Crochet diamond baby blanket

It may sound like I’ve had a super productive start to the year but I actually finished this crochet baby blanket back in early December. Our friends had a baby boy and we gave them some presents to welcome him into the world; something shop bought, something handmade. But what to make a tiny baby? Well, blankets are always useful (I suppose my love of blankets makes me a bit biased). Especially when you’ve been born in December!

Ball of pale blue wool

Rico Baby in Ice Blue

Finding the right pattern took me a while but the simplicity of Olga Poltava’s Diamond Stitch Baby Blanket (see pattern notes below) won me over. Scott had a conference in London one weekend so I visited the haberdashery department of John Lewis on Oxford Street to find some suitable wool. I was in there for ages – partly because I got distracted by beautiful wool I wasn’t actually going to buy! So. much. choice. This Rico baby wool ticked all the boxes; soft, gentle, machine washable, decent colour – I don’t know about anyone else but I’m not a fan of all the bright pastel shades for babies.

Wool blanket with diamond pattern

Crochet diamond baby blanket

Crocheting this pattern was really enjoyable. Easy to follow and once I’d crocheted a couple of pattern repeats I didn’t need to look at the instructions anymore. The size of the finished blanket is adaptable: multiples of 10 + 7 for the width and 10 rows for the diamonds.

Crochet diamond stitch

Scott’s Grandparents bought me these “Handmade by Gemma with love” tags a couple of years ago. They’re really handy; I sew them into things I knit or sew for other people so they know it’s handmade.

Handmade by Gemma tag

‘Handmade by Gemma with love’ tag

Blanket hanging on door

For the edging, I added a few extra rows of single crochet to create a thicker border.

Closeup of crochet diamond

Crochet edging

Big Bear has been my companion for 31 years. He was bought for me when I was born and is something I’d never get rid. I’m hoping this blanket will hang around for a while. Eventually becoming a blankie and when that is outgrown, this blanket might become a blanket for a cuddly toy.

Teddy in blanket

“Big Bear”

I’ve starting started reading Yokes by Kate Davies. Lots of beautiful photos of knitwear!

Notes

  • Pattern: Diamond Stitch Baby blanket by Olga Poltava
  • Wool: Rico baby Classic DK
  • Wool colour: Ice Blue (023)
  • Balls: 5
  • Crochet hook: 4mm

18 Comments

  1. This is a really beautiful blanket. Thanks for including the link, I’ve saved it (added to my list of hundreds of others!)

    • Thanks Rachell. Haha, I’m exactly the same. I think I’ve bookmarked more things than I can make in my entire lifetime!

  2. Very pretty blanket! The yarn looks so great for a baby – super soft. Those tags are adorable. A perfect finishing touch for a gift.

  3. What a lovely, cozy blanket! And I love your tags. What a great present for a crafter!

    Your bear is so sweet. I still have my baby blankets from when I was born. 🙂

  4. Hi Gemma,

    Omg, your blanket is gorgeous! I like your choice of yarn and color. Great photography too. The last photo with Teddy is just precious.
    And I am so happy my pattern was useful to you. I love seeing finished projects from my patterns. It motivates and inspires me. Thank you for giving me credit and linking to my blog.

    All the best, and hugs from California,

    Olga

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