Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Baby Blanket for Nobody

Hello? Anyone still there? I swear I got up to get a cup of tea and here we are several days into October already. I've had nothing but sweater angst (I finished a sweater and then unfinished it and salvaged the yarn for a different sweater--you'll get the details if I ever finish it), but I completely forgot to share a baby blanket with you that I made over the summer.

I made this sweater with the sincerest of intentions--I delighted in how the yarn worked up, I filled each stitch with good wishes, I felt excited for its eventual gifting. And then....I had one of those situations where you can no longer give that thing to the person you intended it for without seeming like some kind of lunatic (see related theory: curse of the boyfriend sweater. And if you think it's all rot I'm now 2 for 2 when it comes to proving that theory correct).

But anyway. Babies will always be born. They will need something soft and snuggly. So I will carefully put this away until it is needed. So moving on to the blanket.

This blankie is a perfect one yard by one yard square. The yarn is Bernat Softee Baby in Gray Marl, and is such a divine yarn to work with. It's a baby-weight acrylic (easy wash and dry) and the color is just fabulous. It's a gray and white twist, so it works up with this almost silvery sheen from a distance, but lets you see the separate colors when you get up close and personal.

As I was stitching I frequently stopped and sighed, saying "Isn't this color great?" as I held up the thus-far blanket for everyone to see.

I used a 'G' hook on this, and your basic corner-to-corner instructions that you can find anywhere online with a simple search. The intended recipient was a boy, so I didn't want a frilly feminine border. I did a single round of half-double crochet, playing with the spacing until it was laying nice and flat without pulling.

I was curious if, after a wash and dry, the blanket would stretch beyond its one square yard starting point, but it did not. It came out of the dryer oh so soft and fluffy, but the same size as when it went in.

So while this won't be going to its intended home, it was made with love and happy thoughts, so hopefully those are transferable.


  1. The warm and happy thoughts definitely cling to the work. The recipient can feel it as soon as they touch it, and, if the deserve to receive it, their response will be "I can't believe you made this for me!"

  2. That looks so cozy! I love the texture! I'd never heard of the boyfriend sweater curse before now... but I can see how that might work.

  3. I have just started something C2C too. It's such a great stitch :-)

    1. I love how mindless it is once you get going with it. The texture is beautiful, and I love what people do with colorwork on it.

  4. I second Kate's comment above: your beautiful (and may I say perfectly square!!) blanket is sure to be treasured by the future recipient.
    C2C is something I've been wanting to try, but have yet to.

    1. Aw, thanks. I don't know if I've ever gotten one to be perfectly square; it figures that this one is since it won't be seen for a while.



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