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Crochet baby blanket, what wool?

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Giddypants Sat 01-Mar-14 16:54:10

I am planning on making this blanket fora friend who is expecting! I'm not doing the owls different colours! but I'm not sure which yarn to use any ideas?

OwlCapone Sat 01-Mar-14 18:09:59

I love that blanket smile it's been on my Wish list for a good while now.

What sort of budget do you have?

Giddypants Sat 01-Mar-14 18:45:35

Not crazy money, about £3 a ball or so, I was a bit unsure whether I could do it, I'm only a novice but the instructions are fab so easy to follow

Giddypants Sat 01-Mar-14 19:13:38

Are acrylics any good? The ones o bought from hobby craft are a bit fluffy once I've worked with them. I've mainly done things with cotton as I like the feel, but I don't think its appropriate for a baby blanket

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sat 01-Mar-14 19:19:21

Debbie bliss' baby cashmerino is lovely but about 5 a ball, sometimes good deals on eBay though

Ohbyethen Sat 01-Mar-14 19:48:33

No help at all as I was searching threads for an answer to a similar question but how beautiful is that?! I've completely fallen in love with it (not that I could make it yet I'm still tying my own hands together) I would love to see your finished article before it's lovingly tucked into a new Moses basket.

<happy ravelry sigh>

Trumpton Sat 01-Mar-14 20:06:26

Stylecraft. Lovely colours and it doesn't squeak or go bobbly.

PolterGoose Sat 01-Mar-14 20:19:42

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OwlCapone Sat 01-Mar-14 21:19:10

I've looked through all my favourite yarns and can't see anything obvious in an Aran weight. Stylecraft does come in an Aran version but the colours are limited - it would depend on what colours you had in mind. There doesn't seem to be anything as zingy as the original.

TheWoollybacksWife Sat 01-Mar-14 21:44:36

If you go for a DK weight yarn then Sirdar Baby Bamboo is lovely to work with and comes in a fabulous range of colours. It's around £3.50 a ball.

trice Sat 01-Mar-14 22:01:45

I can second Trumpton, stylecraft washes well, feels soft and has a good range of colours. Cotton would be too stiff and bamboo too floppy. Lovely blanket though.

Giddypants Sat 01-Mar-14 22:14:39

Thanks ladies, I'll get researching tomorrow.
my friend is about 14 weeks so I have plenty of time, I think the majority of it will get done at the knit and natter group I go to. It's only 2 hours once a week, but you'd be surprised how much you can get done without an 11 month old climbing up your leg! But I will post a picture when it's done

OwlCapone Sat 01-Mar-14 22:23:08

When you say £3 a ball, you need to consider how big a ball you get for that.

Giddypants Sun 02-Mar-14 08:49:45

For 100g

OwlCapone Sun 02-Mar-14 09:11:28

A lot of the nicer yarns are out then as they tend to come in 50g balls.

OwlCapone Sun 02-Mar-14 09:12:47

I'd have a look at the Stylecraft. The DK has a better range of colours than the Aran and you'd need to use a 4mm hook which would make your blanket smaller - you'd have to make more of the pieces.

firesidechat Sun 02-Mar-14 10:46:02

The yarn used in the original is self stripping, so you get maximum effect with minimum effort. I'm sure a plainer one would look lovely too.

Stylecraft Special is a very good acrylic yarn which looks more expensive than it is and is nice to work with. It's very practical for new parents because they need something in a forgiving yarn which they can just throw in the washing machine.

Lovely blanket. I've used sirdar snuggly for a ripple blanket which was lovely, but the colour range is quite muted, so I would use the stylecraft for the owl one as you need brighter colours I think.

Giddypants Sun 02-Mar-14 14:22:44

Thanks again, I'll go for the supercraft special, just for the choice of colours. Wish me luck!

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