Making a cosy stripe blanket

One of the best things – if not the very best thing – about crafting is being able to make something for a loved one. I made Attic 24’s cosy stripe blanket for a friend of mine, who is expecting her first baby this month. I made it back in March so I’m pretty happy to finally be able to share it with you today!

Making a cosy stripe baby blanket - pattern from Attic 24 and made using Stylecraft Special DK. Post from This Little Space of Mine

If you’re a regular reader you may remember seeing this very colour scheme pop up in my baby colour scheme ideas post last month. It was the closest I could come to sharing what I’d made before the baby shower and I referenced the colours chosen as being a middle ground between neutral and gender specific. I knew my friend was expecting a little boy, but didn’t want too much blue, or anything too bold, and felt like she’d want something more ‘natural’ and warm, so after playing around with my yarn pegs I decided on Stylecraft Special DK’s Cream, Stone, Parchment, Duck Egg and Soft Peach. There’s an argument to say Soft Peach isn’t really boy-proof, but with the balance of the other shades I think it’s fine.

Before I go into anymore details, here’s a bit of essential information you need if you’d like to make a cosy stripe blanket.

You’ll need:

A couple of other bits of information for you:

  • The finished size of the blanket was: 78 x 91cm
  • I adapted the pattern with a pram/buggy in mind, so worked to 124 trebles and 40/41 granny’s
  • Lucy works with a 4mm hook, but as my tension can be a little tight I opted for a bigger hook – one that I’m more comfortable using

I’ve mentioned the shades I worked with, the ordering was Cream, Stone, Duck Egg, Cream, Parchment, Soft Peach. The Stone and Parchment shades felt close, so I opted to keep them apart. I think it was my Mum who said there was a classic Neapolitan ice cream feel about the colours together and I quite agree!

Making a cosy stripe baby blanket - pattern from Attic 24 and made using Stylecraft Special DK. Post from This Little Space of Mine

The cosy stripe blanket had been one I’d had my eye on for a long time and after A LOT of back and forth about what I should make for the baby, I decided to go for the cosy stripe – mainly because I liked the stitch combinations and felt like I would be able to make it. I don’t consider myself as a pro-crocheter just yet, so I wanted something I wouldn’t struggle too much with.

It was certainly a step away from the ripple blanket I’ve been working on and did present me some challenges; those challenges taught me more about crochet so weren’t negative ones in the slightest. The one area I struggled with – and ended up unpicking half of it because – was not adding/forgetting stitches, specifically on the rows of trebles. This caused the blanket to angle itself and grow very oddly, so I unpicked it and made a note of exactly how many stitches should be in each row. Yes, checking them after every row might seem tedious, but for me it meant no more mistakes and that I’d be able to keep its shape.

Once it was finished there was still a little wonkiness, but a quick wash sorted that out; that’s another good thing about Stylecraft Special DK – wash proof. Perfect for a baby!

Making a cosy stripe baby blanket - pattern from Attic 24 and made using Stylecraft Special DK. Post from This Little Space of Mine

How cute is this border? I love the shape of each of the blue sections, kind of like a semi-circle.

All in all this project has a thumbs up from me; the pattern was fun to work on, I loved the colours I chose (even after a couple of moments of doubt), it turned out well and the best thing? My friend loved it when I gave it to her at the baby shower. To make something for her baby felt incredibly special, and I hope to make lots more for him in the future!

So have you every made the cosy stripe blanket? Big thanks to Lucy for Attic 24 for sharing her patterns, they’re always a joy to work on. Love to see pics if you have made one!

Leanne x

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26 Comments on Making a cosy stripe blanket

  1. jenny
    07/06/2016 at 4:07 pm (1 year ago)

    this is a beautiful blanket and your colour choice is exquisite well done 🙂 jenny xx

    • Leanne Beale
      08/06/2016 at 9:41 am (1 year ago)

      Oh thank you Jenny, so kind. 🙂 xx

  2. Elsie Pop
    07/06/2016 at 6:51 pm (1 year ago)

    Lovely blanket! I haven’t really fancied making the cosy stripe before but I love your approach to the colours! xx

    • Leanne Beale
      08/06/2016 at 9:42 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Elsie! The pattern is great – love both stitches – and it’s made better when you choose colours you love. 🙂 xx

  3. Lorraine Gilpin
    20/07/2016 at 10:23 am (1 year ago)

    I’ve just started making this little baby blanket for a friend. I searched for a couple of days looking for ideas and came across your post. So I just like to say thank you so much for your inspiration, the colours are beautiful and work so well together.

