When a friend or family member announces their pregnancy one of the first thoughts that pops into my head is what sort of blanket I will crochet them. For Amy and Nic’s Savannah it was a raspberry toned granny square, for our youngest niece Madeleine it was a unisex stripey number, and for Matt’s cousin’s boy Rufus it was a large granny in the round with navy, grey and mustard.
My best friend’s little girl, Claire, has had to wait a little longer for her special blanket – I quite simply ran out of the critical white wool I was using and had to order more from America! Claire was born in early November, so her blanket became a Christmas gift. Elisha and Dan didn’t know the sex of their baby so I stuck with a rainbow of colours (yes, there’s still pinks and purples in there, I thought this was fine for a boy, but I just knew they were having a girl!) Nevertheless, actually knowing it was a baby girl confirmed the more feminine scallop edge border in purple for me, which I completed after Claire was born.
You can never underestimate the time it takes to make one of these – you initially think you’re going really well, granny squares are so quick and easy, you tell yourself! They pile up quickly, then it comes to joining them together…then joining the rows…then the weaving in. Oh my goodness, the weaving in, I’m still getting over it, it’s traumatic stuff. Then the edging. Then finally, you finish and stand back and think ‘that wasn’t so bad!’ Sort of. It might be a little while before I embark on another granny square blanket, I’ll tell you that much!
Claire’s blanket was made using a variety of wool I had in my stash – more expensive designer yarns like Spud & Chloe, and cheaper acrylics from Spotlight etc. The best part of a granny square rainbow blanket like this is you can use up lots of odds and ends. The main white yarn I used was Berroco Vintage DK which I buy from Shop In The Making. I used a 4.5mm hook.