After a short break, I have now made my way back to crocheting. A friend is having a baby boy soon and she seems like the kind of person who would graciously accept a handmade present (I hope) and if not, she can always use it as a fold up change mat!.
This seemed like a good opportunity to get back into crochet and make a baby pram blanket. Now that it is complete I understand how following a tried and tested pattern can improve the final look of a piece!
Having said that, I am happy with the results of my efforts, and I would be very excited if I were to receive a gift like this, however, it does remind me of carpet we had in our house a long time ago!
The inspiration for this blanket was from a few lovely pictures I collected on Pinterest. However, my favourite is this gorgeous blanket by creJJtion on Etsy. I must say, although I wanted to create a baby blanket myself (I don’t like reading patterns), in this instance I should have purchased her pattern. Her edging is a lot neater, the thickness of her stripes and the stitch choice is nice.
Things I need to works on in the future –
- Colour choice – Edging might be a bit dark
- Learn how to edge neater
- Thicker stripes
- Tighter starting chain (it flares a little)
- Learn how to weave in ends neater. There little tails pop through a little bit.
That is the edge. See how the little tails are sticking out a little and it does put a bit of a ripple through the stripes where I wove them in.
If anyone has any tips on how to do a neater border please let me know.
Once a gain I really do like this blanket even though I can see where it can be improved. It is soft, warm and hard for little baby fingers to get tangled up.
Incase I decide to make a similar blanket again I will list the details here.
- 100% 8Ply Cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills
- 3mm Crochet Hook
- 110 Stitches across
- 1 row double, 1 row single pattern. This keeps a uniform look on each side.
- Edging –
- Single crochet in pairs all around
- Single crochet round two
- Finish with Double crochet in reverse direction.
This is simply for my own future reference, it isn’t meant to be detailed instructions.