Rainbow Droplets Babyghan

This sweet little blanket was created to welcome in the sunshine. It is made of a rainbow of flowers with a rainbow border. This blanket is sure to brighten up any nursery.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 35” x 45”

Gauge: Gauge not necessary

Materials

Yarn: Lion Brand Modern Baby (50% acrylic, 50% nylon; 173 yards [158 meters]/75 grams): #098 Cream (MC, 5 balls), #113 Red (A, 1 ball), #133 Orange (B, 1 ball), #158 Yellow (C, 1 ball), #194 Chartreuse (D, 1 ball), #130 Green (E, 1 ball), #148 Turquoise (F, 1 ball), #109 Blue (G, 1 ball), #147 Purple (H, 1 ball), #102 Pink (I, 1 ball)
Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

How to Join as You Go

Make the square as written until the last round. Start the last round of the square and work until the first corner that needs to be joined is reached, make the first ch of the corner as normal, to make the second ch, first insert the hook from front to back into the corner ch that is being joined into, then make the chain by yarning over and pulling through everything on the hook.
Now complete the next 3 dc, as written in pattern, join the next ch stitch by first inserting the hook from front to back in the chain space being joined into, then make the chain by yarning over and pulling through everything on the hook, continue with this step until the next corner is reached.
Join the first ch of the corner ch-2 to the corner being joined into, join the second chain to the corner of the next square being joined to (if joining to more than one square) and continue this side as before.
Once finished joining however many squares need to be joined, continue the round as written in the pattern to the end.

Pattern

Start with the bottom left corner square of the blanket and make each square from left to right, joining them as you go. Then make the next row up, also from left to right, and also joining as you go. Once all 35 squares are made, move onto the border.
Alternately, the squares can be made without joining them, and just stitched together before the border is added.

Squares

Rnd 1: With center color, ch 4, sl st into first ch to form a ring, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc into ring, sl st to top of beginning ch 3 to join round.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each remaining st around, sl st to top of beginning ch 3 to join round.
Rnd 3: * (hdc, dc) in next st, (dc, hdc) in next st, sl st in next st, repeat from * 7 more times, fasten off center color.
Rnd 4: Join MC with a sl st over top of any sl st in round 3 and into round 2, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), 3 dc in same st, ch 1, * (sc, hdc, sc) over next sl st and into round 2, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) over next sl st and into round 2, ch 1, repeat from * 2 more times, (sc, hdc, sc) over next sl st and into round 2, ch 1, 2 dc in the same st as the beginning ch 5, sl st to top of beginning ch 3 to join round.
Rnd 5: Sl st into ch-2 space, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), 3 dc in same space, ch 1, * 3 (dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1) 2 times, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 space, repeat from * 2 more times, * 3 (dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1) 2 times, 2 dc in the same space as the beginning ch 3, sl st to top of beginning ch 3 to join round.
Rnd 6: Sl st into ch-2 space, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), 3 dc in same space, ch 1, * 3 (dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1) 3 times, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 space, repeat from * 2 more times, * 3 (dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1) 3 times, 2 dc in the same space as the beginning ch 3, sl st to top of beginning ch 3 to join round, fasten off MC.

Border

Rnd 1: Attach color A to the top right corner of the blanket, ch 1 (does not count as a st) * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner space, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 space) 4 times, ** ch 3, sc in join, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 space) 4 times, repeat from ** to next ch-2 corner, ch 3, repeat from * 3 more times, ch 3, join with a sl st to top of beginning sc. (25 ch-3 spaces on each short side, 35 ch-3 spaces on each long side)
Rnd 2: Sl st into ch-2 corner space, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 corner, 4 dc in each ch-3 space to corner, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner, 4 dc in each ch-3 space to corner, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in same ch-2 corner as beginning sl st, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. (104 dc on each short side, 140 dc on each long side)
Rnd 3: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner, sc in each st to corner, repeat from * 3 more times, join with a sl st to top of first sc. (106 sc on each short side, 142 sc on each long side)
Rnd 4: Switch to color B, sl st into ch-2 corner space, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 corner, * dc in each st to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of round, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. (110 dc on each short side, 146 dc on each long side)
Rnd 5: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner, sc in each st to corner, repeat from * 3 more times, join with a sl st to top of first sc. (112 sc on each short side, 148 sc on each long side)
Rnd 6: Switch to color C, sl st into ch-2 corner space, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 corner, * dc in each st to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of round, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. (116 dc on each short side, 152 dc on each long side)
Rnd 7: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner, sc in each st to corner, repeat from * 3 more times, join with a sl st to top of first sc. (118 sc on each short side, 154 sc on each long side)
Rnd 8: Switch to color D, sl st into ch-2 corner space, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 corner, * dc in each st to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of round, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. (122 dc on each short side, 158 dc on each long side)
Rnd 9: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner, sc in each st to corner, repeat from * 3 more times, join with a sl st to top of first sc. (124 sc on each short side, 160 sc on each long side)
Rnd 10: Switch to color E, sl st into ch-2 corner space, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 corner, * dc in each st to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of round, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. (128 dc on each short side, 164 dc on each long side)
Rnd 11: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner, sc in each st to corner, repeat from * 3 more times, join with a sl st to top of first sc. (130 sc on each short side, 166 sc on each long side)
Rnd 12: Switch to color F, sl st into ch-2 corner space, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 corner, * dc in each st to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of round, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. (134 dc on each short side, 170 dc on each long side)
Rnd 13: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner, sc in each st to corner, repeat from * 3 more times, join with a sl st to top of first sc. (136 sc on each short side, 172 sc on each long side)
Rnd 14: Switch to color G, sl st into ch-2 corner space, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 corner, * dc in each st to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of round, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. (140 dc on each short side, 176 dc on each long side)
Rnd 15: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner, sc in each st to corner, repeat from * 3 more times, join with a sl st to top of first sc. (142 sc on each short side, 178 sc on each long side)
Rnd 16: Switch to color H, sl st into ch-2 corner space, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 corner, * dc in each st to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of round, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. (146 dc on each short side, 182 dc on each long side)
Rnd 17: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner, sc in each st to corner, repeat from * 3 more times, join with a sl st to top of first sc. (148 sc on each short side, 184 sc on each long side)
Rnd 18: Switch to color I, ch 1 (does not count as a st), * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner, sc in each st to corner, repeat from * 3 more times, join with a sl st to top of first sc. (150 sc on each short side, 186 sc on each long side)
Rnd 19: Sl st into ch-2 corner space, ch 3 (counts as first dc) 3 dc in same ch-2 corner space, skip 2, sl st in next st, * skip 2, 6 dc in next st, skip 2, sl st in next st, repeat from * until 2 sts remain before next corner, ** 7 dc in ch-2 corner space, skip 2, sl st in next st, repeat from * 2 more times, than repeat from * to ** once more, 3 dc in first ch-2 corner space, sl st to top of beginning ch-3.
Fasten off. yarn ball

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