I spent a long weekend in Orlando this past week and was so excited to be done with the Celestarium project that I quickly found something else rather large to cast on for. On the hunt for my first baby project for my own little bundle of joy, I started to think about a baby blanket for our nursery. I grabbed some colors of Astral Bath Compass Worsted and Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted to mix together for a fun blanket and settled on a chevron design to bring the four colors together.
Chevrons have been hot for a while now – it’s a fun way to shake up classic stripes and add a pop of pattern whether in a neutral or in your favorite colors. Plus they remind us of those back-in-the-day afghans we grew up with (let me tell you, nothing went with a brown houndstooth sofa and an olive-green shag carpet better than a multicolored acrylic chevron afghan.)
While at this point, I don’t have much of an idea of what is going in the nursery, I have been in love with this rocker in chevron fabric, which is obviously a more contemporary use of the pattern than the blanket above. It is soothing enough for a nursery but still fresh and stylish.
You could just go all out with chevrons.
Or maybe some teeny tiny little chevrons?
Chevrons from head to toes.
So with my inspirations in mind, I went off to Orlando to visit some theme parks and have a last hurrah with girlfriends before I am too pregnant to do much traveling. The blanket project kept me busy on the plane ride down, as I cast on and ripped out a few times trying to sort out exactly how wide to make the blanket. (swatching would have been so much fast, but where is the fun in that). After I got the basics sorted out, the project was able to keep me rather busy while I waited for folks to ride rollercoasters and other rides that “expectant mothers” are not allowed on.
The project is about half done, so be on the look out for a free blog pattern super soon. In the meantime, if you also have the chevron itch, start scoping out worsted weight machine washable yarn options. You will need one base color in 350-400 yards and then three contrast colors for the chevron stripes – 150-200 yards of each. I will have exact yarn requirements with the pattern. Those are estimates as of right now.