It’s no secret that I love to crochet, in particular a baby blanket with a specific yet-to-arrive-bambino in mind – see here for Claire’s blanket and Cedar’s blanket. So, it’s no surprise I have got some blanket projects on the go for our little one. Yes, that’s right, multiple blankets. I figured if I make simply one blanket for other people’s babes, ours surely deserved a few more, no? Here’s the low down on the blankets for Blueberry…
Green ‘Paddock’ Blanket
This blanket I actually started before we were even pregnant, when I knew it wasn’t going to be far off (or I hoped, assuming we could conceive easily, which thankfully we did). I knew I wanted to have several crochet blankets on the go for this imaginary baby, so why wait? Better get cracking! I also knew that whether our baby be boy or girl, we wanted to have a farm/agriculture/livestock theme to his/her sweet baby things and eventual nursery. I saw this blanket on Pinterest, which is knitted, and thought I could totally do that in a crochet version, in green, like a paddock! So far I have finished ‘the paddock’, using a 5.5mm crochet hook and Cascade 220 yarn in ‘chartreuse’. I just have to add some little sheepy friends and a cream border. Minor details but I’m awaiting the cream yarn to be back in stock from The Loopy Ewe, my preferred supplier of Cascade 220.
Neutral Shell Stitch Blanket
Another unisex number, I wanted a classic crocheted shawl for our baby, but after looking at loads of old school heirloom patterns, all which looked quite the business of intricacy and fancy-pants lacework I’d never attempted before…I simply resorted to this easy-peasy back and forth shell-stitch (like I used on this cowl). When I was in Bendigo recently I visited Bendigo Woollen Mills and picked up this lovely cream coloured yarn – an 8 ply 67% wool, 33% alpaca ‘Celtic Natural Cream’. I made the foundation chain super long, so it’s turning into quite the mission to make the blanket even remotely square – it’s a monster! I think I will have one ball of this left to make a little cardigan hopefully.
Pastel Hexagons for Baby Girl
A hexagon blanket has been on my radar to ‘conquer’ for awhile, then I grouped all these pretty pastels (also Cascade 220 yarn in Lilac Mist, Tutu, Mint, White and Grey) together, and a ‘if it’s a baby girl’ blanket was born. I am using the popular pattern from Attic 24 for my hexagons, joining them as I go, and yes it’s true they are a bit addictive once you get on a roll! If we are brewing a baby boy however I haven’t decided if I will stash this one away for a possible future daughter, or our baby is expecting a few cousins who might be girls.
Blue Granny Squares for Baby Boy
Ah the traditional granny square! Had to sneak one in for my ‘if it’s a baby boy’ option, but unlike how I usually make a granny square (always starting with a square and building from there) I am trying my hand at a ‘sunburst’ granny square (where you start with a circle and then turn it into a square). Some serious teething issues getting my head around this one, turning to my trusty Instagram crochet whiz friends for help, but now I think I’m away! As in, I’ve made *ahem* one square. Best get cracking! I’m using Cascade 220 again (sensing a theme?) this time in Summer Sky, Puget Sound, Midnight Blue and surrounded by a neutral Sand. I’m also hoping to try my hand at a continuous joining method Zoey has suggested to me in the same Sand yarn. Any tips on weaving in ends as I’m going too? I’m hopeless at that and avoid granny square blankets because of it.
Do you crochet baby blankets?
Got one on your hook at the moment?
Think I will get any of these finished before we actually have the baby?!