When I first started to crochet, and even now, I liked doing small projects. In the beginning I wanted to get a feel for the different stitches as I learned them. I think it's awesome that if I make a small change like only working stitches in the back loop it can add a whole new dynamic to my work. I truly learned this when I found this pattern for a baby blanket. I wanted to make something simple yet elegant and the Classic Baby Blanket by Rayn Blair really fit the bill. In her pattern she uses cotton yarn. I opted for acrylic.
The pattern is very easy to follow and it works up really beautifully. I love the ribbed texture and it looks great with the shell stitch border. Rayn Blair chose to do her blanket in one colour but I really liked the idea of doing a colour combination. I'd love to say that I picked out the colours for the pink blanket but there is a locally owned yarn store near me and the owner is super helpful and amazing at picking colour combinations.
For both on my blankets I used Universal Uptown Worsted Weight yarn. It's one of my go to yarns because I love the softness of it and it isn't too expensive. Plus, there are so many colours to choose from and combine! If you can't find Uptown Worsted, some other yarn choices to consider may be Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn! or Red Heart's Soft yarn. You can read what I have to say about those yarns here. If you think you'd like to honour the original pattern and use a cotton yarn Rayn mentioned using Peaches & Cream. In Canada this was first marketed as Bernat Handicrafter but I have noticed that it also goes by Peaches and Cream now too. I will give you the same warning I was given when I went to buy cotton yarn for this project. If you use cotton it won't keep it's shape as well and it can become stiff from washing. If cotton is something you love and you know how to work with it, then by all means!