My best friend is pregnant with her first baby so I wanted to make something special for her. Her husband is South African so I decided on an African flower blanket in bright blues, greens and oranges.
She lives in Australia and the baby is due in the middle of summer so I thought it would be best to use cotton so that the blanket is lighter and cooler. I love the texture of Drops Muskat and it gives a lovely stitch definition. Here are the colours I chose and I only needed one ball of each (except the grey which I used for the border and used 4 x 50g balls).
I followed the same pattern for the African flowers as the one I used to make my cushion last year. Once I had a nice big pile of hexagons, I joined as I went with a light grey. There is a good tutorial for this on Heidi Bears‘s blog. I finished off the blanket with a simple border of three rows of tr and a final row of dc, being careful to increase and decrease at the corners of the hexagons.
It needed a good block to flatten out the joins and it still has slightly wavy edges but I love it.
It’s feminine but not overly girly and I think it will look fab in the Australian sunshine!