Sunday, June 15, 2008

Baby Blanket, Stat!

I hadn't seen Natalia for months. In fact, up until a week ago, I didn't even know she was pregnant. And not just a little either, as evidenced by this photo taken during the World Wide Knit In Public event in downtown Chicago.

Natalia organizes World Wide Knit in Public Day - Chicago, 2008
The young squire is due to make his appearance in July. That's why it became imperative that I come up with a gift and a color palette that suited both the mother-to-be and my crochet-only situation. Thanks to Mason-Dixon Knitting, the answer came in the form of the Moderne Baby Blanket (Ravelry), except of course substituting crochet for knit. Brilliant! Finally something I can do with all that lovely Mission Falls 1824 cotton I picked up for a song awhile back. Here's the layout:

Baby Blanket Layout
A = Chicory, B = Lintel, C = Grape, D = Phlox, E = Chili, F = Peony

The only thing I can't decide? Should the colors simply flow one into the other (left) or should there be delineation between the color blocks (right). It's working up pretty fast (thank you, crochet!), but there's still plenty of time to let me know what you think.

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Blogger WandaWoman said...

I like the construction of the blanket as is, with no additional borders between those blocks. The colors you've chosen are gorgeous!

6/15/2008 09:52:00 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I usually have an opinion on such things, but in this case I think either one is completely brilliant! I love that Mission Falls for baby blankets and those colors are beautiful!

6/15/2008 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger noblinknits said...

I like the one on the right.

6/16/2008 04:37:00 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

I like the more organic, free flowing one without the borders :)

6/16/2008 05:05:00 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Excellent color composition! I say let the colors flow.

6/16/2008 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

It's a boy, right? Definition. Use the choice on the right...They like graphics (ok, any kid does) and hard edges!

6/16/2008 08:56:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

My vote is for no borders. Good luck and you know I'm a hooker (TEE HEE) so let me know if you need a last minute hand.

6/16/2008 01:27:00 PM  
OpenID Marsha said...

I vote for no borders, too. If you add the borders, I think you'll end up with something that looks too pop-arty in a '70s/'80s sort of way.

6/16/2008 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger monica said...

I like both also and the colors are very nice. But I think I like the delineated one more than the other.

6/16/2008 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger kels said...

ah the good old baby blanket...thanks to your help i completed the one you helped me with! i just need it to arrive in oz and then i will be posting a finished image on my blog. i owe you! thanks so much karen!!!

PS lu does pick nice wool eh??? she brought me some a while back. i have yet to decide what to do with it.

happy knitting!

6/16/2008 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

What a great baby blanket. I vote for the flowing into one another. It looks almost log cabin-ish in it's design. And thank goodness for the quickness of crochet!

6/16/2008 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I like the flowing look. It will be marvelous!

6/16/2008 06:22:00 PM  
Blogger lu said...

my vote is for flowing!

6/17/2008 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

I would go for the left version, without the borders. Can't wait to see the result, crochet away girl :-)

6/17/2008 04:52:00 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

should be beautiful either way. i like the blockiness of the original design though...nice job subbing crochet, don't let anything get in your way!

6/17/2008 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

This may be against the grain, but I like the blanket with the borders. That's MHO...

6/30/2008 02:03:00 PM  

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