Rainbow baby blanket

Back in the summer I bought some gorgeous Lion Brand Mandala self striping yarn during a visit to Row by Roe in Limavady.

I had in mind that it would make a gorgeous little baby blanket but had no baby to make it for. So for the past couple of months it sat in my stash until some close friends recently announced that they are expecting a baby!

I wasn’t too sure how I wanted to make it but thought a simple crochet design would work well. A solid granny square was my final choice so I picked up my trusty Tulip Etimo hook and made a start on it.

It’s true that working with a self striping yarn makes you work faster, “one more row until the next colour”.

The 150g ball of Lion Brand Mandala (I used the colour Honeydukes) produced this colourful rainbow effect, however a crocheted square of trebles meant that it didn’t produce a blanket as big as I was hoping for. I had to have a rummage in my stash of acrylic yarns and found 2 purples that I thought would work well to continue the rainbow effect. These are Stylecraft Special DK yarns in the colours Magenta and Emperor (I think – as they didn’t have their ball bands).

Doing 2 rounds of each colour increased the size of the blanket enough for me to finish with the 2 extra colours.

The finished blanket is the perfect size to be used as a car seat/pram blanket. Also since it’s acrylic it can be machine washed and tumble dried, the Lion Brand yarn really benefitted from this as it made it so much softer and squishable.

It’s such a happy blanket and my 2 daughters both asked if I would crochet a rainbow blanket for them… we’ll see 😉.

Jean x


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