Seaside Blanket

Typically, just after I posted about the light being dreadful it started to beam in through TTB’s bedroom window and made it all glowy and lovely. I grabbed my camera and the little blanket that I needed to photograph and took a handful of hasty snaps – I’m glad I did, the weather has been miserable since. Let’s have a bit of a “ta-daah” moment today shall we?

This blanket won’t come as a huge surprise to any of you as I did post almost-complete photos of it a few weeks ago. Of course, it then sat around for ages waiting for me to sew the ends in. The time it takes for me to get round to doing that last bit is usually longer than making the actual blanket but hey ho, that’s just me.

I used Rico Baby Classic dk in Vanilla, Blue, and Ice Blue, and a 3.5mm hook. (You can buy the yarn here.) I am pretty sure that I only used two balls of each – there you go, I actually made a note for you for a change!

This is the first time I have attempted to make the ripple straight at the beginning rather than straightening it afterwards and I’m really pleased with the effect. I don’t have any plans to write a tutorial for doing this but if you want to try it, here’s a photo of my workings out. It’s not TOO hard to do, but I want to stress how important it is to do a few practice pieces and get the hang of it first, and then when you come to do it on your actual blanket you should make sure you have some quiet time to concentrate.

I made the foundation chain like usual, and then I worked 1TR stitch (as usual that’s English terms, it’s DC or double crochet in US terms) into each chain, but only out of one loop, not two.

For the next row I worked the different height stitches: triple crochet, TR, TR, HTR, HTR, DC, DC, DC, DC etc all the way along and then on the next row started the Neat Ripple pattern. I’m sorry if that sounds confusing, if you’re familiar with ripples just give it a try and see what you think.

The top edge is always easier to straighen. I did write some basic instructions on how to do this, I think it was when TTB was a newborn which was fairly impressive now I think about it. Lucy also has a very thorough ripple how-to on her blog which you may prefer to follow as her’s wasn’t written in a baby fog!

As usual, for the border I put two TR stitches into the end of each row, I just love that effect and I’ve done it on all my ripples. It works for me, tension wise, and doesn’t make the edge of the blanket too bulgey. Then the next round of the border is simply TR into each stitch, and finally to finish it off I slip stitched VERY loosely (you must do this so loosely, like you are only laying the stitches on top, otherwise it will pucker horribly and be very tight and pulled out of shape.) in another colour to make it look finished.

There we go – finished! Perfect for a crib or a carseat. I meant to say as well, about the colour order. I did Blue for every 4th row and then alternated the other colours: ice blue/vanilla/ice blue and then Blue, and then vanilla/ice blue/vanilla. You see what I mean.

I haven’t measured it but I think the starting chain was 126. It’s slightly smaller than how a Stylecraft ripple would turn out as the Rico yarn is quite a light dk.

And I just wanted to show you this! TTB got a proper single sized bed a couple of weeks ago (he is SO pleased and proud) and the Big Elmer looks so good on it. He had it on the cotbed sized mattress before and it covered the whole thing and I was a bit sad that it wouldn’t cover this one but actually it works really well as his legs barely reach down to where the blanket is! It just makes me smile every time I see it, and it’s just really satisfying to be able to use it every day. I have made lots of blankets that we don’t really use! I sent my mum home with two last time she visited. I really love this blanket.

ETA: The seaside blanket is for my cousin and his wife who are expecting their first baby in March. I know some of you thought that this one was for me … well, it’s not, but she is due the week before me so I did have a bit of a chuckle to myself when I posted about it before. I couldn’t believe the timing when they announced their pregnancy!

16 thoughts on “Seaside Blanket

  1. Sue Mayer says:

    The seaside ripple is beautiful. I will get round to making one but worry it will not be as neat as your ripples.

    TTB in a bed is a milestone moment. The elmer blanket looks great on his bed.

  2. Sarah says:

    Dear Heather I am part way through making an Elmer blanket for my Goddaughter’s
    first baby. I have two other blankets to complete too. Just the right weather for crochet colour as it is lashing down with rain here. Love your latest blanket. Have a cosy weekend.x

  3. Your ripple is beautiful. Such restful colours. I shall be trying your pattern to start a ripple from. I have a large ripple that just needs the border putting on – I want to leave my top and bottom wavy and have a ripple going up each side. I’ve been putting off doing the border because i haven’t found the energy to sit down and work it out, so thank you :) I’ll let you know how it goes.

  4. One-oh-four says:

    Wow – a “big boy’s bed”! Your Big Elmer blanket looks fab with that gorgeous duvet cover. I love that light-but-bright green in there – is it “spring green”? Very impressed with straight start to the seaside ripple – I shall definitely give this a go next time I do one. Love the way you’ve used the colours. What’s next? The new bump will need something special!!!!!

  5. That ripple is lovely and boy they will love it for sure, such a great gift….
    I have crocheted quite a few blankets for new babies throughout my family and makes you happy each time when they love them xoxo And of course ttb blanket is beautiful, you could always do more edging to make it bigger as he grows too ☺

  6. Anna-Marie says:

    Another perfect blanket Heather!!! Maybe soon you’ll have to start a strawberry ripple or something like that???? Have a fab weekend!!!!!
    Love
    AMarie
    xxx

  7. Lil at House with Hearts says:

    I love your latest ripple! There is currently a baby boom amongst my friends and family so perhaps I may have the perfect excuse to make one of these! I’ve been following you for a few years now and have just started my own blog at housewithhearts.blogspot.co.uk . I’d love you to visit! Lil

  8. TTBs bed is lovely and I like the headboard (I’m currently in the market for one!) The seaside blanket is beautiful too and you’re finished it such good time! I’m looking forward to seeing what you hook up for New Tin Bird :-)

  9. Nanita says:

    Such a beautiful blanket, your cousin and his wife will love it! The next time I’m doing a ripple I will try your method of straightening at the beginning, it looks so neat xxxx

  10. Love the colours in that seaside ripple – have just woven in all the ends on a rather random rainbow one (apart from the edging which isn’t done yet), and it took ages. I always say I’ll do the ends as I go along, and I never do, and I always regret it.

  11. Anne Marie says:

    I love your elmer blanket with the lovely bright colours, I have been inspired to start one. The ripple’s colours are beautiful and restful.

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