Finding the perfect gift for new parents can often be a challenge. Many times new parents have either already shopped for their babies, or they have other children and have many of the things they will need already in their homes. One perfect gift option, in this case, is the gift of a handmade crochet baby blanket.
With the recent popularity resurgence in knitting and crocheting, there are limitless options available for yarns and fibres which you can quickly and easily crochet into an heirloom baby blanket. And, the best thing is that many of todayís yarns and fibres are dyed colours which lend themselves well to making a baby blanket. With the soft pinks, light blues and mellow yellow yarns, you can be sure to match any nursery decorations the new parents may have done.
A handcrafted gift is one which can be passed down through generations and appreciated by everyone. It shows the receiver that you spent a lot of time and effort to make just the right gift for them. And, because of the time you have invested in the gift, it will be one of the best received.
When you are going to make a blanket for a baby, there are a few important things which you need to keep in consideration as you find your pattern and buy your supplies. A few of them are:
Pattern Selection: You should choose a pattern which is tightly woven if the blanket will be used by a very young baby. Often designs with any open-work allow for the babyís fingers or toes to get caught up in the blanket and cause discomfort. This is both a health and a safety risk.
Yarn Selection: When you are making an item for a baby you want to find a yarn or fiber which is both soft and machine washable. New parents are often too tired and over-extended to spend time hand washing items. And, because babies can be very messy, it is essential that anything they come into contact with can be successfully washed.
Blanket-Color: If you know the colour scheme of the nursery, or even the sex of the baby, you can better match your blanket colours to them. If not, use your imagination and create a wonderful unisex blanket.
Blanket Size: When you are crocheting for a baby, your first inclination might be to make a very small blanket. However, babies grow very quickly into toddlers. And, babies move around a lot and require decently sized blankets to keep them covered up and warm. Your blanket will get much more useful if you make it a bit larger than your first inclination.
No Beadwork: While beadwork is popular in todayís knitting and crocheting patterns, beads are never appropriate for a baby item. A baby can loosen them and they can become a choking hazard.
By keeping these simple considerations in mind, you can be well on your way to creating a keepsake baby blanket which will be cherished for years to come. As with any baby gift, you want to ensure that your blanket is safe and secure for the baby who will be using it. However, by using your imagination and creativity you can come up with the perfect and safe design for the new bundle of joy.