For the past week, most of my creative energy has been channeled into the making of this almost- finished baby blanket. The pattern is my own design, simple stripes done in double crochet with four colors of Lion's Vanna's Choice Baby yarns that I found at my local craft megastores.
Originally I'd started with equal sized stripes of each color but quickly found it too dull. So last Tuesday while watching the inauguration, I decided to start over with this idea and was immediately pleased.
To make sure my starting edge wasn't too tight, I used a K size hook for the 100 chain foundation row, plus a chain 3 for turning; then switched to a J hook for the remainder of the blanket. My pattern is three rows of color A, two rows of color B, one row of color C, three rows of color D, two rows of color A, one row of color B, and so on, working the 3-2-1 pattern on through all four colors in rotation so there are wide, medium and narrow stripes of each color. Simple but effective.
I used the Vanna acrylic yarn for durability and ease of laundering, as this intended to be a hardworking blanket for the newest additions to our extended family, our niece's twin sons who are due next week. Very exciting to soon be welcoming another generation to the clan!