crocheted :: for snuggling (Stashbuster Baby Granny)

Stashbuster Baby Granny, originally uploaded by earthchick.

I’ve always wanted to crochet a big granny blanket, and now that I have, I just want to keep making more. What fun!

I made this to go with the striped baby sweater I showed you yesterday. I went stash-diving and came up with 6 different shades of Swish Worsted (three blues and three greens), plus a wee bit of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in “Icehouse.” And I got hooking.

in progress :: granny square baby blanket
It was so gratifying how fast those first rounds went!!

in progress :: baby granny
I would do a round here and there, and it just kept growing and growing.

in progress :: baby granny
When it got to this point, I thought it was almost done and that a few more rounds would put me at 36″ square. But the reality was, once I added those few more rounds plus the border (5 rounds of single crochet), and blocked it, it came out to nearly 50″ square. I think it will make a great blanket for many years, from babyhood, to toddlerhood, and on.

Now I want one!

in progress :: baby granny

Baby Granny Blanket edge
(border of 5 rounds single crochet)

I only had two color rules for myself in making this:
– no two rounds of the exact same color next to each other (there could be two greens – or even three – in a row, but not two olive greens in a row, for instance)
– the light green was repeated in ever-widening increments – the first repeat of it was 4 rounds after the first use of it, then the next repeat was 5 rounds later, then the next was 6 rounds, etc.
It was a lot of fun to improvise within these two constraints and see what happened. I’m especially happy with how the dark blue and olive green stand out in the blanket.

Granny Blanket + Striped Baby Sweater
I would say that a granny blanket and a child’s placket-neck sweater make a pretty nice combo for a baby gift. And I’m pleased with the Swish Worsted, which is machine washable.

Granny Blanket + Striped Baby Sweater
Welcome to the world, baby!


2 thoughts on “crocheted :: for snuggling (Stashbuster Baby Granny)

  1. What a great set! I love those colors — so cute.

    My first giant granny square afghan is my favorite thing I’ve ever made, hands down. 🙂

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