Now we’ve chatted about crochet here on this blog before. And it’s still my life’s purpose to explain to those who think they might like to try it, that its EASY.
I promise. Once you get the hang of it, it’s very repetitive and really rather soothing. I should be doing it right this minute as about 45 babies are due this year and time is not my friend. But anyway.
I made this blanket for a buddy and his fiance who were expecting their bundle a week before Pepper was due. Now I like pastel as much as the next grandma-trapped-in-a-reasonably-young-woman’s-body, but these guys are a little different. They’re a little bit goth and a whole lotta cool, and I just knew they’d get a huge kick out of a baby blanket to suit. But by all means, if you are to crochet one of your own, your colour choices are almost endless. I’ve got about six planned, and all the yarn is sitting in boxes under my bed. One day, I swear…
So I took advice from the lovely Pip, who recommended the pattern over at Attic 24 (next time I will try Pip’s Cheery Wave Ripple. Oh and the arcade/larksfoot!). I did get the first two rows a bit mixed up and it took me a couple of goes of unpicking when I realised I hadn’t done it correctly, but once those foundation strips were laid, it was smooth sailing. Says the girl who used to only crochet straight because I wanted to zone out and not be looking at patterns constantly. It really is very simple and very effective. DO IT. DO IT, I SAY.
Oh and because I couldn’t resist, as I was photographing these in the baby’s room, Abby was sitting with me. She asked in her tiny toddler voice: “cheese, mum?” I was confused as she won’t touch cheese, until I realised she wanted her photo taken. I don’t know who taught her to say that, but check out that face! Eighty-seven kinds of adorable right there.
For other yarny goodness, why not try this this pom pom version, ripple baby blanket, vintage-style scarf, chunky crochet scarf, easter bunny basket, winter baby girl hat, or this sweet little hat. Want to flex your knitting skills? Try this simple cushion cover.