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27 July 2009 @ 05:53 am
New member here - I usually knit more than I crochet, because I had a really frustrating experience with a granny square once and had been put off ever since. However, I recently gave it another try and conquered it. I like how much faster crocheting is. :)

I'm currently going crazy with baby blankets for my son, due in October. I made my first crocheted blanket, a 34"x34" giant single granny square with alternating double rows of green and yellow. When my mom and her sisters were all in their 20's and popping out kids, one of my aunts made a crocheted blanket that got passed around to all the sisters for each baby. That blanket was sadly lost, so since I'm the first of my sisters to have a baby, I've made this one with plans to pass it around to each of us as we have kiddos.

I enjoyed it so much that I started another blanket today, this one white and blue. (Because that's the yarn I had lying around, heh.) I'd like this one to be smaller squares that are joined. So we finally get to my questions:

1. Do I sew in my ends before or after the squares are joined? Or does it not matter?
2. What is the prettiest joining method if I would like to use contrasting yarn to sew them together?
3. I was thinking of adding a little border around the edge of the whole thing once it's all sewn together. Any recommendations for border patterns?

And while I'm at it, if anyone has any patterns for cute baby boy stuff, toss them my way. :) I'm not working much these days, so I have plenty of time on my hands.
IrishLace.netirishlacenet on July 28th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
A lot of "crocheter's choice" questions!
1. If you can join the squares to your satisfaction without weaving in the ends first, there's no need to do so.

However, I would weave in the ends as I go, simply because leaving them all to the end means a big chunk of weaving-in-end time. And the blanket is all done and all you want to do is wash it and snuggle it and think about all the babies who will hide under it... and you have sixteen squillion ends to weave in.

It's like housework. It's gotta be done, and doing a bit at a time (no more than about 5 squares or so) makes it a lot easier.

2. I like to put two pieces together (right sides facing), and sc them together. This makes a definite seam on the wrong side, and makes dots of color on the right side. Both pretty, just in different ways.

If you want it to look more open and airy, I think I would work the seams as sc-ch3-sc-ch3 and so on. I'd sc the two pieces together at the ch1 points, and work the 3 chains so they stretch over the dc shells to get to the next ch space.

3. I like to do a couple of rounds of single crochet. Very simple, very neat, and it reinforces the edge. And if you do it in the same contrasting yarn you used for seaming, it ties the whole piece together.

So swatch and see what you like.