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Meet Baby Georgia | Finished Scrappy Leaping Strips and Blocks Afghan

Meet Baby Georgia | Finished Scrappy Leaping Strips and Blocks Afghan

Meet my new niece Georgia!

meet baby georgia grace

Georgia is the first baby for my older sister Kelli and her husband Jason. She was born exactly one week after baby Gannon and is just as perfect. I’m so grateful that my sisters have such good babies and hope they keep having them!

A little while ago I blogged about how excited I was to make a scrappy blanket for my sister Kelli and Georgia was born just two weeks later. I used all of the light yarn from the video to make this blanket. I love how much interest there is with the low contrast.

baby afghan blanket pastel light color leaping stripes blocks moogly

I’ve made several variations of the Leaping Stripes and Blocks pattern from Moogly, but this one is definitely my favorite. I picked a variety of similar value scraps and used them all up. I followed the measurements for the baby blanket and a “J” hook.

The original instructions call for a color change every other row, but I changed colors every row. I kept three yarns active and carried the extra up the side.

I hope that makes sense.

  1. “A” crochets right to left
  2. Pick up “B” and crochet left to right
  3. Pick up “C” and crochet right to left
  4. Pick up A” and crochet left to right.

Continue rotating in this manner. It gives you great color variety with only three working yarns.

A big component of the color variety is that I used up all of my light-colored scraps. Some were larger but some were only a yard long. I always made the change after a block so that the blocks always appear complete. I also wove in ends as I went.

This blanket will have a special place in my heart because I made it as I recovered from my laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis. I was tempted to keep it to show my [hopeful] future baby how much she was loved and prayed for, but I know it would be too painful if I had to give it away in the future and accept that a baby of my own won’t come. When I met Georgia my heart just swelled up and I knew she was who needed it.

My new niece and nephew came at just the right time and I love them so much. They’ve been so healing for my family as we deal with my dad’s lung cancer and I am so grateful to have them in my life.

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