Three weeks ago I taught myself to crochet in order to make this blanket. I scoured free internet patterns and Ravelry in search of the perfect pattern for my friend Quirk's little boy. My plan was to knit a blanket, but I couldn't find a pattern I liked. I'm not a fan of the pastel blues and pinks or the frilly lacy blankets. I wanted something modern, with bold, fun colors that doesn't scream BABY. Then I found this pattern . It was perfect...except, I only knew how to knit. Shoot. I'd heard crocheting was faster and easier than knitting so I decided to tackle the new project and the new skill all at once. Oh, did I mention I had a tight deadline? The baby isn't due until December, but I'm flying off to the Dominican Republic in a few weeks and wanted to complete the blanket before I leave.
It turns out that crocheting isn't hard at all! In fact, it was much easier to learn than knitting. The hardest part was figuring out what the pattern wanted me to do and how to interpret the abbreviations. Not to mention that I finished it much faster than a knitting project. (Thanks in part to the virus that gave me a sore throat + fever and confined me to the couch for 2 days...)
Anyway, I love the way it turned out. I was tempted to keep it for myself. I'm actually even a little jealous that Quirk gets to have it. I hope she and the new baby love it as much as I do!