As promised, here is the lowdown on how I made the blanket for my wonderful new nephew 🙂
I intended to have a go at a ripple blanket, following the pattern from Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes by Nikki Trench, that I got out from the library (and had to renew twice as I was to slow getting started..!), but I got scared by the ripple, and decided to save my 1st attempt at it for a smaller project like a cushion cover!
So I just went with good old triple stitches instead.
I ordered some gorgeous wool from Knit With Attitude, who specialise in eco-friendly and ethical yarn. The yarn I chose was Rooster Almerino DK-I just love the colours, and had difficulty restricting myself to ‘only’ nine..!
As I started making it before the baby arrived, and we didn’t know what ‘flavour’ he would be, I tried to keep it quite neutral, but once we knew he was a boy, I used a turquiose-y blue on the edging.
Using a 4.5mm crochet hook, I did a foundation chain of 83 stitches, and then did rows of UK trebles, changing colours after each row.
If you are new to crochet, then Kat Goldin’s great blog Slugs on the Refrigerator has loads of great resources and tutorials to get you started.
I have been crocheting for a couple of years now, but only little things, and this was the biggest project I had attempted-I learned quite quickly to keep counting my stitches at the end of every row to make sure I still had the requisite number….
The pattern for the ripple blanket suggested 50 rows, but when I got to 50, the blanket still seemed very small, so I kept going until it looked a more pram blanket size-I think there were about 80 rows in the end.
As I said yesterday, it’s not the most practical of gifts, as it’s handwash only, but I did really enjoy making it, and it’s so satisfying actually finishing something!