A Couple of Crochet Chevron Baby Blankets

Whew! My hands need a break! I’ve been in single crochet land for a while finishing up 2 chevron baby blankets as gifts. As usual, when I try something new in crochet, I end up getting schooled a bit and I end up thinking how I will do things differently next time. Blue Gray White Crochet Chevron Baby Blanket | Sakeenah.com

I crocheted the blue, gray and white chevron blankets with Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend, which I liked working with.

These blankets took a long time, so when working with gift deadlines, planning ample time is key. I didn’t do that! Rushing is not fun.

The pattern I used called for filling in the triangles on the edges to have a nice straight edge. I really thought that looked sharp, but I ended up skipping because it was bowing, and I was running out of time. Bent Tip Needles for Weaving in Yarn Ends | Sakeenah.com

 

When it came time to weave in the ends, the only yarn needle I could find was a flimsy plastic one. A plastic yarn needle doesn’t work very well, especially with tight single crochet. I picked up The Crochet Dude’s Bent End Needle Set and I’m a happy camper! The bent ends have a nice pointed, beveled end and it slides through the stitches nice and smooth.

 

 

Tangles in yarn were the next obstacle to deal with, and I finally decided to get a ball winder.

Chevron Baby Blanket - Avoid tangles in yarn with a ball winder | Sakeenah.com

 

Thanks for the credit, Knit Picks! KP credit = kid in a candy store!

 

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I enjoyed making 2 chevron baby blankets with different color combinations.  The one blanket with corn blue, gray, and off white; the other with colors or cream, yellow, green and blue. Bold colors are fun to work with, but subtle has its own charm. For this blanket I used Berroco Comfort yarn.

Blocking a Chevron Blanket | Sakeenah.com

Blocking has its own challenges. The points and valleys need to be lined up right. I plan on gluing the 1″ checkered fabric that I place over the blocking mats onto foam board to make the grid straighter.

Curling Edges on a Crochet Chevron Blanket - Use wet block to avoid this | Sakeenah.com

After blocking, the ends still curled. I steam blocked by hovering an iron on the cotton setting over the blanket. I used a wool/acrylic blend for the blue, gray, white blanket. According to this nifty chart from Vogue Knitting, spraying it to is the better method.

So there you are: crochet, live and learn!

Have you been working with crochet chevron patterns and have some tips to share? Post them in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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8 Responses

  1. Shannen says:

    Oh, I’m jealous you have the ball winder!!! You take great pics. 🙂
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  2. Patricia says:

    I just love those bent tip needles! I just added a ball winder to my list of wants. The blankets look great!

  3. Priscilla says:

    I learned the very first, very basic crochet stitch (is that what it’s called?) from my grandmother when I was six years old. I can still do that, but nothing more. Your blankets are gorgeous and make me want to go back and learn more!

  4. kg says:

    Nice work!

    Wanted to leave a comment to thank you for posting about the needles you use to weave in the ends. I love the flat tip on my bent tip tapestry needle, but I only have one and wanted to get some extras. I’ve had no luck finding any until I found your post! 🙂

    Happy crafting!

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