Katie from JustTenBooks has made a beautiful crochet baby blanket for our childhood friend Karen. When Karen announced her pregnancy, Katie kicked it into full crochet gear and cranked out this thoughtful gift in a matter of a few weeks! Here's Katie with her How-To:
There is something about babies that makes me feel all crafty! When I hear that someone is having a baby, I just want to make things! When I heard that a good friend is expecting a little one in August I decide to crochet a baby blanket for her. Here is the short version of what I did.
Step 1: Yarn
Step 2: The main section
Crochet one giant granny square using up an entire skein of yarn. For excellent instructions on how to make a granny squares, check out the book The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. Stupid name, but a fantastic book for step by step instructions on how to do simple stitches and projects.
Step 3: the edge
Using the second skein of the main color, double crochet 4 rows all the way around. For the corners, 2 DC into the corner stitch, chain 2 and then 2 more DC into the same stitch.
Edge color 1: Double crochet 2 rows and make the same corners as above.
Edge color 2: Double crochet 1 row.
Block the blanket (wash it once and stretch it out to dry) and you are done! Tie a ribbon and tag onto the blanket and you are ready to give the gift (or keep for yourself!)
Here is a variation that I made for my own baby. You can see him modeling it below.