Diamond Pattern Baby Afghan
by Jenny Stark
(Roy, Ut, USA)
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
I made, this baby afghan for my sister, on behalf of my mom. My sister went through 3 pregnancy losses in just a bit more than a year. When she found out she was expecting another baby, my mom asked if I would crochet a blanket for the baby. My mom used to make a crochet afghan for each grand baby. She said she doesn't see as well now and I've made the last 3 baby blankets for her. As you can imagine, I wanted this blanket to be special.
I wanted to use green as a main color in this blanket because green is the color of life and because it is a healing color.
I did a bit of reading on it and found that a healthy infant heart rate can be anywhere in a range of 120 to 160 beats per minute. I wanted to have a stitch count in that range. This blanket is 140 stitches wide.
I chose to use 3 colors – sort of honoring the 3 tiny angels that left us too soon.
This blanket has 6 full diamonds in the patterning. It wasn’t planned out that way, but I’m delighted that it turned out that way. One diamond in each pattern sequence for each person in my sister’s family (before the baby was born).
And of course, the finished baby afghan to welcome and celebrate the baby that was born in December. Life is a gift most cherished and precious.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
This was crocheted with one of my favorite hooks, a pink Susan Bates size K. We picked up the yarn at JoAnn's. I chose JoAnn Sensations Little Treat and JoAnn Sensations Cuddle for the softness and because the colors were what I was looking for.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
I chose the crochet diamond pattern because I knew my mom liked it and I was making the blanket on her behalf.
As for the colors, the green symbolized life, growth and healing, the yellow was there to add cheer, and the white was for our little angels.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
This project took me about a month. I loved making this afghan. The pattern was fun and I am so happy for my sister!
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
I chose to work this afghan with 2 strands held as one for extra thickness and softness. I think it turned out fabulous.