Winter Sunshine Blanket

As you may know there’s exciting news in our house – we’re expecting an addition to the family….a little brother for Pip! So this summer has been spent on DIY, moving rooms around and very little blogging!

I did manage to get a weekend to myself and booked myself on to a crochet retreat – a whole weekend of crochet with fellow crocheters…bliss! And as part of the weekend there was ALOT of yarn supplied.  I have to admit this was part of the attraction, and it was also great to try out different brands which I haven’t used before.  Which is how my latest blanket came about.

Baby boy is due New Years Day (yep….really) and while it’s a nice and festive time of year, here in the UK it can also mean lots of wet, windy, cold grey days.  So I decided to make a bright, happy blanket for the little guy, to bring a bit of sunshine to those grey days when we’re out walking with the pram.

I’ve also ways loved the Sunburst pattern, and when I saw the Paton’s yarn at the retreat I knew these were the colours for me.  

The yarn is Paton’s Merino Extrafine Aran. It’s gorgeous and squishy and I love the bright colours.  Using the three blue shades I alternated the order to make six different sunburst rounds, and made six of each, for a blanket of 6×6.  I then did the final round in the bright sunshine yellow to square them off, before joining them with a pale grey.  This join is done by SC (US term) the rows together with wrong sides facing which gives a ridge effect on the front of the blanket.  I joined them all horizontally and then vertically to keep the process simple.

  

  
Onto the border….I wanted to add some size to it and use the existing colours – here’s the border order:

HDC round in grey, DC light blue, DC turquoise, DC royal blue, DC yellow and then finished off by going round one final time this time with crab stitch (also known as reverse SC) in yellow, which gives a nice solid edge.

  
This finished dimensions are  27″x 27″ and I used a 4.5mm hook.  

  

   
   

I’m so pleased with the finished blanket and I can’t wait to wrap the little guy up in it this winter!

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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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