Post sponsored by Yarnspirations
If you’re like me, you look for any opportunity to use Bernat Baby Blanket yarn because it’s quite literally the softest yarn on the planet (at least according to B.hooked Husband). Not only did this project give me the chance to use some of my favorite yarn, I knew it was meant to be when I found a colorway to match each of the colors in my niece’s nursery!
This one needs no introduction but it’s worth mentioning that it’s available in several varieties. Bernat Baby Blanket has more pastels colors, the standard Bernat Blanket has a wider variety of everyday colors and prints and there’s even a sparkle version (at least as I’m typing this).
My Niece’s Cuddly New Blanket!
Ten months ago the world was blessed with a new baby girl, my adorable niece, whose sweet little face can melt away even the worst of days. Three nephews is a ton of fun but hearing that my sister would have a girl made me so happy. I could finally crochet baby girl things!
My sister is quite artistic – she loves color and modern decor and this theme is present throughout her home. When I had a look through Yarnspirations Lookbook (a digital book of project inspiration and patterns), Baby’s Day Out, the Simple Chevron Crochet Baby Blanket just jumped right off the virtual page. It looked just like something my sister would love.
Getting Creative With Color
The pattern only calls for two colors and alternates them on a four row repeat but I decided to go a little rogue with my color choices. Instead of two, I wanted to use several colors from her nursery; five to be exact. I chose to use white, baby peach, baby yellow, lemon lime and baby teal and alternate them every 2 rows instead.
This approach took a little planning and some guess work when it came to how much yarn I’d need of each. But overall, improvising your own color pattern repeat is pretty easy. I used white as the main color to “cleanse the palette” after each contrast color and the outcome is so eye-catching. If you love the look of a pattern but want to add a personal touch, color is the way to go.
I really enjoyed working through this project and customizing it for my niece.
The pattern was incredibly easy to follow and the entire project only took me about 13 hours to make. And that was with taking my time, honestly. I will typically slow down when working with chunky weight yarn to keep my wrists and hands happy and healthy. So if you’re a faster crocheter than me, I’m sure you could get it done in 10 hours or so.
The process of crocheting this blanket for my niece and customizing it just for her make it a truly special gift. All in all, it was such a rewarding process. If you need a unique gift for a new baby in your life, the Simple Chevron Crochet Baby Blanket from Yarnspirations gets my seal of approval. You can download the free pattern directly from Yarnspirations by clicking here and don’t forget to check out the tutorial I filmed for their YouTube channel here.
If you don’t have a new baby in your life, let me just tell you how versatile this pattern is and how amazing it would look on the back of your sofa! You can use the technique I’ve shared previously to calculate the foundation chain in chevron patterns but honestly, you don’t even need to. Since the finished baby blanket measures 38″ wide by 42″ long, doubling the yarn requirement and foundation chain number and color pattern repeat will give you the perfect size throw. So rather than making 86 chains, you’ll crochet 172 and follow along with the instruction for rows one and two and keep going until it measures approximately 84″ long. Easy!
Cheers and happy hooking, friend