Okay so now that I’m past halfway finished with this, I figured I could accurately comment on this project and give you guys an accurate idea of what working on it is like! I also have my notes (a constant stream through the first half of the blanket) available to look at on Ravelry.
The Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket pattern by the awesome Tamara of Moogly is by far the most fun and most gloriously textured pattern I’ve ever worked on! I’ve been working for a bit over half a month now and this blanket is a dream to work up. I’m using I Love This Yarn! from Hobby Lobby in three shades, and the yarn works great for this kind of project.
The only snag I hit when making this was stitching the second row. The written pattern says to double crochet OVER the single chain, but I had no idea what this meant and the blanket started looking really weird. A bit discouraged, I ripped out the stitches until I was left with only the first row and checked the video instructions for answers. After repeating the same section at least fifteen times, I realized what she meant by over and after that the blanket worked up in a flash! Watch the video if you get stuck guys, it’s really helpful!
Now that I’m where I am in the pattern, the behavior of the fabric is apparent; the drape is lovely and thick, and the fabric is nicely heavy. This is a wonderful baby blanket that will keep a little one warm and cozy, which is highly desirable if you live in the more northern parts of the world like I do. Belgium can get cold enough for snow, so keeping a baby warm is a must! I’m hoping to have it finished before Liam’s baptism in April, he’s our first cousin once removed and it’s the first baby blanket I’ve had the chance to make.
This pattern really should be blocked after you finish it, and if you add a border to it then blocking is even more important. Luckily the yarn I’m using is able to be machine washed and machine dried, so this step will be easy! That will have to wait until I finish though.