Sunday, November 20, 2011

FINISHED PROJECT: Striped Baby Blanket

This has to be one of my biggest projects! A striped baby blankie for one of my best friends, Coley, who had her baby shower last night. I started late Friday night, Nov 11, and finished early afternoon Saturday, Nov 19. (It was especially cosy finishing it yesterday with the very first snow falling outside!)

Crochet Baby Blanket

I forgot to measure it, but here is some information:
  • Each row was 105 stitches across. Each color had twelve rows and each white stripe had four rows. I worked on it for seven days over a span of nine. And I made up the pattern! (Which is why the border is kind of funny.)
  • I used all Vanna's Choice Baby in Lamb (one and a half skeins), Cherry Cherry, Goldfish, Pink Poodle, Sweet Pea, and Duckie (all the colors took not quite a full skein.) I used a J-hook for the whole thing.

I was so happy that it turned out, that I got it done in time, and that Coley loved it! I knew I wanted it to be extra-specially made because she's an amazing crocheter.

Chester inspecting the yarn.

It was really fun doing such a large project. It wasn't difficult and I didn't have to count, so it was perfect to sit and relax and stitch away. Each row took me about ten minutes, depending if I crocheted straight through or not. The best part about making this project was that eventually I got to cuddle under a blanket while working. It has totally inspired me to make my own MaDonna-sized afghan someday - I think if this one took me a week or so to make, and if I want to make my blanket four times bigger (does that sound right?), it'll only take a little over a month! That's not so bad! As long as I can stay dedicated to working on it and not starting anything new..

The yarn is so soft and cosy! I love it.

So that is something that I've been working on! My other long-term project is all boxed up to send out on Monday to Miss Twinkie, and I will post about that once she does. WINK! Today's plan? Doing dishes, watching my Vikings lose again, baking peanut butter cookies, and crocheting up some Game Boy gloves.


  1. I started a 'Jack Skellington' hat for a friend of mine who is having a baby. If you couldn't tell - she absolutely loves Nightmare before Christmas. Unfortunately, I haven't had as much time to work on it as I would like, but I'm 11 rows in of 16 and then all I have to do is the eyes and embroider the face.

    I have a tendency to start a project and stop, which is sad news for me because I have 3 projects started and not a finished one.

    Question: When you make mittens and try them on while you crochet - do they seem big to you? Also, when washed do they shrink if they do seem big? I'm only using the "Red Heart Super Saver" yarn on them so if they don't turn out to my expectations, then I haven't lost a lot of money doing so.

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  3. You make me want to learn to crochet!

  4. @Hailey - cute, I want to see that blanket after you're done! As for mittens - I've only ever made the fingerless gloves. I've noticed that mine are usually pretty SMALL to begin with and they stretch out to fit after time. I'm always afraid that they are too big and I stitch very tight, so they always start off pretty snug.

    @Camile - Do it! It is easy and if I can do it, you can!

    @Who's That Girl - I'll check it out! Thanks for visiting!

  5. This is absolutely perfect MaDonna! I have been wanting to try a full sized afghan but it is kind of intimidating!

  6. Beautiful work! I love the design and the colors. I'm sure baby and mom will get a lot of use out of it.

  7. That blanket is adorable, I love the colors you used together!

  8. I always wanted to do an afghan when I was crocheting, but it seemed like such a large undertaking. This turned out wonderfully! I'm sure you'd do great on your own. :)

  9. Did you write down the pattern? I would love to make this, but need a pattern to follow.


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