As a lifelong knitter I have had an irrational fear of crochet for a long time. For some reason it felt unnatural to be using one needle (okay, hook) when there should be two. Recently though I have gone off knitting and have not been able to put my finger on why, perhaps it is because it is slow compared to sewing or because I have had a couple of failed projects. However, I still needed something to do whilst watching television so I decided to try the unnatural and see if I could do it. I got hooked (excuse the pun!).
I used a tutorial from Attic24 for a ripple blanket. The instructions are so clear and each stage is really well described and photographed. I used two and a bit balls each of Ice Blue and Light Grey Rico Baby Classic (DK) from Wool Warehouse and a 3.5mm hook. I started with a foundation chain of 115 chains and this has made a nice pram sized blanket. I didn't know the gender of the baby beforehand so choose these colours because I like them and I think they are quite calm colours.
I am really pleased with how this turned out, it was relatively quick to make and surprisingly I didn't get bored halfway through, which is a good thing as I am just about to start a second for another new baby!