Tuesday, July 5, 2011

From a simple blanket to an afghan and everything in between... There are so many great patterns out there that it is hard to choose which one to make. I love to gift hand-made blankets because they are so appreciated. A gift like this will be treasured and will provide comfort to the receiver.
It isn't always easy choosing the perfect project for someone, it has to be the right 'fit' for the person you have in mind. So if you're looking for your next blanket project (for someone else or for yourself), here are a few ideas.
From my very quick and unscientific research, I have found different kinds of blankets and what they are for. For a bit of interest, I threw in a link to a free pattern for each one. Aren't I the best?

Just a Simple Blanket:

 The pattern for this pretty little blanket can be found on JCasa's blog.

"A blanket is a type of bedding, generally speaking, a large piece of cloth, intended to keep the user warm, especially while sleeping".
Pretty straightforward I think, but it can be subdivided into many different categories. 

Afghan (or Throw):

Graphic Granny Afghan is a free pattern from the Coats and Clark website.

"An afghan is a blanket, wrap, or shawl of colored yarn. It is knitted or crocheted, often in geometric shapes. It can also be referred to as a 'throw'". I discovered that there are many different types of afghans, depending on how they are made. Mile a minute (made in one piece), join as you go (made up of different pieces, when you finish one you start the next) and motif afghans (made up of many smaller pieces - like granny squares). The last one is a good project for those of us that don't want to work on a huge piece that you have to lug around with you ;) !

Baby Blanket:

 This pretty Lotus Baby Blanket would be a perfect baby shower gift. You can get the free pattern from Needyl.

These blankets should be made out of nice, soft yarn. This is a gift that will be cherished for a long time! (As a side note, make sure the yarn is easily washable... Babies tend to make messes!)

Lap Blanket:

This great Pixie Dust Lap Blanket from the Purl Bee is a great accent for the home.

This is a smaller blanket that is easily carried around and fits perfectly on your lap without all the bulk of a full-sized blanket. This is a great last-minute gift because it is not as big as a full-sized blanket but still provides warmth. I made one for my grand-mother and she absolutely loves it, she is able to take it with her wherever she is in the house.

A Blanket Buddy:

This cute little guy is provided by the Lion Brand website.

I know this isn't a real blanket, but it is too cute to pass up. This would be another great baby shower present, and is different then the standard baby booties and hat combo.

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