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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Crocheted Oddball Blanket Complete - Rainbow Connection

I have talked a lot about these Oddball Blankets that I work on every now and then, but I like to bring it up frequently just in case there is someone new out there reading Hooked On Needles who might not know about this great work.

If you are one of those Instant Gratification kind of people and the thought of making a whole blanket just doesn't appeal to you, check out the website for the Northeast US Oddball Baby Blanket to get an idea of how this whole Oddball thing works. You'll see updates on lots of different blankets that are being passed around the northeast and then gathered up again to be donated to a hospital. If this is something that interests you, then go over to the Charity Knitting Forum on Knittinghelp.com and find your own region of the country. See what blankets are in the works and looking for knitters or border crocheters and sign up. You'll be able to put your own little creative mark on a wonderful gift for a new baby and you won't break the bank doing it. It's a great opportunity to try new stitches or become proficient with basic stitches if you are new to knitting. You won't even have to purchase your own needles! They will come with the blanket! You use them, then send them along to the next knitter. This is also a fabulous way to use up your stash yarn by signing up for blankets requiring colors that you already have! It's really a win-win arrangement.

Would you like to see the blanket I just finished?

Rainbow Connection Crocheted Oddball Blanket CompleteThis one is made entirely in crochet stitches, just rows of double crochet so it is very simple. The name of it is Rainbow Connection. I worked the last section in purple, then the border in white. My son who is 6 years old informed me that it was ok to leave out the indigo and violet and use purple instead since most people don't like indigo anyway! Okie dokie! So glad I got his stamp of approval!

Rainbow Connection Crocheted Oddball Blanket Reverse Single Crochet BorderI worked the border by first doing 2 rounds of single crochet. This is a worsted weight blanket so I thought 3 rounds, which I do on the sport weight blankets, might have been a little too much. Then I worked one round of my favorite border stitch, reverse single crochet. If you would like to see how to work reverse single crochet, click HERE and watch my video. It's a very simple stitch once you get the hang of it and I just really like the way it looks.

How do you like to finish off your crocheted or knitted baby blankets or afghans? Is there a stitch you've wanted to learn but might be having trouble with? I'd love to help you figure it out and I'm always looking for material to add to Hooked On Needles. Perhaps I could make a video for you and see if we can figure it out together.

Leave a comment and let me know, but make sure I can respond to you somehow by making your email available on blogger or by including it in the comment.

Happy Stitching!

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