Saturday, March 19, 2011

Baby Afghans

Off to a family baby shower today, so you know I had to make something special for the little one. With baby afghans, I typically chose to do simple designs in highly washable yarns - they're meant to be used, washed frequently, etc. These are for a little boy, hence a lack of ruffles or other florishes.

This one is just a simple shell pattern. The yarn is a super-soft acrylic sport weight in a pretty yellow/turqoise/white ombre, and I used a little solid white for the border.

I opted for a reasonably tight repeat shell pattern so while a lighter blanket, it will still be quite warm. Also, as it's a lighter yarn, it took quite a few extra hours to crochet a blanket of substantial size, and it's a pattern that's easy for me to hammer out.

The other one I did is my favorite of the two.

I fell in love with the yarn, which is Red Heart's "Ocean".

I love the swirling blues and purples in it, so I let that guide me to a pattern. I chose a slightly more open pattern because it's a heavier yarn - standard worsted weight - and I wanted to have kind of a wave pattern to again pull out the ocean theme.

Size wise, it's quite a large afghan so it can cover Mom as well if she's cuddling the baby or be spread out to play on the floor.

I'm really pleased how this one came out, and have tucked instructions away because I could see making it again at some point in the future.

Here's a little detailing of the wave pattern and the edging:

And so, they are off to their new owners today and will be enjoyed.


Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Both are so pretty and will be used for years, I'm sure! What a lovely and thoughtful gift!

Rachel said...

They are both wonderful! I really love the ocean one, it's so pretty, and looks so cozy! :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I love the ocean one too. Hand made gifts are so lovely.

Blu said...

Very pretty! I agree that the ocean one is just lovely.

Kathy A. said...

The afghans are beautiful Sue. The color of Ocean Waves is stunning. Thanks for showing the detail. It is perfect.

Always smiling said...

Both these are beautiful I love the shell pattern you have used for the Ocean Waves.
What a lucky baby and Mum

Hugs Chris x