Baby James’ Blanket

I can now share with you, little James’ blanket.  Not that it was a big secret but his Mommy had not seen it yet so I thought it best to wait until after her surprise baby shower to share it with you.  I was lucky enough to be able to attend the fabulous shower and was hoping to get a better shot of the blanket than what I have here but alas.

I have never battled so much to take a photo of anything as much as I did this blanket – not matter how I draped it or folded it, it looked like a mess or a bundle of nothing.  The picture above is the best I could do -not that it shows how lovely the blanket really is.  I would greatly appreciate any advice you have on how to better photograph such an item.

This is a very special blanket as I have been asked to be James’ God Mother – what an honour and privileged to be asked, thanks Torks and Mands, I will treasure being appointed with this special duty always and I cannot wait to meet little James in February. 🙂

For those wanting to crochet a blanket for a special bundle of joy, this is what I did (not sure of crochet terminology):

10 balls baby double knitting mint green
5balls baby double knitting white
4.5mm crochet hook
Form a chain of 201 stitches
Skip the first chain and then work in double crochet through out – 2 balls green to one ball white
Make an additional chain for the start of each new row
Finish with a border of white double crochet approximately 6 rows working continuously around with an additional chain for the start of each new row
Sew in all loose strands from each new ball of wool join

I also made a double crochet border around a facecloth for baby James and had equally as much of a difficult time trying to photograph it – hope you at least get the idea.

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40 thoughts on “Baby James’ Blanket

  1. Beautiful work Mandy and thanks for giving details of the pattern too! I can´t advise you on the photography as I have the same problems when taking snaps of things I have made 😦 What a wonderful honour to be Baby James´Godmother – lucky little James!

    • Thanks Tanya. Glad the pattern details made sense. I am busy making another blanket for friends who’s baby is due in February. I made a chain of 153, skipped the first three chain and am working in treble throughout with 3 chain at the start of every new row – it is going So much quicker. 🙂

  2. I’m in awe – beautiful blanket …I wish I had the patience and skill for knitting and crocheting. I like the way you shot it in close up….looks so soft and you can see all that work.

  3. That shot was beautiful, Have you thought of lighting it from behind, anyway I am making one TOO! for a wee baby being born in california early next year. My crochet is not as beautiful as yours though, I shall have to work harder and closer, but I am a loosey goosey crocheter!! Yours is beautiful..c

    • Thanks C! I will try lighting the next one from behind that I am busy with for another baby. 🙂 I bet yours is equally as beautiful. Are you also working yours in double crochet? This new blanket that I am busy with I am working in treble and it is going much quicker. 🙂

  4. Oh you did such an amazing and beautiful job. The blanket is just gorgeous and she is going to be so excited to get it! Lucky baby James for getting to be swaddled in something that comforting and beautiful! job well done!

  5. Such an honour and an important job as Godmother. A double Congratulations as Godmother and you’ve made a beautiful,’made with love’ blanket. I’m sure he’ll feel warm and loved wrapped in this. Have a wonderful celebration in Feb. x

  6. I love hand made things. They are such treasures forever. Lucky James! Your handiwork is so neat and colors so fresh, just right for a baby. I crochet a lot and love it. I’ve photographed afghans I’ve made draped over the rocking chair in daylight. Works pretty well. I like your up close and personal shots though…that’s how it is with new babies.

  7. Congratulations, lucky Baby James and lucky you! Love your photos… I don’t know what else you could try. I’ve seen some with a ribbon tied over the center in a bow?? Anyway, we can see how beautiful it is, so never mind!!

    • I tried the ribbon bit but somehow the blanket didn’t look very nice – I even tried rolling it up with the ribbon tied around it in the middle with a bow but alas. Probably just my lack of photographic skills too. 🙂

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