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 :-)

xxx

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. VicksG says:

    Oh that’s beautiful, Tiny Tin Bird will be the envy of all other babies wrapped up in that. Something to keep forever x

  2. Sue says:

    That is a beautiful blanket and so neatly made. I am sure that there will be many happy memories made with that blanket and your baby.

  3. Theresa Smith in KY says:

    It’s lovely Heather! I don’t blame you a bit for saving it got TTB. Take care of yourself. :)

  4. Nanita says:

    Oooh it’s absolutely beautiful!! Perfect colour layout, and the joining is so neat… Aah lucky Tiny Tin Bird! :-) xxxx

  5. Completely lovely. I feel so excited for you and when you describe how you can imagine Tiny laying on the blanket I get all emotional. What a dafty!

    xxx

  6. jo egan-small says:

    dear heather, the blanket is absolutely stunning! the colors are great and the simple pattern looks awesome! you did right to keep it ;), xo, jo

  7. What a beautiful blanket! Love the colours, as always :)
    How did you do the joining? Sewn or slip-stitched? Back loops only or both loops?

    Cheers,
    Charlotte

  8. A beautiful blanket ready for a beautiful baby!

    What a lovely thing to make and you will get so much pleasure from it when baby arrives.

    Have a happy week.
    Fleur xx

  9. Ann says:

    What a beautiful blanket. With any luck you baby will bond with it and it will become a well worn and much loved ‘mimi’. That’s the name my grand daughter gave to hers.

  10. This post makes me feel squishy inside. Baby blankets – too exciting!

    It also makes me think I really need to dig out the squares I started after becoming obsessed with your last blanket.

    Disappointing lack of photos of flowers and cups of tea in this post :)

  11. That is a beautiful blanket – no wonder you couldn’t part with it! I’m sure it’s going to be much loved by Tiny Tin Bird & a big part of your family life together. You’re right, you need all those gorgeous photos for a post like this! Hope you enjoy the rest of your pregnancy, Helen

  12. Anne Marie says:

    That is so beautiful. What was it knitted in? I love the colours. How proud you must be of it. Just think how it will stand out against all those ‘pretty pinks, blues and yellow’ blankets of conventional people!!! When my son was born, (I can just about remember, it’s so far back, and he got married 2 weeks ago) we were in Holland and I bought some very ‘Continental’ styled stuff, like navy blue which was not done over here. I always liked to feel a bit different.

    I hope you’re going to post any crochet clothes you do for him/her.

  13. Karen says:

    Oh Heather! So beautiful! Your baby will be so snuggly and warm in his/her blankie! I really want to try out those Elmer squares!!! xxxx

  14. Ricky says:

    Oh, it’s absolutely stunning! And the colors are so happy! What a lovely welcome for your little miracle:-)
    The joining is so neat – did you stitch it? It doesn’t look as bulky as it usually does when it’s crocheted together.
    Stay happy and healthy :-)

  15. Sarah says:

    Dear Heather love the colours in your blanket. He/She will love it. You could crochet a little Elmer to match! I never tire of Stylecraft colours
    and I enjoy seeing the different combinations of colour in other people’s projects.

  16. Sarah says:

    Dear Heather love the colours in your blanket. He/She will love it. You could crochet a little Elmer to match! I never tire of Stylecraft colours
    and I enjoy seeing the different combinations of colour in other people\’s projects.

  17. Sharon Braxton says:

    One word: BEAUTIFUL! That is such a sweet blanket and I know Little Tin Bird will absolutely love it for a long time.

  18. So lovely! What a lucky baby! The blanket looks so soft and inviting I wish I could reach through the computer and touch it! Just gorgeous!

  19. Renee says:

    Your blanket is simply beautiful – you’ve encouraged me to use up my Stylecraft and make some squares for my no longer tiny tiny bird but big big boy.

    Best wishes to you Heather xx

  20. Gorgeous blanket and very inspiring! I don’t have any tiny people to crochet for sadly but I think I’ll make one anyway just for me! Good luck with everything and I’m sure your little one will look the cutest in their beautiful mum-made blanket. xxx

  21. Jane says:

    Heather your blanket is stunning, i love the colours you have used together, I am sure your tiny tin bird will love it when he or she arrives. You have inspired me to have a go at crochet – so I will be off to the library next week to find a beginners book. I used to crochet as a child but have forgotten what i learnt, I can fondly remember the bright red huge crochet hook I used to have!! Take care x

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