I love a good baby shower and my go to gift is always a handmade blanket.  Since I learnt to crochet a few years back I have always enjoyed working away on these for 7 or 8 months as soon as I hear a friend is expecting.

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This time I heard my lovely friend Louise was expecting just as the Cherry Heart Spice of life CAL (Crochet along) was announced.  I thought this would be perfect to have a go at and decided to use a colour palette that the lovely Heather from The Patchwork Heart had come up with using Stylecraft Special DK.

The colour recipe is: claret, lipstick, pomegranate, shrimp, spice, gold, saffron, lime, meadow, sage, aspen, storm, blue, denim, aster, bluebell, violet, grape, pale rose, fondant and raspberry.

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The pattern can be downloaded HERE although the official Crochet Along has finished you can see all the blankets that were made by looking up #spiceoflifeCAL on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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I added a couple of rounds of trebles round the edge and a simple 5tr scallop pattern to finish it off.  I probably should have blocked it all to make it lie nice and flat at the edges, but I confess to being naughty and wrapping it as is!

Lou was very pleased with her blanket, which I knew she would be.  Funnily enough whenever I had posted sneak peeks of it on Instagram she was always one of the first to like the posts!

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I’m looking forward to updating you all with pics of Little Baby Bunny all wrapped up in it sometime towards the end of April

lou opening her crochet blanket gift