A former coworker commissioned a blanket for his nephew. After asking if he had a design in mind, he replied in typical guy fashion: “It’s for a baby. Can you make it blue and gray?”. Sure can, Sam, sure can.
I chose four skeins of yarn for this blanket–I was picturing stripes.
We had’ light blue, dark blue, soft baby blue and a variegated black/white/gray to tie it together. I’ haven’t fully embraced bold hues for baby blankets (you can’t deny there’s something cuddly about cloud blue yarn), although I do like mixing saturated colors with the typical baby palette.
It’s my way of blending compliance with creativity.
Once the yarn was selected, I got to work. I’ll tell you a secret, though: sometimes having no direction is the hardest task–all I have is yards of string to make a blanket.
After a few designs, nothing was coming out quite right so I revisited old instructions–a soft wave pattern I used for a rainbow ripple blanket a few years ago. It turned out great! The yarn creates a cozy design when striped together and I love the soft border of baby blue yarn.
- Free Pattern: Crochet Ripple Afghan from Attic24
- Yarn: About 600 yards varying weight
- Hook: Size I crochet hook
The finished blanket measures 35 inches wide by 42 inches long, should be just the right size for the newborn. Afghan was packaged and mailed off today. I hope it brings many warm nights with it. Thanks for the project Sam–hope your nephew enjoys!
It is with great remorse that I retract my previous statement that, “I don’t make afghans”. Because as you’ll soon see, I guess I do.
I worked for 6 months on this hexagon crocheted afghan and just recently finished another crocheted baby blanket – the STAR. I was commissioned to make this baby blanket by my brother’s future MIL’s niece… I’m not sure we’re even related. But regardless, she will have a lovely hand-crocheted baby blanket for her little guy.
Pattern: Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket by Celest Young
Yarn: Worsted Weight and Sport Weight Yarn from Stash – approx. 3 skeins total
Hook: Crochet hook size H (5.0mm)
I found the pattern to be interesting enough to keep my attention, but repetitive enough to be done while listening to music. The baby blanket grows very fast, but the last couple of rows took about 20 mins a piece and you feel like you’re never going to finish. If the afghan was any larger, I think I’d give up!
I’m hoping the new mom likes this baby blanket for her little tyke. What do you think?
You might remember this post where I challenged myself to crochet an afghan in a day. What was special about this challenge was three things:
- As stated before, I DON’T crochet afghans
- This wasn’t one of those quickie 5 hours patterns; this afghan required crochet and sewing together 33 individual motifs
- Used a size G crochet hook. Not the ideal hook size when looking to bang out an afghan in a day
I was up to the challenge and finished this afghan in 25 hours. Yes, one hour longer than my original goal of completing it in a day. One measly little hour. BUT, I will say that I didn’t try all that hard, either. Sure I crocheted a ton more than I typically do during the day, but I had a leisurely dinner with a friend, got 8 hours of sleep…. so, ya know. I could have finished the afghan in one day if I really *tried*. At least that’s what I tell myself.
Pros of the project:
- Finished in almost a day
- Used up scrap yarn
- Ignited a new love of working with bright colors
- Instant Baby Gift
In love with this baby blanket? This crocheted baby blanket is available for sale in my Etsy store OR make your own using the free crochet baby blanket pattern found here.