3 and a half years ago, our friends Jeffrey and Michael brought home their super adorable daughter, Haidyn. I wanted to make something special for her as a baby shower gift, and I decided on this sweet and simple blanket.
The pattern is one from Lion Brand. I usually have a hard time finding good patterns from them, because most of them pretty outdated. They do have great afghan patterns though (including the 5 1/2 hour throw, which I have been dying to put to the test) and of course this pattern, The Carson City Afghan, which was the inspiration for this project. Here’s a look at the picture provided in the pattern:
The pattern calls for Baby’s First yarn from Lion Brand, but I went for Vanna’s Choice in Pink instead. I’m a huge fan of Vanna’s Choice for a lot of reasons. The colors are extremely rich, the texture is lovely, and the yarn is machine washable. I just can’t get enough of this yarn.
This pattern used a K hook, which was awesome in the interest of time. I managed to punch this blanket out in about a week’s worth of short evening sessions. The V Stitch pattern (made by a very simple dc1, ch1, dc1) works up fast and is also very pretty when it’s all done. (I posted a picture of a closeup of the pattern below) Instead of the frilly edge shown in the pattern, I opted for a single crochet around the outside to make it look a little neater. I was already planning on embellishing the blanket with a letter H, and I didn’t want it to look to busy.
As for the H, I worked 13 or so rows of 3 sc (made 2) and attached them with a couple more rows of sc. Then I went around in a sc to outline the entire letter. I didn’t follow the pattern, but you can find an awesome alphabet pattern here.
Completed, with the H attached.
Happy birthday, Haidyn!
Meeting my twin nieces Makenzie and Alexis for the first time… They weren’t too sure about her!
Haidyn is growing up so fast… For her second birthday I made her this Elmo amigurumi! Ashley and I are planning a trip to Disneyland this September with Haidyn and her dads, and I’ve already gotten a request from her for a Picachu. (And her papa Jeffrey wants a whale… I better get working…)