Theres' a new blankie in the shop! This one started after I'd finished the hexie quilt and needed something easy and mindless to work on. I had been sorting through my yarn and realized that I had a lot of navy left over from making my brother's Christmas sweater, so I paired it with some white and came up with a cute crib sized blanket:
The pattern is just a single row repeat, the same one I used last year for our purple couch blanket, which is exactly what I needed; the hardest thing about this pattern was keeping track of how many rows of white I needed to do.
Originally, I was going to just do two rows of white for each section, but then I decided that varying widths would be more interesting. I only occurred to me afterward that it's a very nautical looking blanket. It seems that nautical is everywhere right now, so I think I probably absorbed it by osmosis.
It turned out slightly narrower than I had been going for, at about 28 inches wide, but overall I'm pretty happy with it, and I think I'll be making more (a little wider though). I'm really trying to work through my yarn stash, and I love this Caron Simply Soft, so I have a lot of it. I'm also really in to crochet right now; it was actually the first craft I learned to do, when I was about 10 or so, but I don't do it that often since I learned to knit. There's something about a crochet blanket in a cuddly yarn that's very comforting, though, and I'm interested in using more modern colors and design schemes in such a traditional craft. I think next up I'm going to attempt a wave stitch...stay tuned!