I have been wanting to share baby Francesca’s blanket with you for the longest time but alas, time, as it does, caught up with me. Subsequently I have crocheted another baby blanket for a great nephew who is due in the next few weeks and knitted and crocheted myself two cowls which were great fun.
I made both baby blankets using trebles – this goes so much faster than double crochet or half treble and will keep baby nice and warm and snug.
I must admit to having, for the first time ever, a problem with this second blanket. I can only think it is the silver strip that is wound into the wool – it was not the easiet to work with and it seems the blanket grew a wee bit on the one end – something else I have never had a problem with before. No matter as it was still made with love.
This knitted cowl is a mini verson of the one I saw over at Sarah’s Place. I say mini as I used a much thinner wool than what was called for and it worked out very well and fits snuggly but lose enough around my neck without me feeling I am being strangled. Pop over to Sarah’s Place for pattern.
For this cowl, I used a 10mm crochet hook and 2 50g balls of tweed wool. I made a chain of 120 which I could have reduced to 110 and then joined the chain with a slip stich to form a complete round. First round, 1 chain, skip first stich and work round in double crochet. Next 7 rounds, 3 chain, skip first stich, work in trebles. Last 2 rounds double crochet.
Mandy, you had the fine hands. These are so delicate and beautiful 🙂
You are very kind Tes, thank you very much. Have a lovely day. 🙂
Those are some lucky babies my friend, so much love has gone into these 🙂
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Thanks CCU! Have a super day. 🙂
I am so impressed, Mandy. Really love two cowls!
Thanks very much Angie! Have a happy day. 🙂
Lovely work, Mandy! The blankets look gorgeously soft. And as you say, definitely made with love!
Thanks so much Celia! I love being able to give a homemade gift. have a super day. 🙂
I once kitted my son a jersey…..it looked like something out of a Beano comic with one arm longer than the other! The blankies are lovely but I really like the cowls.
Hee hee – at least your son could be proud of his unique jersey. Thanks Sue. have a super day. 🙂
the softness of the wool is perfectly captured in your photos. and I’m loving the cowl – a touch of elegance me thinks!
You are very kind Claire, thank you! Have a super day. 🙂
Admiring the handiwork.
Aah, thanks so much Christy! Have a happy day. 🙂
Lovely. You are a woman of MANY gifts.
I love all of them ❤ Xxx
Kim, you are too kind, thank you! Have a beautiful love filled weekend. 🙂 xo
You too, Dear Mandy ❤
*BIG HUGS* 🙂
Hey you’re not just a pretty face, you can knit and crochet too! I love that cowl thing Mands, I want one in cream or pink or black please and also I need some leg warmers, my little leggies are cold today. Sorry for all the comments but havent been to visit your blog for ages and you’ve been such a busy bee! I wish I had one of your chocolate cupcakes with the caramel icing today… 😦
Oh I do like they way you started your comment – thanks! 😀 Hmm, leg warmers, my Nana made me zillions of pairs on her knitting machine. Wonder what ever happened to them… Seems you are going through some cupiecake withdrawals – we need to remedy that ASAP! Have a beautiful weekend and stay warm. 🙂
These are lovely! One day I’ll take up knitting. I’ve always wanted to learn.
Thanks so much! Knitting is really very easy. Hope you get to start soon. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂
How creative you are Mandy. I hadn’t known that you knitted. I was taught as a young girl, but never kept it up. Very lovely, always nice to wear or receive a homemade classic!
So nice to have you back. 🙂 Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂
How much do I love ALL of the things you’ve made here?!?! A LOT!!!!!! Oh Mandy, you are SO talented at so many things. These are all so beautiful, I really do love them all. You’ve inspired me again my dear. It’s such a beautiful day here, I think I’ll take the knitting outside to the patio and sip iced tea and make something….anything.
Wonderful post dear! I love!!!!
Sarah you are too kind, thank you! I am so pleased that you are inspired to knit something again -I look forward to seeing what you create. Enjoy the sunshine and warmth for me. Our winter temperatures are quite harsh at the moment. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo
You are a lady of many talents.
Thanks very much Karen. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂
Love the cowls Mandy! I’d totally wear one!!! 🙂
It seems I have a few friends putting in orders. I could have a little business going in no time at all. have a lovely weekend. 🙂
the blankets are so beautiful! I so wish I had your talent!!
Martha, thank you so much and knitting and crochet is really very easy, promise. Have a happy weekend. 🙂
I always wanted to learn. My grandmother left me lots of beautiful handmade blankets. Maybe you really should start a little business. You could sell on etsy! Your work is beautiful!
You are too kind Martha, thank you! I would have to sell the blankets but think I would have to charge too much for the amount of time involved in making one. I could possibly look at the cowls and other items maybe… Have a super day. 🙂
What a lovely blankets someone will receive…:) Nice job!
Marina thank you very much! have a lovely weekend. 🙂
Beautiful work – thanks for sharing:)
Renee, thank you so much! Have a lovely day. 🙂
Your work is beautiful Mandy. What a beautiful gift to receive. I love the look of these blankets and yes, the baby will be snug and warm xx
Charlie, thank you so very much! Have an awesome Sunday. 🙂 xo
now those cowls look like just the thing for me in the winter, like my Mother i get a cold neck and so i am always wearing scarves, however when i am in the cow shed scarves invariably unravel threaten to strangle me, or get nibbled on my animals. But these cowls.. well .. I am not much of a knitter, wait are they knitted or crocheted? I shall jump on your link and see how they are made.. What a find! c
Celi, these cowls are perfect for you! The first one pictured is knitted and the second one is crocheted. I made the crochet pattern up as I went (I used a 10mm crochet hook and 2 50g balls of tweed wool. I made a chain of 120 which I could have reduced to 110 and then joined the chain with a slip stich to form a complete round. First round, 1 chain, skip first stich and work round in double crochet. Next 7 rounds, 3 chain, skip first stich, work in trebles. Last 2 rounds double crochet.) but is super easy and you will have a cowl in afternoon! Please give me a shout if I can help. Have a beautiful week ahead. 🙂 xo
Aahhh.. the pictures of these blankets warm my heart! When I had my baby showers; while I was truly grateful of all of the gifts we received, the ones I held dear to my heart were homemade items like these. So much love!
Yudith, thank you so very much! It’s true that homemade gifts are always treasured. Have a lovely week ahead. 🙂
These are so beautifully done! Love it.
Hi Asmita, thank you so much! Have a lovely day. 🙂
you made those? What! That is so awesome. They are so pretty and what lucky little baby girl to get that blanket. They look so soft
Thanks Belle, knitting and crochet are really not that difficult to learn. Have a beautiful day. 🙂
I want to snuggle to those blankets!! My children receive baby blankets like this from our friend and it’s one of treasure that they will keep for their life. I wish I can make my own cowls (that’s how you call it – I just learned). I love the 2nd one – really stylish color and I love simple fashion like that… lovely!
Thanks so much Nami. The cowl you like is very easy to make, you should give it a try. Have a lovely day. 🙂
Really beautiful work, Mandy. Such nice gifts!
Thanks John! They were great fun to make. Have a great day. 🙂
You are sooo talented, Mandy! I love visiting Sarah’s Place and admire the knitting there and now I am admiring your lovely knitting! The baby blankets are so delicate and lacy.. perfect for gently wrapping a wee little baby:)xx
You are so kind dear Smidge, thank you. 🙂 xo