* baby baby blanket

Posted on August 12th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crochet.


I think I underestimated how long it would take me to crochet a baby blanket.  With the due date impending, I figured I finally had to just finish it off, even if it’s on the small side.  I do like how it turned out.

grannybabyblanket

I posted about the squares earlier.  You can see the connect-as-you-go joins in the zoom.

grannyzoom

I’m sure there are other methods of joining the squares that might lead to a cleaner edge, but I’m reasonably satisfied, and it sure helped in getting the thing done.

Once I had the 20 squares done and joined, I crocheted two rounds of the granny clusters around the whole thing to unify it.  This tutorial on making a flat edging was very helpful, and I found that a second round was essential for making the bridge clusters really blend in.

For the border, I initially wasted a bunch of time trying to find a good granny square scallop edging pattern on the internet, and then realized, this isn’t rocket science.  I can figure it out myself.  I messed around with stitch length + number until I settled on a 5 triple crochet shell in every other space, joined with a slip stitch in the intervening spaces.  The corners are funny little nubs, but I like them: slip stitch, double crochet, three triple crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, then on to the next shell.  This of course works for the number of spaces and the start position I had on this blanket, so ymmv.

Since I’d been crocheting over yarn ends as I went, I only ended up with a few ends to weave in (the other finishing job that tends to slow me down).  I am slightly worried about how the construction will hold up to washing and use.  And if I’d thought twice about it at the beginning, I probably shouldn’t have chosen off-white for a baby blanket, but oh well.



2 Responses to “baby baby blanket”

  1. Becket Says:

    oooohhh – this is lovely! An heirloom piece for sure…

  2. wendy Says:

    Wow, gorgeous blanket, perfect for a baby

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