So I made this afghan a few weeks ago. I had been holding off on crocheting anything for the baby for a couple different reasons. First, I felt so crappy during my first trimester that I didn’t even feel like crocheting anything for two full months after I found out I was pregnant. And second, I wanted to wait until we found out if we were having a boy or a girl so that I could crochet in appropriate colors. But fortunately I started feeling better at just under 3 months, and at about a week before my sonogram at 19 weeks I couldn’t stand it anymore and had to crochet something.
A fellow blogger had posted this baby blanket (pictured at right) she had designed on The Blue Brick and a few of us who commented on the post were able to convince her to write out the pattern. She did so, and graciously shared the pattern! Click on the picture with the yellow hood to see the pattern.
Since we didn’t yet know the sex of the baby I didn’t want to crochet my traditional Ripple Baby Afghan yet. So I opted for this great little piece in neutral colors. It’s very simply done in rounds of double crochets with shell increases at the corners of each round, and was very enjoyable to work on on my bus ride into work a few days that week. Once I got up to the last round and the hood I decided put the piece down for a few days until after the sonogram and then do it in either peach or blue. As you can see I did peach. Yes, we are having a little girl! I did struggle with the pattern on the hood a little bit and I could not get it to come out quite like the original picture, but it’s a really cute piece and lovely for the first afghan that I have crocheted for my daughter!
This did get me thinking though. I’ll still do my traditional Ripple Baby Afghan, but I should probably also design my own baby afghan in honor of my baby girl. I think I’ll do something in white that we can use for her Baby Blessing – perhaps with some pink ribbon embellishments. But I can’t decide if I want to do something square or another version of a ripple afghan. We’ll have to see about that.