FO – Blanket Stitch Baby Blanket

Hi All,

I just realized the month of June is almost over and I never got back to you about a couple of projects I talked about in my last OUAS (Once Upon A Sock) post. Today, I’ll share with you a little labor of love.

In March, my (step) Aunt Debbie asked me if I could make a baby blanket in lavender for her son’s soon to be arriving baby girl. She wanted something small that she could use as a baby and then be able to use for her baby dolls as she got a little older. Baby girl was due to be born in the middle of May. I thought that would be plenty of time to make something, so of course I said yes! Plus, I love knitting for babies…what could be better?

I rushed out immediately and picked up some Lavender yarn at JoAnn’s called Red Heart Soft Baby Steps. This stuff is so soft and is perfect for babies, as well as the easy care that new Mama’s appreciate. I spent the next few days searching patterns on Ravelry; but nothing was floating my boat. I finally decided to keep it simple and cast on for a 9 stitch ribbed baby blanket.

It was super easy and mindless knitting; however silly me totally forgot that I was in the midst of packing and moving. D’oh! I got all the way to here (see pic below) by May 9th and realized there was no way in the world I was going to get it finished in time. 😦 If I had gone a little smaller, maybe. But I wasn’t going to rip all that out and start over. I will continue this blanket at another time for another baby girl…I already have one in mind!

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So what to do? I know I can crochet super fast and started looking for quick and easy crochet patterns. One of my very favorite crochet blogs is called Mama in a Stitch and I just so happened to get an email that she had posted a new pattern. Eureka! Why didn’t I think of it sooner? I set about to searching her blog for a baby blanket and as soon as I clicked on the link, I knew it was meant to be.

It’s called the Blanket Stitch Baby Blanket and is her go-to pattern for blankets. I think it might be mine now too! She specifically gives instructions for a baby size blanket and a throw size blanket, but you can use the pattern to make any size you want. She used chunky yarn and I knew that I was using a worsted weight, plus I wanted the size to be a little smaller…more of a stroller blanket instead of a crib blanket.

I decided to use a size I (5.5 mm) hook and I crocheted my foundation chain until I was satisfied with the width I wanted, which was 22 inches (84 stitches) and I was off and running! I crocheted until it was 30 inches long and then crocheted a single chain along the edge to make the border even. For those of you that might be new to crochet or have never heard of this stitch, she has a YouTube tutorial on how to create the stitch.

In between unpacking, working, and all that life holds, I happened to crochet this blanket in 15 days. The little nugget was born on 5/15 (the day before my birthday) and I finished on 5/19. Just in time for Mama and Papa to get settled in while I popped it in the mail. Here are pics of the finished blanket…it was difficult to photograph the color; however it is closest to the one where it is draped over a chair. Mama, Papa and Grandma are super happy with the results 🙂

And here’s baby girl sleeping peacefully under her new blankie.

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I’ll be back soon to share another project I’m working on…also crochet. It is a commissioned project and I need to get moving a little bit quicker.

Until next time, Happy Crocheting (and Knitting!)

 

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. AJ says:

    It’s beautiful! Some other little girl will be super lucky to receive the first one too!

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    1. Thank you, AJ 🙂 I think so too! I can’t wait to finish up some other stuff so I can get back to it.

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  2. Stefanie says:

    OMGosh, so precious! I love the blanket and the color. My kids had that musical toy dog also. I’m going to check out the blog and the pattern.

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    1. Thank you, Stefanie! I think you’ll like her blog. She has tons of free patterns and I love her style 🙂 The blanket was super easy too and such a beautiful effect with the pattern. I forgot to mention that it only took 2 3/4 skeins of yarn to make too…so pretty economical. Especially if you use a coupon or get the yarn on sale like I did.

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  3. jessmcombs says:

    I love that blanket (purple is my favorite color btw). It’s beautiful!

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    1. Aww…thanks so much! It’s my favorite color too 🙂

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  4. wonderful! the blog is very nice, a colour of the blanket is really unique and quality as well. thanks for the nice post.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment and dropping by! Welcome to my blog!

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  5. Sweet baby under her gorgeous blanket! The 8 stitch rib also looked beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much! Isn’t she precious?

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  6. Knit Potion says:

    Wow!! It’s wonderful! I absolutely love it. What a lucky baby! 💝

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    1. Aww…thanks so much, Melinda! It’s good to see you 🙂 I hope summer teaching is going well!

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