Hi All! In my last post, I promised to show you what’s been keeping me busy lately. At the beginning of May, I shared a quick sock post with you that showed the baby socks I made for my niece Brittany’s new baby boy, who is due in September. After that, I went into extreme mode on the test knit, the Gypsy Moss Shawl. Once I finished that, and in between working on my current pair of socks (amidst other things), I finished a baby hat and a baby blanket! I’m feeling very productive lately. I also promised big brother an orange monster (his favorite color), so he won’t feel left out when the baby gets all this new stuff. I started on it this morning and will share pics of that soon. So, let’s get down to the details!
Here’s the information on the baby blanket (free pattern on Ravelry):
Ravelled Here: Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket
Crochet Hook: Size I (5.5 mm) from Furls Crochet Candy Shop line
Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport in the color Pale Blue (816 grams – 2.72 skeins)
New Techniques Learned: Crocodile Stitch, single crochet edging when Crocodile Stitches are involved.
I did not use the ruffled edging / ribbon that was in the pattern. I wanted something a little more masculine, so I single crocheted around the blanket and then double crocheted another row around.
This blanket is a serious yarn hog, due to the amount of stitches used to create the Crocodile Stitch. It was a little fiddly getting started; however once the first two rows were complete, it was a breeze. I would definitely make this again; however I would make it the same size as the pattern. The final size on this is 46″ x 47″…I know, it’s huge! It will make for a good crib size blanket and keep the little man warm on cold Illinois nights.
The beauty (see one my dog’s butts behind the chair? LOL):
Here’s the info on the hat:
Ravelled Here: Simple Baby Hat (free pattern on Ravelry)
Needles Used: US 5 – 3.75mm DPNs
Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Solids and Marls in the color Flannel (30 grams – .22 skein)
This was a super easy baby knit and goes perfectly with the socks I made. I’ve included a pic of the hat and socks together here. I would highly recommend this for a quick knit when you need something fast for a baby shower! I made the baby size instead of the newborn, as I want him to be able to wear it a little longer. I love the rolled-up brim that can continue to expand the length as he gets bigger.
The cuteness (I’m not sure why the pictures posted with the tops cut off; however you can click each one to see the full detail):
So, that’s what has been keeping me busy lately! How about you?
Until next time, Happy Knitting!