Baby’s First Blanket

Back in May I showed you a small pile of square that I’d started to make. At the time, this was destined to be a blanket for my sister’s birthday present. When I started to lay the squares out though, I realised that there was no way I could give it away. It simply HAD to be for Tiny Tin Bird. (Sorry Rachel!) I had already bought Rachel some other things for her birthday and I have already made her two blankets so I didn’t feel too bad about the decision.

I’m proud to present the photos to you today of Baby’s First Blanket. As in, the first blanket that I have made for TTB since being pregnant as I already have a couple of small ones that whilst weren’t made with TTB in mind will be perfect for using with him/her.

It’s taken me approximately six weeks to complete and I really pushed myself to do so. I gave myself targets of how many squares I had to make each day! I aimed for two on a week day and ten on a weekend day. Anything else was a bonus. The blanket is comprised of 100 squares and when I got to about 85 I stopped and arranged them how I wanted them, and then created the remaining 15 specifically to fit in nicely with the rest of the squares. Up until 85 squares I’d been making them without much thought to the colours.

(When I had to come home early because of the heat at work last week, I took the opportunity to sew in all my joining ends and start the border.)

I used my Elmer Squares pattern to make these 5 round solid granny squares and I used Stylecraft Special dk on a 4mm hook.

The colours I used are the usual suspects: Turquoise, Cloud Blue, Aster, Sherbet, Aspen, Spring Green, Meadow, Saffron, Shrimp, Lipstick, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Violet, Fondant, Magenta, Plum, Clematis and Lavender.

Here we go:

I joined the squares with blue rather than red this time. I know last time a lot of people commented that the joining would look good on the front and I do agree, but I personally prefer the joining to stay on the back.

For the border I did three rounds of trebles in Cloud Blue (the same colour as I joined in), Aster and Turquoise and then I slip stitched around the whole lot in Lipstick. That final round did tighten it up more than I’d hoped but keeping loose stitches meant it worked out ok.

And there we have it … a great many photos of a blanket that I’m really happy with! I can just see our baby laying on this blanket on the bed, or snuggled up as a toddler on the sofa, or us sat on it in the park for a picnic. Versatile and most definitely A Blanket To Be Used.

I hope you love it as much as I do :-)


P.s I’ve been trying to post this for three days but photobucket (where I host my photos) wasn’t working and I couldn’t get any photos in and I think you agree that this post is worthless without photos!

69 thoughts on “Baby’s First Blanket

  1. MsZeb says:

    Such a lovely blanket, Heather. I can’t help thinking….. Baby’s First Blanket of “I wonder how many’ Blankets….

  2. Oh wow…how have I missed this post the last few days? Your blanket is gorgeous, and I have extra reason to love it so much as your square was just what I was looking for, to make a cushion cover for a friend that I am half way through, all in blues. I am extremely tempted to make a blanket next, but first I want to make a few cushions using your circle square too! Keep up the inspiring work and designing and thank you for sharing your work. Hope the pregnancy is going to plan too :) Fiona xx

  3. This is GORGEOUS!!!! Such happy happy colors!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these bright colors…..why do I always knit with dreary ones??? (well, almost always.) will most definitely keep baby happy!!

  4. Catherine says:

    Hi Heather, just wanted to thank you for the inspiration! I am currently working on a king size granny blanket, as well as rippling along with Lucy, but this is just what I was looking for for my 11 year old son. I have talked him out of the green and brown camo blanket (yuk) that he wanted, and am 8 squares into an Elmer blankie (yeay!) I just wondered if you might have time to share the secret of your super neat joining together? I usually use the join as you go technique on my grannies, but I LOVE that your blankie looks equally good on the front and the back :)

  5. These colours are amazing!! Amid love the pattern you used for the squares! Don’t feel guilty for not giving it away! Enjoy it x

  6. I love this little blanket and aall those colours you used. your baby will spend lots of happy moments on it. I love your blog and I’m learning a lot with you. I’m a newbie in crochet! Greetings from Mallorca

  7. cj says:

    I really like this blanket, especially the way it lies, with each square looking just a tiny bit “puffed”, which I imagine has to be down to the way you joined it. Could you tell me how that was please? Your photo shows a darning needle – was this just the sewing in of ends, or did you sew the squares together? And if you crocheted it together, which loops did you crochet through? Both?
    Thank you.

  8. Karen says:

    Hello, this is a lovely piece. I was wondering what qty of yarn was used to make it. Can you please let me know? Thanks.

  9. Absolutely gorgeous colours and true without the photos the post would not give ‘that’ effect! I too am making one with left over yarn in assorted colours. But will follow you to make the joining on front side. Thanks so much.

  10. Cheryl says:

    Gorgeous Blanket! I have been looking for an example of exactly a blanket like this…. I think it will go beautifully with the style craft attic 24 colour pack I have :) Would you mind sharing the finished dimensions of the blanket? I would appreciate it! Thanks :)

    • Heather says:

      Hi Cheryl, I’ll have to measure it for you at some point but it fits nicely on a single sized bed, it hangs over both sides by a few inches and comes up just over halfway on the bed. x

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