A few weeks ago I decided to send out a text to family and friends stating that I would only be making handmade gifts for Christmas this year. Then in my infinite wisdom, I proceeded to give a list of the things I could make…scarves, blankets, dish towel sets, etc. (Thinking they would pick something easy like the dish towel set.)
I’m not sure why I told grown people that I could make blankets. The largest blanket I have ever made was for a baby! And I was over making that blanket within a few days. Now I have two requests for adult blankets and one baby blanket!
I figured I would start with the easiest blanket first. My cousin is pregnant and her baby is due December 1st. Of course, she didn’t want a simple blanket, but a Superman blanket. So I scoured the internet for different superman baby blanket patterns.
And this is where I stumbled upon the corner to corner stitch and all the amazing blankets that could be made using this stitch. The stitch itself is not very complicated once you get the hang of it. It’s mainly single chain and double crochet stitches. If you know how to make a shell stitch then corner to corner is quite easy.
I decided to create my own version of the blanket instead of trying to follow the graphgan, which I wouldn’t have been able to do anyway, because I had no idea how to crochet a C2C stitch. I found a simple corner to corner written tutorial on Craftsy. Once I got the hang of that I was ready to try to create my own rendering of a Superman-themed blanket.
For this project I used:
- Red Yarn – Studio Classic (1 ball)
- Blue Yarn- Loops & Threads (1 ball)
- Soft Yellow Yarn- Studio Classic (1 ball)
- Black Yarn- Red Heart (1 ball)
- K/6.5 MM Hook
- Darning Needle
The completed blanket was supposed to be a 36in square. However, my husband and I are superhero nerds (he’s a Batman fan) and as I was working on decreasing the number of chains he said that it looked like the Superman logo.
I was a little hesitant about following his suggestion and just leaving it as is, but once I finished the project I was very pleased with the results. ( He also suggested outlining everything in black.)
The measurements for the blanket are as follows: both sides – 24in, top 26.5in.
How to Make the Blanket
Increasing (Rows 1-31)
Starting with the red yarn you will create 15 rows (the last row should contain 17 blocks)
Change to blue yarn and create 15 rows (the last row should contain 32 blocks)
Change to yellow yarn and create 1 row (the last row should contain 33 blocks)
Decreasing (Rows 32 – 43)
In the next row you will continue to use the yellow yarn, but at this point, you will begin decreasing the number of blocks you have.
Decrease using the yellow yarn for 11 rows. The final row should have 21 blocks.
Tie off your yarn and weave in all the loose tails if you haven’t already.
Starting in the bottom corner of row 1 single crochet around the entire blanket using the black yarn. When you get back to the corner tie off your yarn and weave in the tail.
At this point your blanket should look like this:
The Superman Logo
For this part of the project, you will only need the red and black yarn.
To create the S used for the Superman logo I followed the youtube video here.
This was the hardest part of the project. It took me a while to understand the directions in the video. To create this logo you will need to know/learn how to do a single chain foundation stitch and how to crochet stitches together.
In the video when she refers to the single chain side of the foundation chain she is talking about the side of the work that has single chain stitches. (It took me a few tries to figure this part out). I ended up making this logo twice before I got it right. Third times the charm.
Once you have completed your logo, then you use the black yarn and single crochet around the outside of the logo and the inside. Make sure to leave a tail long enough to sew each part of the work to the blanket.
Your superman logo should end up looking like this:
The last part of this project is sewing the Superman Logo onto your blanket. I started sewing at the bottom of the logo and worked my way around, then I sewed parts of the S on the inside that I wanted to lay flat.
You can hide any loose tails you had from attaching the black yarn underneath the logo or you can weave them into the border before sewing it on.
Once you have attached the logo your finished blanket should look amazing! And you should give yourself a pat on the back for getting that logo done!
I really enjoyed working on this blanket and I hope my cousin likes it. If I could change anything about it I think I would have added more rows of the red yarn.
I also would have preferred for the black yarn not to be seen on the back of the work when I sewed the logo on, but I guess that’s what using a graphgan is for. I’m sure I could have hidden the yarn better during the sewing process.
If you have any tips or suggesting let me know. This is the first time I have ever provided instructions on how I created something. Please forgive me if there is a lack of detail.
If you decide to make this project please let me know or share a picture of it with me in the comments section. If you have questions about anything that I did please ask.
That’s one gift done. Now onto the next one.
Until Next Time,
The Crafty Afro