Wip Wednesday – (Another) Willow Baby Blanket

I’ve decided to make another baby blanket, this time as a new baby gift. It was a tough choice as I browsed through 200 Crochet Blocks, but I finally settled on the Willow square again. It’s just such a great pattern! My other Willow blanket was for a girl and this one is for a boy – I thought it would be interesting to see how I can make this pretty block more traditionally boyish, and I’m curious to see how the two will compare when finished.

This time I’m using a heavier weight yarn – Red Heart Baby Soft Steps in Elephant, Aqua and Grass Green, with the recommended 5mm hook. I’m really pleased with how the colours are looking in this first block. I’m not sure if I’ll alternate the green and blue yet. I’ll probably make 16 blocks, or maybe a rectangle of 20, I’ll see how it goes. For the border, I’ll be referring to my trusty copy of Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner Crochet Borders, but I’m thinking something quite angular instead of pretty scallops or similar. Maybe this simple edging which I think would look good in this chunkier Elephant:

There is a small possibility that I’ll have started another project before the day ends or at very least I’ll be in the throes of planning before bed, as I received a surprise parcel this morning from a lovely Aunt in Europe! Behold, ten gorgeous balls of Cool Wool Big Melange by Lana Grossa in six fabulous colours! It’s Italian worsted merino and I am just thrilled πŸ˜€ I’m pretty set on the Lost in Time Shawl by Johanna Lindahl, who has very kindly already responded to my question about using worsted in her pattern, which calls for any yarn but those listed are all lighter weight. She advises I should definitely use a larger hook so as to maintain appropriate drape but has not used worsted weight for this pattern herself. I have since found a lot of other hookers on Ravelry happily completing the shawl in Caron Cakes, and as that’s an Aran weight, I figure I should be fine. I think I will go up two hooks sizes from the ball band recommendation, so I’ll start with a 6mm and see how it goes. Can always frog and change. Will report back!

It also occurred to me that the Lost in Time Shawl would be the perfect project for my remaining Scheepjes Stonewashed stash ahhhhh decisions, decisions!! The deciding factor this time round is that it’s winter, so I’ll go heavier, and then if I do decide to make it again later in the year, the Stonewashed, which is Sport weight, will be more appropriate for the season.

Have you made the Lost in Time Shawl? Which yarn did you choose?

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