Crochet baby blanket love

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Crochet baby blanket – the perfect gift for an expectant mum?  I think so!

I have just finished a project that I have been working on since August.  I started it when I was on holiday thinking I would have lots of time to finish it and of course lots of other pattern writing projects came along and it was picked up and put down multiple times until I suddenly realised that I was running out of time!

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This blanket is for a lovely friend of mine who works in my office, she knows it is going to be a little girl so it seemed the perfect opportunity to go girly and pastel with pops of bright pink mixed in for fun!  It was really lovely to make something special for someone and know that it will be treated as an heirloom.

crochet baby blanket

I wrote the pattern for the blanket myself and deliberately designed it to be constructed from squares, made in advance and then a join-as-you go method of bringing them together.  To make sure I know which square to join to which I lay them all out on the floor and then take a photo so I always have something to refer back to!

crochet baby blanket layout

Making small pieces and then bringing them together at the end was to make it easy to carry when I am out and about.  I genuinely don’t mind my hour long commute to London every day as it is ‘free’ crochet time but train seats are not that big so little projects are best. Although when I was designing the welly boot topper pattern I did travel to and from London with one child’s welly on my lap for a few days in order to perfect the sizing, and no one batted an eyelid!

crochet baby blanket double shell border

The blanket is finished with a double shell border which was made from a pattern I found on Pinterest.  I really like the effect and will definitely try it again!  It’s delicate but also robust – if that is possible?

crochet baby blanket double shell border

It’s made using my favourite Paintbox Cotton DK which is 100% cotton and being a natural material won’t irritate a baby’s skin – and it is machine washable!   If you are interested the colours are: Champagne White (403), Pistachio Green (425), Banana Cream (421), Ballet Pink (453), Lipstick Pink (452) and Duck Egg Blue (432).

The as yet unnamed recipient is due on New Year’s day and I can’t wait to see a photo of her cuddled up in her blanket!

Now I must get back to the crochet for the next deadline – Christmas!

Millie x

 

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