Painted Roses Blanket

I have a crazily long list of crochet things I want to make and this Painted Roses blanket has been on it ever since I spotted a picture while browsing on Pinterest.

The pattern is by super-talented Sandra Cherry Heart and is truly beautiful. I decided to make a toddler-bed sized blanket for when Pip moves out of her cot (poor child will be drowning in blankets I’ve made for her by the time she’s a teenager!) and handily Sandra had included instructions for how many rose squares to make for different size blankets.

Caron Simply Soft yarn was my first choice for the blanket rather than the Stylecraft dk suggested as I wanted it a bit thicker, and the Caron yarn is lovely and soft. The shades I used were
– Lemonade (yellow)
– Strawberry (pink)
– Autumn Red
– Berry Blue
– Duck Egg

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The squares themselves aren’t the quickest to make so this has taken me a while! They’re also quite solid once made which means the blanket is thick and cosy.

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Once I’d made 40 (5×8) I joined them with Berry Blue yarn – this is darker than the Sky colour suggested but I think it works really well with the duck egg and makes the colours pop! The border pattern was really well written and gave a really flat, neat edge, and the ‘leaf’ final round finished it off perfectly.

I’m so happy with this blanket, it has to rate as one of the prettiest things I’ve ever made! And Pip has already told me she likes the colours and flowers so I hope she’ll treasure this as she grows up x

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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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