You’ve probably seen little bits of this blanket in my Instagram photos, but I have resisted sharing it in any way where you could see actual details because it was a gift. I didn’t want to spoil the surprise too much before I had a chance to give it.
Yesterday I gave the blanket to my sister-in-law, who is days away from delivering Baby #2, so it is safe to show it to you now 🙂
I’ve been wanting to make a ripple blanket for some time, and while I’m happy with the way it turned out, I’m a little disappointed in my ability to actually keep up even ripples. It turns out, that unless I count every. single. stitch. I can very easily veer off and end up putting my peaks and valleys in the wrong spots, which results in uneven ripples.
Luckily, I figured this out early enough in the project that there are only a few wonky ripples, and I was able to block them in a way that made it unnoticeable. (I took these photos before that blocking, so you can probably see some of the wonkiness.)
Thank goodness this was a small blanket, though. As much as I’d like a bed-sized ripple someday, I don’t really enjoy having to count all of my stitches while I work. I much prefer to be on auto-pilot so I can focus the rest of my attention on Masterpiece Mystery or something else equally not-my-crochet.
This little blanket was crocheted in all of the same colors as her big sister’s May Baby Blanket two years ago, so they have a matched set 🙂
One of my favorite things about this is the straight edges. I was originally going to leave them zig-zaggy, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to devote the brain power to figuring out how to square it off. But once I had done several ripple stripes, the solution came pretty easily to me, and didn’t require me to struggle over it at all. (So yay!)
I plan to publish the pattern for this one, but no photo tutorial. It’s hard for me to carve out the kind of time required for photo tutorials these days, but more importantly, I didn’t take the required photos while I was crocheting this thing, so I’d have to mock up a whole new blanket in order to make a tutorial now. So, um, no. But I will be putting the pattern out there for anyone who already knows how to crochet a handful of fairly simple stitches.
I want to say I’ll have it ready in a week, but no promises… I haven’t tried to publish a pattern since I started working full-time, and I can’t remember anymore how many hours it takes to get one of these things done! And a girl’s gotta eat, sleep, and spend time with her family, too, so… it’s done when it’s done 🙂
Stay tuned! (And hopefully not for too long!)