Time for teddy to make another appearance with my first baby blanket for 2018, and a resolution:
It is of course a granny rectangle, and this one is made in Drops cotton merino white (which is in fact a lovely warm cream colour), and Rico baby classic dk light grey, smokey blue and mauve (discontinued). I think the colours are quite calming and (in my view) also gender-neutral.
I am a little late with this year’s resolution and it might sound somewhat strange at first, but my aim is to crochet less. Before you all fall off your collective chairs I should explain a little. Last year turned out to be a year of frenetic trebling for me – baby blankets, scarves, dishcloths, you name it. I have to admit that I found the whole making thing very therapeutic, but I feel that this year less might be more.
I am not saying that there will be no more baby blankets this year (I am not even sure that would be possible) but that I will make an effort to improve my skills by trying different things. This will inevitably decrease my productivity but I think that might be a good thing.
So if you feel that I am blogging a little less, it will not be because I am neglecting you, or my crochet. It will hopefully be because I am trying something new and interesting and perhaps a little more time consuming. Wish me luck!
It has been a while since I have made one of these but a recent sale meant that I needed to re-stock:
I have noticed quite a few people finding my blog by searching for ‘Free Bertie baby blanket pattern’. If by any chance you have come here looking for exactly that then PLEASE go onto Little Doolally’s website and for the quite reasonable sum of £3.90 you will get a full PDF of the pattern including a photo tutorial. I have bought quite a few patterns in my time and I can honestly say that this is one that I would consider to be well worth the purchase price.
Mine is made in Rico baby classic cream, blue, ice blue, turquoise, light green, light grey and light blue (discontinued) on a 4.5mm hook.
The little drawers were a second-hand find and are painted in Annie Sloan chalk paint ‘Lem Lem’ which she sells to support Oxfam. We got the drawers for our daughter to keep her art tools in, but I seem to have commandeered them for use as a photo-prop just now!
I may have lost count of the number of charity blankets I have made this year, but I think this is number 27:
The pale green is from a friend’s stash and the other colours are Rico baby classic dk: cream (02), greige (17) and green (28). It is a granny rectangle pattern with 28 rounds, made on a 4.5mm hook.
I had been saving this one until we had a fine day to take a photo, but I decided to just go for it!
Made in Rico baby classic powder, light grey and dusky pink with Drops cotton merino white, which gives the blanket just that bit more weight, and warmth.
It is a granny rectangle (of course!) starting with five clusters of three stitches, and I used a 4.5mm hook.
This pink and grey colour scheme came originally from the ‘Homemakery‘ and is known as ‘pebble beach’.
Made in Rico baby classic dk ecru, powder, smokey rose, silver grey and steel grey.
I did swap one of the neutral colours in the pack from ‘smokey blue’ to ‘ecru’, which altered the colour balance somewhat, but the steel grey is still a little bit dark for my taste and overall I am not convinced that these colours are working together. So perhaps I am not really a colour pack person and should stick to my own combinations, which give me pleasure both in the choosing and the making.
I made this a little while ago actually but it slipped through the blog net somehow!
It is a bit more random than my usual style, which finished off some yarn nicely. Made in various colours of Rico baby classic dk.
Another charity baby blanket – this time in soft greens:
This one is made in Rico baby classic dk turquoise, ice green, light grey and cream. I made it a little bit bigger by doing 29 rounds for the Granny rectangle and the finished size is 63 x 53 cm.