Wip Wednesday – Willow Baby Blanket

I was asked to make a baby blanket last week, and I instantly knew wanted to use the Willow block from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks. It was my favourite block when I made my daughter’s preschool blanket. It’s so pretty! The only remit is that it be made with animal or plant fibre, no synthetics. I’m using Cleckheaton Country 8ply which is 100% grown and made in Australia at Wangarrata Woolen Mills in Victoria. The blanket is headed to Europe, so this will make it extra special – completely Australian made, from sheep to hook 🙂

I’m a little over a third of the way through already – as it’s an order it’s taken priority over other wips. There will be twenty-five 15cm blocks in total; plus border this will make a good size for car seat or buggy, and will fit nicely inside a nappy bag too. I don’t usually make to sell, but I do consider unsolicited custom orders from friends and family, and this one is certainly a delight to hook.

It’s the first day of Winter tomorrow and I’m feeling the temperature drop right on time! Nights are very chilly now, but I’m still able to sit out on the veranda during the day when it’s sunny. Soon, it’ll be time for fireside hooking – which also has it’s charm, of course. However, for now, it’s not too cold to hold my hook out here, and I’m making the most of it!

9 thoughts on “Wip Wednesday – Willow Baby Blanket

    • Pam @hooksandhills says:

      Thanks, it is such a pretty pattern. Not completely altruistic hooking though – as I said, I don’t look for paid crochet work but if it comes to me I will consider it, as in this case 🙂


  1. tonymarkp says:

    This morning I read this and wanted to comment but a work emergency interrupted. I like your choice of block. I’ve got the same book but I didn’t notice that one. It’s going to get worked into a few place mats. Thank you for the recommendation. I’ve been looking up blocks for place mats for weeks (and I’ve crocheted some) but it didn’t occur to me to look at Jan Eaton’s excellent book. Also, I love how you added the special Australian touch. It will become a treasured heirloom. Some people are becoming more interested in what the materials are and where they come from which, apart from being handmade – a wowsa in itself – was also carefully planned. Can’t wait to see the finished binky!!

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