Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Blanket for Baby

My husband's cousin and his wife had their first baby last week. In the spring, when we learned they were expecting, I started to crochet this baby blanket for them. I had been wanting to try a ripple blanket, and this was the perfect reason to give it a go.

I worked on it in fits and starts, which is how I tend to approach big projects. I am all enthusiastic at the beginning, but when it takes a while to complete, other projects start to seduce me away. I knew I had 9 months, which seemed like a long time, and that didn't help my commitment to this project. Consequently, last week when we got news the baby was here, I was like "Oh, no! I haven't finished the blanket!" and a mad crocheting frenzy ensued.

I got the blanket pattern and the materials from Lion. It's their Child's Chevron Throw pattern, and I made it using their suggested colors, which I love. I never was much for pastels for babies, preferring bright, bold, and cheery colors. This worked up okay, but even though I swatched it first, it ended up wider than it is long. If I had more time (because, you know, 9 months isn't long enough for me to make a baby blanket!), I would have ordered more yarn in each color and made it a bit longer. I also would like to have the same color row at the top and bottom, but this is worked to the pattern exactly, and I had just enough yarn of each color to make it as you see it, so alas, I am calling it finished.

With all those color changes I had a lot of ends to weave in. Sigh. I am a bit worried that it will all come unraveled. I have that fear anytime I knit or crochet a gift. Please don't fall apart, I say to it as I clip the last bit of yarn away.

The baby is a boy. Hope the parents don't mind the lavender and azalea, but there is blue and green in there, too. This would have worked in my own son's nursery very well!


Glenda said...

Oh, it looks so cozy!! I like the darker colors, too :).

I don't crochet, but when I see things like this, I always think I should try it . . . but I have minimal patience for time-intensive projects, so perhaps I'd better stick with what I do best LOL.

Leila said...

Very pretty. I like the colours too!

The Garden Bell said...

This is great. I found over on Flickr and follow you over here to your blog, which I added to follow.

This ripple belongs in the ATTIC 24 Inspired group for Lucy. If you haven't read Luce's blog, it's a must. She has a nice following of ripplers and some great tutorials.

I'm over at:

I've done about 6 of Lucy's project and they are so much fun.

This Flickr group was started about 3 weeks ago and she already has over 300 posting ripples and her other project....

So stop by and get hooked.