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angelwing75
« on: November 17, 2004 05:32:28 AM »

Here's the latest baby blanket I've crocheted.  You can't really tell from the pics, but the little puffs make the most adorable heart shapes!  I made it as a baby shower gift and now I'm so sad that I have to give it away!!

 
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hudelei
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2004 05:47:29 AM »

That looks so cool!  And I know what you mean about sometimes hating to give the baby blankets away sometimes (despite the fact there's no baby in the house and I look pretty silly trying to curl up under one on the sofa ...).

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justwantacraft
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2004 06:41:55 AM »

Beautifull! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2004 08:05:14 AM »

That is so beautiful, did you just use baby yarn?  I love the ribbon. Wow! Did you make up your own pattern?
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roxycat
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2004 04:31:03 PM »

That's the prettiest baby blanket I've seen! It looks Victorian almost or kind of Shabby Chic. What is the pattern from?? Please do tell!
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moondream
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2004 05:28:00 PM »

That's a wonderful baby blanket! I understand how you feel about giving it away too, though I wish I knew someone having a baby so I could make them one,hehe.
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angelwing75
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2004 05:23:28 AM »

That is so beautiful, did you just use baby yarn?  I love the ribbon. Wow! Did you make up your own pattern?

What is the pattern from?? Please do tell!

The pattern is from one of those little pamphlet-like Leisure Arts books they sell at Ben Franklin and Wal-Mart, called "So Sweet Baby Afghans."  The pattern is called "Heartwarming Wrap."  Those booklets usually cost $2 to $3 and there are five or six patterns in them, so that's not a bad deal.

This blanket is also on the cover of the booklet (albeit with the right amount of edging - I cut mine short because I hate to do edging!):
http://www.leisurearts.com/crafts_needlework/item_detail.asp?item_num=75015&search=1#

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn because it's really soft and washable and easy to work with, but I think it's a little too heavy.  My niece is due in January, so it's a good winter weight.
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hudelei
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2004 06:00:39 AM »

I've done blankets with a ribbon woven into the edges a couple of times and I always wonder exactly what I should do.  I've seen them where four pieces are woven in and sewn down in the corners, no bows.  I've seen bows tied.  I've seen bows tied and then stitched down.  I'm getting ready to finish a couple of blankets I am donating the charity (when you just can't resist the urge to make a lovely baby blanket and have no baby to give to, it's the way to go!), and I find myself at that corner point again.

So angelwing75, are you stitching the bows down?  Leaving them just tied?  Does anybody know what mommies actually want us to do at the corners?  Is stitching it down worth the trouble?  When I gave one as a gift a few months ago, I think I just tied it because I had no idea what colors this couple would want (Malaysian friends of my boyfriend's, whom I don't really know at all) and then with the washing instructions, I included a note about optional ribbon removal (the blanket was a neutral sort of color I was pretty sure they could deal with).
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angelwing75
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2004 07:14:14 AM »

I have the same issue, hudelei.  I used four pieces of ribbon woven in, tied in knots and then in bows in the corners.  I didn't think I should stitch it in just in case the mom doesn't want the ribbon or if the ribbon starts to fray or come apart somehow.  (I personally liked mine better without the ribbon, but added it on anyway.)  I don't know how well ribbons hold up and I'm always paranoid about that kind of stuff -- I would think that if a ribbon or stitching on a ribbon came loose somehow, it could be a choking hazard, so many moms might prefer to take the ribbon off.  I don't know, though, since I don't have any children.
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