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?!
Alli @ ducks on the dam says
That green is a stunner. I am not a knitter or crochet girl…. but I embroidered woollen blankets for my girlfriends when they had bubbas. Of course I didnt do one for my girls. My mum did – and they are gorgeous. And one of my sisters knitted them both intricate lacey shawls (my kids were born before hers). My girls who are now 9 and 11 still love these blankets and have them on their beds. Such beautiful pieces.
Oh how beautiful your crochet work is! I am nearly finished my shell stitch scarf (inspired by you!) in Apple green cotton. I have made countless beanies, some boot cuffs, some coasters and a friend and I are collaborating on a white cotton granny square rug with pink flowers for a friend who has recently had a baby girl. I am so glad I learned to crochet, I am totally hooked ( pardon the pun!) Best of luck with your little blueberry! Xx
Kim H says
Oh they are gorgeous. That green one is the perfecto colour! Love it and all of he others. What a lucky duck bubba this little one is going to be:) x
They are all just beautiful! The simplicity of the green, the soothing soft white, and I love the hexagons pattern and colors. What a lucky babe!
moose & bird says
These are all so beautiful, now if only I could crochet I could totally use your blankets as inspiration. Happy yarning. Melinda xx
They are all gorgeous Em! yes your bambino deserves heaps of blankets! I must say, that first one is so striking…that green is amazing! I’ve been hooking a lap blanket since last winter (I just found it when we unpacked) so I’ve been getting stuck in, although I fear that I won’t be able to get the same grey again and I’m running out! Eeek!
They all look beautiful Emma, what a lucky little hub he or she will be to be wrapped up in lovingly made blankets. I love all of them, the green one looks lovely do you mind my asking what stitch you used. Many thanks:)
I like the green one the most, I think. Maybe because it looks ‘straight forward’ from here, and I love the regular rhythm of it. I don’t know how to crochet but I do like to knit sometimes. Maybe I should make some more knitted squares so I can at least have a blanket for the winter. But I bought 100% acrylic and I don’t like to knit with it (it was cheap though…)
I absolutely adore all of these blankets I have to say, especially the green one. Divine.
I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a shell stitch. Might have to add it to my too do. Mind you I have two blankets on the go and another in queue, lol. So much inspiration and never enough time!
its a good thing that the green one is fully functional as a blanket, that is all that I am saying 😉
Oh shoosh you!
Gosh you have been busy and they are simply stunning and also made with love. I wish I had you sitting here next to me to get my project underway. I have the wool, the crochet hook, the pattern and one practice session at the yarn shop only to stop and make 2 rag quilts and a stuffed sausage dog. I need to get back to it. Your baby blankets are stunning and you are very clever. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia
It’s always so much more helpful to have someone next to you isn’t it? I found YouTube excellent when I was learning. Good luck!
Each blanket is absolutely gorgeous Em xx
You are such a talented crocheter! I think it helps using the same gauge of yarn, I am all over the pace on that one, and it’s proving to be a challenge. As far as the granny square goes, just start practicing to weave them in as you go and it will get easier. When you first make your magic circle loop it around a couple times so that you are working over 2 or 3 threads instead of one. And then when you switch colors, pull the tail of the last color to the right as you work left and start year the end of the tail instead of near the knot (so start in a different place with each color). I hope that’s helpful!
And I LOVE love love that neutral shells blanket. Dreamy.
Thank you so much! I will give it a go…although I don’t start using a magic circle, sacrilege I know! Just ch4 and join with slip stitch to be my circle.