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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.