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« on: May 21, 2004 08:37:02 AM »

I have searched the web endlessly looking for some easy baby blankets to crochet I need to make 3 for friends by Aug.
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2004 10:29:24 AM »

How experienced a crochet-er are you?  When you say easy, I would suggest finding some yarn you like, decide on a size, and just start double crocheting away.  Variegated yarns make patterns of their own, and you could alternate rows (as many as you want) with complimentary solid colors.  Or alternate solids with solids.  I'm a big fan of the ripple or wave style afghans, and I know there are patterns for baby sizes out there, or you can just start with a smaller length of initial chains.

How about one huge granny square?  Once started it should be pretty easy to just keep adding rows around beyond what the normal size would be.  Done in a nice fuzzy baby yarn I think it would look very nice, and making it should go pretty quickly.

This could also be a good excuse to experiment and make sort of sampler blankets with a variety of stitches---you'll get to learn and practice new things, won't get too bored or tired of doing any one of them, and the results will be completely unique.

Good luck---and don't forget to post pictures when you're done....
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2004 10:38:08 AM »

I'm not a beginner but not intermedate either. I've tried a few diff things but get tired of it fast. I have posted a few blankets I did for my kids.

The few granny square blankets I have made have come apart within a few months of use. Dont know what I did wrong.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2004 11:21:05 AM »

The few granny square blankets I have made have come apart within a few months of use. Dont know what I did wrong.

If the squares became disconnected then it was how you joined them.  If you made one huge granny square...can't help you there.

If you're between beginner and intermediate, I'd say stick with something fairly straightforward and use an interesting yarn.  One easy way to add a little interest is to put your hook into the the back portion of each stitch instead of through both (does that make sense?), which gives a sort of ribbed effect.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2004 11:33:58 AM »

Have you tried any of the mile-a-minute crochet patterns.  They go really fast and you only need to bring a small amount of yarn with you for each row.  It makes it easy to crochet the blanket on the go ( i.e. waiting for appointments, lunch breaks etc.)

I love the mile a minute you will be amazed at how fast you can make a blanket.  Good luck! Wink
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2004 03:41:19 PM »

Lion Brand Yarn makes a "Baby Homespun" it's a somewhat chunky yarn, yet soft and fuzzy.  It works up pretty quickly, just be sure to use a larger hook, like a size "N"
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2004 04:01:56 PM »

my grandma does baby blankets for everyone and she uses a brick stitch (i can send you the instructions if you'd like). she makes all hers 3ft by 3ft ( so there's no wrong way to wrap the baby).  really if you have a favorite stitch, or one that you'd like to try, you can use any of them to make a blanket.
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2004 04:39:08 PM »

can you explain the brick stitch?
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simply
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2004 06:26:07 PM »

looks like this:



might be called something different?

Brick Stitch

Multiple of 4 ch plus 6

Row 1: sk 3 ch, * 2 dc in next 2 ch, (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in next ch, sk 1 ch* (repeat from *) 3 dc in last 3 ch, ch 3, turn

Row 2: * (3 dc, ch 3, 1 sc) in each 3-ch sp* , 1 dc between last group of 3 dc and turning ch, ch 3, turn

Repeat from row 2
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2004 10:09:20 AM »

You can make this one bigger and add a shell edging when you are done.  Makes a very nice SOFT blanket--try Caron's Simply Soft.  Goes pretty fast as well.  I love this stitch.

http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/13kids/preemie.shtml
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