A handmade blanket is a special gift for any baby. And nothing better than crochet. You can do it to give as a gift in a baby shower or for your own baby using one of these methods. Decide one size. Baby blankets come in different sizes. Before you begin, you must decide what size of blanket you will make. Here are some common blanket measures for infants and toddlers. The smaller size is perfect for covering a newborn; choose a larger size if you want to use the blanket longer.
- Newborn blanket - 90 cm x 90 cm
- Cot blanket - 90 cm x 130 cm
- Children's bedspread - 100 cm x 150 cm
Choose your line. There are several types of lines. If you are new it will be easier to work with a simple line. Lines are divided by weight or thickness. The weight of the thread will determine how large your stitches will be, what the finished work looks like, and what size needle you will need to use. It will also set how long it will take you to finish your work. You will see the weight or thickness of the line written on the label, they range from 0 - Render to 6 - Robusta. Here are some recommended sizes for a baby blanket.
- 1- Super Fine: good for delicate work, quilts with worked stitches.
- 2 - Fine: good for lightweight blankets or even soft toys.
- 3 - Light: Good for warm clothing or even not too heavy.
- 4 - Medium: a bit heavy, but very easy to work with.
Choose your needle. There are several sizes of crochet needles. Sizes are expressed by numbers or in millimeters. In Brazil there is no standardization for these numbers, so it is better to follow the size expressed in millimeters. For example, the 1.75 mm needle of a mark is considered a number 0, in another mark that same measurement is number 2. The heavier the line you choose, the larger the needle you will need. Here are some suggestions of needle-thread combinations.
- Super Thin - 0.6 mm
- Thin - 1.0 mm
- Lightweight - 1.25mm
- Average - 1.75 mm
After choosing the size, line and also your needle you can pick up the desired pattern and start doing your manual work. Access the link below and get access to the pattern of this beautiful blanket.