There seems to be a bit of a baby boom & the only thing I make for people when they are due babies are blankets. I started a jumper for Red last October & it still isn’t finished so blankets are the only way to go for me otherwise their children would be grown up by the time I got around to finishing a gift!
Any-who I tend to try & make individual blankets for each child. Have a think about what the parents like – vibrant colours, traditional colours like baby pinks & lemon, modern designs etc etc.
But the problem is you have to wait to see what sex the child is. I mean what if you make a pink blanket & the baby is born a boy, most parents would not appreciate a pink blanket. Then you need to make a blanket pronto, unless you make it unisex.
And then the design must be chosen. I made a circle in a square blanket & while I loved that blanket because of the yarn (Rico Creative Cotton) & the design (loved the vibrant colours) it took a lot of time as you make each square then stitch together & do a border. Not handy for when you have several blankets to be making in a short period of time.
With this in mind I have decided I need a standard pretty, yet quick & easy, baby blanket because seriously there are more babies being made then I can crochet for!
The chosen design – V Stitch. It is a bit more funky & looks better than the granny knit square but it is just as easy, treble crochet all the way!!
I made this blanket for a colleagues baby. The yarn I used was Hayfield Baby Changes, baby lemon, green & white. I used 2 balls at the same time to thicken the blanket & make it softer & in total I used just under 4 balls.
I must say I am very, very pleased with how this baby blanket turned out. It just naturally created stripes & the colours are really lovely. I am not a fan of old skool traditional baby colours like lemons etc but this changed my mind. I just love the colours & the stripes. As I used 2 balls at the same time it is thicker & softer than one would expect. I just think it is lovely. Took 4 hours to make over 2 nights, perfect for need in a jiffy baby blankets.
Going to start blanket no 2 for the baby across the road that is due any minute now.