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What goes into making a blanket: part one

What exactly goes into making a blanket ? Most know yarn is involved, maybe a couple of those pointed sticks, but what does it really mean to make a blanket.

I am going to use a recent baby blanket I made for a co-worker as an example. As soon as I hear someone is expecting my brain starts planning. I wonder what colors they will use for their baby. Will they find out the gender? What is their general style? I start researching patterns for possibilities.

Colors are next. I was lucky enough to see a picture of the nursery and was able to decide on these colors.

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Now that I have the colors I can finalize the pattern. I used a mix of parents style and nursery theme. I picked Promise Petals, a free pattern at Ravelry.

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Now the fun starts. I decided the final blanket would be a 4 X 3 quilt style. I cranked out 12 squares in a couple weeks. For this square it made more sense to make it in an assembly line.

Center flowers first

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I didn’t snap pictures of the squares with the background added. Each full square took roughly an hour to make.

Next I joined the squares. Which is another two or so hours.

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I picked out a pretty border. Another couple of hours. Then it’s ready for the wash.

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Not the best picture, but here she is all done. Ready for Baby Girl Munson to make her debut in a few weeks.

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My blankets are, usually, one of a kind, and customizable. I don’t follow one specific blanket pattern , but pull from several resources.

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