Crochet Moon with Stars Baby Blanket

Size
Blanket measures approximately 34 1/2″ square, excluding border.

Gauge
GAUGE: 6 slanted shells = 4 1/8″; 15 rows = 4″. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Abbreviations
CA (B, C, D) : Colors A (B, C, D)
ch : chain
dc : double crochet
hdc : half double crochet
mm : millimeter
pat : pattern
rep : repeat
rnd : round
sc : single crochet
sl : slip
st(s) : stitch(es)
tog : together
tr : treble crochet
* or ** : repeat directions following * or ** as indicated
[] : work directions in brackets the number of times specified
SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
sc2tog : Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sts, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

BLANKET:

With CA, ch 152.
Row 1 (Right Side): (Sc, hdc, dc) all in 2nd ch from hook, * skip next 2 ch; (sc, hdc, dc) all in next ch –SS (slanted shell) made; rep from * to last 3 ch; skip next 2 ch, sc in last ch; turn – 50 SS.
Row 2: Ch 1, SS in first sc, * skip next 2 sts, SS in next sc; rep from * to last 3 sts; skip next 2 sts, sc in last sc; turn.
Rep Row 2 until 34 1/2″ from beginning. Fasten off.

EDGING-Rnd 1: With right side facing, join CA and work sc evenly around entire outside edge, working 3 sc in each corner; join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 2: Join CB in any sc; sl st in next sc, * 3 sc in next sc, sl st in each of next 2 sc; rep from * around adjusting as necessary at corners and at end of rnd; join with a sl st in first st. Fasten off.

MOON:

With CB, ch 19.
Row 1: 2 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 15 ch, sc2tog; turn – 18 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each of next 15 sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn – 18 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 15 sc, sc2tog; turn 18 sc.
Rows 4-19: Rep Rows 2 and 3 eight more times.
Row 20: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 21: Rep Row 3.
Rows 22-41: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 42: Ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch (nose made), sc in each sc across; turn – 20 sc.
Row 43: Ch 1, sc in each of next 18 sc, sc2tog; turn – 19 sc.
Row 44: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 45: Ch 1, sc in each of next 17 sc, sc2tog; turn – 18 sc.
Rows 46-67: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 68: Rep Row 3.
Row 69: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 70: Rep Row 3.
Rows 71-80: Rep Rows 2 and 3 five more times; at end of Row 80, do NOT turn.
Rnd 81: Ch 1, hdc around entire outside edge of Moon, working 5 hdc at each tip and 3 hdc at point of nose; join with a sl st in first hdc.
Rnd 82: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining and in each hdc around, working 3 sc in each tip and in point of nose; join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off leaving a long end for sewing.
Using 12 strands of embroidery floss, backstitch smile in dark pink and eye and eyelashes in dark gray.

CHEEK:

With CD, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 6 Sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with a sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around; join – 12 sc.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in each sc around; join with a sl st in top of ch-3 – 24 sts. Fasten off. Sew to Moon.

STAR (Make 6):

With CC, ch 2.
Rnds 1-3: Rep Rnds 1-3 of Cheek; do not fasten off at end of Rnd 3.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining and in next 2 dc, 2 sc in next dc, * sc in next 3 dc, 2 sc in next dc; rep from * around; join – 30 sc.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * (hdc, dc, tr) all in next sc, ch 2, (tr, dc, hdc) all in next sc, sc in next sc, sl st in each of next 2 sc **, sc in next sc; rep from * around, end at **; join. Fasten off leaving a long end for sewing.
Using 12 strands of embroidery floss, backstitch dark pink smile and embroider blue French knot eyes. Sew Stars in place as desired around Moon.