I chose an easy crochet throw from the Lion Brand collection of patterns and it is pretty much one big granny square. Here is a pic from their website:
Isn't is sweet? It is a throw that I believe I can start and finish in time for the shower. I went to Knit 'N Knibble and browsed their huge selection of yarn and settled on the following:
It is Snuggly by Sirdar and it is a dk weight baby yarn that is 55% Nylon/45% Arcrylic. I normally do not like using arcrylics because they are often not soft or are prone to pilling. This acrylic blend yarn is definitely the exception: very soft, does not have that dense, plasticy feeling you can feel when you rub it between your fingers. It is lightweight and really a pleasure to work up. I bought 2 of each color and used an I hook.
I chose 3 colors rather than 4, as the pattern suggests. This is a pattern that you can do any color in any order and not worry about it. The sex of the baby will be a surprise, so the 3 colors I chose were a buttercup yellow (Daisy), a sage green (Summer Lime) and a light blue. I thought the blue was another shade of green at the time I purchased it, but when worked up, it is definitely blue.
I started that very evening with the center square:
I will repeat the color order as you see above. I will crochet two rounds of each color. I took this throw in the car with me and crochet to and from work ( I carpool and often am not the driving), so this worked up even faster than I imagined.
I'm almost done in the above picture. I bought 2 balls of each color and plan on crocheting until I run out of yarn. I ran out of yellow first, which is supposed to be the color I end on: perfect!
Here are a few of the finished throw:
Now, here is a picture from the baby shower:
She loved it! She said it was very nostalgic from her own childhood. That was the only homemade gift at the shower, which had to complete with some pretty nice gifts! A homemade gift is special in it's own way.
Now, I am off to start another baby blanket for a friend that had her baby already. Better late than never, I always say. It will be worth the wait.