One of my friends is starting her own photography business and had asked me ages ago to crochet her something to use when taking photos of babies.
She lives out of state but made a quick trip home this week, and I wanted to whip something up to give her while she was here.
At the same time, I'd been wanting to use this beautiful, chunky pink yarn I bought at The I.D.E.A. Store. I'd originally bought it for its color, to make a Christmas present for someone. Because it's so chunky, though, I had to squish it to make it work.
So when I decided to make a baby blanket for my friend, I knew I wanted it to show off the beautiful yarn in all its chunky glory. I also wanted something with a lot of texture, which I thought would photograph well.
Google searches for crocheted blankets made out of chunky yarn weren't helpful, but I did find these instructions for a crochet stitch called Solomon's Knot . It took me a bit to get the hang of it, but once I got it, I was able to make a blanket really quickly because it's such a loose pattern. I also used a huge crochet hook, size 13.
I started with a chain of 62 stitches, and used about two-and-a-half skeins of chunky yarn to make the blanket the size I wanted. I didn't want to make it too big, because the yarn was heavy and I didn't want it to be a burden when my friend was using it in photos. I think I counted about 35 rows when I was done.
Making this blanket was quick and straightforward - nothing fancy beyond learning Solomon's Knot. And I think it would be a beautiful gift if you made it large enough to be a throw blanket, maybe with a cream- or chocolate-colored chunky yarn. Just make sure you follow the instructions in the link above when you make your chain - you need to start with a multiple of four stitches, plus two. Beyond that, it's easy.
Photos by Kimberly Strickland and used with permission.