Last year I crocheted a baby blanket for my friend as a gift before she gave birth to her first baby. Well, time flies because her baby girl just turned 1! For her birthday, I decided to make her a new, bigger blanket. Now, I like attempting to craft and create things but I’m not very crafty. I haven’t had the time to learn how to crochet any patterns or cool designs so all I know how to do is just your basic crochet.
I did want to make it look more fun and not plain though so what I decided to do was use three colors: white, light purple, and a dark purple.
I didn’t use up all of this yarn at all, but better to have too much than not enough is my motto! Last time I had to make a run to buy more yarn and luckily I was able to get the exact yarn because I don’t know what I would do if I had half a blanket done and no more yarn!
So what did I do with these three colors? I made 12in. x 12in. (roughly) squares and envisioned a 4 ft. by 3ft. blanket.
The squares were roughly the same size, but not exact. Even though I was striving for 12×12 it was hard because sometimes my stitches were looser or any host of other things so the squares didn’t all end up the same size. But, hey, that just shows I really made it myself, right?
Then, I used this tutorial – here – to join the squares together using a slip stitch and single crochet seaming. I mapped out on paper the color sequencing ahead of time which I highly recommend! It really helped me stay organized and when the time came to join the squares together I didn’t need to think about which squares needed to be attached. I decided to use the white yarn for all the seaming.
You can only really see the seams on the underside of the blanket, but I like it. I later double knotted the strands, used a yarn needle to tuck the ends in a bit and then trimmed with a scissor.
The last part of the blanket was the border. I, again, don’t know how how to do anything fancy at all, but I tried to be creative and use the basics that I do know to make something more fun. I first went around the blanket with the dark purple. Then, the light purple. Last, I went around with the white, but this time I did the blanket edging technique that I found – here -. After every 5 stitches I inserted the crochet hook down to the purple layer – this is the reason I started out with the dark purple, so that the white spike would really pop.
I really love the way the blanket turned out despite the un-uniform size of the squares. I had to do a bit of stretching so that the edges of the blanket weren’t all uneven, but you work with what you have! I especially love how the border turned out and am pretty proud of myself for turning my limited skills into something that looks creative.
I think I have enough yarn left to make a blanket for myself. I still haven’t learned any patterns yet, so I think I’ll be doing something along the line of stripes….or seeing as I have a lot of white yarn left I think it’ll be mostly white with thick striped purple ends. I’ll be sure to share what I come up with when it’s finished!