As the weeks turned into months I finally had a couple of hours in the evening to myself and a plan began to form (after many hours of browsing baby blankets on Ravelry - inspiration from here, here and here).
I started in the middle of May with four colours of Baby Cashmerino and a vague idea:
I made a lot of circles and edged them in off white.
This is the first time for a while that I have made squares that need to be seamed and it made me particularly undecisive.
I evenutally made the decision to add more colours to balance the dark and light hues so dug into my stash of Baby Cashmerino and I ended up with 8 different colours for the centres of the squares.
After a last minute purchase of a ball of orange yarn I finally had 57 squares crocheted and what I thought would be just enough off white to add a border.
However, deciding which pattern to use was challenging. I spent three evenings swapping and changing squares and taking pictures.
With some help from Twitter and Ravelry I eventually decided on number 6 - Big diagonals.
It took a couple of evenings to join the squares. I was worried I'd end up messing up the pattern, or that my small people would mix up my carefully ordered piles; however it went without a hitch. I used Lucy's granny square joining tutorial - which made a lovely flat, neat seam.
After more deliberation I added the border from the pattern, but only had enough yarn to do one repeat of the front post crochet round.
And here is the ta-daaah moment!
Another success I think - it arrived in Surrey today and I know it will be loved and cherished.
Started: 18th May 2013
Finished: 9th August 2013
Hook Size: 3.5mm
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashermino in:
Off White - ecru (101) - just over 5 1/2 balls.
Yellow - primrose (001)Green - apple (002)
Pink - candy pink (006)
Light blue (baby blue 204)
Teal - Mallard (59)
Dark Pink/purple - Hot Pink (60)
Orange- Apricot (63)
Light gray - silver - (12)
Dark gray - Dark gray (58)
I could get 8 circles from one 50g ball of yarn with a tiny bit left over.
The blanket weighs 630g and is 7 x 8 squares.