Row 10: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), sc in next 8 sts, hdc in last st, turn —10 sts.
    Rows 11–-13: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. Row 14: Repeat Row 10.
    Row 15: Ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, [sc2tog] twice, sc in last 3 sts; change to Soft White, turn—8 sts. Drop, but do not cut, Warm Brown.
    Rows 16 and 17: Repeat Rows 6 and 7.
    Row 18: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, [sc2tog] twice, sc in last 2 sts, turn—6 sts.
    Row 19: Ch 1, sc in first st, [sc2tog] twice, sc in last st, turn— 4 sts.
    Row 20: [Sc2tog] twice —2 sts. Do not turn.
    Edging:
    Round 1 (right side): Ch 1, with right side facing and working in ends of rows, sc evenly around; join with slip st in first st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
    With Soft White, embroider laces on football between Rows 7 and 16.
  • 7
    Basketball (make 4):
    With hook size appropriate to this section and Carrot, make an adjustable ring.
    Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring; join with slip st in first st—6 sc. Pull gently, but firmly, on tail to tighten ring.
    Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around; join with slip st in first st— 12 sc.
    Round 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around; join with slip st in first st— 18 sc.
    Round 4: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around; join with slip st in first st— 24 sc.
    Round 5: Ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around; join with slip st in first st —30 sc.
    Round 6: Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around; join with slip st in first st —36 sc.
    Round 7: Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around; join with slip st in first st— 42 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
    With Black, embroider 2 curved seam lines.
  • 8
    Baseball (make 4):
    With hook size appropriate to this section and Soft White, make an adjustable ring.
    Rounds 1-–5: Work same as Rounds 1–5 of basketball applique— 30 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
    With Burgundy, embroider 2 curved seam lines with hash marks.
  • 9
    Soccer Ball (make 4):
    With hook size appropriate to this section and Black, make an adjustable ring.
    Rounds 1 and 2: Work same as Rounds 1 and 2 of basketball applique; change to Soft White at end of Round 2— sc. Cut Black.
    Rounds 3–-7: Work same as Rounds 3-–7 of basketball— 42 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
    With Black, embroider 6 hexagons around Round 2, stitching lower edge of each hexagon over 2 stitches of Round 2.
  • 10
    Rattles:
    Football:
    With hook size appropriate to this section and Warm Brown, ch 30; being careful not to twist ch, join with slip st in first ch.
    Round 1: Working in back bumps, sc in each ch around­—30 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed.
    Rounds 2–-4: Sc in each st around.
    Round 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around; change to Soft White at end of round —24 sc. Drop, but do not cut, Warm Brown.
    Rounds 6 and 7: Sc in each st around; change to Warm Brown at end of Round 7. Cut Soft White.
    Round 8: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around—18 sts.
    Round 9: Sc in each st around.
    Round 10: *Sc in next st, sc2tog; repeat from * around—12 sts.
    Round 11: *Sc2tog; repeat from * around—6 sts. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave tail through last round and pull gently to close opening. Secure tail and weave in end.
    Round 12: Working in opposite side of foundation ch, join Warm Brown with slip st to first ch, ch 1, sc in each ch around —30 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed.
    Rounds 13 and 14: Sc in each st around.
    Rounds 15–-21: Repeat Rounds 5–-11, inserting rattle mechanism and adding Poly-fil as you go before opening becomes too small.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave tail through last round and pull gently to close opening. Secure tail and weave in end.
    With 2 strands of Soft White held together, embroider laces on football between Rounds 6 and 16.
  • 11
    Baseball:
    With hook appropriate to this section and Soft White, make an adjustable ring.
    Rounds 1–5: Work same as Rounds 1–5 of basketball rattle—30 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed. Pull gently, but firmly, on tail to tighten ring.
    Rounds 6–14: Sc in each st around.
    Rounds 15–18: Repeat Rounds 20–23 of basketball rattle, inserting rattle mechanism in Round 16 and adding Poly-fil as you go—6 sc.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Add additional Poly-fil, if needed. Weave tail through last round and pull gently to close opening. Secure tail and weave in end.
    With Burgundy, topstitch 2 sets of curved seam lines and hash marks around sides of ball.
  • 12
    Finishing:
    Using photograph as a guide, pin appliques around border of blanket. With end tails, sew each applique to blanket.
    Weave in ends.
  • 13
    Basketball:
    With hook appropriate to this section and Carrot, make an adjustable ring.
    Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring —6 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed. Pull gently, but firmly, on tail to tighten ring.
    Round 2: Work 2 sc in each st around— 12 sc.
    Round 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around— 18 sc.
    Round 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around— 24 sc.
    Round 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around —30 sc.
    Round 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around —36 sc.
    Round 7: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around— 42 sc.
    Rounds 8-–17: Sc in each st around.
    Round 18: *Sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around— 36 sc.
    Round 19: *Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around —30 sc.
    Round 20: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around —24 sc. Insert rattle mechanism and add Poly-fil as you go before opening becomes too small.
    Round 21: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around— 18 sc.
    Round 22: *Sc in next st, sc2tog; repeat from * around— 12 sc.
    Round 23: *Sc2tog; repeat from * around— 6 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
    Add additional Poly-fil, if needed. Weave tail through last round and pull gently to close opening. Secure tail and weave in end.
    Seam Line (make 3):
    With smallest hook and Black, work as many ch as necessary to fit seam line around basketball.
    Using photograph as a guide, pin one seam line around circumference of ball and pin each remaining seam line midway between circumference and outer edge. With thread and sewing needle, sew seam lines to ball.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:4 hours

Project Supplies

  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Blue Tones 104741057 (5)
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Warm Brown 104212455
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Soft White 104212435
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Carrot 104212423
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Black 104212432
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Burgundy 104212485
  • Susan Bates Aluminum Silvalume Crochet Hook 3.75 mm F5 US 104236318 (for Rattle Seam Lines)
  • Susan Bates Crochet Hook Crystalites Size G-6 104236386 (for Rattles)
  • Susan Bates Aluminum Silvalume Crochet Hook 5 mm H8 104236320 (for Appliques)
  • Susan Bates Bamboo Handle Silvalume Crochet Hook I-9/5.5 mm 104236321 (for Blanket)
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-fil Fiber 32 oz. 104238553
  • Black Sewing Thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Yarn Needle
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Stitch Marker
  • Cat Toy for Each Rattle Insert
  • Knee High for Each Rattle Insert
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