Pinketty Pink

Pink pink pink. Pink pink pink!

Two weeks ago a baby was born. I reacted in the only way I know how: I wanna make it a blanket! Not it, her. One of the unsaid things that everyone really knows about baby blankets is that really you are making it for the mum. The baby usually isn’t too bothered about things like ripple vs straight vs squares, or indeed about colour – it’s the mum who will use it, like it, have opinions about it. That’s all fine and dandy, until you want to make a blanket for a baby where the parent that you know is the dad. Not that dads can’t be primary caregivers and have opinions about blankets you understand, but you know what I mean.

I’ve known the dad in question for about ten years – he is part of our canoe club family – but I’ve only met his wife recently (I don’t get home much.) They didn’t know the sex of their baby until she was born and so I’d held off making anything until then. Usually for a girl I’d do a Sweet Pea Ripple because I’m confident working with those colours, I have the yarn in my stash and I know that they work well together and it’s quite a fashionable colourscheme. One thing I really try hard to avoid with crochet is making it look twee. I don’t like twee crochet at all and would hate to give someone something that I’d made and think that it was twee. Or worse – think that I was twee!

I asked my sister for help. She’s been at home this summer and has been friends with the baby’s mum and chatty with her and stuff. AND she has had cuddles with the baby – what better authority than her to help me with my colourscheme dilemma?

So I asked. What colours should I use?

The answer came back straight away, with no hesitation:

PINK!

This is a PINK baby girl, pink pink pink!

Ah, pink. Now, I do like pink when it’s in with other colours and I have used it a lot in my blankets. But I’ve never used it as a theme or made anything pink for the sake of being pink. I’m not a “baby girl = pink” believer, although I have no problem with the fact that other people are. It’s just that when I make something, I have to “believe” in the colours and that they work.

It took me a while to settle on a PINK combination. This was the first incarnation – summer garden granny square all edged in white. But this wasn’t pink enough and the pink didn’t POP enough for me. It looked a bit washed out by all the white. Sooo I chucked that one in the bin and went back to the drawing board where I came up with incarnation number two:

OOOOOOOH much better! It’s like a daisy, with pink as well. Like rose petals! (That is her middlename, so extra bonus points there).

To make this I did:

Yellow: chain 4 and join to make a ring. Chain 4, and then work *1TR then chain 1* into the ring until you have 12 spokes. The first chain4 counts as your first of the twelve spokes.

White: work clusters of 2tr stitches into each gap. Separate each cluster with 1 chain stitch. (to make the first cluster, chain3 and then do 1tr)

Light pink: work clusters of 3 into each gap. Separate each cluster with 1 chain stitch. (to make the first cluster, chain3 and then to 2tr)

Darker pink: This is a bit tricky. I assume by now you are familiar with making granny squares and whatnot and know that you do one cluster of 3 on the edges and then two clusters of three (separated by 2 chains) on the corners.

That’s all fine, except my corners were really rubbish and were pulling the circle out of shape. So I did what I thought was a double treble to make it taller, and was really pleased and happy until I showed Lucy on Monday evening and she was like, “er, no, that’s not a real stitch.”

So congratulations to me, I have created a stitch. Woohoo! I’m going to be modest and call it the Heather-Treble. (HTR was already taken.) Ok, so it may not be a new stitch but it’s working for me so we will go with it. A brief explanation:

When you make a treble, you yarn over,  pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook.

With the Heather-Treble, you yarn over and pull through (3 loops on hook) then yarn over and pull through one loop. (3 loops on hook). Then yarn over and pull through 2 loops, then yarn over and pull through the remaining loops.

I’m not going to do a photo tutorial because it’s a bodged, made up stitch and I probably won’t need it again.

I pondered doing alternate edges like this, but decided against it because I don’t like the lighter pink, nor the effect that alternate edges gives.

The good thing about doing all squares the same is that you can get a pretty good production line going and before you know it you have the required 24 squares with all the ends smugly sewn in. Oh yes, I’m all about the smug sewing in of ends at the moment. Just wish I had been when I was making hexagons! The underneath of that unfinished blanket of doom is like a plate of spaghetti.

