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Ripples in a Pond

by Ryan Hollist
(Roy, UT, USA)

Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.

This blanket was requested by a friend who is expecting a new grandson in the next month. I almost used a simpler design, but as I had such creative control I decided to try out a new pattern idea.

What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?

I used Knit Picks Shine Sport in jay and white with a 4.00mm/G Clover Soft Touch hook. All of them were purchased through the Knit Picks web site. I love KP Shine for it's softness and strength, which have made it my favorite yarn for baby items.

Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?

I was inspired by the work of another crafter who adapted a shawl pattern into a baby blanket (both knitted). I loved the spiral design and decided to mimic the pattern in crochet. I deepened the curves by pairing a decrease on one side of a curve's arm with an extra increase on the other side.

Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?

The difficulty I had was in starting the blanket so it would lay flat. I tried many combinations that resulted in buckling or cupping. Ultimately I found using three rounds of single crochet in a base of eight stitches (8, 16, 24 stitches in the rounds) to begin was ideal. Following rounds of double crochet increasing by twelve stitches, and rounds of single crochet increasing by six stitches, kept the blanket smooth and flat.

Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?

With so many tools and resources now available on the Internet, I encourage knitters and crocheters to continue improving their repertoire of skills. I let my skills stay fairly stagnant for many years. However, as I have pushed myself over the past year to learn and improve into more difficult project I have found my crocheting far more satisfying--and it was already very satisfying.

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