I do love crocheting baby blankets! They are one of my favourite things to do, the whole process is delightful from start to finish.
Usually, I start from the yarn, picking out what colours go together and deciding what yummy yarn to use – sometimes a difficult job because there are so many gorgeous yarns available to choose from! Occasionally I’ll start with the design as some yarns seem to go better with some designs than others. I like to use a cotton or baby merino to make a traditional continuous granny square blanket for example.
Each blanket takes me anything from 12 to 24 hours to make depending on the design and size, so the initial design process is pretty important, I don’t want to be unhappy with the result at the end of all that work! The type of yarn I pick is important too, I like to use natural fibres wherever possible, not only do they produce something very special at the end, they’re also amazing to work with.
A cotton or merino blanket feels luxurious to touch, very soft and supple, perfect to have next to a babies skin; the pure wool and wool/alpaca blankets have a lovely sumptuousness to them and a weight that you just don’t get with acrylic fibre yarns.
Acrylic yarns do have their place though, they make the best lightweight blankets which are great for that extra layer or for slightly warmer weather when you only need a light covering.