Right now I need two hands to count all the new babies on my knitting list. (Which means I’m also counting back nine months and thinking ‘yikes! I was at that New Year’s party too!’) Our crochet teacher Julie Kadoi came up with this soft, squishy and totally addictive free crochet pattern, the “Beachcomber Baby Blanket”. This cuddly blanket uses a classic shell motif and five fun colors of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton is by far our favorite cotton yarn, and because we stock EVERY colorway of Worsted Cotton we had a lot of fun putting together fun and unusual baby blanket palettes.
With crochet blankets you don’t need to worry about size, and they work up quickly which means you actually have a fighting chance of getting them done before the baby outgrows all your handiwork. Julie’s “Beachcomber Baby Blanket” is so plush that it could also double as a play mat. Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton is cool to the touch and becomes softer with every wash, making it the ideal material for wee babies.
Julie’s palette: Beachcomber Baby
Julie’s color picks reminds us of baby’s first trip to the beach: red plastic shovels, sand castles, Coppertone and bright beach towels spread out under colorful umbrellas.
(Julie’s color picks shown above: Dandelion, Bone, Caribbean, Ash and Flamingo)
Emma’s palette #1: Naptime
Completely inspired by one of my current WIPs. I’m knitting a lavender February Baby Sweater, and happened to have mint acrylic waste yarn nearby to use for the sleeve stitches. I love the calming quality of the greys and purples with just a pop of fresh green thrown in for fun.
Elise’s Palette: Harvest Baby
Another strategy for picking colors is to consider the home decor so the finished blanket that will complement its surroundings. Our photographer, Elise, is a recent transplant from the east coast where I hear they have actual seasons happening now. Anyway, her baby blanket colors capture that moment when summer gives way to autumn, and would look brilliant flung over an oak rocking chair.
Alex’s Palette: A Blanket for Coconut
When we were picking colors Alex pointed out that this particular blanket, with it’s soft but dense texture, would also make a great gift for man’s best friend. Alex’s teacup poodle Coconut looks like a tiny empress in pinks and blues.
Emma’s palette #2: Legos in the Vacuum
This blanket palette is kind of funky, but it takes me right back to my childhood: Lego castles, Hot Wheels, play dough, and mom shutting us up with spearmint gum in church.
(My color picks shown above: Lemonade, Mediterranean, Lemongrass, Bone and Stone.)
We stock dozens of colors of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton which makes playing with color so fun! If you love the blanket, but think you need a little more help, sign-up for Julie’s “Crochet Baby Blanket Workshop”. In this one day workshop our teacher Julie will help you through all the stitches and steps necessary to make this adorable blanket!