Last week I finished the blanket I was working on for a friend's wee girl who is 18 months old. My friend requested that the blanket be cream and brown to match the nursery. I added in a little pink and it became "the ice cream blanket" as the colours reminded me of Neapolitan ice cream...
I think I was working on this blanket for around 8 weeks and truthfully, I had to keep taking little breaks from it and did quite a few other small projects in between. I find I often do this with bigger projects, do others do the same I wonder?
So a few details...
I used 4mm knitting needles for the squares and the yarn was Stylecraft Special DK. I used 2 balls of cream (1005), 2 balls of mocha (1064) and 1 ball of pale rose (1080).
Each square measured 10cm x 10cm and had 22 stitches and 28 rows. The first and last 2 rows of each square were knitted in garter stitch as were the first and last 2 stitches of each row, to give a border around each square. The rest was knitted in stocking stitch. Some squares were a solid colour and other striped whereby I knitted 2 rows of each colour throughout.
The little pink flowers are crocheted using a 4mm hook and the pattern for these was from the 'floral purse' in Cute & Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench.
The blanket measures 6 squares across by 8 squares long. Before sewing the squares together (which was a very time consuming task, I must admit!), I 'steam blocked' each square using the wonderful advice and instructions from this post from the fantastic Attic24. I think doing this made such a difference to the finish of the blanket.
Lastly, the border was double crochet into each stitch all the way around and then I used my favourite border which I seem to have used in all my blankets - the border from the 'flower cot blanket' in Cute & Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes by Nicki Trench. Again, I used a 4mm crochet hook.
It was quite hard work this blanket it really was, but enjoyable all the same! Thankfully, it was all worth it as my friend was really, really pleased with it and I am told the wee one loves it too...