I'm blaming Katie. It started off with her posting this innocent link on Ravelry. Which led me to these instructions.
I tried to ignore it. I tried to forget it. However when I saw Katie making those circle-squares in York I knew I would succumb.
The first effort, in Araucania Toconao, a merino yarn I bought at Skip North last year.
This is an aran weight yarn, which means it crochets up very fast and made a sizable lap blanket in no time. However, it isn't really a baby blanket. Too many holes and a little heavy.
I've just got the ends to sew in and then I need to give it a good blocking.
With the above in mind, I switched to sock yarn and a 2.5mm hook.
However the variegated yarn just gets lost and you can't see the circles. I think this one is going to the frog pond; to be turned into barnraising squares for a very purple knitted blanket.
Onto the next option, the faithful Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I still have a decent colour palette of this left over from previous blankets. So I'm going for a big square in a rainbow of colours (from red through to violet) with the cream in between each round. (Inspiration taken from this blanket on Ravelry.)
The first 5 rounds are complete and I think it is working so far. I think this one might be a keeper!