With a coulpe of friends expecting I wanted to create something special for them, both are keeping the sex a suprise so it needed to be neutral, and I wanted it to be a keepsake and for that a baby blanket it perfect!
I discovered the C2C method last year so thought this was a perfect opportunity to design my own, and this is what I came up with, my alphabet baby blanket;
C2C basically stands for corner to corner as that is how it grows! its is made by creating small squares, these squares are created by doing 4 DC stitches, if you have never tired it before it is so simple, give it a go, you will be hooked!
I have put a link below to some great instructions available on craftsy, but YouTube is also a great resource, just search C2C and you will find loads of video tutorials!
Couple of things to note that I didnt get at the start - the odd rows are the right side and the even rows the wrong side.
You read the chart from the bottom right corner working the odd rows down and the even rows up
My alphabet blanket is made up of 30 small C2C squares which are then joined, 4 are plain so if you have never tried it before they are great to start with and practice, then the other 26 each have a letter of the alphabet on!
Any standard Double Knit yarn can be used and a 3.5mm hook.
Here is the chart to follow for each square:
The squares are finished with a single chain stitch around the edge and it is this edge that neatens then up and is used to join them.
When you join the squares there are lots of different options, but I have used the matress stitch method as I wanted a flat join:
You basically pick up the bars In between the edge chain stitch
Once they are all joined I finished it off with a DC in to each of the edge stitches, when you get to the corner do 2 DC in the 2 stitches on the corner so it goes round smoothly
The finished blanket is 55x65 cm
I have now started to blanket number 2 but with one is going to be all white with each letter a different colour, its a great stash buster to get rid of some odds and ends of colours, and against the white the colours really pop, here is the start;
if you give this a go i would love to see the results, you can find me on ravelry or if your on instagram use the hashtag #owlinstitches