I love this square pattern. It works up pretty quickly, and it has some nice detail with the front post treble crochet stitches without being too fussy that you can't think about anything else while you work on it. Which is great, because I stayed up the entire night watching murder mysteries and crocheting these squares and sewing them together for a baby shower I'm going to today! I couldn't be more pleased!
And by that, I mean I really like this blanket. I don't like that I spent the night crocheting instead of sleeping, but these things happen sometimes. Especially when you spend more than a week trying out baby afghan patterns and ruining them every single time with poor yarn choices (Dark blue?! Dark blue!!!), incorrect yardage, or plain ol' common error. I've set an unfortunate precedent of giving yarncraft baby gifts at my work, and now would not be a good time to bow out. Since I was short on time and skill (man, I hope my ability to follow a pattern comes back soon!), I went with a cute granny square pattern that I knew I could handle.
I used an I hook and some Red Heart yarn because I firmly believe that baby blankets should be made from acrylic yarn at all times. Even when people appreciate super fancy gifts made with natural fibers and would normally be fine with special washing instructions, I'm hesitant to give a new parent something that requires special care. People with new children have enough in their lives that requires special care, and sometimes babies do things to blankets (sweaters/hats/lovies) that can only be helped with some strong detergent and high heat. Red Heart gets softer every time you wash it, and lasts for decades. Plus, I think these colors are pretty. After seaming the squares together, I crocheted a single crochet border around the blanket. One row was gray to tie everything together a little more, and the last row was the light blue to perk things up a bit. If you're curious, I used Blue Suede, Turqua, and Grey Heather.
And I was pretty thrilled that when I joked with my husband about picking up a skein of gray yarn while he was out running errands, he actually picked up a skein of gray yarn! I can always use some more gray yarn, but I didn't think I'd use up a whole skein on this! However, I totally did and I started in on the second skein for the last two squares. The new skein of gray yarn was a little lighter than the other skein, so I placed those lighter squares in corners across from each other diagonally so the difference would look intentional.
Let's pretend like I planned every aspect of this from the very beginning and I wanted this particular blanket all along. And maybe I did!
Fine, I didn't. But I'm thrilled with how this turned out and I'm glad I had such a good time making this. But how could I not? After all, there are granny squares.