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This cute llama and cactus blanket took me much longer than I anticipated to finish, but I’m thrilled that it’s complete! And it’s one of my new favorites!
I first made the cactus and I had such a great response from everyone! I wasn’t 100% sure where I was headed with the blanket, but when I added llamas it was definitely going in the right direction!
Everyone really loved the llamas – and for good reason! He’s simple yet detailed (which is my typical MO) and the little rugs on the backs are a fun way to play with color!
Since I was making a small baby sized blanket, I didn’t want to put too many different appliques on it like I did my Ocean Afghan because I really wanted the llamas to be the star of the afghan.
Once I had the llama and cactus theme going on, I wanted to make at least one more applique to tie it all together. I’m not sure why it was a lot harder than one may think to pick a third and final applique to complete the blanket.
After trying out a sun, sombrero, and played with a few other ideas in my head, I decided on a simple flower.
I envisioned the llama and cactus themes that you see everywhere and on everything in stores (it’s such a popular theme these days!), so what better than a simple pretty flower.
I really tried to make a cohesive color theme, but I really used a little bit of everything when it came to details! Overall, the blanket gives such a fun and festive theme – so perfect for spring and summer!
I know this blanket is just a tad bit on the girly spectrum, but I think switching out the pink squares for a pretty blue would be so cute for a baby boy blanket!
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Materials for granny squares (baby blanket size)
Impeccable Loops and Threads in White (2 skeins), Arbor Rose (1 skein), and Soft Fern (1 skein)
I made 15 white squares, 6 pink, 9 green, 6 llamas, 5 cacti, and 4 flowers. You can see the layout in the very first photo of how I arranged my squares.
Sew all the appliques onto white squares.
I joined them all together using this joining method.
Once all squares are together, I made a simple border around with J/6.00mm hook and Arbor Rose:
Round 1: Attach yarn to corner, ch 1, sc evenly around the border, making 3 sc in each corner, join to first sc
Round 2: Ch 1, *(sc, ch 3, sc) all in next st, sk 1, repeat from*
Fasten off and weave in any and all ends