Back in June, I rather optimistically named this the Granny-a-Day blanket. I was inspired to make it by Kylie’s gorgeous blanket of the same name. Baby Ruby was due to be born in November, and I figured that if I made a square a day (easy! No problem! Right?) I should easily get it done in time for her birth.
Hmm, well, I should have known better. Each square took just under an hour to make. I had originally planned to make a blanket that was 7 squares wide and 11 squares long, with a fairly wide border and finished with a pretty picot edging. But time got the better of me. In the end I finished with a slightly smaller blanket – 60 x 10 squares with a simple double crochet border. It is just the right size for a baby cot, and I must admit that, although not exactly what I had envisioned, I am pleased with how it turned out.
So, here are the details:
Yarn: A mixture of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK.
Crochet hook: 4mm
Pattern: Just a collection of crochet granny squares. There is a great tutorial on how to make them on Crochet Cabana’s website.
Notes: I love Asiye’s restrained use of colour in her Falsebay Baby Blanket, and decided to follow her example. I used four colours: white, bright pink, lilac and pale green. I kept the order in which the colours progressed within each square the same, and rotated which colour was in the centre.
I crocheted rather than sewed the squares together. There is a good tutorial on how to do this here, although I joined mine with the wrong sides facing so that the resulting ridges were visible from the front.
All in all, given: how crochet makes my wrist hurt; and that I really do prefer knitting; and that I seemed to spend every free moment towards the end doing nothing but make-more-squares; and that it still ended up smaller than I hoped; and that it ended up being a Christmas not a birth gift, I think that this blanket turned out all right!