Allow me to share with you a baby blanket I made for a friend of mine. Her daughter wasn't due until mid-March so I started the blanket on February 5th. Well she came on February 12th. And I hadn't even started the border at that point! Her theme was the NoJo Beautiful Butterfly and I asked if she'd prefer if I made something that matched the theme or something different. I immediately knew I wanted to make a Star-stitch blanket, I just love the way the stitch looks. And I knew it was going to have a backing since the star-stitch only looks good on the front. But I couldn't find a complimentary fabric that I liked. So I just bought a crib sheet and used that. It works, it matches, and its very pretty. Any way here's the details!
Pattern :: My Own! although the Star Stitch Baby Blanket is pretty close to what I did.
Around the Corner - Crochet Borders// #50 #99 #41
Starting Chain :: 90+1
Hook :: 5.5mm
Yarn :: Caron One pound // Lilac
Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly Baby Sport // Cool Baby and Silly Sprite
Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn!// Purple
Material :: Nojo Beautiful Butterfly Crib Sheet
Ravelry :: Star Stitch Baby Blanket
How my pattern differed from the pattern is the starting chain. I used 90+1 because I knew I wanted to add a rather large involved border. I also only used 2hdc for the second row of the star because that was how I've always done the stitch but I also tried out various ways of making the top spikes and I still preferred my method.
The first round of border is in Lilac and is just a single row of sc.
The second row is Border #50 and I started with Silly Sprite and finished with Cool Baby. I followed that with a 5dc shell stitch all the way around using 9dc in the corners.
Then I used Silly Sprite in a chain lace effect with Border #99. Using ch5, 1sc in tops of shells. 3 rounds.
After that I did border #41 in Cool Baby, Silly Sprite, and two rounds holding one strand each. This border creates a slight ruffle.
I embellished with a butterfly bookmark. I tried a few but none were flat enough and large enough.
Now to mail it off and hope she enjoys it!