A Crocheted Baby's Blanket - The Perfect Present For Babies

A Crocheted Baby's Blanket

by Owen Jones
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Whether your friends, the parents-to-be, are going to be parents for the first time, it is difficult to know that what you are buying for the child is not going to be a duplicate. An added complication is that not all parents-to-be would like to know the sex of their new baby, so it is pretty hard to get a gift for the baby shower or Christening (or whatever) and still feel sure that it will be appreciated.
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However, there are some gifts that are unlikely to be duplicated and without having to spend an total fortune, a crocheted baby's blanket is one of them. If you have already acquired the skills to create a crocheted baby's blanket, then all well and good, otherwise you have two alternatives: you can either learn and thus increase your number of skills or you can commission one.

Forty years ago and before, most women could knit and crochet and knew about yarns and threads and knitting needles. 

Unfortunately, the parents of the Seventies either did not learn these skills or did not pass them on in general, but knitting and crocheting are making quite a comeback now in the early Twenty-First Century. People are proud to own hand-manufactured items like crocheted baby's blankets.

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One of the advantages of using contemporary yarns and materials is that the dyes are probable to be less hazardous than before, but you will still have to buy them from reputable suppliers to be completely certain.

Another advantage of a handmade item like a crocheted baby's blanket is that is likely to become a family heirloom. A handmade crocheted baby's blanket is sure to be treasured because it was handmade and not shop-purchased. It is even better if the maker's name and the baby's name are embroidered on it too.

If you are a novice to crocheting a baby's blanket, there are a couple of items that you need to bear in mind with regard to the baby's safety.

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Firstly, select a tightly-knit pattern so that the baby's fingers and toes cannot get snarled up in the blanket. Secondly, the cloth or yarn ought to be soft, colour-fast, non-toxic and machine washable. Babies' blankets get dirty fairly often, so it certainly is a boon to have a baby's blanket that is machine washable.

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Thirdly, take the time to enquire of the parents-to-be if they have a colour scheme or theme in mind for the nursery. Fourthly, the blanket should be the correct size. If your crocheted baby's blanket is to be used in a cot, then it must be the exact same size of the cot for safety reasons. If it is to be a general blanket, then you can make it larger so that it can be used for longer.

Lastly, but not least crucial is to take into account that babies teethe, so do not incorporate anything into your handmade crocheted baby's blanket if there is a chance of the baby choking on it, beads are a distinct no-no.

Owen Jones, the author of that piece, writes on a variety of subjects, but is now involved with the chenille throw blankets. If you want to know more, please visit our website at Woollen Blankets.