Baby Blankets and Cowls

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.