Josey’s Hug Preemie Blanket – Free Pattern

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The Yarn

I had partially used skeins of Lion Brand’s Pound Of Love in my stash so I decided to use it to make the Josey’s Hug Preemie Blanket.

The best part about buying such big skeins is that you could make more of the Preemie Crochet Challenge items for such a great price.

Josey’s Hug Preemie Blanket has been in the works for YEARS. I originally designed a larger version back before I was officially designing.

I plan on releasing larger sizes of the Josey’s Hug Blanket in the coming year, I just need time to actually make it.

Supplies Needed

300 total yards worsted weight yarn
I/5.50mm & J/6.00mm crochet hooks
Scissors
Measuring tape
Yarn needle

Stitches Used

Ch – Chain
Sc– Single Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Lhdc – Linked Half Double Crochet
Sldc – Starting Linked Double Crochet
Ldc – Linked Double Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St(s) – Stitch(es)
MC – Main Color
AC – Accent Color

Gauge & Finished Size

Gauge: 15 Stitches x 9 Rows = 4”

Finished Size: 18” wide x 22” tall

Pattern Notes

Written in US crochet terms.

Stitch definitions can be found below.

Approximate yardage used:
MC – 225 yards
AC – 75 yards

This is a great pattern to use up some of your partially used skeins.

I recommend doing a gauge swatch to get a handle on how do to the stitches correctly.

Stitch Definitions

Sldc – Starting Linked Double Crochet– Ch 2 and insert into the 2nd Ch from the hook. YO and pull up a loop. Insert into the first stitch, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops). YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through the last two loops.

Ldc – Linked Double Crochet– Insert hook through the horizontal bar of the previous stitch, YO and pull up a loop. Insert hook into the next stitch, YO and pull up a loop. YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through last two loops.

Lhdc – Linked Half Double Crochet– Insert hook through the bottom leg (bar) of the previous stitch. YO and pull up a loop (2 loops). Insert hook into next stitch, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops), YO and pull through all three loops.

Gauge Swatch

With J Hook

In MC, Ch 16

1.) Sc in 2nd Ch from hook and each Ch across. (15)

2.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (15)

3.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (15)

4.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (15)

5.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (15)

6.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (15)

7.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (15)

8.) With AC, Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (15)

9.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (15)

Swatch should measuring approximately 4″ by 4″.

The Pattern 

With J/6.00mm Hook

In MC, Ch 66

1.) Sc in 2nd Ch from hook and each Ch across. (65)

2.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

3.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

4.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

5.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

6.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

7.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

8.) With AC, turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (65)

9.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (65)

10.) With MC, turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

11.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

12.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

13.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

14.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

15.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

16.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

17.) With AC, turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (65)

18.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (65)

19.) With MC, turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

20.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

21.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

22.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

23.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

24.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

25.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

26.) With AC, turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (65)

27.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (65)

28.) With MC, turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

29.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

30.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

31.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

32.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

33.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

34.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

35.) With AC, turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (65)

36.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (65)

37.) With MC, turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

38.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

39.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

40.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

41.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

42.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

43.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

44.) With AC, turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (65)

45.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (65)

46.) With MC, turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

47.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

48.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

49.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

50.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

51.) Turn, Sldc in 1st St, Ldc in next St and each St across. (65)

52.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (65)

Move onto border.

Border

With I/5.00mm Hook

1.) Using MC, Turn, Ch 1, Sc evenly around with 3Sc in the corners. Join with a Sl St to 1st Sc.

2.) Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St around with 3Lhdc in the corners. Join with a Sl St to Lhdc.

3.) Using Ac, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St around with 3Lhdc in the corners. Join with a Sl St to Lhdc.

4.) Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St around with 3Lhdc in the corners. Join with a Sl St to Lhdc.

Continue round 4 until desired.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Availability

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Use the coupon code available HERE as part of the 2022 Preemie Crochet Challenge to get this pdf download for FREE. Again, by accepting the free pdf download you are pledging to donate at least one made item from the featured pattern to a Preemie charity / organization / NICU / family of your choosing.


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