We had a baby shower at church yesterday. Isn’t it always fun to get together and celebrate a new little life? I made this blanket for Caroline and the mommy-to-be complimented it so I decided then and there that I was going to make her one for her new bundle of joy.
The most difficult part of this project was deciding on a color scheme. Our crazy friends decided they weren’t going to find out the baby’s gender – totally fun and totally understandable. If we have another, I’ve even contemplated doing the same. When you’re trying to decide on a baby gift it’s a totally different story. It’s really difficult to choose colors that aren’t “all boy” or “all girl.” Not cool.
I guess I could have made the blanket black and white… that would totally make me think of a barcode, though. Anyways, when I was choosing the colors, I was originally going to stick with purple, green, and blue. I was afraid it would be a little gloomy, so I decided to spice it up with some red and white. I always like to throw a “wildcard” into my color selection anyways. For some reason, it tends to make everything pop. I definitely think the red accomplished that in this particular project.
Thankfully, I think the gift was well-received and declared “gender neutral” (A relief! I was a little afraid the purple made it too girly). If you need a quick baby gift, I definitely recommend this pattern. It worked up super quickly (probably 4-6 hours if I had been able to sit down and do it all at once) and is a gift that will be treasured for a lifetime. I’m so glad my mother-in-law gave Riley a crocheted baby blanket… if she hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t be crocheting today.
If you’re interested in the specifics, I used the Granny Stripe Pattern from Attic 24. I honestly can’t remember how many I chained but I think it was 90 (and the blanket measured about 30″ square). I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in Dusty Blue, Dusty Purple, Scarlet, Lime, and White (though I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn). I did a simple half double crochet border around the entire blanket.