Finally Finished: Spring Colours Blanket

When I make baby blankets for friends’ babies, I never have any problems deciding what size to make them, and I stop when it feels naturally proportionate. With this one though, the first “baby” blanket I’ve made, I had no idea how big to make it. I think that was mostly down to not knowing what the purpose of the blanket was … it’s not a pram blanket as I have another one planned for the pram, and I’ve got one of those baby sleeping bag things so don’t really need a warm blanket for the crib. After I gave it a purpose though, it became a lot easier to be decisive about the size. This blanket then, is my car seat blanket. A blanket for tucking baby up in in the car, and then when baby is bigger and sitting in a front facing car seat it will still be big enough to snuggle over legs if need be.

I found that the easiest way to do the ends was to do two at once. The yarn is fine and had no problem being done like this. Take them through one way, and then back the other. It’s not the neatest end darning in the world but the stitches are so open it’s difficult to hide them. It looks fine though and I’m not too precious about it, as long as they’re not flapping about I’m happy. When I’m doing granny squares I prefer to diligently sew in all my ends as I go along but with a blanket like this I prefer to get my hooky momentum going and do my ends in a few sessions. It’s quite a nice thing to sit in bed and do before going to sleep, surprisingly relaxing. It’s worth it when done though, I love the sight of a blanket with all the ends done:

I lay the blanket out from time to time to see how I’m doing size wise and once it looked right I started on the border:

(this pic is pre-end sewing!)

As I showed you previously, I like to start my edging with a row of granny clusters up each side. This gives a nice base for the border. You don’t need to do a cluster in each row as it won’t fit and you’ll have more border than blanket. A cluster in every other row, with no chain spaces, works best in my opinion.

I had done two rows of blue at each end of the blanket so to make it even all the way around I did a further row of blue on top of the row of clusters. You have to bodge the corners a bit but it works out fine. After that I did a round of yellow and a round of green working in the tops of all the stitches. These were UK TR stitches worked in the tops as opposed to between them. The final round is a round of blue again, using UK DC stitches in between the stitches. I’m not really one for fancy borders, I just like the blanket to look finished really.

Crochet stitches all have a front and a back. When working in stripes, you turn your work each time and when you look at the finished piece, the rows where you can see the front of the stitches look thinner than the rows where you can see the backs. In the above photo, the blue rows are the front of the stitches and the yellow and green ones are the back of the stitches. I liked that this made the blanket look less blue and the yellow and green were dominant. I chose to put my border on so that this side faced up. The other side is just as lovely, it’s just that the blue is a more dominant colour and I preferred the lightness and freshness of the yellow and green. For my next striped blanket, I am not going to turn my work each time, I am going to make all the stitches face the same way. This will make sense when I show you, I promise!

It would benefit from blocking I think, as the corners are curly. I’m not that bothered though and curly corners aren’t going to matter when it’s in use.

I started this blanket on the 14th of July and I finished it on the 8th August so that’s what, 3 weeks and 4 days? Not bad for a 4ply blanket! The yarn is divine, it’s 100% merino but it’s not fibrous when you stroke it at all, but it’s not heavy like cotton is. It’s Katia Merino Baby in colour shades 14, 37 and 44. I used a ball and a half of each yellow and green, and three and a half of the blue.

So here you have it … one finished blanket for baby. That brings the count to two … I wonder if I can squeeze another one in before baby arrives?

24 thoughts on “Finally Finished: Spring Colours Blanket

  1. It’s beautiful and I love the colour combo. I think blankets are to be used, no need to be precious over them, far better to have the ends woven in securely so it washes well. When it’s tucked about your new baby will someone say….”you didn’t block your blanket”, of course not, all eyes will be on the baby and the sunny colours of the blanket!

  2. It\’s beautiful and I love the colour combo. I think blankets are to be used, no need to be precious over them, far better to have the ends woven in securely so it washes well. When it\’s tucked about your new baby will someone say….\"you didn\’t block your blanket\", of course not, all eyes will be on the baby and the sunny colours of the blanket!

  3. I believe we are enjoying you being on maternity leave! We get daily posts! All over the world people are watching and waiting for the bundle of joy to arrive!! Have thoroughly enjoyed your blog for sometime. Have your friends had a baby shower for you!? Do you do that in England?

  4. Babies could not care less about curly corners as long as they are warm and comfortable. The blanket is just perfect.

  5. It’s so pretty and fresh! I agree with everyone, curly corners won’t be noticed when Tiny Tin Bird is all snuggled up in this blankie :-) You just might be able to squeeze another one, after all, you should be with your feet up and relaxing most of the time, right? What better way to do this than with a hook and some yarn? :D xxxx

  6. A beautiful blanket! I made one of these for a work colleague who has just had a baby. I am also in the process of making one for myself-thanks for the tips on the border-that’s where I always get confused. Put your feet up and enjoy making another! x

  7. Lovely blanket Heather. Am making a granny square blanket for a friend’s (her first grandchild) to use in the car. Get cracking on another
    because that way you will be sitting down and having a rest! Weather seems good for the next few days too. I am now off to tackle some more ironing get rid of more clutter and then do battle in the jungle that is my garden and cut down some bramble that has attacked me twice! xx

  8. Another lovely blanket and another lovely blog post. I particularly love all the blankets for different purposes. Get cracking on the next one!
    MsZeb x

  9. On the ends – I read Doris Chan’s blog and she stated once that she sews her ends going down, not across, so that they won’t come out and so you can’t see them. I started doing mine that way and it’s awesome! I will go down then across then back down then across the opposite way. It looks so much neater and you can’t see those pesky ends! It also tends to be stronger so that they don’t pull out either. Try it…you might like it. :o)

  10. I really like this blanket — something different! Your explanation of the border was very helpful to me — those borders are the hardest part for me to understand somehow.

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  12. This is a really lovely baby blanket. I’d love to learn how to make one. Would you mind telling me where I can get the pattern please.

  13. Hi there, I am just teaching myself to crochet and, having found your fab patterns, I am really getting to grips with it. Just done my first granny square…you have inspired me to carry on, love the blankets….but I must practise before I get too adventurous! Look forward to reading a lot more of your blogs. Thankyou so much, Val

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