It’s a Girl! Blanket

This cute little baby blanket features the (slightly modified) Delilah square by Vanessa Smith of Hooked on Sunshine, and is put together using a braided continuous join.

I recently discovered the continuous join, or join-as-you-go (JAYG), method for joining squares, and just like that *snap* my aversion to granny squares is gone!

My problem with granny square blankets wasn’t making lots of squares – it was joining them. I hated sewing them together. I hated crocheting them together. I really hated weaving in all those ends! Never again! With the JAYG method I joined all the squares for the It’s a Girl! Blanket and did the whole border without cutting the yarn once. All thanks to the crochet genius who came up with JAYG!!


This blanket is called Lilliana and the pattern is by Vanessa Smith from Hooked on Sunshine. I used a cotton yarn (that I found on sale) in a dusty mint and a cream color.

The pattern is fun – not too repetitive and not too complex. I could watch tv while crocheting this.

It’s funny. I realized that I buy yarn (in this case 7 balls of yarn!) and then I look for a pattern to make with that yarn. Wouldn’t it make more sense to do it the other way? Like find a pattern that I want to do and then specifically buy yarn for that pattern? I’m sure there are many people that are together enough to do just that. 😏 Oh well, as long as I’m crocheting I’m happy!


Atlanticus is a beautiful pattern designed by Vanessa Smith of Hooked on Sunshine. It’s a mixed stitch blanket with a stunning mandala center that was surprisingly easy to crochet. (The blanket pictured above was made by me in a really short amount of time considering the large size.) The pattern can be found for free on Ravelry, along with pictures of completed blankets in every imaginable colorway. Happy crocheting!