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Crochet – Baby Blanket

I love making blankets and I was thrilled to hear my niece was expecting a new baby. So of course I got out my hook and made her a baby blanket. I found the pattern in a booklet from Simply Crochet Magazine.

Baby Banket

baby blanket in shades of blue and cream
baby blanket in blue

The pattern was worked in squares which were then attached to each other without the need for sewing it all together. It’s a really simple and effective pattern. The original baby blanket pattern was in rainbow colours but I chose to do it all in blue because my niece is having a baby boy.

baby blanket hanging on the washing line
blanket drying a little on the line before blocking

I made the blanket in Stylecraft Special DK in colours, Cream, Royal, Aster, Denim and Cloud Blue.

I also bought my niece some baby books as it’s never too early to read to your child.

What I’m Making now

I recently joined KnitCrate and have received some lovely yarn and patterns. In the first box I had this gorgeous summary orange yarn which came with a pattern for socks. I didn’t want to make the socks so I found a pattern for a summer shawl and I think it’s coming along lovely. I really like the colours.

Shades of orange crochet summer shawl
Summer shawl

In my second box I have my favourite colour yarn, shades of purple. I’m going to make the scarf pattern that comes in the box.

box of purple coloured yarn
my next batch of yarn

It also came with a fabric covered tape measure which will come in handy. Although if I’m honest, I own about 12 tape measures already, I bought a batch from Ebay with the hope of crocheting some cover for them. I did make a Jammy Dodger biscuit cover. I’ll need to check out a few more.

You can see the jumper I made in previous blog post here. And you can find the bunny head baby blanket I crocheted here.

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I Made My First Jumper – Just in time for summer!

I’ve not tried to crochet an item of clothing before but I thought this jumper looked fun and easy to make. It’s a nice baggy style which is how I like my jumpers and I loved the wool chosen. It was Stylecraft Life dK in Silver Nepp. It has lovely flecks of colours throughout. I did find it came up a bit big, probably my fault with tension. I’m still not good on measuring tension and I tend to come up big. I chose the size 16-18 as I’m a 16, but I wished I’d gone a bit smaller now. But no worries, I’ll be wearing once the winter arrives, I’ll be able to layer up and keep warm.

I found the pattern in Simply Crochet Magazine issue 81.

How Did I do?

For my first attempt at a jumper, or even any item of clothing, I think I did quite well. It’s wearable anyway. The sleeves seem a little long and they are baggy. but if you look at the model wearing it in the magazine you will see it is actually supposed to be like that.

I really enjoyed the pattern, especially the bobbles, they are so easy and fun to make.

To do a bobble stitch you simply keep working the trebles into the same stitch. On the sleeve and the bottom of the jumper I worked 5 trebles into one stitch, on the motif I did slightly bigger bobbles by working 7 trebles into one stitch.

The Motif

To make the motif I had to follow a chart. I have done this before with my Spring blanket and it’s really quite easy to do, it’s all about counting!

I really love my crochet, it relaxes me and takes my mind off other things. It’s also incredibly satisfying to see a project come together.

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