I’ve been waiting to do this post for a few weeks now as it’s a baby blanket for my friend Maria and as most of us know babies have their own timetable for arriving.
My inspiration for this blanket was a pattern I found online here. I’d always wanted to try basket weave crochet so thought this would be ideal.
As I didn’t know if the baby was to be a boy or a girl I thought that I should pick colours that could do both. I chose some Stylecraft Special yarn in Aspen for the main colour and Grape for the border. This was the first pattern that I’d ever done that required FPdc and BPdc (front post double crochet and back post double crochet in US terms) though unfortunately I’d misinterpreted what a post was.
This resulted in my style of basket weave and after doing 20 rows I was not going to start again. I thought it looked ok so just carried on. I also made a few changes to the border and the finished size of the blanket so if you follow the pattern for yourself it will look different from my one.
After a month of mad crocheting to get the blanket finished by the Maria’s due date I got the blanket finished and had it ready and waiting. Ten days later, after an induction and emergency c-section little Daniel arrived – all 10lbs 10 oz of him!
So now Daniel is here and his blanket has been gifted to him I can now show you the finished item.
I couldn’t believe how big the blanket was when I hung it up.
I’m quite proud of the finished weave, though not a traditional basket weave, I think it looks very neat and tidy.
The border in the grape – yummy.
If I have learnt anything from this project it’s to read up on the technique of new stitches before I try them. Has anyone else out there had a similar happy accident with a project?