For anyone interested in making one of these, I strongly encourage checking out samples that Ravelry member, AFwifeCrochetNut, has come up. Note: AFwifeCrochetNut isn't the designer of the pattern, but rather she came up with the way to make a "ripple effect" in this blanket. The link I provided takes you to one of these blankets she made, and in her project notes she gives instructions for how to lay out the pattern of rows so that they look like they're rippling outward from the center. Don't be daunted if the written directions for this don't seem clear. They weren't to me at first. Read her explanation and study a close-up of the blanket and you'll see the pattern and her written instructions will begin to make sense once you work a sequence of rows that creates a ripple. That's how it worked for me. Now that I've finished this blanket I can say that how she created this cool effect is actually super simple. I don't even have to think about it now.
For the sake of transparency regarding my design process, I'm going to admit that this blanket was a bit of an experiment. I started out with the colors Bright Green, Teal, 2 shades of Gray, and White. Actually, I didn't start out with White, but I decided these colors needed the contrast of white to lighten up the whole thing and bring definition to the colors. Okay, good enough... I started somewhat daringly with that small circle of green in the center thinking I'd repeat it later in the blanket, but I found that following AFwifeCrochetNut's directions I would have a mammoth blanket if I ended up using the green and teal a second time in later rows.
It was a last minute decision, but I ditched (make that, frogged) the second repeat of green after giving it a try. Then I tried just a single row of green, but even that didn't make me happy. In the end, I decided to just go with a that green center as the only touch of green in the whole thing. And act like it was intentional all along. :^)
In the end, it was very favorably received at the baby shower today. That said, it was the fifth crocheted baby blanket opened, so I think I may come up with another gift idea for the next shower I attend. I loved using baby blankets when I had babies, and I was happy to have several, so I don't know that multiple gifts of baby blankets is a bad thing. But it is a little embarrassing to be the giver of the fifth, and final one opened. lol
To see what other Year Of Projects participants are up to this week check out our thread on Ravelry.