FO Friday: A Valentine-y Christmas Blanket

Last November, when my brother told me that my niece, Roz, really wanted another blanket from Auntie Jen for Christmas I was so excited! I ordered some Brava Worsted from Knit Picks and was ready to get started.

Except I didn't. Things got a little crazy and I didn't work on the blanket and it wasn't ready for Christmas. Bad Auntie. Fortunately, Roz is only 11 months old now, so she didn't know. :) Anyway, I've been up in Fargo this week for a visit so I knew I wanted to bring the finished blanket with me. And, maybe it sort of worked out....the blanket is very "Valentines-y."
I originally bought the yarn with a different blanket it mind - one that was done in intarsia. But, the thought of handling several balls of yarn at once scared me away. So, I decided to go with a classic ripple and used the Neat Ripple Pattern instead. I predetermined how I was going to add the stripes based on the amount of yarn I had of each color. You can see the sequence on my Ravelry project page.
I love this blanket. It was so very fun to work on. I definitely will be making another one in the future. I'm thinking maybe one in Chicago Bulls colors for my Bulls-loving mother-in-law.

Do you crochet? Do you have a go-to blanket pattern? I want to hear about it! 

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