I am happy to report that I have finished the Itsy Bitsy Spiderweb blanket for my granddaughter, Cora, and posted it on Ravelry (I am maryshoo there). It took about 3 weeks of evenings. I really enjoyed the pattern. Once I had completed the first set of motifs forming the base row of spiderwebs, it made perfect sense.
The advice that Lily Chin offered in her book of Tips and Tricks for dealing with turning chains at the end of double crochet rows was just great. The side edges of my work were stable and firm as they would be with single crochet row edges. Another advantage was the ease in adding the border. Rather than the one given in the pattern, I used a row of half-double crochet for the surrounding edge’s foundation, followed with a second row of simple chain scallops to form the outer edge.
Cora, who is 3 years old, saw this work-in-progress when I brought it with me on a recent visit. She said: “I would like to have that.” She wanted to hold the hook, and then proceeded to insert it gently into the holes. I look forward to the day when I can share my love of crochet with her.
I doubt that this pretty pink filet affair will replace the first blanket that I made for Cora. With the simple name of B, it is now a graying rectangle of well worn pink and white fuzz. I do think though, based on her keen interest in the production process, that the Itsy Bitsy Spiderweb Blanket is destined to find a place in her sweet and loving heart.
All is well ~ Mary