I thought we’d have a bit of crochet hooky talk today to finally reveal my baby boy granny patchwork blanket in all its glory!
I absolutely loved working on this blanket. I get that giddy excitement when I start a new project – working out what pattern I might use, what colours, fitting in working on it at every opportunity… and this blanket was no different.
This was a very special blanket as it was a present for one of my dear friends. We met while on our gap year in the Philippines – we were diving every day for three months surveying coral reefs and have been friends ever since. Last year we were bridesmaids at each others weddings and although we have never lived that near to each other (she now lives in Edinburgh while I’m in Gloucestershire) it has never mattered as we text and speak often and meet up when we can!
Emsie is a fellow hooker, so I knew this blanket had to be my finest work.
I chose to use Stylecraft Special DK for this blanket as I loved working with it for my last blanket. The colours I used were aster, cloud blue, sherbet and cream for the squares and midnight to join.
So I started off by making a regular granny square – quite a lot of them actually! 48 to be precise. They worked up fairly quickly, and my stack steadily grew:
The next stage was laying them out into some kind of random order. I found with my last granny patchwork blanket that random is not as easy as random sounds!
At this stage I thought about joining them as they were, without the midnight blue. But I didn’t want this to be a really babyish blanket. The only thing for it was to give the midnight a go, and if I really didn’t like it then I could just unravel and make some extra squares!
I decided to use the join-as-you-go method to join the squares together, following Lucy’s excellent instructions. I thought it made the most sense since I was edging each square with the dark blue and I liked the effect of it too.
So, anyway, would you like a look? I know we’ve had a sneak peak above, but maybe it’s time for a REAL look, a laid-out-on-the-ground-look-from-above look? Ok then… Ta dah!!
The Edge is always a big consideration for a blanket – it ties everything together and finishes it off and I spent the usual long amount of time deciding what to do. In the end I kept it simple, but I’m really pleased with how it turned out:
Yes, I’m very pleased with this blanket. A job well done, if I say so myself!
PS. While I remember – the rough dimensions of this blanket were 33″ x 25″. It comprised 48 squares, made in 5 rounds on a 4mm hook.