There is a lot of fun to be had in crocheting a variety of projects and I've always enjoyed attempting to think out of the box in designing my next crochet project. And yet I consistently return to the easy "monotony" of crocheting baby blankets. Sometimes you just need to sit down without having to continually consult a pattern and just crochet.
Designing baby blankets has always been a lot of fun. For me it is a whole involved process. I want the blanket to be tailored for the specific child who is going to receive it so I try to put a lot of thought into the designing. I pick gender specific colors if the parents already know the gender of the child, but if not, I try to use neutrals like soft greens, yellows, oranges, or mix blue and pink.
Here are some of the past baby blankets I have designed.
Candy Colors Baby Blanket
Sorbet Baby Blanket
Jungle Rhythm Baby Blanket
FourSquare Baby Blanket
This is the first baby blanket for Ginger Peachy though, and I hope it will be the beginning of many more.
I designed this one for my cousins adopted daughter, a cute little princess with the roundest little cheeks. Slightly contrary to my sister, my cousin dresses her daughter in frilly girly things so I wanted to take advantage of this taste and do something especially frilly, although I would consider this blanket about average on the frilly meter. I should have added an extravagant border with large shells now that I think about it.
I chose Bernat Baby Coordinates ombre yarn in Pyjama Party. The yarn has strong purple overtones, rivaled only by yellow, and accents of blue. I have used almost all of Bernat's ombre selection of this yarn and I found this one especially bold and exciting.
In choosing a stitch pattern I ran up against a few walls at first. There are times when I get it right on the first try. A project like that just seems to flow with inspiration and I get good feeling like the pieces are all fitting together. But this is not always the case.
For the next step I consulted my book of 500 Crochet Stitches and started listing potential stitch patterns and edgings. I played with a few, began crocheting, ripped it out and then decided on the Trinity stitch, only I didn't choose an edging just yet.
Because of problems with my eyes (before I got glasses) this project took me nearly 8 months to complete. Baby blankets take time but this one is an exception. I don't know for sure but I think I normally take about two months at the most when I am working on one casually. Thankfully, I have taken care of my eye problem and have been able to resume crocheting.
I picked a hook that would give me a good drape, H/5.00mm, not too many holes but not too stiff, then I set to work. I normally choose dimensions I want to aim for in a baby blanket but by the end I usually have made some changes. This one is a good, average 36" by 38".
The edgings were a bit difficult to choose from. I really didn't want to struggle with a lot of math so I chose an edging with an easy multiple, 2 sts + 1. Very simple indeed. I probably shouldn't have but I did. In fact, the name says it all, Simple Ruffle. But my intentions were not to cut corners with this blanket. I really do like the ruffle and I like how it turned out.
When I was all through I happily took my new project out to my favorite photo op spot, the tree in the front yard. There are many reasons why I like shooting my designs outside. One of them is because I can deal with the lighting better. I don't have to set up all kinds of equipment and pull my hair out trying to understand it all. Of course, I try not to take pictures in the middle of the day or on a cloudy day. Mornings and evenings are usually more optimal. But another reason for choosing outside to take pictures is the lack of good background and lighting inside. Our home, as I have said on many occasions, was designed rather poorly in the 70's. Windows were not planned to give the most efficient air and lighting as they could have been, which presents a problem more often than not. That is also why I do not take step-by-step pictures, but this is something I am going to have to remedy.
And so without further ado, here is my latest design, the Zaylee Baby Blanket.
Zaylee Baby Blanket
Skill Level easy
Finished Size 36” (91 cm) x 38” (96.5 cm)
Light Weight yarn (approximately 1250 yards)
or 4 balls Bernat Baby Coordinates in Pyjama Party
Crochet hook H (5.00mm)
7 dc = 2’’
4 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 9.
Row 1: dc in fourth ch from hook and in each ch across: 7 dc
Row 2 – 4: ch 3, turn, dc in each dc across: 7 dc
Row 1: ch 128, sc in 2nd ch from hook, * skip 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across: 105 dc
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc here on out), turn, 2 dc in first sc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, * skip next 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from * across, 3 dc in last sc: 106 dc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in first dc, * skip next 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from * across: 105 dc
Row 4 – 82: repeat Rows 2 and 3, ending on Row 2
Do not finish off.
Round 1: ch 1, turn, sc in next 2 sts, * hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, repeat from * to last 5 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 4 sts, 3 sc in last st to turn corner, ** 2 sc in next sp, sc in next sp, repeat from ** across, sc in next sp, 3 sc in last st to turn corner, *** 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch, repeat form *** across to last 3 ch, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, 3 sc in last st to turn corner, **** 2 sc in next sp, sc in next sp, repeat from **** to last sp, 3 sc in last sp, sl st to first sc: 504 sts
Round 2: ch 2, hdc in first and each st around, working 3 hdc in each corner st, sl st in first hdc: 512 hdc
Round 3: ch 2, dc in first st, * 3 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st in beg. ch-3: 1280 sts
I am working on creating pdfs for my patterns and making them available on my new Ravelry store for purchase. There is still some to do so I will share more on this later.
Well, what do you think? It is the perfect little blanket for the girly little one in your life, be it daughter, granddaughter, niece or even a friend's daughter. The sad part about my situation is that I never get to see the child's face upon receiving my gifts. I will have to tell my sister, when I eventually get around to making my nephew his second blanket, to send me a video.
Feel free to ask questions or leave me a comment! I would love to hear your thoughts.
Update: You can purchase a copy of this pattern in PDF form at my Ravelry store! Click here to check it out.
This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.