The holiday season is among us and there is work to be done! We know that gift-giving can lead to some serious hair pulling as the aggravating hunt for the perfect present begins and the old wallet empties. And, we think we found the perfect solution. Crafting! Crafting is all sorts of relaxing and if you’ve got extra time it’s a serious budget saver. So, today we’ve got a fun DIY gift project for you.
Feast your eyes on this glorious, funky remix of the traditional granny square blanket! Damn fine.
I was inspired by Daisy Cottage Designs’ sweet baby blanket pattern, which I happened upon during one of my endless scroll-seshes on Pinterest. While I loved the easy to follow layout, I wanted something a little less identifiable as granny and a lot edgier. I expanded the block center using Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Rust, which is a great autumny, gender-neutral shade. Then, I changed the thicker tricolored stripes from the original pattern to much slimmer alternating stripes in black and white to really pop the orangey center. I maintained the picot border because it adds just a hint of sophistication to the overall simple design. Picot, that’s fun to say.
Daisy’s original pattern is written as an 18″ lovey blanket that I enlarged to toddler-size. Thankfully, because the base is the granny square style, it can easily adapt to any dimension, even adult-size. Anyone with a beginner/intermediate knowledge of crochet can easily pump out this blanket!
If you are at a loss on where to even start learning how to crochet, Youtube and Pinterest are your best friends. Not gonna lie, I taught myself by watching Youtube videos. When I started crocheting five-ish years ago I only knew the basic chain. I could chain my way around the earth but I had no clue how to actually create anything. Thankfully, the amount of information available at our fingertips is abundant. I was following patterns in no time and so can you. I believe in you!
If you found this post helpful or inspiring and would like more crochet projects, let us know. Also, if you are interested in posts starting with the basics of crochet, let us know that too : )
Most of all, remember, don’t let the bastard holidays grind you down. Cheers!