Sunday, January 30, 2011
Pink Dots Baby Blanket
At last! The first real baby blanket that I have completed and been satisfied with in a very long time.
A simple shell pattern that I adapted from a scarf pattern, it works up in multipes of 6 stitches +2. This is a good sized baby blanket with 158 stitches, but I'd be inclined to go 6 or 12 less for the next one, and could be made in a smaller version for in a pram or car seat.
Having tried a few variations, I like to use a considerably larger needle than the wool band suggests for this stitch as I think it gives a much softer result.
To finish the edges consistently I added a shell border around the bottom and sides, working 8 stitches in the corners. Quite happy with the result, especially for this little girls version, although it also looks nice with a straight edge.
So ... waiting to hear some news from a friend, and with a blue blanket also in the works, who knows where this one will end up.
The basic shell pattern as given for a scarf (and matching hat) can be found at the Art of Crochet by Teresa.
The wool? it's Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly mini dots and I used a 5.5mm hook.