Finally! After starting my crocheted baby blanket back in July, I’ve finished it. It languished for weeks, nay months. Can you guess what suddenly sent me hurtling towards the finish line? Yes, someone became due to join us very soon. In fact, someone delighted in a late entrance. Can you tell someone is a girl? Welcome to the world, Martha Rosalind! (I LOVE that name.)
So, on to the make. I used Rowan hand knit cotton wool in three gender neutral colours: cream, teal and purple. Crucially, this wool is machine washable at 40 degrees. (No one will thank you for a baby hand knit in wool that requires hand washing.) This make took just a touch over six balls with a 4mm crochet hook.
I should at this stage admit that this gift was not my own idea. As has already been established several times on this blog, I am the queen of faithful copies. Pins & Needles first crocheted and blogged about a baby blanket and I then shamelessly emailed her for Youtube links and tips. Thank you, my dear!
100% cotton wool seems to suit crochet extremely well. It has a slight stiffness to it that makes it keep shape and structure very well. I was concerned that the cotton wool wouldn’t be soft enough for babies, so consulted two friends who are also mums. They reassured me that a new born would have no issues with this and that the hole-y nature of crochet is excellent for babies, because it prevents them from getting too hot. Aw, bless. (Can you tell I don’t have any children?!)
I absolutely adore the little scalloped edging. It would have been easy to skip this step, but it finishes the blanket off a treat. Google ‘Youtube crochet edging’ and a million video tutorials will come up.
Interesting note – since starting this make, I’ve discovered a much more affordable source of cotton wool for crocheting. First4yarns supplies 50g Creative Cotton balls of wool in zinging colours for £1.50. Rowan handknit cotton retails at £3.95. Now, what I will say is that the Creative Cotton wool does tend to split as you’re crocheting and the Rowan wool keeps structure slightly better. If I was new to crocheting (erm, I AM new to crocheting!) I would fork out the extra for the Rowan wool, as it will make the learning process easier.