I’ve been meaning to write this post for almost a year now… ok probably over a year, but who’s counting?
When I found out I was pregnant with our second daughter, I went a little overboard pinning all sorts of things that I just HAD to make for the newest addition to our little family. I was bursting with creative energy and ready to get the entire world prepared for her arrival.
Life got in my way and alot of things fell to the wayside when we started to worry about our babies health. These blankets still made the cut.
Top of my list was this photo I pinned so long ago from the purlbee.com:
How gorgeous are these blankets? They are knit on circular needles (I think) and would probably take someone with my lack of knitting skills 8 million years to complete. Enter the lovely crochet hook. I decided to use the same color block idea but just crochet the entire thing since I’m pretty speedy with that. In no time at all I had busted out these two beautiful blankets.
You can see Gracie’s here in the photos from her NICU photo shoot. Gosh that feels like a lifetime ago.
But anyway, as Christmas soon approaches, these would make really adorable gifts for any babies in your life, or anyone for that matter. I kind of owe one to my best friend (you know who you are ha)… better get on that. But really, add it to your list if you are looking for a unique gift to give this holiday season.
I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in seven different colors for each blanket. It’s soft and nice (enough) to make a sweet little blanket that baby will love. If you get all the yarn from JoAnne’s or Michael’s with 40% off coupons or buy all the yarn during a stock up and save sale, you can make this blanket for a FRACTION of the price for the original from Purl Bee (a hefty $105.00 for their merino wool kit).
For the first blanket I used all warm colors (red, orange, pink, yellow) and for the other I went opposite and used cool colors (blue, teal, turquoise, gray). Pick whatever colors you like the most! There are endless combinations that would look great for baby. Even an all neutral colored throw blanket would be lovely.
Using a size J10 crochet hook, I single crocheted about three feet of each color until each skein was completely used up. You’ll need 7 colors total and that gives you a blanket of about 48″ x 60″. It’s been a perfect size for carseats, picnics, laying in the crib, snuggling around baby for naps on the couch etc. It washes nicely too. If you are a total beginner, these two you tube videos are very helpful:
I’m thinking of making a few to sell in my Etsy shop… will keep you all posted if I do!