Just before Oliver turned 1 I decided I wanted to make him his own children’s blanket. I didn’t crochet when he was born so I didn’t have the opportunity to make him one. I did knit but I didn’t really enjoy it enough to make, what I considered at the time, a big project. So I went to shop for wool and looked at blanket patterns. The only thing I really knew was that I wanted it to be a single sized blanket that would last him throughout his life. After a lot of searching I found out about the ripple stitch and thought it looked a lot like sea which I thought would look great in the blue stripe wool I had found at Hobbycraft. So it was on 3 for 2 I naively purchased 6 50g balls thinking that would be enough. I started work on the blanket and very quickly realised that that 6 balls was no where near enough and after some calculations I ordered a further 54 balls!
Unfortunately it was one of those repetitive projects that once started ends up being left whilst other projects that are more fun come along and are completed. So the blanket set half started, and whilst it was originally intended as a 1st birthday present was in reality not finished until just after his second Christmas. I put his finished children’s blanket in the cupboard meaning him to have it for his 3rd birthday, but I completely forgot, so he actually received it last Christmas. It has mostly lived on his bed, but I had no idea how attached he was to it until I asked him if he wanted me to decorate it. I was instructed to put a pirate ship, 5 turtles and 5 starfish on the blanket. However, he would not allow me to take it away to work on overnight. So instead I made the motifs as instructed and sewed them on the following morning so he was not without his blanket.
I love the fact that he loves it this much that he is not wanting to be separated from it. I hope he continues to love it as he grows older and that one day maybe he can pass it on to his son, if he has one! If you want to make Oliver’s Sealife blanket then I have uploaded the pattern for you to try.
Lily did have the benefit of getting a homemade baby blanket, since I was definitely hooked on crochet when I was pregnant with her. I made this daisy blanket for her when she was born, although I couldn’t get the hang of those particular flowers, so she got something a little different. I used her baby blanket in the car, however, now she is coming up to 2 she is much to big for the size of blanket, so I decided to extend it to a children’s blanket size. I was recently pointed in the direction of a pattern called Around the bases which seemed a perfect way to frame the baby blanket, but still make it large enough to grow with her.
I was lucky enough to be able to exactly match the colours I had used in the original blanket, and I also decided on some contrast colours to make it a little different. It only took a few weeks to extend Lily’s baby blanket (much quicker than Oliver’s) and I am really pleased with the results. I really enjoyed this pattern, and I learnt many new stitches which I will definitely be making use of in the future. I did skip the 14th inning as my blanket was getting large and I couldn’t find a way to work it in with my colour scheme. It ended up much larger than a children’s blanket – it is huge, almost 1.75m square, definitely the largest project I have made so far and will fit nicely on a double bed one day for her. I decided to remake the flowers that I originally put on the blanket in the contrast colours to the original blanket squares and I really like the effect it gives. The flowers were peach blossoms from the book 100 Lace Flower’s to crochet by Caitlin Sainio and I think they look perfect with the blanket.
The blanket is a bit to large to get a good look at the details so I have added extra pictures to show the detail in the stitches and the original baby blanket in the middle. I has come out looking wonky but that is just the angle of the photo, the actual blanket is square! It is now all ready for Lily’s second birthday in July – I hope she likes it as much as Oliver likes his blanket!
I hope that you have enjoyed this weeks post on children’s blankets as much as I enjoyed making them. See you next week for something I am working on for easter.