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A New Arrival for a New Arrival


I've gotten to those years in my life--my mid-twenties--when it seems like everybody I know is about to get married or have a baby! I've been busy crocheting baby blankets for every new arrival among my friends and family for at least the last year and a half, trying out a variety of patterns, color schemes and yarn choices. Pound of Love is often my go-to, because I know just one skein will make me a beautiful, soft and delicate blanket. Sometimes, I end up buying an odd skein here and there, to finish a project or just because I like the color. That's how this blanket came about.

When I heard about the arrival of baby Adriana, I saw I had skeins I had picked out while planning my creations for baby Mitchell, born just a few weeks ago, baby Kiera, born in 2012, and Mackenzie, who would definitely be mad if I called her a baby, since she's already about to turn six! I pulled together this palette of Babysoft in pastel pink and pink lemonade and Pound of Love in pastel green to create this blanket that looks to me like a field full of strawberries. The pattern I used, our Ocean Waves Baby Afghan pattern, originally called for Cotton-Ease, but given that gauge isn't as crucial for a blanket as it is for a garment, it was an easy substitution for my stash yarn. I wanted to add some frills to the border and make the bright pink pop, so I improvised a simple, lacy V-stitch border for a few rows until I was satisfied.

Do you have one type of project that you make over and over again? For yourself, gifts, or the local craft show? Share your favorite projects to make over and over again in the comments!


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  • http://www.facebook.com/suzette.shroyer1 Suzette Mitchell Shroyer

    This is beautiful... Is there a pattern?

  • Maria

    Love the blanket. Looks like the one I'm making now for my cousin. I like your boarder better. What stitch pattern did you use? Thanks!

  • Gabriela

    there is a link in the paragraphs for the pattern. In case you dont see it here it is:

  • mollyp

    click on orange "ocean Waves" pattern in the paragraph

  • Linda

    I've made at least 7 baby blankets using Lion Brand's "Dreamy Lace Baby Throw" http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90425AD.html?noImages= pattern. I like to use 3 balls of Babysoft yarn with a G hook with 181 starting stitches though; and the lightweight yarn makes it look more delicate. I love this pattern!

  • Linda

    My go-to pattern - I've made at least 7 baby blankets using Lion Brand's Dreamy Lace Throw - http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90425AD.html?noImages= . I recommend using 3 balls of Babysoft yarn with a G hook and 181 starting stitches, to get a very nice delicate look. I love this pattern!

  • http://profiles.google.com/wzrdreams Grace Jones

    Yes, it does look like strawberries! One of my friends is also expecting and I'm inspired to dinally make a baby blankie. Thanks for sharing!

  • Linda H

    can you tell me of a 50 cotton/50acrylic blend yarn that can be used? Thanks..

  • Linda H

    I'd also like to know how much of the pound of love yarn you used, just one skein?

  • Wendy K

    Can you post the instructions for the border? I love that.

  • I Love My Needlework Gal

    Sweet! :) That blanket is amazingly done. What pretty lace!!!
    ~Olivia Harris~

  • http://www.facebook.com/NJLoveyLin Linda Henderson

    Can you send me a link for the instructions on the lacey V-stitch border, I've been looking..... Thanks njloveylin@yahoo.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/NJLoveyLin Linda Henderson

    still cant find the border pattern, it would help alot if you could post where it is exactly, I have the blanket done and just need to finish up the edging.