The miracle of new life deserves a handmade gift. But let’s be honest, most of the time there are not enough hours in the day to do this.
A baby blanket makes a great gift for a new baby. Sometimes I like to buy a ready made baby blanket and add my own personal touch. It’s a great way to make a gift without too much time and it’s pretty easy to do.
With most blankets they already come with a blanket stitched edge which saves even more time. All you need to do is choose some co-ordinating yarn and crochet through each of the little loops on the blanket stitch edge. Sometimes on the corners you may need to do two crochet stitches instead of one so that the blanket lies flat when you’re finished.
I personalised this blanket for a Dora loving friend (actually not a baby but a toddler needing a blanket for hospital visits – see previous post here) I found some matching pink yarn and set to work making scallops around the edge.
Without following a pattern I made it up as I went along by doing a row of single crochet stitches around the entire blanket to start. Then I did scallops made up of a repeat pattern of a *slip stitch, 5 double crochets*, slip stitch the entire way around the blanket and then fastened it off.
There are some beautiful books available with different crocheted edging of varying difficulty but a simple scallop is a great way to learn and practice some crochet for a beginner.
On a baby blanket that we were recently given I decided to crochet two rows of single crochet right around the blanket. The yarn I used was so soft and fluffy that it didn’t really show up a pattern so I decided on an ultra plain edge for it. Great for a baby boy I think.
It was a great project to take away with me on holidays and when I was finished I tried it out and this is what happened. Bliss.
So if you’re looking for a “handmade” gift for a friend or relative having a baby but you’re stretched for time why not give this a try. I’m sure they will appreciate it.