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Posted on Nov 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Modern Baby Blanket

Modern Baby Blanket

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This week I finished another baby blanket. Friends are turning up preggers left and right, and I’m pretty stoked about it. I’m also pretty happy with some of the new blankets I’ve been churning out, as well as various other baby items–stuffed animals, hats, diaper covers, etc. I think people must be reminded that crochet can be beautiful and modern. It’s possible to make heirloom blankets and afghans with a hook and some yarn. And they need not be reminiscent of something we saw on grandma’s couch.

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Before weaving in ends

This blanket is comprised of 9 simple squares and a lovely border for texture and contrast. The square is called “Amber Waves” by Priscilla Hewitt, and can be downloaded over at Ravelry for free. The border/edging was adapted from a beautiful tutorial over at http://safetybootsandcrochet.wordpress.com/ . She specifically has asked her pattern not be reprinted without permission, so you can head on over there to find it for yourself. It is in the right-hand column under the top posts. I modified her edging to better suit my afghan; it has a decreased total number of rows (primarily the sc rows), and the textured columns are a bit shorter than called for. I also switched the color-change sequence.

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I made the blanket using Vanna’s Choice yarn in Beige and Black (with a larger hook than called for), since it was on sale and I like the feel of it while working. It’s a great weight for blanket-making, and also works wonderfully with amigurumi or other stuffed animals and toys (with a smaller hook). I’ve made quite a few afghans with it over the years, and they have held up extraordinarily well with repeated washings/dryings. The colors are also gorgeous!

I’ve been on a bit of a crochet kick lately, so there will probably be many more posts like this to come. I’ve been itching to get back into the wood shop and have some exciting projects lined up once I can get over to Home Depot.

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