I've been working on a few pretty intricate quilts lately, so when I ran into some Bernat Handicrafter yarn on sale in pretty summery colors, I snatched it up to start on an easy project. Generally speaking, I'm not a huge fan of variegated yarn, but I was totally swayed by the colors in this case, and I love how they turned out.
The sherbet colored one is color "Strawberry Cream" and the blue/mint/yellow one is in color "Peppermint Patty". A quick look seems to indicate that these colors may have been discontinued, but they have a bunch of other ones that look just as nice.
I based them off of this pattern on Ravelry and added a teeny ruffle on on the outside edge of each by working a row of knit one, yarn over at the very end. The sherbet one is slightly smaller than the other one, since it was the first one I made and I wasn't sure how far the yarn would stretch. It ended up being about 32' across.
The blue one ended up just a little bigger, at about 34' across.
Since the yarn is 100% cotton, it's a pretty lightweight blanket that should be perfect for late spring and summer, and it was nice and soft to knit with. These were extra large skeins, with 608 yards in each of them, and they were just about perfect for a baby blanket size. They shrunk slightly in the dryer, so I think I would recommend that these be air dried only to avoid further shrinkage.
I couldn't resist using our yard as a backdrop; everything is blooming at the moment and these bright blankies fit right in :).
If you're looking for an easy, pretty pattern, I would highly recommend this one. Or, if you'd rather have one of these, they are both available in my Etsy shop!