    • Leanne Beale
      26/07/2016 at 9:26 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Lorraine, thanks so much for commenting – you’ve made my morning to hear I’ve inspired you. 🙂 Enjoy and let me know how you get on xx

  4. Melanie Wager
    27/07/2016 at 10:00 am (1 year ago)

    I adore this, you have a wonderful eye for putting these colours together. I normally make very boring white baby blankets but you have promoted me to be a bit more adventurous – Thank you ?

    • Leanne Beale
      28/07/2016 at 9:05 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Melanie – lovely to hear! 🙂

  5. Keitha
    23/08/2016 at 4:36 pm (1 year ago)

    What pattern did you use for the border on your blanket?

    • Leanne Beale
      05/09/2016 at 8:45 am (1 year ago)

      The border pattern is over on Attic 24’s website, best head over there. 🙂

  6. Jenny k
    28/08/2016 at 5:04 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for this pattern. I have just made it for my new grandson. I went on a beach theme, with cream sand underneath a green sea, then beige sand, blue sky and yellow sunshine. I finished it off with a wave border in the green. Very pleased with it.

    • Leanne Beale
      05/09/2016 at 8:45 am (1 year ago)

      Aww sweet. It’s a lovely pattern to work with. 🙂

  7. Jo
    10/09/2016 at 3:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi! Beautiful blanket. Can you please let me know how much yarn you used?

    • Leanne Beale
      13/09/2016 at 9:08 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you! So I used no more than 100g of Stone, Parchment, Duck Egg and Soft Peach and I had 2 balls of 100g of Cream already – and believe I may have gone into the second ball. Hope this helps.

  8. Carla
    28/09/2016 at 9:37 pm (1 year ago)

    That is so beautiful!! I love the colours.

    • Leanne Beale
      01/10/2016 at 4:49 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you Carla – me too! 🙂

  9. Heather P
    04/10/2016 at 2:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for this post! It’s really helpful to have instructions for making a smaller version and the photos look lovely! 🙂

    After lots of Pinterest browsing for patterns over the past few weeks, I saw this and knew I had to make it for our first little one. It will be a very special item to keep for years to come. Getting to the end of the first trimester now and I’m feeling excited to start making some baby things! Just ordered cream and 4 shades of blue from Attic 24’s ‘Blue Bunting’ pack to use. Really looking forward to getting started!

    • Leanne Beale
      04/10/2016 at 4:35 pm (1 year ago)

      Aww thank you for your kind words – I’m so pleased to hear how helpful it is for you. Best of luck for baby arrival… I might make this for my own baby one day. 😉 You’ll have to share a picture once it’s done – love the idea of doing it in different shades of the same colour! xx

  10. Joyce
    14/10/2016 at 1:36 pm (1 year ago)

    I commend you on the choice of colours……without the peach this will be exactly right for my soon to be decorated living room!
    Lucy is a wonderful artist….. I sometimes like the brights but this blanket is more to my taste.
    Well done. I have bookmarked your site.

    • Leanne Beale
      14/10/2016 at 3:22 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Joyce, ah wonderful, thanks ever so much! 🙂

  11. Kris Ann
    24/11/2016 at 6:13 am (12 months ago)

    I love your baby blanket and really want to make one!! Could you please tell me how many chains you used to to start the blanket? Thanks so much!!

    • Leanne Beale
      25/11/2016 at 9:30 am (12 months ago)

      Hi Kris, thank you! So I haven’t made a note of how many chains I started with, but given it was 124 trebles, I’d say a chain of 124. 🙂 Hope that helps! Leanne x

      • Kris Ann
        26/11/2016 at 4:36 am (12 months ago)

        Thanks Leanne, I’m going to make one right now!!!
        Love your blog!!

        • Leanne Beale
          30/11/2016 at 1:22 pm (12 months ago)

          Aw thanks!