Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New Baby, New Blanket

I'm off to VA again at the end of the month for my cousin's baby shower. I think handmade gifts are some of the most cherished things anyone can give someone else. Yes, of course I'll buy something off her registry, but I'm going to gift her with this blanket made with my own, two hands!

So, I was sort of following a pattern but quickly went off on my own thing. When you chain, do it in multiples of 9 plus 2. So, do 11 across and do the pattern, then measure to see your gauge. Multiply how ever more you need by 9 to get the proper length, and add 2 to that number. If I'm not mistaken, I think I did 182 across.

Once you have your foundation chain, the extra two you added on is a single crochet. On the next stitch over from the hook, do a double crochet, and then another double crochet in the same stitch. Skip 2, do a single crochet, and then 2 double crochet stitches in the same stitch. Skip 2 and repeat this pattern: 1 Single Crochet and then 2 Double Crochets in the same stitch.

When you get to the end, change 2 (the single crochet stitch) turn your work, and then do two more double crochet stitches in the same stitch. Repeat the pattern across until your blanket is as long as you need it to be. The three stitches should be done in the single crochet stitch in the previous row.

I'm not a pattern writer and I don't follow patterns very well at all. It's hard to keep track and I find it hard to turn when I get to the end. I just try to make my work look consistent. If anyone can write this pattern better, feel free to, and I'll post it and give you due credit! =)

I'm up to about two lengths of the first picture and I'm loving how it's coming out. I hope I can finish this blanket within the next two weeks! I don't have much time.