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How To Crochet A Colorful, Wavy, Striped Baby Blanket

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    This is a project that I started in 9th grade during the week of spring break. I made this blanket because I was inspired by a book of crochet patterns that my family had given me for my birthday. This was a really fun project and it made me feel satisfied when I finished it!

   My Answers to the Make-To-Learn Contest:

 1. What Did You Make?
     This is supposed to be a baby blanket, but you I made it bigger than the pattern suggested without buying extra yarn. I used a size "H" crochet hook and 7 skeins of Carons baby yarn in different colors. It works best if you use bright colors because the waves will really pop out that way, but pastels would probably work as well.

 2. How Did You Make It?
     I got the idea for this blanket from a book of beginner crochet patterns that I received for my birthday. I wanted to try it because I had never done a blanket before, and the pattern only called for single stitch, the most basic stitch in crocheting. My mom and dad bought me the yarn to work on the blanket. At first, I couldn't understand the pattern; my mom suggested that I show it to my grandma, who was really good at crocheting. Grandma was able to figure out the pattern, and she even decided to make a blanket like mine as well. Thoughout the week of spring break, my grandma and I got to spend a lot of bonding time together. My grandma died last summer, so these memories have become even more special to me.
     I was going to make this a baby blanket, but I ended up making it long enough for an adult to use.

 3. Where Did You Make It?
     Most of the time, I worked on the blanket at my house. However, when my grandma got really sick last summer, my family and I went down to see her and I took my blanket with me. In fact, I finished the blanket away from home.

 4. What Did You Learn?
     I feel like I learned several things while making this blanket. One thing I learned was that crocheting a blanket takes a lot of time and patience! I also learned that crocheting is a great way to bond, whether you are learning from someone else or teaching another person to crochet. The thing I am the proudest of about my blanket is the waves on the blanket. If I could do it over again, I would have finished it earlier so that my grandma could have seen it completed before she died. I know that she would have been pleased that she taught me so much when she taght me how to crochet that baby blanket!
      
 
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kaijura1 year ago
hannah, i forgot to ask you - what were the final dimensions of your blanket? and, how many chains across did you do?
i'm asking so that i can size the pattern up to a throw or blanket size and need to know how much more yarn i'll need to buy.
thanks!
Hannah Hudson (author)  kaijura1 year ago
OK. So, I messed up my blanket when I made it, but I know what I did wrong. I started off at the wrong size of waves and then, instead of pulling out my work and starting over, I tried to correct it in the middle of the blanket. The part that I did right ended up being about 28'' wide, but that can be fixed by just adding more waves to the blanket. To make it the right size for an afghan, you probably want to make it about 28 waves wide, which means that you will need to chain 420 stitches or so. You may want to buy 2 skeins of each color in order to have enough. Otherwise, your blanket may be a little skinny for an adult to use. (It is possible though=P) Sorry that I couldn't give a more specific answer. Hope you have a good time with this project. It's really relaxing and you will have something to show for your time as well. If you end up with a lot of extra yarn after you finish the blanket, you could always use the same pattern to make potholders, washrags or scarves. They make awsome Christmas gifts!=P Good luck!
Hannah Hudson (author)  kaijura1 year ago
OK. So, I messed up my blanket when I made it, but I know what I did wrong. I started off at the wrong size of waves and then, instead of pulling out my work and starting over, I tried to correct it in the middle of the blanket. The part that I did right ended up being about 28'' wide, but that can be fixed by just adding more waves to the blanket. To make it the right size for an afghan, you probably want to make it about 28 waves wide, which means that you will need to chain 420 stitches or so. You may want to buy 2 skeins of each color in order to have enough. Otherwise, your blanket may be a little skinny for an adult to use. (It is possible though=P) Sorry that I couldn't give a more specific answer. Hope you have a good time with this project. It's really relaxing and you will have something to show for your time as well. If you end up with a lot of extra yarn after you finish the blanket, you could always use the same pattern to make potholders, washrags or scarves. They make awsome Christmas gifts!=P Good luck!
kaijura1 year ago
hannah, what brand and type yarn did you use? it looks wonderfully silky and soft so i doubt that it's the standard red heart stuff that's, in my opinion, a bit rough and uncomfortable.
beautiful work by the way i know that your grandma was so proud of you