The pattern is the Happy Day Mobile which is available for free from the Crochet Today site. It's a great little pattern, although I missed a stripe out of the rainbow (no reason beyond personal choice and what I had available in the yarn basket) and I think there were a couple of other little tweaks, but who follows a pattern exactly to the letter? (Not me...!)
Then, when I knew it a boy, I got cracking on this:
You may remember I was a bit worried earlier that the pieces looked a bit more square than the average child. Luckily, once it was all put together, it looked a bit more child friendly. Both of these are made with Rico Creative Cotton. I just love the colour range in this yarn! I was also a bit chuffed to finally find a use for those red aeroplane buttons.
Oh, and while I was there, I finally gave my friend her wedding present!
I had started a different blanket but lost all the squares. Doh! Anyway, no chance of losing this monster. If anything, my living room looks a bit empty without it sitting next to the chair waiting to be finished.
It took me ages to decide on an edging, but in the end I went for a traditional shell edge. I recommend a round of single crochet as a base in the same colour if you're addding it to a granny stitch. Then it's just sc, skip stich, 5tr, skip stitch, rinse, repeat. I think I used 8tr in the corner stitches. This blanket was made using Sirdar's Simply Recycled. Not the broadest colour range (although there are a few more now, but seemingly in aran rather than DK as used here) but the shades have a lovely muted quality to them which I think adds a certain something to a traditional crochet piece like this.
All-in-all, very satisfying to have these all finished and handed over to their recipients. Thing is, now what should I make? I have a wool-eater on the go, but I am still feeling like a ripple blanket....