Baby blanket draped over child's rocker.

Baby Blanket Designed by Julia

On March 18 I purchased 3 balls of Bernat Pipsqueak super-soft baby yarn to crochet a baby quilt.

Multi-colored yarn I purchased for baby quilt.

Multi-colored yarn I purchased for baby quilt.

I used up an entire ball and realized I did not have enough yarn to make the blanket the size I wanted it to be, so the following day I went back to Hancock Fabrics to pick up three more balls. When I got to the store I found they were out of the color I was looking for. I decided to switch from the 5 colored yarn to a blue/green/white combination and make some rows all white while others are multi-colored. I purchased 6 of each (more than I needed to make the blanket).

100% Polyester - machine washable and dryable

100% Polyester – machine washable and dry-able

I picked this yarn because it’s super fuzzy and machine washable. I think that’s very important for a baby blanket that I hope will see a lot of use. Babies are notorious for messing on their blankets.

I had planned to include the detailed directions in this post, however, I got carried away in the process of creating and forgot to take photos of the first few steps. Then I misplaced my notes and I don’t recall how many chains are in the first row, so I’m going to guess.

I do know for sure the Hook size: I/9mm

  • Chain 79
  • Foundation Row: In the 4th chain from the hook, work dc, ch 1, dc in the same ch. *Skip two chains and then in the next ch, work dc, ch 1, dc in the same ch. Repeat 25 more times from * to end, then in the last ch, work 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in the same ch.
  • Row 1: Turn, ch 3 and work dc, ch 1, dc in each of the chain 1 spaces from the previous row (center of each “V”). At the end of the row, finish with a dc in the last space (ch 3 turning space). [If making rows from different colors change color now.]
  • Repeat row 1 until  desired length (mine had 50 rows). If you want to use two different colors change color every two rows.

Blanket after 50 rows completed.

Blanket after 50 rows completed.


Using the yarn from the 48th row, I double-crocheted around the entire blanket, putting 2 or 3 double-crochets in each corner so edging doesn’t curl too much.

double crochet around edge

Working with remaining yarn – chain three

work double crochet

I will try to do a better job of keeping track of directions for my next project.

finished blanket

Finished blanket

Time to fold it up and place it in bag for transport to expectant parents J & C.

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Updated 7/27/2015

I would like to introduce Callum James G! He was born at home on May 29th @ 11:15pm. He was 21 inches long and weighed 7lbs 8 oz.. From the photo below taken in July, I believe he likes his blanket.

Baby with blanket

Callum appears to like his blanket

Callum and blanket

Callum and blanket


The Thread of Life

The Thread of Life.

This sounds like a very interesting project. I could not find a “follow” button on her page, so I’m re-posting her link (in color) above. Now I have an easy way to find my way back to her site.

Noah’s Ark Cross Stitch Quilt

Week five complete – I think things are moving along well.

I created a special work area in my bedroom. I have a rocking chair that is very supportive to my back when I’m doing stitchery projects.

Special area for stitching.

Special area for stitching.

I took a Monday off to decorate a tee-shirt (I will write about it later this week), but spent most of the weekend working on the elephants. While working on one of the elephants I found I had missed a few stitches on the roof so I added those and the roof is now done.

Five weeks of stitching complete.

Five weeks of stitching complete.

Close up

Close up

Roof done

How it looked a week ago.

Check back next week to see more animals revealed.

Cross Stitch Birthday Card

I took a day off from exercising at the YMCA so I could put together a quick card for my Aunt Vera who will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday. What I thought would be a quick project ended up taking most of the day and I forgot to take a picture when it was complete, but I think you will get the idea from what I have below.

Here is a photo of the design I used for inspiration. I found it on Pinterest.

Cross Stitch design

Cross Stitch design


I stitched one daffodil and “Happy Birthday Vera” on a piece of white cotton. This would have been easier if I had some Aida cloth, but sometimes you just have to work with what’s available.


Stitching done


I glued the fabric to a note card I had on hand, then I made a note on the back indicating it was made with love by Julia. I also wrote a note inside.

Tomorrow it’s back to the Y in the morning for exercise classes, then I’ll be working on the quilt in the afternoon, unless I get distracted by some other project. You may not know this, but I do get distracted a lot.