I wanted to design and make my own baby blanket, but I’m still pretty new to designing my own patterns. I searched through my “The Crochet Stitch Bible” and looked for a stitch to make the base of my blanket. I ended up selecting the filet squares stitch. I like the simple look of the stitch and there is not a lot of lace for tiny fingers and toes to get struck in, but enough small holes to add some venting for a summer blanket. If you pick up The Crochet Stitch Bible it includes the charts as well as the written pattern for the filet squares stitch.
I decided to add a few baby washcloths to my baby gift basket. I bought some cotton yarn (20 Skein La Mia Mini Cottony 100% Turkish Cotton Baby Yarn) for the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival to use in classes. It gave me a variety of similar yarn in different colors to work with. The yarn itself is nice, but not the easiest to work with. It splits and isn’t twisted tight, so there are some limitations on the stitches you can do with it since it snags easily on the crochet hooks.
Ripple Stitch, Leaf Stitch, Half Double Crochet, Tunisian Simple Stitch, and Spiral
Spring is coming and with spring, more babies. Two of my coworker’s wives are having babies, so it’s time to make more baby items. Call the Midwife Blanket and Piotr the Polar Bear.
This time I decided to try the “Call the Midwife” blanket. I’ve seen this one posted on my crochet groups and I always thought it was cute. I never knew where the name came from. The linked blog post to Little Monkey’s Crochet tells the story of the blanket and how she recreated the pattern from images on a TV show. Cool story. I love when people can reproduce something from what they see.
This pattern is easy and well written. I was able too finish it pretty quickly. I found this cute multicolored yarn at Michael’s called Kai in Bubbles colorway. It’s pretty, but acrylic. It was a bit rougher than I prefer to use on a baby blanket. To soften it up, I used some Cupcake yarn from my stash on the border. I did the border with just a few rows of sc all the way around.
To go with the baby blanket, I made Piotr the Polar Bear from Edward’s Menagerie. I also used the Cupcake yarn on Piotr. I used it on the blanket border, so it would match with Piotr. He’s the fourth stuffed animal I have made from this book. I’ve also made Emma the Bunny Alexandre the Russian Blue Cat, and Bridget the Elephant.
I modified his eyes and nose a little, to look more polar beary using some discount black chenille yarn I had in my stash.
I finished making my baby hats for Little Hats Big Hearts.
But first, my husband got me this photography tent for Christmas. This was my first time playing with it. Still working on setting up the lighting. But, this is the first time using it and showing off my pictures with it. OK, my photography skills need some work, I admit it.
All seven hats completed
My co-worker was expecting earlier this year. So I decided to make her a baby blanket. I didn’t want to make my typical baby blanket that I normally make. I found Zig Zag Puff Stitch Baby Blanket pattern on Pinterest. I decided to use my Maxima yarn by Manos del Uruguay that I bought during Yarnapolooza.