Since the first baby blanket was a bit on the small side when finished, I absolutely had to do another to go with it. Really, I had always intended to make two blankets, but I had no idea of the pattern I wanted to use. I saw a pin on Pinterest that I just had to try. It is a blanket using Bernat yarn and you can find the pattern here.
The pattern was easy to read and I didn’t have any problem following the instructions. The foundation row was kind of tough because I chain a little on the tight side. I was very careful to chain loosely though, however since so many stitches went in one chain space it made the next chain tighten up. I was afraid that I wasn’t skipping the stitches appropriately and would have a mess when I got to the end of the chain–but it worked out perfectly.
Lots of color changes for this one. I did an invisible join: you do your stitch as normal with your current color until the last yarn over and pull through–do that last yarn over and pull through with the new color. Then you just drop the yarn for the old color and work with the new color. I was able to bring the white color up along the sides of the blanket the entire time so I did not cut it off (see a picture below). I did cut off the yarn from the blue and grey yarns after every two row section.
I’m a very big fan of weaving in my ends as I go, it makes the task that much easier. When you finish your last section, there is only one end to weave in and you’re done. For this blanket I did not weave in my ends along the way. Because there was a row of single crochet to be done on each end, I decided to crochet over my ends and then trim out any stragglers if necessary. It worked out pretty well.
I love the look of this ripple blanket and it is so soft to the hand. I’m hoping it will get lots of use. As my cousin is due to deliver any day now–I’ll be sending both blankets (this one and The Baby Blanket from that post) to her through the mail early next week.
What I used:
- Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby in Pale Blue, White, and Flannel (Grey)
- Hook: US G/mine is 4.25mm and not the typical 4mm
- I also wanted to note that I needed more than one skein of blue to finish the blanket (I had luckily purchased three), I also had to eliminate one of the last grey rows, because I did not have enough yarn left.
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