Sunday, November 13, 2011

Granny Ripple blanket

I love to make gifts for family and friends and there is nothing more special than making something for a brand new little person.  I know I have mentioned this before but I really do enjoy it.  A few months back a friend of mine gave birth to a little boy, Little X.  And although I should have finished his gift by now I am sad to say that I am a little behind.  It did take me a few weeks to figure out what colours I was going to use and I wasn’t sure on what style of blanket to make.  I knew I wanted to crochet one but what style, pattern, stitch was I going to use.  I ummed and arrhhed about it for quite a while and then I found this...

I had not come across Pradeepa’s blog The lazy hobby hopper before but when I mentioned it among the girls in craft group it seems I was a bit behind the times.  Wow what a blog.  One very clever, creative lady making some beautiful crochet work to be inspired by.  And now I was ready to make Little X’s blanket.  So here is my progress report.  It’s about a third of the way through and still going strong. 

At this stage I am still trying to decide on what type of border I will put on it once it’s finished.  Do I just do a plain single stitch and picot edge, do I try to fill in the half triangle spaces to give it a clean look, or do I just leave it how it is?  Decisions, decisions...

I must admit one thing I wasn’t so sure of when making the blanket was how to end a row and begin the next.  When I originally looked at the pattern by Pradeepa there wasn’t instructions on how to do this and I know since then that she has added extra details on how she has gone about doing this but I decided to do mine a little different.  To me this gave the edges a neater look and will make it easier to put on a border (if I do decide to do one).

I now have lots of lovely tails to weave in (sigh).

It's a bit hard to see in this picture but once I have finished the last cluster of 3 (treble: English/Australian terms, dc: USA terms), I then chain three and do 2 (treble/dc) in the top of the last stitch), then do the next 3 cluster in the space as per the pattern.  Hopefully the diagram below makes it a bit easier to understand.

On another note, do you like my ladder (my wonderful prop)?  I found this on a neighbours hard rubbish pile.  Yes, I know that it’s now illegal to take things off hard rubbish piles (in my local area) but look at it, how could you not take it home.  Better to be at my house being appreciated then ending up in land fill or being pulled apart for firewood.

I hope you all are having a lovely weekend.



  1. i Love your ladder it's awesome!! The blanket looks great sorry we missed you today hope all is good. xx

  2. Hi Anna,
    I am really very sorry for the delay in my response to your mail. I missed it somehow and only now I saw it. Your blanket has turned out beautifully. Wonderful colour choice. Hope your Christmas preparations are all going fine. Have a wonderful weekend.