‘Something Blue’ Crochet Wedding Blanket

I’m a huge fan of blankets – you can never have too many! When my husband and I got married 3 years ago one of our friends made us a beautiful patchwork knitted blanket and it is one of my favourite gifts. So when two of our closest friends (who are two of Pip’s godparents) got engaged last year I began to think about maybe making them a wedding present.

Of course I didn’t actually get my butt in gear until this summer when it dawned on me I should get a wriggle on!

After suggesting it to the bride and groom who were very excited about it, I decided to do it in shades of blue – blue being the bride’s favourite colour and also quite fitting as ‘something blue’ for the wedding!

I’m a long time user of Stylecraft DK – its easy to work with, has a great range of colours and is very affordable – which when you’re making a huge blanket is important! I decided to use the seven Stylecraft blues: Aster, Cloud Blue, Sherbert, Midnight, Royal, Denim and Turquoise.

Having decided on a colour scheme the next part was deciding on a block motif to use. Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks book is an amazing read and source of inspiration. The one that really stuck out for me is the Willow Block. In the book its multicoloured but I opted for a solid colour, and set about making the blocks in the seven colours.
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The pattern is easy to use, though I would have quite liked a diagram version in the book. It is quite an intricate block though, and even with lots of practice it still took about half an hour to make each square! At some point it dawned on me that I’d need to add another block which was simpler and quicker if I was going to get this finished in time. The Lacy Cross block (again from Jan Eaton’s book) was the perfect choice – simple, but that provided a good contrast with the delicate willow squares.

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So I didn’t go completely crazy I split the blanket into quarters and once I had 35 squares I would join them, which provided a nice change and also helped me visualise what the end blanket would look like. To join them I put the blocks wrong sides facing and joined with single crochet in white.

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140 squares later (14×10) and 4 months later, I have finally finished this blanket! Once all the squares were joined I added a simple border of white HDC, grey DC, white HDC and then a HDC round in bright yellow (Stylecraft DK Sunshine). Yellow is the groom’s favourite colour and together with blue and grey it is the colour scheme of their Scottish wedding. The thin yellow band around the outside adds a great pop of colour – I love it! And I managed to finish with 3 weeks to spare! Fingers crossed the future Mr & Mrs Miles love it as much as I do 🙂

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With the border the blanket measures 74″x52″ (using a 3.5mm hook)

Crochet Lace Baby Blanket

My latest blanket was one which I’d been itching to start for a while now. It’s a pattern by Baby Dear called Crocheted Lace Baby Blanket, and it’s available on Ravelry and Etsy. It’s not free but it cost less than a cup of coffee so I can’t complain – and I’m sure I’ll make lots of these in the future.
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For this one I thought I’d try out the Stylecraft Baby yarn in Blue Marl. It’s a twisted pale blue and white and is lovely for a baby boy (or girl – but that’s a rant I’m not going to have here! 😉 )

From just a few rounds in you can see how pretty it’s going to be – the bobbles forming a little diamond shape in the centre of the blanket. The pattern is really well written and easy to follow, with simple stitches being brought together to make a stunning design. The bobbles and shell stitches add lovely detail.

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As I was using DK yarn as opposed to the 4ply suggested, I stopped a few rounds short as it was already large enough, but ended on the stated shell round. My finished blanket is 27″ square – perfect for a new baby.

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Sunburst Granny Baby Blanket

One of my recent crochet goals was to try out sunburst granny squares and last month I finally got time (ignored the other WIP’s) to give them a go.
I used the tutorial from Eda’s Crochet Room which was really straight forward and I love how pretty they look.
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It was also an excuse to buy more of the Caron Simply Soft yarn which I used previously for my V-Stitch blanket. Despite being acrylic it is incredibly soft and has a lovely sheen to it.
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For this blanket I used the following shades:
– Off White (2x skeins)
– Robin’s Egg
– Strawberry
– Blackberry
– Lemonade
– Soft Blue

Using the 5 different colours to make different colours combos for the rounds, I made 5 of each design, before completing 3 normal granny rounds in Off White.

With 25 squares completed the blanket was a good baby blanket size (5×5). In hindsight it was a bad idea but I thought I’d try sewing the squares together instead of my usual join-as-you-go approach – this took soooo much longer! (and used extra yarn!) But I got there in the end…then it was time for a simple border – HDC rounds in yellow, green and lilac with slip stitching and picot edging on the final round. And here it is….

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