I started this (mostly) Jewel Baby Blanket straight after Christmas for a baby who was due to be born in the middle of this week. As the Mum-to-be was at a wedding yesterday, dancing and scoffing wedding cake, I’d say there’s probably no new-born baby yet!
It took a while to complete this because I got a bit bored with darning the ends. I’m wondering if next time I could carry the yarn up the side and continue using them with no cutting, then crochet in the ‘floats’ when I do the border? I’ve learnt that with some projects it’s pointless resolving to darn-as-you-go; it’s not going to happen as you enjoy picking the next colour and zipping along the rows with a smoking hot hook.
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK
Stitches: trebles, half trebles, doubles (UK)
Pattern/Design: My own
Length: 37″ Width: 33″
I’m not entirely convinced about the side edges. As there was a mix of stitches adding the htr around the first stitches for the FR of the border left some gaps. I think this was where the first stitch was a turning chain on treble rows. After a bit of consultation I went into the space after the second stitch. It adds a rather rustic look to the sides whereas the top and bottom (see the edge on the right in the above photo) are very much neater. I like the 2 tr, 2ch, 2 tr holey corners, that’s the look of a proper crocheted blanket!
Overall I’m pleased with this blanket; the colours are bright as I aimed to avoid the pastel-yuck palate that is used for so many baby items. The turquoise border seems to bring it all together. I’m going to have a think about alternative ways to deal with the initial row of a border going down the side edges of a multi-stitch blanket. I know some published crochet and knitting designers follow this blog – so if you have any advice it is welcome. :-)
As you see we now have sunshine! Hurray! Have a good Sunday, wherever you are in the world. (CAL post to follow, umm errr when I’ve crocheted this week’s blocks.)
beautiful combination of colours, would work very well in my own bedroom :)
I love the design and the colors! So nicely done, and congratulations are in order for getting it done in time!
Love the jewel colours from your “smokin hot” hook ;) Showed your work to the local monster today. Nessie says please can you make a much larger one for him as its still quite chilly here in the spring!
Love the colours :)
I reeeeally love the colour combo you’ve got going on in this blanket, the ‘mostly’ berry shades works very well!
Lovely cheerful colours. When doing stripes, I have sometimes crochetted in the ends on the next row though sometimes the cut end can then be seen.
I’m not confident that the ends won’t work out in time, especially with washing as its a baby’s blanket, as you’re only crocheting them in one direction rather than weaving both ways and securing firmly. I would love to use that method (though won’t be) as it would be much, much faster and more of a pleasure!
You are right that it is not so secure which is why I choose it less often these days. I do sometimes with the CAL squares crochet in then sew back along with needle. Does reduce the sewing. Though with squares done in rows I like to finish yarn along the edges.
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