So, here’s my story. I made a babyghan for my grand niece who was born almost 2 years ago. According to her parents, my babyghan is Lilly’s favorite and she won’t be without it. That’s flattering and makes me happy. They have asked several times for another one – one more girl-y since I made the first one in a variegated yarn of yellow/green/white as her bedroom was done in yellow and green. I have absolutely NO IDEA what yarn I used for the babyghan! I see her only a couple times a year, so no opportunity to see the babyghan in person. I asked her dad (my nephew) to send me a picture of the babyghan, thinking that I could determine what yarn I had used. No way. It’s just my usual Diagonal Cross Stitch in some mystery yarn. We all know how persnickety babes and tots are about textures. Lilly likes just this particular blanket and rejects all others.
I have now run out of time to have another blanket crocheted for her in time for our family’s annual Christmas gathering. I ran across this cute idea and decided to adapt the pattern to my own use. Lilly is a daycare kid who loves her naps. So, to make this useful for nap time, rather than play time, I am making it larger, doubling the thickness of the polar fleece, and edging in a very soft pink yarn I have on hand. The polar fleece I purchased today is a delicious combination of large butterflies in 2 shades of pink, blue, and white. I have a lot of nice pink yarn on had so I can match it perfectly. Originally, I wanted to use a variegated, and I do have some that will work, but not sure I have enough of that particular yarn.
I just think this is such a cute idea. Sarah’s similar Robot Lovey is similarly made. I can’t think of a kid who won’t adore these. At 2, Lilly might be a big young for monsters, so I’m going with the butterfly motif as the ‘head’ and will make the hands and feet as per the pattern, only larger. This will be a quick project. I will originally edge the polar fleece by hand with a strand of baby weight yarn using this technique. (Scroll down a bit to see the illustration.) No need for a sewing machine or fancy skip stitcher – although those are useful for fabric with less nap. If you want to make one for a kiddo in your life, get the free pattern right here. I’ll post a picture of my finished project when it’s done IF I can remember to do that before I give it away!
By jd wolfe