Cosy Pram Cover - crochet
There maybe just enough time to crochet a simple cover if you can get over the lurid sixties colour schemes. [I'm sure you can choose your own combinations which would be less traumatic for a baby].
The crochet blanket is made up of a number of large motifs sewn together and then joined with smaller motifs which are integrated as you work.
Large Motif (make 24)
Using No 7 (4½mm) hook and DK in Light colour (L) make 6ch loosely and join in a ring using a slip stitch.
1st round: 3 chain, work 23tr into
the ring and join with a slip stitch to top of 3ch. [24 sts].
This completes the motif.
To Make Up
Using L, join motifs by stitching centre stitches of each motif together,
and making 6 rows of 4 motifs.
Work 15 small motifs to fill the spaces formed by the larger motifs and join together as follows:
Small Motif (make 15 - joining as you work)
The smaller motifs are worked in 4 ply.
1st round: 6 chain, work (1tr, 3ch)
7 times into the ring and join with a slip stitch to 3rd of 6 ch.
This completes the motif - work the other 14 in the same way.
With right side facing, Using No 7 (4½mm) hook and M in DK, work
1 round of dc around scalloped edge of cover.
Block the blanket by pinning it out and dampening; leave to dry. You can press very lightly with a damp cloth - just hold the iron above the cloth so it heats it but do not press down. You want to leave the texture of the stitches in place, so do not press heavily.
Cut the lining material to fit around the scalloped edges. Turn in the edges and catch down all around the scallops inside the dc border.
A word on the wool.
The original yarn was bri-nylon - famous for its hard wearing properties and luminous colour ranges. Although "bri-nylon" is not very marketable now, modern acrylic yarns are a worthy replacement being soft yet robust with a wide choice of colours.
Stylecraft have a good range of acrylics with equivalent colours available in DK and 4ply.