A Couple of Crochet Chevron Baby Blankets
Whew! My hands need a break! I’ve been in single crochet land for a while finishing up 2 chevron baby blankets as gifts. As usual, when I try something new in crochet, I end up getting schooled a bit and I end up thinking how I will do things differently next time.
I crocheted the blue, gray and white chevron blankets with Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend, which I liked working with.
These blankets took a long time, so when working with gift deadlines, planning ample time is key. I didn’t do that! Rushing is not fun.
The pattern I used called for filling in the triangles on the edges to have a nice straight edge. I really thought that looked sharp, but I ended up skipping because it was bowing, and I was running out of time.
When it came time to weave in the ends, the only yarn needle I could find was a flimsy plastic one. A plastic yarn needle doesn’t work very well, especially with tight single crochet. I picked up The Crochet Dude’s Bent End Needle Set and I’m a happy camper! The bent ends have a nice pointed, beveled end and it slides through the stitches nice and smooth.
Tangles in yarn were the next obstacle to deal with, and I finally decided to get a ball winder.
Thanks for the credit, Knit Picks! KP credit = kid in a candy store!
I enjoyed making 2 chevron baby blankets with different color combinations. The one blanket with corn blue, gray, and off white; the other with colors or cream, yellow, green and blue. Bold colors are fun to work with, but subtle has its own charm. For this blanket I used Berroco Comfort yarn.
Blocking has its own challenges. The points and valleys need to be lined up right. I plan on gluing the 1″ checkered fabric that I place over the blocking mats onto foam board to make the grid straighter.
After blocking, the ends still curled. I steam blocked by hovering an iron on the cotton setting over the blanket. I used a wool/acrylic blend for the blue, gray, white blanket. According to this nifty chart from Vogue Knitting, spraying it to is the better method.
So there you are: crochet, live and learn!
Have you been working with crochet chevron patterns and have some tips to share? Post them in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
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