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Nursery Hearts

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MATERIALS

Sport Weight Yarn

[6 ounces, 480 yards (170 grams, 439 meters) per skein]:

White - 4 skeins Blue - 2 skeins Pink - 1 skein

Crochet hook, size D (3.25 mm)

or size needed for gauge

Tapestry needle

2-13^1/2" (34.5 cm) Fabric squares for pillow form

Sewing machine

Sewing needle and thread

Polyester fiberfill

12" (30.5 cm) Zipper

GAUGE: 15 dc and 8 rows = 3" (7.5 cm) Each Blanket Motif = 63/4"w x 61/2"h (17 cm x 16.5 cm)

BLANKET

Finished Size: 401/4" x 39" (102 cm x 99 cm) MOTIF A (Make 7 with Blue; make 6 with Pink) Ch 34 loosely.

Row 1 (Right side): Dc in fourth ch from hook (3 skipped chs count as first dc, now and throughout) and in each ch across: 32 dc.

Note: Mark last row as right side.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout), turn; dc in next dc and in each dc across.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 14 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 15 dc.

Row 4: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 12 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 13 dc.

Row 5: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 10 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 11 dc.

Row 6: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 8 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 2 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 9 dc.

Row 7: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 4 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 7 dc.

Row 8: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 4 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 6 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 5 dc.

Row 9: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 8 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 3 dc.

Rows 10 and 11: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 10 times more, ch 2, dc in last 3 dc.

Row 12: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † 4 times more, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in last skipped dc, repeat from † to † 4 times, ch 2, dc in last 3 dc.

Row 13: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H ch 2, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in last skipped dc, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † once more, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from H once more, dc in last dc.

Row 14: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc) twice, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, (dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc) twice, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in last 5 dc.

Row 15: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, † 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp †, dc in next 8 dc, repeat from † to † once, dc in last 7 dc.

Row 16: Ch 3, turn; dc in next dc and in each dc across; do not finish off.

Edging: Ch 1, turn; 3 sc in first dc, sc in each dc across to last dc, 3 sc in last dc; work 30 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; working in free loops of beginning ch, 3 sc in first ch, sc in next 30 chs, 3 sc in next ch; work 30 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 132 sc.

MOTIF B (Make 12)

With White, ch 34 loosely.

Note: Mark last row as right side.

Row 1 (Right side): Dc in fourth ch from hook and in next ch, H skip next ch, dc in next ch, working around dc just made, dc in skipped ch; repeat from H across to last 3 chs, dc in last 3 chs: 32 dc.

Rows 2-16: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 dc, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H across to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 dc; do not finish off.

Edging: Ch 1, turn; 3 sc in first dc, sc in each dc across to last dc, 3 sc in last dc; work 30 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; working in free loops of beginning ch, 3 sc in first ch, sc in next 30 chs, 3 sc in next ch; work 30 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 132 sc.

ASSEMBLY

With White, using diagram as a guide, and working through both loops, whipstitch Motifs together forming 5 vertical strips of 5 Motifs each, beginning in center sc of first corner 3-sc group and ending in center sc of next corner 3-sc group; then whipstitch strips together in same manner.

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EDGING

To decrease, YO, insert hook in same st as joining on same Motif, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same st as joining on next Motif, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook (counts as one dc).

Rnd 1: With right side facing, join White with slip st in center sc of any corner 3-sc group; ch 3, dc in same st and in next 32 sc, (decrease, dc in next 32 sc) across to center sc of next corner 3-sc group, H 3 dc in center sc, dc in next 32 sc, (decrease, dc in next 32 sc) across to center sc of next corner 3-sc group; repeat from H around, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 668 dc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † across to center dc of next corner 3-dc group, H 3 dc in center dc, repeat from † to † across to center dc of next corner 3-dc group; repeat from H around, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 676 dc.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st and in next dc, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † across to within one dc of center dc of next corner 3-dc group, H dc in next dc, 3 dc in center dc, dc in next dc, repeat from † to † across to within one dc of center dc of next corner 3-dc group; repeat from H around, dc in next dc and in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 684 dc.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st and in each dc around working 3 dc in center dc of each corner 3-dc group, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc, finish off: 692 dc.

Rnd 5: With right side facing, join Pink with sc in any dc; sc in each dc around working 3 sc in center dc of each corner 3-dc group; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 700 sc.

Rnd 6: With right side facing, join White with sc in any sc; sc in each sc around working 3 sc in center sc of each corner 3-sc group; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 708 sc.

Rnd 7: With right side facing, join Blue with sc in any sc; sc in each sc around working 3 sc in center sc of each corner 3-sc group; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 716 sc.

