My Willow baby blanket is finished and ready to travel to its new home in Europe this week 🙂 This block is from Jan Eaton’s gorgeous book, 200 Crochet Blocks. I’ve crocheted thirty of these beautiful, unique patterns so far, and Willow is my favourite; it’s just so pretty!
After much deliberation I chose a small scallop border on an sc (US) base (*sl st, miss sc, 5hdc in next sc, miss sc* repeat), with a tiny picot in each corner, which I think is such a lovely touch. I found this edging in an article by crochet writer Kathryn Vercillo, of Crochet Concupisence. I’m sure it won’t be the last time I use it!
Tip: I made sure to choose my border before hooking the base row. This ensures that the stitch multiple for the chosen edging is correct. It’s much easier to adjust the base row stitch count than to adjust the pattern itself to fit the base! This border has a multiple of 4+1 so I added an extra sc to each side of the base row. For an understanding of stitch multiples I highly recommend Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner Crochet Borders. I am learning so much from it 🙂
Tip: always keep notes! I’ve made a note of my calculations for this blanket so I’ll be all set when I make another for a baby coming later this year.
I thought I’d be done with Willow squares for a while after this, but as I sat yesterday evening feeling like hooking something nice and relaxing, my thoughts turned once more to Willow – it seems this love affair is not yet over! This time, a totally different colourway though – neons! I’ll share more as my new project takes shape. Certainly I’m grateful for a pattern that’s now a familiar friend, and some lovely brights to raise my rain-dampened spirits – I hope the weather is brighter wherever you are 🙂
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