Thursday, 7 February 2019

Baby Blanket Beginnings

I planned to post more frequently, but time has got away with me.  We have been trying to get our new house in order before the baby gets here, and everything takes much longer than you think and costs more than you anticipate!

The nursery is finally getting there, though - not too much more to go and we should hopefully have one lovely finished room amongst the rest of the chaos!  (Which also means we will be able to put some of the baby stuff in there, rather than it being scattered willy-nilly around the rest of the house!)

When I get chance, amongst all the DIY, I have been working on a pretty little baby blanket for our expected new arrival...

Pretty filet crochet heart baby blanket

It's going to be made up of these pretty filet crochet heart squares, all crocheted together.

Pretty filet crochet heart baby blanket

Above are the five colours I'm using.  I've got a back-up sixth colour, depending on how many squares I get out of each ball of yarn I'm using!

PATTERN
The pattern is the Christmas Cheer Heart on Ravelry.  I have changed it slightly by starting with a chainless foundation row of dc (US)/tr (UK) instead of a chain row and then the first row of dc/tr.  Instead of the white round, I have finished each square with a round of sc (US)/dc (UK) in the same colour as the square.  I may add another row of white sc/dc as part of the joining, as I plan to join in white... but we'll see when I get there!

Pretty filet crochet heart baby blanket

YARN
The yarn I'm using is King Cole Cottonsoft DK in the below colours: - You can buy some of these colours from Love Crafts*.

712 Rose
1600 Buttercup
713 Lilac (I think this is discontinued, but I found it on ebay)
715 Mint
716 Candy (I think this is discontinued but I found it on ebay)

HOOK
I am using a 5mm hook, as that is my standard for DK yarn, as I'm a tight crocheter.

Pretty filet crochet heart baby blanket

I have made 22 squares so far, with my current aim being 35 squares.  I've also nearly sewn all the ends in - there are just four squares hidden amongst these with ends awaiting!

I'll be back to show you any further progress I make on this... hopefully I'll get it done before the baby arrives!

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8 comments:

  1. Sorry I am absolutely rubbish at checking blogs and commenting at the moment. Love these hearts! Cannot wait to see baby under finished item! xxx

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    1. I've been rubbish at keeping my blog up-to-date anyway, don't worry! Thank you - the blanket is getting there! xx

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  2. could you please send me a graph on this heart pattern. i get very confused with written pattern

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    1. Hi. I'm afraid the heart pattern is not my own, and I therefore do not have a graph for it. You could try contacting the owner through Ravelry - I have linked to their pattern on Ravelry.

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  3. What size are your squares please? I love them and the colours you have used.

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    1. Hi there - they are approximately 14cm x 14cm (5" x 5"). The colours are listed in the post. I hope this helps!

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  4. I am also wondering what the size of your squares turned out? I tried one of these square with a 4 weight yarn with a size G crochet hook. My squares turned out more rectangular (7” x 8”). Are the squares supposed to be so large? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Susie - my squares are approximately 5" x 5" (14cm x 14cm) It will depend on your tension when crocheting - it sounds like you have a loose tension, whereas I have a tight tension. I would suggest using a smaller crochet hook to make your squares/rectangles smaller. It doesn't really matter if they are rectangles rather than squares - it will still work. Another suggestion is to make less squares/rectangles, if you want to stick to the same crochet hook.
      I hope this helps - good luck! Maria

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