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DIY Modern, Colorblock Granny Square Baby Blanket Pattern

Crochet and modern are not necessarily two words you associate with each other. However, this colorblock granny square blank modernizes crochet with bold colors and a simple, geometric design. I based my pattern off of Purl Bee’s Rainbow Blanket; using their basic idea with a different inside square pattern and an added outer blanket border. I selected a mix of purples and pinks to create a blanket for our baby girl, but this  blanket would look wonderful in any number of color combinations! Keep reading for the pattern.

Supplies

To make this exact blanket (finished size: 33″ x 38″) you will need:

You can feel free to substitute a different DK weight yarn, just be sure it is washable!

PATTERN

GRANNY SQUARES

GAUGE // 5 double crochet = 1″

FINISHED SIZE WITH BORDER // 4.75″ x 4.75″

INSIDE SQUARES

Round 1 // All stitches made in magic circle. Chain 3, 2 double crochet, *chain 3, 3 double crochet*, repeat two more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 2 // Chain 3, skip stitch and double crochet in next stitch. *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet, skip stitch, double crochet*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 3 // Chain 3, double crochet in next 3 stitches, *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet in next 3 stitches, chain 1, double crochet in next 3 stitches*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 4 // Chain 3, double crochet in next 5 stitches, *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet in next 5 stitches, chain 1, double crochet in next 5 stitches*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

OUTER SQUARE BORDERS

Round 1 // Join border color in corner space. Chain 3, double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet in corner space. *Double crochet in each stitch to next corner (15 dc), 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet in corner*, repeat two more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 2 // Chain 3, double crochet, *5 double crochet in corner, double crochet in each stitch to next corner (19 dc)*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch. Cut yarn and pull through stitch.

Create 14 squares of each color for a total of 56 squares.

JOINING SQUARES + OUTER BORDER

I assembled my squares with two rows of each color, seven squares in each row. This makes a blanket that is seven by eight squares. Join squares by sewing them together with a darning needle and whip stitch. Catch both of the top chains in whip stitch for solid, flat appearance. The hardest part of this is properly aligning all the squares. Take your time on the first few!

OUTER BLANKET BORDER

FINISHED BLANKET SIZE // 33″ x 38″

Round 1 // Join yarn at corner. Chain 3, 4 double crochet in same stitch. *Double crochet in each stitch to next corner, 5 double crochet in third of five corner stitches*, repeat two more times and join with slip stitch

Round 2 // Chain 3, double crochet in next stitch, 5 double crochet in next stitch. *Double crochet in each stitch to next corner, 5 double crochet in third of five corner stitches*, repeat two more times and join with slip stitch. Cut yarn and pull through. Weave in ends with darning needle.

Block your work and admire!

All images and execution by Kate Myhre

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A Few of My Favorite Modern Nurseries

Although Kevin and I currently live in a two bedroom apartment, we have decided not to convert my current office/guest bedroom into a nursery. The plan is to have our baby girl sleep in a bassinet next to our bed for the first few months, after which we plan to move and create a nursery. I would very much like to be decorating a nursery now, as I think having a room prepared would make her arrival seem more “real”. For now I will have to stick to swooning over gorgeous modern nurseries on the internet. Below are a few of my current favorites!

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#1: Gray and white nursery via Nursery Notations
#2: Sienna’s nursery via Green Wedding Shoes
#3: Baby elephant nursery via The Animal Print Shop
#4: Navy nursery via At Home At Home
#5: Red and pink nursery via Houzz
#6: Victor’s modern nursery via Houzz
#7: Chalkboard wall nursery via Houzz
#8: Clipper Street nursery via Houzz

Top Ten Pregnancy Essentials

Now that I am nearing the end of my third trimester, I feel “seasoned” enough to offer you my top ten pregnancy essentials! These are items that have been indispensable during the last eight and a half months and I hope they will bring you some much needed comfort as well. In no particular order:

#1: Camelbak Eddy Bottle // I have been wildly thirsty throughout my entire pregnancy, so I carry this bottle with me everywhere… literally. It holds a whopping 750 mL of water and the bite-lock is spill proof, making it easy to throw in your purse. It is extremely important to stay hydrated while pregnant. Dehydration can bring on early contractions, cramps, nausea and more.

#2: Bio-oil 4.2oz // It seems a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way. I have slathered this on once or twice a day since the positive test. I can’t definitively say that it prevents stretch marks (though I don’t have any… yet), but it helps to keep your expanding belly soft. Many also claim that it will help fade stretch marks, so any leftover can be put to good use after your pregnancy.

#3: Blanqi Body Styler Support Tank // These are a lifesaver! I have one in the normal length in black and one in the longer length in white. These tanks help to smooth and shape your belly to create the perfect bump while also providing built-in support for your back and belly. On days I don’t wear this tank, I am noticeably achey under my belly and on my lower back. Bonus: the tanks can also be used to hold up your pre-pregnancy pants!

#4: Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser // When you are pregnant, you are supposed to avoid cosmetics and cleansers with certain chemical ingredients. The more natural, the better. Luckily, I had already been using this Purity cleanser which is made with gentle ingredients. It is fabulous, even removing eye makeup in one step without drying the skin.

#5: Leachco Back ‘N Belly Chic // Oh my, you definitely need one of these! I purchased mine in the first trimester to make sure I could get the most out of this pricey pillow. Now I can’t imagine sleeping without it! It provides support for my belly and back, while allowing me to flip from side to side in my sleep without moving the pillow. Warning: this pillow is large and will take up a lot of real estate in your bed. I wouldn’t recommend this if you don’t have a queen size bed or larger.

#6: Tums Antacid/Calcium Tablets, Assorted Fruit // For the most part, I managed to avoid morning sickness in the first trimester, but now I am paying for it with acid reflux. These Tums are great to have on hand to combat the burning after meals. Also, my dentist recommends that all pregnant women chew one tablet before bed to avoid overnight acid wash on back teeth.

#7: Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt // My go-to pregnancy indulgence. I have been eating 1/3 of a container nearly every night this pregnancy. So good, and since it is made with yogurt it is practically health food.

#8: Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen // It turns out pregnant women aren’t supposed to apply lotions with oxybenzone, the main chemical ingredient in sunscreens. Being excessively pale, and pregnant over the summer, I set out to find an affordable, natural alternative. The Natural Reflect sunscreens from Banana Boat use 100% natural Zinc Oxide for UVA and UVB protection. It works very well, but is fairly thick and a little difficult to apply.

#9: GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod and Nikon Wireless Remote // I have been taking self-portraits every 2-3 weeks to document my belly progression with the help of this tripod and remote. I don’t have a full size tripod, but the GorillaPod placed on my kitchen counter is a great height for my needs. These items will help you take better quality images than the typical “cell phone picture in the bathroom mirror” belly shot!

#10: Upsie Belly by Belly Bandit // Now that I am well into the third trimester, my belly is quite large and heavy. This belt provides more support than the tanks mentioned above and is great to wear while at the gym. Also, an internal pocket holds the included hot/cold pack against your lower back for added relief! As a bonus, you can flip the Upsie Belly belt after delivery for use as a post-partum belly shaper/binder.

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