This blanket started out as a plain baby blankie that I thought would be great for traveling or basically using as a car seat blanket. It is a quick project, mostly because it is so small, only about 18"X24." Here is the pattern for the basic blankie (Lion Brand Crochet Baby Blankie). As I've mentioned before Lion Brand has a great website with lots of free patterns, if you don't already have an account with them it will as you to create one, it's free so why not?! I followed the pattern almost exactly. After completing the first couple rows my first row looked a little wonky because of the starting chain.., I have this problem a lot, so to correct it I did a row of single crochet into my starting chain before I started the pattern stitch. The pattern stitch couldn't get much easier, two sc in one sc, skip one sc, repeat... that is what gives you the great texture you see in the picture above but there aren't any new stitches to learn! Also, if you look at the pattern the yarn they suggest you use is no longer available so that's why I chose the Cotton-Ease yarn in stone (I thought it would show the dirt less) and it took just under 3 full skeins. I use Lion Brand's yarn a lot but this was the first time I had used the Cotton-Ease yarn. I was really impressed, it has the softness and feel of cotton but the durability and washing ease of acrylic.
After the blanket was finished I realized how plain and depressing it looked... so I spruced it up a bit! I looked at our mural which we purchased on Etsy.com (If you don't know what this is, click immediately, you'll thank me later!) through Pink n Blue Baby. Here is a link to the mural product page (Owl Tree Decal). We loved it so much I asked permission to feature their product and they graciously agreed... Please don't copy the next two pictures and use them, I got permission first, you should too! The first image is the mural, adorable right?! The second image is the color options. Pink n Blue Baby offers complete customization of their murals including colors, element orientation and completely custom murals. Check them out!
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