Monday, January 19, 2009

Welcome to the world, baby blog!

What better way to launch this blog than with a post about a baby blanket? New beginnings all around. 

In crocheting, I’m an advanced beginner. “Beginner” in that it takes me ten minutes to remember how to get started; “advanced” in that I like variety in the stitches and colors I use. I make a scarf or two when the weather turns cold, the occasional hat, and blankets for friends’ babies. 

I’m still suffering from overexposure to the color pink during my childhood, so there was no way I was going to make a blanket for baby Alyssa in traditional girly colors. But I don’t like the bland pastel shades marketed as baby blanket yarn, either. Babies need color! I settled on some bright, froggy greens and got to work using the granny squares pattern printed in the label of the Caron yarn as a guide. (I used Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart Soft Yarn. Both are 100% acrylic, super soft, reasonably priced and easy to find.) 

I made 24 squares of sage and dark green, alternating the inside and outside colors. I edged each square with the bright green and then connected the squares together with a whipstitch of bright green (easier than it sounds). 

Here's the seam:

I had planned to do a shell stitch around the assembled blanket to give it a scalloped edge but it looked better with a simple dark green single crochet border so I stuck with that. 

One thing I learned from this project: 24 squares with 3 colors apiece + 8 connecting seams + 1 border, all with 2 yarn ends left dangling per color = far, far too many loose ends that must be woven back into the body of the blanket! That’ll teach me to go crazy with the color changes. 

Finished blanket: 

2 comments:

  1. Ooo, that's a really neato blanket! Not enough to make me a breeder, but still. I love the colors you chose. I still have a blanket that was made for me when I was a wee one.

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