Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Crocheted Baby Blanket

Granny Square Baby Blanket.

My second crocheted blanket is finished. See my first blanket here. This time I decided to be reasonable and make a small baby blanket. This was a really quick project, from start to finish it only took about 3 weeks of casual crocheting. Ravelry project page here

Granny Square Baby Blanket.

This blanket is made up of 12 simple, classic granny squares. I used TFA Yellow Label yarn in warm shades of oranges, reds and yellows, with pops of grey and purple in there as well. It reminds me of my reds Dipped Infinity Scarf kit colourway. The finished blanket measures about 24" x 32". Not huge, just the right size to carry around and maybe use in a stroller or something. 

Granny Square Baby Blanket.

This time I opted to sew the squares together rather than crochet them together as I went. The photo above is of the super neat seam on the backside of the blanket. I love it, this must be crochets version of mattress stitch, so crisp and clean on the right side and on the wrong side. I used this tutorial on how to sew my squares together. 

Granny Square Baby Blanket.

I think that I prefer this method of joining. If I had a million little squares to join I can see it getting extremely tedious, but with just 12 squares and my fondness for sewing it was no problem at all. 

Granny Square Baby Blanket.

I'm going to take a break from crochet for a bit. I'd like to try a crocheted baby sweater, something a little different, a new challenge for me, but I have yet to find a pattern that I like... knitted baby sweaters are just so cute and any of the crochet patterns I've found seem very boxy. Any suggestions? I'm also very fond of the African Flower Hexagon pattern I've been spotting on Pinterest and Ravelry lately, maybe my next crochet project will be an African Flower pillow.

Granny Square Baby Blanket.

Like lots of my baby projects, this blanket doesn't have a recipient in mind just yet. For now it's just sitting on the back of a chair, looking pretty and waiting for someone to announce that they are pregnant and need a blanket. Until then, it's ready and waiting.

Granny Square Baby Blanket. 

9 comments:

  1. So gorgeous!! I love the colours, it looks just amazing.

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  2. Really love the color choice - a bit different from the traditional colors for baby blankets and I think it works so well!

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  3. This is gorgeous! Does it count if I have a beautiful 9 month old baby girl who loves wool as much as her mommy??!!!? hehehe Seriously though, you have inspired me to relearn the crochet skills my grandma taught me when I was a little girl. Awesome.

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  4. Tanis! You've done a fabulous job with this baby blanket. When my niece was born and I was in grad school, I toted around granny squares so I could keep up with schoolwork, ride the subway AND make a dent in the project. I think bringing back the popularity of the "granny square" is the best thing ever!

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  5. I'm working on a baby blanket right now (I think I am, anyway... I'm not sure what it'll turn out to be), but I do have some pieces that need to be pieced together somehow. I like that joining method, and I think I'll use it for this!

    What's so great about your granny squares is that they are made with such lovely, lovely yarn... not the horrible squeaky acrylic that you see hanging on the backs of couches in the 70s. Thanks for helping to make granny squares cool again!

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  6. That is a stunning blanket! Congrats on a beautiful project

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  7. Wow that's a stunning blanket. I'm amazed at how gorgeous simple granny squares can be.

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  8. wow this is beautiful!!! i love the way you chose your colors!! gorgeous!

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