2012: Baby Blanket number 2


This is the Ta-Daaaaah post for my third baby blanket of the year. I like to think of it as Baby Blanket Number 2 (this baby is due before the baby that is receiving the 2nd blanket that I made), I just made them in the wrong order.

This is for my cousin, who is due imminently, and who did not find out whether her baby was a girl or a boy. I love surprises :-) I asked her what sort of colours she would prefer, pastels or brights, and she said brights. I’m very glad! I think this is my most rainbow like blanket so far and I think it will work happily for a girl or for a boy.

It started off small, around about here, and here, straight after I finished my granny stripe blanket.

As you can see, it has been good friends with the granny stripe from the start. I started off with the same colour order with the addition of a magenta stripe between the plum and fondant as I felt that the contrast was too sharp without it. After the yellow and green stripes though, I just did my own thing and chose colours by feel. I didn’t want to repeat a pattern as I personally don’t like seeing a large repeat in a small blanket. Small intentional repeats of four or so colours looks pleasing to my eye, but I’m not keen on getting so far and repeating or reversing what I’ve already done.

I did enjoy how the blues looked together so I made that a feature and put three sequences (slightly different each time) in, and was careful about how I used the yellow and green combo. I wanted it to look stripy and balanced, and not so that your eye was drawn to one strong colour (usually plum) or one bright (yellow) each time. I think I chose right in the end because I really love this rainbow blanket.

I don’t really make blankets to specific measurements and I just stop when they look vaguely in proportion and rectangular (unless of course I am doing square blankets, but I only really make them square when I do granny squares). I haven’t measured it either because I don’t think I have a tape measure and all our building tape measures are gross and dirty. I like to think that this could be a pram blanket, a cot blanket, a blanket for baby to lay on on the floor, or a snuggly warm blanket if the weather is cold. It is lovely and warm and has a nice drapey feel to it.

It took me between two and three weeks to make the body of the blanket and then about the same again to motivate myself to do the border. I’m dreadful really because while I love the finished effect of putting a border on, I always think “wahey, blanket is done!” after I’ve made it the right size.

I am also never ever ever going to write a tutorial on how to make a ripple straight. I do it by feel and intuition! The theory is, make TRs in the tops of your decreases, then work up to the peak by doing HTRs, DCs and then finally slip stitches across the top. That’s the best I can do for you, I always wing it and working out of the foundation row is harder than working out of the top row. As usual, I did 2TR in the end of each stitch down each side, and then kind of bodged the corners a bit. Technical!

After the round of Cloud Blue, I did a round of TRs in Aster, and then a round of HTRs in Turquoise. After that I added a round of red pointy picot edging. Now, you may have seen in previous blankets that I have done a round of HTR stitches and then the pointy picot after that in the same colour. This time I felt like working just the pointy bits in red without the previous round. I’m very happy with the effect (also reminds me of a stegosaurus, bonus!) although it does look a little different on the back:

I like that it has a definite back and front but looks good on either.

So, here is the ta-daaaah from above:

and from the ground:

And all curled up:

And curled up with it’s Granny Stripe buddy:

Lovely!

This is the last baby blanket I will be making for other people for a looooong time now, phew. Three blankets in three months must be some kind of record though and I’m pretty sure my fingers are going to fall off soon.

Yarn: Stylecraft Special dk in: Pomegranate, Plum, Magenta, Fondant, Aspen, Spring Green, Aster, Turquoise, Lipstick, Shrimp, Saffron, Meadow and Cloud Blue

Starting chain: 140 + 3

Hook size: 4mm

Pattern: Neat Ripple

Border Pattern: Pointy Picot

Size: no idea, didn’t have a tape measure handy

Yarn can be purchased online: if you google it you will get plenty of results as it is a very popular yarn.

Now, onto my next project …  :-)

xxx

32 thoughts on “2012: Baby Blanket number 2

  1. It looks great! I really need to put an order in for stylecraft sometime, they have beautiful colors! I don’t make blankets a specific measurement either, I just go til it looks good.

  2. Beautiful!! I’ve seen so many ripple blankets, but for some reason yours really stands out from the crowd. It’s just really, really pretty. Also, dang girl! 3 blankets in three months?! I’ve been working on one blanket for the same amount of time and I’ve got a ways to go! You are really fast.

  3. These blankets are beautiful! My ripples keep going wrong. I need you to be my personal tutor. Anyway spurred on by the wonderful array
    of ripple colours I will try again! Have an enjoyable weekend. Weather very gloomy looking this morning. Where has the sunshine gone?

  4. Oh my goodness, the ripple is amazing! Though I love the granny stripe too! I think the bright colours of the ripple really make it sing and your selection of colour order is spot on.

  5. It’s another beauty Heather ~ somehow the colours seem more vibrant on the ripple than the granny stripe. I really must try and get my current WIPs finished so I can do a ripple blanket. Hope that you have a very lovely weekend :O)xx

  6. Wooooow !!! Why can’t I never find those lovely color of stylecraft in my local yarn shop !:( bouhouuuuuu

    Lovely ! My favourite is the ripple one !

  7. Oh the ripple is beautifull!

    ‘This is the last baby blanket I will be making for other people for a looooong time now, phew.’ Are you making some for your own? :)

  8. It’s really lovely. It’s most kind of you to make blankets as gifts – lucky baby & mummy to be. Both blankets are great but my favourite would be the ripple. Well done for completing 3 blankets in 3 months, that’s very impressive and puts my efforts to shame!

  9. I am very impressed. I have been working on the same baby blanket for the past three months! Luckily that baby isn’t due for a while. I adore the texture on this blanket, I would never have thought to do that!

  10. I am very impressed. I have been working on the same baby blanket for the past three months! Luckily that baby isn\’t due for a while. I adore the texture on this blanket, I would never have thought to do that!

  11. They are both georgous – love the pics of the two together – tks a mill for the list of colours – my credit card is hiding in my wallet at the though of all the new Yarn to be purchsed.

  12. Heather this is so well timed! I’m just finishing my first ripple and was struggling what to do with the border and straightening it up (I have been finding it hard to get started on the border!). Both of your blankets are beautiful, lovely colours!

    Jones x

  13. Wow that is one stunning blanket! The edging is so jolly, you made me laugh because I just do the crochet and can never quite remember how too!

  14. That’s the prettiest blanket I think I’ve ever seen! I wish I could crochet so badly! I’ll have to stick to knitting for now!

  15. Oh they are so lovely and the photos are excellant. think I am going to have to have a go at a ripple blanket now. Thank you for sharing x x x

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