Baby Elephant Blanket & Comforter
Last week I shared my Patchwork Ocean Baby Blanket & Octopus Rattle I made for a friends baby boy, this week I want to share a more gender neutral baby blanket I made for a friend who didn’t find out the gender of her baby whilst she was pregnant. I knew I wanted to create something neutral using white, pale grey and yellow, they seemed like the perfect combination. I thought about using mint instead of the yellow, but I couldn’t find a colour quite what I was looking for so I settled on the pale yellow instead.
The original concept for this design was going to be a lot more patchwork like than it ended up, as is often the case with my designs what I think up in my head doesn’t always work or look quite as I think it should in practice. I originally wanted to create this blanket using blanket yarn, however, the grey I had was much thicker than the white and yellow and it just made the whole blanket look wonky and odd, so instead I got some different chunky yarn which was the same thickness and worked better for the project.
I also had in mind that I wanted to create three sections for this blanket, the middle was going to be in Tunisian Simple stitch and featured the elephant in grey on a white background which yellow ear and tail details. The next section was going to be alternating yellow and white squares in the Tunisian Knit Stitch and finally finished off with a grey background in Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch. After playing around with this concept though the knit stitch just didn’t blend nicely with the other two, its just too tight compared to the other stitches and it made the blanket wonky. To combat this I omitted the knit stitch and just focused solely on the two stitches. I kept the elephant concept exactly the same but instead I had a yellow Honeycomb frame around it and a large grey Honeycomb frame around that. It gives the effect of having a picture on white paper, with a yellow card backing in a grey frame.
I love how this blanket turned out. It’s my first blanket with more than one Tunisian stitch and the whole thing was worked as one piece with colour
changes as necessary. I love how making it as once piece makes it seamless and the design flows very nicely, plus there is no need to work a border afterwards as it was created in one piece. The downside however, is more ends to sew in, but this is a great compromise for how the design ends up looking.
To go with the blanket I wanted to create a small elephant comforter. I was actually feeling a bit lazy with this one and since I had already made Mei Mei the Elephant by Look at What I Made before I just decided to take her pattern and work the elephant down to adding the front legs. Once the elephant was made and stuffed, I sewed it to a small blanket I had made in matching Honeycomb stitch to the blanket. The Little blanket was 36 stitches wide and 36 rows long in honeycomb stitch made in white, with a edge of single crochet in yellow to finish it off. The yellow tied in nicely with the yellow ears I made on the elephant and she was sewn into the middle of the blanket, creating the perfect elephant comforter to go with the Elephant Baby Blanket.
If you want to create your own Baby Elephant Blanket for a baby coming up in your life then you can find the pattern for the it here for FREE. You can make the matching comforter using the instructions for the blanket above and use the Elephant pattern from Look at What I made to finish it off.
I hope that you have enjoyed this blog post and join me next week for something completely different to crochet.