Sunday, May 15, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Emerson Car Seat Cover or Baby Blanket

I love the concept of car seat covers/canopies.  When you use a regular blanket instead, it is always falling off and you are constantly picking it up off the ground.  A car seat cover covers and protects your baby for cold weather, rain, snow, bright sun, you name it and it hooks on the handle bar so it ALWAYS stays in place!  I absolutely love it and if you have a baby in an infant seat, you NEED to make one of these to see how great it is.

PLEASE REMEMBER, it is dangerous to have your baby covered up in their car seat for long periods of time.  This cover is NOT meant for that.  This cover is only meant to be used when you are walking from your house to your car, store to car, school to car, and the like...it is meant to protect your baby from rain, snow, strong wind as you are walking from the places mentioned above.  It is not meant to be left on the car seat when you are driving, sitting somewhere, going to a long walk or stroller ride, or anywhere else for longer than a minute or two.



You can make this in lots of different color combos so it is great for a baby boy or a baby girl.  You can even do it solid if you would like.


Materials needed:
• U.S. J/10-6.0 MM crochet hook
• 2 skeins of Vanna’s Choice in Beige and 1 skein each of Loops & Threads Impeccable in Popsicle Blue, Vanna’s Choice in Raspberry, Pink, and Lime
• Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends 
• 2 1-inch buttons 
• Needle and thread to coordinate with the straps 

Gauge:
• 7 dc= 2 inches

Abbreviations:
• ch= chain
• sc= single crochet
• hdc= half double crochet
• dc= double crochet
• tr= treble crochet
• dc2tog= yarn over, insert hook into the stitch indicated, yarn over and pull through the stitch, yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook, yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch, yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull though the remaining 3 loops on your hook
• sc2tog= insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on your hook
• sc3tog= insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on your hook
• sl st= slip stitch

Finished size:
• 27” x 36”


Stripe Color Schematic

Row
Color
Ch, 1-2
Popsicle Blue
3
Raspberry
4-5
Beige
6-9
Pink
10-11
Raspberry
12-13
Lime
14
Popsicle Blue
15-18
Beige
19-20
Raspberry
21
Lime
22-23
Pink
24-25
Popsicle Blue
26-27
Pink
28
Raspberry
29-30
Beige
31-34
Lime
35-36
Raspberry
37-38
Popsicle Blue
39
Beige
40-41
Pink
42-43
Raspberry
44
Lime
45-48
Beige
49-50
Pink
51
Lime
52-53
Popsicle Blue
54-55
Raspberry



For the main body of the blanket:
Ch 73.

1:  Dc in 4th chain from hook, *dc in the next 4 stitches, dc2tog, dc2tog, dc in next 4, 2dc in next, 2 dc in next.  Repeat from * across (ending with 2 dc in the last stitch).

2:  Ch 3, turn, dc in the first stitch, *dc in the next 4 stitches, dc2tog, dc2tog, dc in next 4, 2dc in next, 2 dc in next.  Repeat from * across (ending with 2 dc in the last stitch).

Repeat row 2 until the blanket measures 32 inches.  Follow the color schematic chart in above and change colors as specified in the chart (or make up your own pattern).

Border:
1:  With Beige, ch 1, turn, sc in 1st stitch and next stitch, *3 hdc, 4 dc, 3 hdc, 4 sc.  Repeat from * across, ending with 1 sc in 2nd to last stitch and 3sc in last stitch. Continue along long side of blanket and work 80 evenly spaced sc along this edge.  Continue working along the 2nd short side of the blanket, in the first stitch make (sc, tr, dc), then dc in the next 2 stitches, 3 hdc, 4 sc, *3 hdc, 4 dc, 3 hdc, 4 sc.  Repeat from * across, ending with (sc, tr, dc) in the last stitch.  Continue along the other long side of blanket and work 80 evenly spaced sc along this edge, make 3 sc in the beginning ch 1 of this round and join to the 1st sc with sl st.

2: Join Raspberry, ch 1, dc in the same stitch and in each around, making 3 dc in each of the corner stitches, join to 1st dc with sl st.

3: Join Pink, ch 1, dc in the same stitch and in each around, making 3 dc in each of the corner stitches, join to 1st dc with sl st.

4: Join Beige, ch 1, dc in the same stitch and in each around, making 3 dc in each of the corner stitches, join to 1st dc with sl st.

5: Join Popsicle Blue with a standing sc, ch 2, sc in the same stitch as join, *skip 1 sc, (sc, ch 2, sc).  Repeat from * around, except at each 3 stitches that make up the corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) in each of them.

Straps:

For my traditional car seat, I made my straps attach at rows 24-25.  You could attach them in a different spot if that works better with your car seat.  To decide the best spot, lay the cover over the whole car seat and hood and mark with stitch markers where you want your straps to go.  I did mine like this with red stitch markers-



Then you are going to cut two pieces of Beige yarn, both 11 yards each.  Start with one of them and make a slip knot, then put it to the under side of the cover and pull it through with you hook by the right stitch marker.  Then put your hook down through the cover and pull up a stitch, you are going to surface crochet 7 stitches total.  See pictures below-



Next you are going to pull the remaining length of yarn through to the front.  Note: keep your hook in the stitch it is in.



Ch 1, turn, sc in each of the 7 surface stitches.



You can take your stitch markers out at any time now.  

Ch 1, turn, sc across.  Continue this until your strap measures 4.5”.  

Then you will make the button hole: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 2 stitches, ch 3, skip next 3 stitches, sc in last 2 stitches.

Ch 1, turn, sc in all across (including the chains from the previous row- 7sc total).

Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 3, sc2tog.

Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog

Ch 1, turn, sc3tog, bind off weave in ends.  You will then have a strap like in the below picture.



To make the border for the strap, join Popsicle Blue with a standing sc (shown in images directly below) right near the bottom (closest to the cover) of the right side of the strap, then ch 2, and in the same stitch as standing sc, make another sc.  



*Skip a stitch, then (sc, ch 2, sc) in the next.  Repeat from the * around the strap.



Repeat the entire strap directions for the second strap.  Once finished, you will like two straps like this-



Next you will fold the straps over to determine where you want to sew on the buttons.  If you would like, you can do this while the cover is over your car seat to see exactly where the buttons will work best on your straps.  Then sew on your buttons with needle and thread.  Make sure you attach them really well so they don’t fall off.



Now you can attach onto your car seat and enjoy!





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34 comments:

  1. Hello, I have a question. In the first row of the border where it says 3hdc, 4dc, 3hdc, 4sc, is that all in the same stitch or over the next four stitches or over the next fourteen stitches? It didn't specify and I've got the blanket done and I'm confused! Thank you so much!

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    1. For the border, it is one stitch in each stitch of the previous row (not multiple stitches in a single stitch). You are flattening out the ripple. If you have any other questions, just let me know. Thanks!

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    2. Hello!! the chain stitch counts as double crochet.. Thank you!!

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  2. Hello. On Rnd 2 do we put the last 2dc in the top of the Ch.3? If not I have lost count somewhere and don't have enough room for 4 DC and then 2dc in one stitch.

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    1. At the end of a row, the last 2dc is in the top the ch3 of the previous row.

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    2. Thank you! I will post a link to the finished product!

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  3. Hi! What are the dimensions of the finished blanket?

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  4. Hopefully I explain this ok. I am working on the border, I have the first short side done(which I call the top of blanket) and I have one side done. But on the second short side(which I call the bottom of blanket, where I first started making the blanket) I am getting confused. I end with two stiches left to fill but need to put the last 4sc in and the last stich combo sc,tr,dc. Can not figure out where I am going wrong.

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    1. Hi, I am not sure exactly where the problem is but it shouldn't matter really. I would just do 1 sc in the 2nd to last stitch that you have and then in the last stitch do the stitch combo (sc, tr, dc) and then continue on along the next long side. As long as you have flattened out the ripple in this first border round, you should be ok when you continue on to other rounds of your border. Please let me know know if you have any other questions.

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  5. Hello, I'm using a J hook & I love this yarn" yarn, when I chain 73 I'm only getting about 18" wide. Am I doing something wrong? Even with the extra boarder after it still will only add 2-3" to the width. Any help is appreciated!

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    1. Hi,

      You just must crochet tighter than I do. I would try increasing your hook to a K and see if that helps. Thanks!

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  6. Can you clarify the second short side where it says sc, tr, dc? Is that all in one stitch?

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    1. Hi,

      Yes, (sc, tr, dc) is all in one stitch. You are making the corner here.

      Thanks!

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  7. how many stitches are there suppose to be at the end of row 2? I am not sure i am getting the right amount of stitches, and would appreciate a stitch count as to how many I should have.

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  8. I don't know where I went wrong, but my pattern has turned flat as I went along.. What am I doing wrong?

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    1. Hi Jennifer,

      I am not sure exactly where the problem is for you without seeing the blanket. However, a reason you would lose the ripple effect would be if you are not dc2tog correctly or if you are not making the 2dc at the top of the ripples correctly. If you do not do these stitches in exactly the correct spots, you will lose the ripple. Hope that helps. Thanks!

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  9. What are the dimensions when flat?

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  10. Thanks for an amazing pattern! I have enjoyed making this car seat cover! I was curious about the last row (5) of the border. I was looking at your pictures and did you do two rows around of the blue? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Sharon- Thank you! No, I did just one round of blue on the border- round 5.

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  11. Just finished this today! I think I messed up the border corners, but it ended up looking good anyway. Thanks for the pattern!

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  12. Can you tell me how many starting stitches to increase by, if I would like this to be bigger? Thank you! :)

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    1. Hi Rachel I think its by 14. I just aked the same hopefully she replies.

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    2. Hi Rachel,

      You increase in multiples of 14 then add 3 for your turning chain. Hope this helps. Thanks!

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  13. Hello. I hope I can explain this. Im using a DK yarn with a 4.5mm hook so I need to increase my stitches a bit. I'm trying to write the pattern down(symbols) and its not happening for me. Row 2 is a mess. I have 2 questions: 1. Do i need to increase in groups of 14 stitches? Counting from * and 2. Do you have the patterns written down? At least for row 1 & 2
    Thanks

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    1. Hi!

      You increase in multiples of 14 then add 3 for your turning chain. Thanks!

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  14. I'm working on the border, on the long edge, what can I use as a guide to make sure I end up with 80 sc? At the rate I'm going, I feel like I'm going to end up with over 100. Lol!

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    1. Hi,

      There is no easy way to guarantee 80 on a side. What I usually do is count how many rows I have and then use that number to figure out exactly how to make my stitches. For example, this pattern has 55 rows, that means that you could so in every row and 2 sc in the next and repeat that down...that would give you 82 stitches, some skip 2 somewhere evenly along the way and you'll end up with 80. Hope this helps!

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  15. When you start a row after 2, are you putting the chain 3 and a dc in the same stitch every time. It looks like it's going to keep increasing

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    1. Hi,

      It is not an increase. There are always two stitches (the ch and 1 dc) in the first and last stitch of each row. If you follow on as stated in the pattern, there will not be an increase and you will get an even sided, rectangular blanket.

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  16. After you are done using the blanket as a car seat blanket do you take the straps off?

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