To work treble crochet (abbreviated tr), YO twice, insert hook in st indicated, YO and pull up a loop, (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times.

Rnd 8: With right side facing, join White with slip st in center sc of any corner 3-sc group; ch 3, dc in same st and in each sc around working 3 dc in center sc of each corner 3-sc group, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 724 dc.

Rnd 9: Ch 4, 3 tr in same st, 2 tr in each dc around working 4 tr in center dc of each corner 3-dc group; join with slip st to top of beginning ch-4, finish off.

PILLOW

Finished Size: 15" (38 cm) square

FRONT

With Blue, ch 46 loosely.

Note: Mark last row as right side.

Row 1 (Right side): Dc in fourth ch from hook and in each ch across: 44 dc.

Rows 2-5: Ch 3, turn; dc in next dc and in each dc across.

Row 6: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 20 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 21 dc.

Row 7: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 18 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 19 dc.

Row 8: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 16 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 17 dc.

Row 9: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 14 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 2 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 15 dc.

Row 10: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 12 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 4 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 13 dc.

Row 11: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 10 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from 6 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 11 dc.

Row 12: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 8 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 8 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 9 dc.

Row 13: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 10 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 7 dc.

Row 14: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, ch 2, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 12 times more, ch 2, dc in last 7 dc.

Row 15: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, ch 2, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † 5 times more, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in last skipped dc, repeat from † to † 5 times, ch 2, dc in last 7 dc.

Row 16: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, ch 2, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † 4 times more, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in last skipped dc, repeat from † to † 4 times, ch 2, dc in last 7 dc.

Row 17: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, † 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in last skipped dc, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H once more, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp †, dc in next 2 dc, repeat from † to † once, dc in last 7 dc.

Row 18: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc) twice, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, (dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc) twice, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in last 9 dc.

Row 19: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 10 dc, † 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp †, dc in next 12 dc, repeat from † to † once, dc in last 11 dc.

Rows 20-23: Ch 3, turn; dc in next dc and in each dc across; do not finish off.

EDGING

Rnd 1: Ch 1, do not turn; work 42 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; working in free loops of beginning ch, 3 sc in first ch, sc in next 42 chs, 3 sc in next ch; work 42 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; working across last row, 3 sc in first dc, sc in each dc across to last dc, 3 sc in last dc; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 180 sc.

Rnd 2: With right side facing, join White with slip st in center sc of any corner 3-sc group; ch 3, dc in same st and in each sc around working 3 dc in center sc of each corner 3-sc group, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 188 dc.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † across to center dc of next corner 3-dc group, H 3 dc in center dc, repeat from † to † across to center dc of next corner 3-dc group; repeat from H around, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 196 dc.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st and in next dc, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † across to within one dc of center dc of next corner 3-dc group, H dc in next dc, 3 dc in center dc, dc in next dc, repeat from † to † across to within one dc of center dc of next corner 3-dc group; repeat from H around, dc in next dc and in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 204 dc.

Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same st and in each dc around working 3 dc in center dc of each corner 3-dc group, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc, finish off: 212 dc.

BAcK

Using Pink in place of Blue, work same as Front: 212 dc.

RUFFLE

Rnd 1 (Joining rnd): Place Front and Back with wrong sides together; with Front facing and working in both loops of both pieces, join White with sc in center dc of bottom right corner 3-dc group; 2 sc in same st, H sc in each dc across to center dc of next corner 3-dc group, 3 sc in center dc; repeat from H 2 times more; working in Front only, sc in each dc across; join with slip st to first sc, turn; working in unworked dc on Back, sc in each dc across, slip st in same st as last sc made; finish off: 220 sc on Front.

Rnd 2: With Front facing and leaving bottom edge of Back unworked, join Pink with sc in any sc; sc in each sc around working 3 sc in center sc of each corner 3-sc group; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 228 sc.

Rnd 3: With White, repeat Rnd 2: 236 sc.

Rnd 4: With Blue, repeat Rnd 2: 244 sc.

Rnd 5: With Front facing, join White with slip st in center sc of any corner 3-sc group; ch 4, 3 tr in same st, 2 tr in each sc around working 4 tr in center sc of each corner 3-sc group; join with slip st to top of beginning ch-4, finish off.

PILLOW FORM

Matching right sides and raw edges, use a 1/2" (12 mm) seam allowance to sew fabric squares together, leaving an opening at bottom edge. Clip seam allowances at corners. Turn pillow form right side out, carefully pushing corners outward. Stuff pillow form firmly with fiberfill and sew final closure by hand.

Sew zipper in place at bottom opening of Pillow; insert pillow form and zip opening closed.

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