Crochet & Fiber Arts, For Baby

WIP: Crochet Baby Blankets

It’s been so exciting to start crocheting baby blankets for this little one of mine on the way!  My Ravelry queue is filled with baby booties, newborn hats, and all sorts of infant projects.  But most of all, I’m excited to start making baby blankets!  Not only are baby blankets practical and beautiful, but they take so much less time than the full adult-sized afghans do to make.  I have so many lovely blanket patterns printed up and ready to make, but right now I’ve been just loving this Spring into Summer Baby Blanket pattern – and I have two versions going that prove that!

And I have to add as an aside, it’s such a fitting name for baby blankets for my babe, as I am making these at the exact time of the title – while we’re springing into summer. 

Spring into Summer Baby Blankets - mellieblossom.com
Spring into Summer Baby Blanket

There are so many reasons that I love this pattern.  First of all, I have so much variegated yarn that I hardly ever use.  Even though I’ve tried to incorporate them into squares and other projects, there just hasn’t been a time yet that I felt that it worked.  So I have a little bit of a stash buildup of these yarns.  Fortunately, the Spring into Summer Baby Blanket pattern is absolutely perfect for variegated yarn – in fact, it makes the whole pattern!

I also like that the pattern is simple.  One basic stitch, an increase and a decrease technique, and the whole pattern is down, and with stunning results as well.  I’ve taken these on long car rides, into waiting rooms, and other places where I don’t want to have to keep checking a pattern, round by round, but still want something to work on.  I love it.

I’m not the only one who loves it, either!  While I’ve started the blanket above for me to use, the Mr. has requested one of his own in more “fatherly” colors, and I’m happy to oblige.  So I have two lovely versions of this pattern going, and I’m enjoying every second of it. 

Spring into Summer Baby Blankets - mellieblossom.com
Spring into Summer Baby Blanket – Daddy’s version

The free pattern for Spring into Summer Baby Blanket is a Ravelry download and can be found here.  The yarn I used for the top version is Lion Brand’s Landscapes in Boardwalk, and the bottom version is made with Red Heart Boutique’s Unforgettable yarn in Echo.  I used a larger hook (5.50mm I hook) with the Landscapes and the suggested 4.00mm G hook with the Unforgettable.  Both baby blankets are turning out quite nicely in their own way.  I can’t wait to wrap my little one in this love!

Have a great weekend!
~Mellie

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