I was totally delighted to hear that my friend and work colleague was expecting her first child this Autumn. YAY!! Baby blanket crochet. I started looking for lovely patterns and quickly came across the delightful Amy Astle’s lovely Etsy shop Little Doolally. Oh what wonderful patterns and just the right sizes. I settled on the Beautiful Retro Baby Blanket.
I considered my colours carefully knowing that my friend is a Cath Kidson fan, and that she would like something more vibrant than pastel. I also wanted it to be a surprise so couldn’t quiz her too much! I decided on Drops Muskat yarn which I got from Wool Warehouse. I used these colours:
Light blue purple • Lilac • Off white • Red • Purple • Blue • Light Grey • Old pink • Vanilla yellow • Turquoise • Denim blue • Dark Purple • Heather • Dark Olive • Warm yellow • Apple green • Petrol • Sky blue
It really is a simple pattern, single crochet and spike stitch rows and produces a beautiful firm fabric that is quite retro and reminiscent of pram baby blankets back in the day – when I was a little one maybe!
It grew very, very quickly, and I used a pattern repeat after 18 colour stripes.
My stripes were:
Denim • Light blue • Light Olive • Off white • Light grey • Purple • Dark purple • Lilac • Old pink • Heather • Red • Sky Blue • Dark Olive • Turquoise • Blue • Petrol • Warm yellow • Vanilla yellow
Amy’s pattern is so comprehensive and easy to follow.
In no time at all it was nearing the end of the repeats to make the perfect pram size retro baby blanket.
It has turned into quite the heirloom baby blanket that I’d hoped it would be – I loved making it, so satisfying!
I then decided on Petrol, Light grey and Apple green for the border.
So there it is Ta-DAh! A lovely snuggly baby blanket that I have to tell you my friend and her partner were thrilled with, it made her cry! Just waiting to find out who the lovely lucky little snuggle is – arriving early September if it behaves itself! Happy hooking :O)xxxxxxx