As always, with an impending baby due in my circle of friends I started another baby blanket. I am nothing if not consistent. My bestie was due in March with her first baby (and has since birthed a beautiful 9lb baby boy) so I turned to a cotton yarn this time to be a bit more breathable, as they also live in a more northern hotter climate than us in chilly Gippsland. I also didn’t know the gender of this baby so stuck to a neutral base, with simple stripes in rainbow colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
I wanted the blanket to be quite chunky so I used two strands of yarn instead of one, and one of my favourite stitches which creates a bumpy textured finish. Basically it’s a single crochet and half-double crochet in the one stitch, skip one stitch and repeat. At the end of each row I’d only do a single crochet though. I hope that makes sense! I use this method for cotton cloths also to give the texture I want. I finished the blanket off with a single crochet border, three times around.
The blanket was an absolute labour of love, as always, and I hope it keeps Hunter warm and snug through his babyhood and beyond. Projects like these can’t have a price put on them, I put far too many hours into them, many evenings hooking away on the couch, ordering more yarn, but I love making them and knowing the little babes born into our circle of friends and family have a handmade blanket to snuggle into.
Of course, I couldn’t just leave things there though…once Hunter was born I got a little overexcited and got cracking on a little cardigan for him too. Because: baby boy cardigan!
Thankfully a very quick project in a newborn size, I am now wanting to make one of these for our own Winter babe in a cream. Two handmade gifts to welcome a precious little boy into the world, another little one to love and guide and watch grow, bloom and keep snug in Aunty Emma’s crocheted bits and pieces. Babies, babies, crocheting, crocheting! Never ending.
Rainbow Stripe Baby Blanket
Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mill’s cotton in latte, pomegranate, peach, daffodil, honeydew, light teal and regal.
Hook: 5.5mm (using two strands of yarn)