A granny square blanket grows

The past two days I have been able to make measurable progress on the project I think of as “A girly girl granny square baby blanket for a toddler.”

What the name of the project lacks in elegance it makes up for in specificity.

It tells you what this project is:

A granny square blanket for a baby

It tells you a little about the baby in question:

Girly girl
Toddler

and that, in turn, tells you something about me.

It tells you that I don’t get everything done exactly when I expect I will and that in some areas of life I subscribe to a theory of “better late than never,” particularly in matters related to¬†crochet.

While it would have been nice if I had finished a blanket for this little girl when she was first born, the blanket I am inclined to make for a toddler is much different than the blanket I would make for a baby.

For a toddler, I want a the blanket to evoke movement and curiosity, and I want the object itself to be interesting to look at without being too fussy.

Oh, and it has to be washable and sturdy because children need to get dirty, and they need to take their blankets with them wherever they go.

So those are some of the goals I have for this project, and here are some photos that document my progress.

After determining that the irrepressible pink was the pink for the sixteenth round, I had finished the day with a round of Red Heart Super Saver tea leaf, which brought me to the eighteenth round, where I experienced a protracted moment of indecision before finally moving forward with a color called turqua because to my mind it evoked movement:

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A round of Red Heart Super Saver turqua

I liked the movement it created and decided that to counter and enhance the movement, I needed something quieter, so working through my doubts, I crocheted a round using a color called butter:

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A round of Craft Smart butter

My doubts stemmed from the fact it was rather near to a color called cornmeal, and I was briefly concerned that they looked too much alike, but when the butter round was finally finished, it was clear that they weren’t as much alike as I had feared, and besides, I had other things to worry about like “What is the right shade of pink?”

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Choosing a shade of pink

Once I had crocheted each corner with a prospective color it was easier to decide, and so working with perfect pink, I plowed ahead:

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A round of Red Heart Super Saver perfect pink

Perfect pink did provide a few challenges when it came time to choose a color for the next round, but after working through every available color within arm’s reach, I ventured into the yarn annex where I found a skein of sea coral in a bin of Red Heart Classic yarn which proved to be just what the granny square needed:

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A round of Red Heart Super Saver sea coral

Which led me to the color known as Delft:

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A round of Red Heart Super Saver Delft

This color made a very strong statement and changed the overall character of the granny square, so the next round I used a light green called honeysuckle to offer some balance to the boldness of the previous round’s blue:

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A round of Red Heart Super Saver honeysuckle

Each color — like each stitch — is its own adventure, and while I am not altogether certain where it will take me, I will enjoy each stitch of the journey.

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