Following on from my resounding success in making a crochet cardi, I decided I’d attempt a receiving blanket for My Bestie Amelia’s baby on the way.
I obviously couldn’t pull this off without
stuffing it up adjusting the pattern a little so here’s how I made a Round Lacey Receiving/Baby Blanket using this pattern (you should head over there for the pattern, as I do not have permission to reprint it).
How to Make a Receiving Blanket like a good Craft Gumbie:
1. Find your pattern and gather your supplies.
2. Get all your supplies together. This pattern calls for a bulky yarn. I chose Acrylic for easy washing, because well, it’s a baby blanket. Which implies some level of vomit.
3. As per the last episode of The Craft Gumbie Chronicles, once again it is important to use the wrong size crochet hook. The pattern requires a 9mm hook. I was only able to source a 7mm hook at my local
Big W craft depot. I’ve been eyeing off the bamboo hooks and took this opportunity to grab one.
4. Start working your way around.
5. Keep going around. And around. And around.
6. Don’t forget to take showy-offy pictures and post them on Instagram. Share them of Facebook and Twitter as well for moral support.
7. Realise that due to step 3, you are now required to add more rounds than the pattern has. Figure out a random assortment that kinda matches the pattern and hope to hell it works. I just repeated rounds 18-25 of the pattern (which ended up being rounds 26-33) before moving onto the last round (round 26 of the pattern).
8. Find a newborn-ish sized doll to check the size of your blanket. Because the tape measure is missing and also because it’s much funnier when you send a photo update to your bestie.
9. Take the doll away and take a bunch more photos to share on all your social media accounts. More showing off. Nothing like a bit of peer encouragement.
10. Write a blog post about it all.
Once again, staying up late, abandoning all housework and study and children is essential to the Craft Gumbie process.
Do you a crochet? Are you a crochet Craft Gumbie? What have you made recently? I would LOVE it if you shared with me via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@daisyrooandtwo) or email me and I’ll post them up for you: firstname.lastname@example.org!