This post is about two very dear friends. They have had a very tough journey to parenthood. It’s unnecessary to go into details but needless to say we were so excited to hear several months ago that a baby was well on its way. Something special had to be made. I started this blanket ages ago and didn’t pick the colours carefully so undid everything. I eventually restarted with a colour selection I was much happier with and the announcement of a baby was the motivation I needed to get started.
I found the pattern on this lovely website, which has lots of other lovely things with bright colours! I didn’t use the wool or colours suggested (as per usual!). I made a point of using Stylecraft Special DK as it is inexpensive and it doesn’t matter if poo, sick, or wee ends up on it. The arcylic wool washes like a dream! I’ve used it to make bibs and they still haven’t stained, even with bolognese sauce.
I enjoyed the pattern as there is lots of variety and being relatively new to crochet doing this blanket taught me many new stitches.
It is rather big for a baby blanket, but having had a baby recently, many of my son’s baby blankets are now not much use. They grow so very quickly. Hopefully, this gorgeous baby will be able to use it for making dens and tents when he is older.
Unfortunately, I had a little trouble with edges again. Some of this was because of the stitches I was using: I didn’t keep my tension consistent. Some of this was inability to keep the correct number of stitches!
A bit of blocking did the trick and at least made the blanket look more square. I was very pleased with it and the new mum and dad were very pleased with the blanket. All done.