A while ago I wrote about a granny square afghan I started, but I got busy and never got around to posting the big reveal. My first granny square blanket! I really love the way it turned out.
The colors in the photo are a little off. I didn't notice it until I started writing the article. I promise, the green is not neon and doesn't glow in the dark.
I am in love with granny squares. I grew up with a granny square afghan that lived on the back of the couch. It was mended and worn. We used it to build forts in the family room, wrap up on a cold day or when we were sick. It was a classic 70's afghan. Black squares with bright, neon centers. I love that afghan.
I have wanted to try granny squares for a while. A baby blanket seemed the perfect place to start. A traditional afghan design, but with some more modern colors. It's really too big to be a true baby blanket. It's about the size of a lap blanket. It's so easy to get distracted by cute, adorable baby things. But, the reality is (much to my great dismay), that they don't stay babies. They start growing from day one. No matter how many times I tell my boys to stop growing, they just keep getting older and bigger. Sigh... By making the afghan a little bigger, it's something this little boy can grown into.
The colors were not completely random. I came up with a couple of color combinations and rotated through them so no two squares are the same.
I used a ratio of 60-30-20-10. In other words, 60% blue, 30% white, 20% green, and 10% yellow. This was not an exact calculation. As I wrote out my plan for the squares, I made blue the majority of the rounds. I knew I wanted to join them with white, the next largest amount of yarn. Next came green. I used the yellow as a highlight. Yellow is a dangerous color. It can overwhelm the other colors if you aren't careful. I used several different blues, and greens. I kept the ratios the same, but I think it added a little more depth to vary them.
The border is a combination of different pictures I saw on line. I tried to use the yellow for a tiny little pop.
I am always surprised how much the border can change the feel of an afghan. Without the border, it doesn't look finished. I struggled to try and find the perfect border because it is so important. I decide to go simple, and I think it worked out well in the end.
I gave it to my neighbor at a baby shower the ladies in the neighborhood and I threw for her. It's always good to give someone a gift in front of an audience. That way she has to say something nice! But, I think she does like it. I assured her it's machine washable - which is really what all moms want to hear. I hope she and her sweet little boy enjoy this for years to come.