Sunday, September 13, 2015

Baby, it's a crazy eight-sided blanket!

I've been working on this Octagon Baby Blanket for a week now.   The yarn is Bernat Baby Coordinates in the color Fun Prints.  And this is the pattern I'm using.  It was pretty fast going at first, but now that the rounds have gotten longer it's slowed down a bit.  It's an enjoyable project, but after crocheting each row of every segment, it's very important to count the stitches just made (I've learned the hard way).  Yes, that means counting every single stitch.  A tad tedious, but oooh, the trouble I've seen when I didn't. 




I expect I'll have it finished in a day or two and it will need a blocking (or maybe just a light steaming) to flatten out the edges.   I'm trying to decide if I will trim it in single crochet with a solid blue that goes with the print, or just finish it with the same yarn.  The pattern has directions for a picot edging, so that's a possibility, too.  Simple, clean edges seem nice to me for a boy's blanket, but infant blankets can be a bit daintier without looking girlish, necessarily.  Then again, maybe "daintier" isn't the word I'm looking for.  I'm open to suggestions on the edging.



And then I just need to figure out how to photograph it nicely so the octagon shape shows!   Or maybe just the hint of the octagon is enough?

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15 comments:

  1. The blanket looks great and I'm only going to just imagine how you learnt the hard way, having knit a circular blanket for my youngest and it was done in sections, I think I know. As for edging I love picot edges, I'm a fan but I somehow see them as more a girl thing even though I have no reason what so ever for this thinking. Perhaps try a setion in a picot trim or half a section and half a section in single and then see which appeals to you, you could also try half that section in the print and the other half in a matching green and see which you like, that way it's only one section and will save an entire round being ripped back.

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    1. Great idea, Ruth. The different sections would provide a great opportunity to try out a different edgings.

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  2. I love this shape! I've never tried it before in a blanket, just washcloths. For the edging I really love to use the reverse single crochet stitch - it has such a beautiful texture!

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    1. I'm loving it too, Alina. Oooh - reverse single crochet stitch. If I'm thinking correctly this is also called the crab stitch. I've done that before - when finishing a pillow. I'm going to try it on one of the sections and see how I like it. I have 5 more "edges" to try out ideas if there are more suggestions! ;^)

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  3. It's beautiful. Unfortunately, I am not a crocheter, so I can't suggest an edging, but I do agree 4 or 8 would be lovely.

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  4. I really like seeing different shaped blankets from time to time instead of the usual square or rectangle! Yours looks nice, I think the photos did a good job of showing the general shape of the blanket! :)

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  5. Lovely blanket. I quite like clean edges, but I'm sure the picot edge would look good too.

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    1. I think I'll be using some kind of clean edge, the more I think about it. Thanks for weighing in, Iris.

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  6. The blanket looks fabulous! My vote, for what it's worth, is for a picot edging in a coordinating solid blue. How a baby blanket looks is more for the mother then the baby who just needs it's warmth and softness. I don't think it would look too girly.

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    1. lol! Just as I've concluded I'll probably go clean. I'll try your idea and see what I think, Ann. :^)

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  7. Pretty blanket, but I hear you about those rounds that get longer and longer. Sometimes I flip through other Raveler's project pages to get photo staging ideas :)

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