Quite pretty I think. They weren’t quite blanket-y enough though, so I’ve put some more pink around them like this, and turned them into target granny squares with flowers in the middle and I’m really pleased with the effect. Also I have to say here that Stylecraft is at it’s most beautiful and softest when worked as a target granny. All the stitches going the same way is divine when you feel it, trust me.

Four down, twenty to go!

Colours used (all Stylecraft Special DK):

Saffron

Cream

Fondant

Raspberry

30 thoughts on “Pinketty Pink

  1. Ooooh , looking fabulous Heather….the colours and pattern are so pretty . I love the stylecraft raspberry especially …I’m including it in my giant granny. Can’t wait to see the finished project.
    Jacquie x

  2. I think everybody loves Stylecraft, I sure do! :) It is indeed perfect for things like this.
    It looks super awesome! I love love love the colors and I like the big wide border you’re doing around it – really gives it an ‘oomph’ ;)
    xo,
    wink

  3. Siobhan says:

    Hi Heather. You have just made me run to my crochet book to look something up! And it looks like I am right, not that I have ever even read the pages before but I did know of what I am about to say, which is why I went to look it up properly. (Anything quoted is from Compendium of Crochet Techniques by Jan Eaton)

    It appears that what you discovered – very cleverly if I might say, was something that comes into the category of extended stitches. They are also called Elmore stitches (he was a man I think). “They are variations of four basic stitches: double, half treble, treble and double treble (English terms).” Anyway they make “slightly taller variations on the corresponding basic stitch” What I believe you did was an extended treble. If you had two remaining last loops you definitely did that – and as the previous steps you describe are identical to those described by Jan Eaton, you probably did have.

    So, you see it is a proper stitch. And you came about it by experimenting. I think that is really brilliant myself. Well done you.

    I LOVE the pink blanket but then I love pink generally. The design is very pretty too, I really like how you aranged your final colour choices. I think Stylecraft is pretty nice as well – much softer than some. Aren’t they lovely sounding names for your colours too?

  4. Siobhan says:

    P.S I am so glad you highlighted your new stitch because I know people have had problems with the square I am going to do for my next blanket (flowers in the snow). Apparently it doesn’t always look properly square, as the corners don’t come up high enough for some people – it’s a circle in a square pattern. It was bothering me a bit actually but I’ll know what to do now!

  5. Carla says:

    Hi Heather

    I would love to see the sweet pea ripple that you mentioned. Do you have pictures. I love the granny square baby blanket. Pink without being too pink, if you know what I mean! Love your blog, Carla

  6. Lizzie says:

    I love your new blanket and the colours you’ve chosen. I’ve just made a ‘Lucy’ ripple blanket for our double bed using Raspberry, Clematis, Cream, Spring Green and Meadow using Stylecraft and it looks super. X

  7. Next time you see Lucy you can say ‘er, yes, actually it is a real stitch’ because your ‘Heather treble’ is actually an extended treble stitch.

    You were so right to add the yellow centres – it looks lovely. But that is going to be one PINK blanket!
    Have a lovely weekend x

  8. Nanita says:

    Very pretty!! Love how you arranged those colours, I know the Fondant is Very Pink, first time I opened a Stylecraft order and pulled that one out of the bag I had to blink several times. :-) I do think we should keep on calling it the Heather-treble, sounds so much better then “Elmore stitch” :D xxx

  9. lol…I’m going to have to pull out my yarn and hook, because your heather treble sounds like it might be the way I do trebles. Oooops! I’ll have to play.

    I LOVE your new blanket. Pink doesn’t usually do it for me, but that is gorgeous! I can not handle washed out pinks (baby pink…shudder)

  10. Hugely successful pinketty pink creation!!
    I love the unexpected X pattern created by the holes in the corners of teh target rows, it’s going to look soooooo pretty multiplied by 6.
    Just lovely, I would adore it if I were blanketing a wee girl instead of a very boyish boy.
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  11. oooooooo just reading the comments above about it being a Real Stitch *hangs head in shame*. My crochet knowledge is extremely basic it has to be said, I’m sorry I was so wrong!
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  12. Oh that’s so pretty – pink but not sickly pink! I too am not of the baby girl = pink, but was most perturbed when my daughter was born that it was difficult to get other colours! (In clothing anyway) My Dh once said to me (when poor M was in another pink themed outfit) – I thought you didn’t like pink much? At which point I asked him to find some non pink baby girl clothes in the shops!

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