I love to crochet, and I’ve made many things over the years. One of my most prized possessions is a crochet blanket I made for my first daughter when she was born. She’s now seven years old, making it almost ten years old! It’s still in good shape and used as a blanket (she uses it as a throw on her bed).
This post will focus on making blankets for newborns. Specifically, how to make them yourself with the help of some basic tools and supplies from your local craft store.
A Crochet blanket is a great gift
Crochet is the answer if you’re looking for a great gift that’s both thoughtful and easy to make. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or new to the craft, there are many options for getting started. Unlike some of the summer DIY projects, this one is more of a winter one.
Crochet blankets can be customized to fit your friend’s tastes and preferences, from their favorite color to their favorite animal. If they have pets at home, consider making one with their dog or cat on it!
A large crochet blanket can be used as bedding for the whole family, while smaller ones can be used as decoration in any room of the house (or even taken along on vacation).
You’ll find plenty of free patterns online, guiding you through each step so that if this is your first time crocheting, it won’t feel like a chore either!
You can make it as small or as large as you want
The pattern I’ve used for the blankets was originally designed for an adult-sized blanket, but it can be easily adjusted to work for other sizes. For example, if you want a baby crochet blanket, make fewer stitches in each round and use thinner yarn than recommended.
The fewer stitches you use, the smaller your project will be—so if you want it as small as possible (like maybe just barely large enough to cover your new baby from head to toe), go ahead! On the other hand, if you want a huge blanket that could cover three people on a picnic table, no problem! Just increase how many stitches you use each round until it fits your needs.
There are also lots of ways that crocheters can customize their creations. Different colors and patterns, weights of yarn, different types of handles or closures, and so on!
You get creative control over every aspect of what makes up this gift—that’s why making something yourself is so much fun!
Choose your color scheme
A baby’s personality is somewhat determined by the colors they surround themselves with while growing up.
For example, if you have a son who loves the color blue, he will likely grow into an intelligent and strong-willed man with a sharp eye for detail.
However, suppose you have a daughter who loves pink and purple instead of blue or grey. In that case, she may be more vulnerable to her emotions and find it difficult to make decisions without being influenced by others.
Choose a material
While some parents like to give their newborns colorful blankets made from 100% acrylic yarn because these blankets are machine washable (a necessity when caring for an infant), others prefer natural fabrics such as cotton or wool because they will wear better over time without fading in color quality like synthetic fibers do after multiple uses in washing machines which could cause bleeding between dye lots. Want to know more about materials of a yarn? Read this yarn fiber types guide.
You can find a lot of quality yarns online without much effort!
Learn how to read a pattern
Patterns are instructions that tell you how many stitches to make, what type of stitch to use, and when to stop increasing or decreasing. They also tell you when it’s time to change colors or yarns. To understand patterns, it helps to break them down into their parts:
These are usually given as an even number (e.g., 24). The number indicates how many stitches are required for each round or row.
These give directions for the project and generally include words like “turn” and “chain”. They may also include symbols such as brackets (). These help clarify how a pattern should be worked. Still, they aren’t always included in written instructions because they don’t need translating into another language
Get the right hook
The size of your crochet hook will depend on the type of yarn you use. Crochet hooks typically come in various sizes and are measured in millimeters (mm). The smaller the number, the larger the hook. For example, if you’re working with an 8-ply chunky weight yarn, you’ll want a larger crochet hook than if you were using an 8-ply sport weight cotton. If you’re not sure about weight of your yarn you can always measure wpi and consult yarn weight chart.
When shopping for your new project material or tools, check out what size hooks come standard with each type of yarn. Some brands also sell their unique-sized products that tend to be more expensive. Still, these are great quality and handy to have on hand when doing large projects like blankets or scarves!
Take your time and enjoy the process!
You can’t rush this project. Take your time and enjoy the process of making something beautiful for someone you care about.
Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out perfectly the first time. We recommend starting with a small project like an afghan square or headband. This way, your mistakes won’t be so obvious when you’re done!
If you get stuck on a pattern or want to ask for advice on how to do something specific, there are many online crochet communities where people are more than willing to help each other out!
This blog post will give you ideas about making your first crochet blanket and help you start the process. If there is anything else we can do for you or if you have any other questions about our products, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to hear from you.