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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Crochet time: Baby blanket


While I do love to crochet, sometimes I get sick of staring at a pattern while I work on a project. Constantly checking to see what stitch is next, counting & recounting stitches, having so much on my lap (pattern, stitch counter, row counter). So sometimes I enjoy sitting back with an easy, no-pattern-required project.

One of my sisters-in-law is expecting a baby toward the end of July. Back in May, I started working on a baby blanket for her. I finally finished it in mid-July. Yikes! Perhaps I am better off sitting with a pattern for a pair of booties I can finish in an hour and a half. This was pretty extensive.

I used fingerling yarn, but followed my friend Yarn Over's idea and held two contrasting colors together to help bulk it up so it wouldn't take as long. It still took forever! The blanket consists entirely of double crochet stitches. That's it. Very basic, a nice summer project needing no thinking on my part.

To jazz it up a bit, I added a ruffled edge. This was simple to do. You just start at one corner of the finished blanket. Attach the yarn, * chain 3, single crochet in next stitch. Repeat from * all the way around.

I like the way it turned out. Now I just need to weave in all the ends and wait for baby's arrival.

For my next project I'll be making my boys some mittens using the yarn I dyed at Yarn Over's Hippie Yarn Dying Party! Perhaps I'll finish them by the end of October...


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