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Malibu Sunburst Baby Blanket - Free Crochet Tutorial - Part 4

You should now have completed the nine blocks that will make up your blanket.  Decide on how you want to arrange these blocks and then you can begin joining them together.  You're in the home stretch of completing your blanket! I joined my blocks using the same method that I used for joining the squares -- the flat seam slip stitch method. (Tutorial here on the LookAtWhatIMade web site gives clear instructions.) Of course you can use your own favourite method of joining if that one isn't for you! I used a contrasting colour for the join, (Old Lace). I first joined three blocks in a row, so that I had three rows of three blocks.  I then joined the rows horizontally to complete the body of the blanket...three rows of 3 blocks each. Now, on to the edging! Pre-Edging: First I did a round of slip stitches, working around each dc in the edge of each block, (not in the top of the stitch, but literally around the post of the dc).  I used the same colour, (Old Lace), that I used to join my blocks in order to tie everything together.  This may or may not be important to you, so you can skip this step if you want.  You can also wait until the end to decide as this round can always be added later. Edging: Round 1:  Using Topaz, sc in top of each dc to corner, 3 sc in corner.  Repeat to end of round, break yarn. Round 2:  Using Light Coral, dc in top of each sc to corner, 5 dc in corner.  Repeat to end of round, break yarn. Round 3:  This round is worked in the front loop only of previous round.  Using Tropic, sc in front loop only of previous round to corner, 3 sc in corner.  Repeat to end of round, break yarn. Round 4:  This round is worked in back loop only of Round 2.  Using Topaz, dc in back loop of Round 2 to corner, 5 dc in corner.  Repeat to end of round, break yarn. Round 5:  This round is worked in the front loop only of previous round.  Using Light Coral, sc in front loop only of previous round to corner, 3 sc in corner.  Repeat to end of round, break yarn. Round 6:  This round is worked in back loop only of Round 4.  Using Tropic, dc in back loop of Round 2 to corner,dc in corner.  Repeat to end of round, break yarn.  Note that there are only 3 dc in the corners in this round. Round 7: Using Topaz, sc in top of each dc from previous round to corner, 3 sc in corner. Do not break yarn! Round 8: Continuing with Topaz, sl st in top of each stitch to end of round.  Break yarn, weave in ends and enjoy!


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