The trouble with having many different craft projects on the go is that they take longer to complete. You do not get the continuous flow of finished projects. I seem to have batches that all come to completion at a similar time.
I have shared the start of these projects with you before. They have finally been completed and are now either with their new born owners or awaiting delivery of their owners.
If anyone wants more details on projects, pattern links etc then you can always check out my Ravelry projects page.
I have shared small peeks of this blanket before but I haven't wanted to share too much as I had not handed the blanket over to its new owner yet. The new owner is not quite here yet (my new baby niece) but I have now passed the blanket to her mummy at a baby shower over the weekend, so I can share more pictures with you.
This blanket did not start out life destined to be a baby blanket. One of my favourite go to yarns is Stylecraft Special DK. It is only an acrylic but it is great value for money and very soft and not at all splitty (knitters and crochet folk will know what I mean). It is usually around £1.50 - £2.00 a ball depending on any sales etc and comes in over 50 amazing colours. Many sites offer Stylecraft “colour packs” where you can buy a selection of colours that work well together so if you are not sure on choosing colours these colour packs work very well.
I have used this yarn for many projects now and it really does stand up to anything. I have blankets that have been dragged around the garden, used as picnic blankets, dens and taken camping and the yarn copes great with all of this.
Anyway, back to the blanket. I had lots of odds and ends of Stylecraft from various other projects. It seemed a shame to have them sitting in a bag instead of being used. There was not enough of each colour to make an entire blanket with. However, with the addition of a white there was plenty of leftover bright colours to make a blanket of circles with.
The circles were the first 3 rows of this Attic 24 pattern.
The circles are made into squares and joined at the same time in a continuous join method which can be found here.
This is a really great joining method, it is worth an evening of sitting and working with your project and the pattern because once mastered it will same you far ore time than you invested. Had I have joined my circles individually I would have been left with over 200 ends to sew in. The continue join method left me with only 4 to sew in.
The border was from a very lovely little book called Border Around the corner crochet borders.
I really love this book. A good border really makes a blanket pop. It is like a beautiful picture frame for your art. It is also surprising how much difference a border can make. You can make two similar blankets but change up the borders for two very different looks.
I really did fall in love with this blanket and to think that it only cost me 2 balls of white wool so around £5.00 is quite amazing. I hope my little niece enjoys it in a few weeks when she arrives.
Next up is a second version of the Peak A Boo Blanket. I got many lovely comments on my earlier version and requests for the pattern. The pattern was designed by Sandra from Cherry Heart Blog and published in a magazine in around August 2014. I know at the time that that she was prevented from selling the pattern for a period of 6 months. I guess that time has now passed, I wonder if the pattern will soon be available.
This was made with Peter Pan double knit. The smaller size of the blanket means you can afford to indulge in a little more expensive yarn.
It is hard to get a picture which slows off the lacy diamonds within the blanket pattern. Getting those to line up throughout the blanket is both frustrating and hugely rewarding.
One final blanket is this rainbow ripple. It is the same pattern as Munchies Spiderman blanket. A simple swap of colours really transforms the blanket into a whole different look.
This is one of those deceptive patterns that is much easier than it looks. There are half a dozen set up rows for the blanket centre but once you are on your way the blanket is plain sailing with continuous rounds of the same pattern.
The bump that this blanket was made for has been called “Star” by his mummy and daddy whilst they were carrying him. I thought it would be nice to continue the theme on with the blanket.
Another 3 blankets all done and dusted and another 2 almost at an end. Hopefully the little baby boom around me is coming to an end. I think I need a break from baby blankets.