Almost done, just need to weave in the ends for the gray border and multi-colored edging. It was too cold outside for me to want to take any photos out there (in the teens for the high and windy!), so I had to take them next to the sunny kitchen window. Not room enough for a full view.
I made 20 of the log cabin granny squares, and then did 2 rounds in gray around each square, joining them join as you go in the last round. After joining the squares, I went around the whole blanket with 4 rounds of gray. Then I did 1 round in gray of single crochet, crocheting into the chains on each corner space, with 3 sc in the center chain (not in the chain 3 space, in the individual chain stitches).
Then I did 1 sc round changing colors as I went so I had some of each color. I didn’t end off when I changed colors, which was a bit of a pain to have all those attached, but I could pick them back up when I did my final round of reverse single crochet (also called crab stitch). I like the kind of edge that stitch makes, it looks nice and finished. Here is a closer look at the edging (front and back)…
I like making blankets in the winter, once they get large enough they help keep you warm while you work on them! I had been thinking of doing a log cabin motif for quite a while, and I had bought more yarn than I needed for the baby blanket I made for my granddaughter. Perfect excuse to make a colorful blanket for myself, so what if it doesn’t match my living room, can’t let all that yarn go to waste!
Update: wanted to note how much yarn. Had less than one ball of each color. 2 balls of red (just barely over 1 ball) and 4 balls of the gray.
I have also been itching to make a blanket with gray, I really like how colors look with gray and I think it makes the colors look more grown up. I also added some cranberry, I really like red!
Here is my log cabin motif…(I forgot to include the darker blue in the yarn picture, at least it is in this one). I haven’t made a diagram for this one yet.
I was thinking of doing variations of the log cabin, so it was a bit of a sampler blanket, but I didn’t end up liking the ones I tried. There wasn’t anything wrong with them, I just felt like it didn’t really add anything, the regular log cabin was good by itself. They are rather busy, so I think sticking to the one kind of motif is the right choice.
I am liking that they are square, but not square looking with just the stripes of color. I decided to put a little of the gray in each so it isn’t just in the background. I like the gray a lot, reminds me of soft, warm sweatshirts. Warm is something we have a lack of right now (went below zero Fahrenheit last night! brrrrr)
I so love these diamond dishcloths! I made some up to give as gifts, and thought of this design with bright colored stripes and a different color for the hanging part. I think I will have to make up some like these for myself too…
So many stripe variations are possible….festive holiday colors could be nice too, but these bright colors are going to be hard to beat for adding cheer!
It’s done!! I decided to stick with simple for the border on my Hop, Skip and Jump baby blanket. Rounds of single crochet randomly in the colors of the blanket. I like how it looks and I like the different texture.
If I had to do it again (or had more time to re-do the border) I would do the border with a size or two larger hook than I used for the body of the blanket. I didn’t tighten my tension, but the border turned out denser than I would prefer, it would work best if a bit looser.
But, I was down to the wire! Baby shower is tomorrow and I just weaved in my last end this morning!