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!
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.
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.
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.
For the edging, I added a few extra rows of single crochet to create a thicker border.
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.
I’ve starting started reading Yokes by Kate Davies. Lots of beautiful photos of knitwear!
- Pattern: Diamond Stitch Baby blanket by Olga Poltava
- Wool: Rico baby Classic DK
- Wool colour: Ice Blue (023)
- Balls: 5
- Crochet hook: 4mm