Chloe's arrival is only a few weeks away and I have yet to finish making her baby blanket. This is partly due to the number of orders I've been taking on, but my biggest problem is that I'm just not in love with what I've started.
Remember this beautiful blankie I crocheted for Emma?
I originally thought that it would be sweet for the girls to have the same blanket in different colors, and when I had a ton of yarn leftover from a cowl project gone bad I decided to use it for Chloe's bobble blankie. The only thing is that it's a pretty bulky weight yarn--Lion Brand Wool-Ease, to be exact--and I'm not at all thrilled with the thick texture OR the color options for a coordinating border. I know. I'm picky, right?
In a last-ditch effort to attempt making a new blanket from scratch, before Chloe makes her entrance into the world, I've compiled a list of my 10 favorite blanket patterns from around the web. Most of them are free with only one or two exceptions. I would love love love it if you all would leave me your thoughts. Do any of these strike your fancy? Does one of them scream out to be made? I have my eye on one in particular from this list, and my trip to the craft store tomorrow might just result in the purchase of skeins and skeins of yarn to jump on it. I'm curious if it's the same one that calls out to all of you!
And now, without further ado, my top 10 list of crochet baby blanket patterns!
1. Sunny Spread
I made this one back in November for my sister-in-law's new home and, although sewing the squares together was a royal pain in the rear, I absolutely loved the end result:
It never occurred to me what a lovely baby blanket it would make until I saw Rachel's version over at Maybe Matilda. Isn't it gorgeous?
2. Casapinka Crocheted Baby Blanket
I saw this and immediately fell in love with the colors and interesting border. I can just see it in Chloe's owl-themed nursery only with a bright pink and orange trim to complement the aqua. Mmmm... yes.
3. Ocean Waves Blanket
I could see this as being a pretty fun, quick and effortless blanket to whip up. I don't know that I have the time (or the patience) to change colors as often as this one does, but I'm sure even a solid color blanket with contrasting trim would look nice.
4. Vintage Crocheted Blanket
I saw these blankets at Maybe Matilda just the other day and instantly started to drool. Aren't both versions of the same pattern simply stunning in their own, unique ways?
5. Ribbon & Ruffles Blanket
Ruffles? Check. Texture? Check. Adorably girly ribbon trim? Check check.
6. Bobble Blankie
I found this pattern last year and just had to make it for Emma. The bobbles are SO much fun for little ones to play with. As we speak, she is cuddled under it in her bed. It's always close at hand, which makes the accomplishment of finishing it all the sweeter.
(Oh, and one of my favorite blanket-makers Maybe Matilda made a version of this that also helped entice me to complete one. She's my blanket hero.)
7. Classic Baby Blanket
Simple, tasteful, elegant... need I say more?
8. Crocodile Stitch Blanket
How many ways can I say how perfect this blanket is? If you've been able to tell anything about me then it should be that I love texture. Flat is boring. Texture is so in.
9. Basket Weave Baby Blanket
I've had this blanket pinned for pretty much forever, but there's never been an excuse to consider making it until now. Maybe... just maybe!
10. Summer Baby Blanket
As stunning as this blanket is, I almost think it's the cuddling baby that draws me in even more. However, with Chloe being born March 1st, it wouldn't hurt to consider a blanket with some extra breath-ability. This one delivers on that and so much more!
There you have it! My current top 10 list of baby blanket patterns. Hopefully it gave you all some of the same inspiration it brought to me. Now start commenting and tell me which one to pick, people! Please!