Receiving Blanket Inspired Crochet

If you have seen pictures of new born babies or have had babies of your own then you have seen the most used receiving blankets in the USA. The famous blue and pink blankets are part of the Kuddle-Up line from the health care supply company called Medline. These flannel blankets are soft, warm and absorbent. This is the first fabric that touches the baby’s skin once it comes into this world. They are gender neutral so there is no arguments with boys wrapped in pink or girls wrapped in blue. They date back as far as the 1950’s.

I confess that the only thing I have ever stolen in my life was the receiving blanket my daughter was wrapped in and the little hospital tshirt and beanie she was required to wear during her stay. Now days parents can dress their babies in anything they want too on the first day of delivery. In the early 90’s, all I needed to pack for delivery was an outfit for her to wear home. It was a frilly light blue dress and silk booties. 

The other day I was in the mood to crochet another baby blanket to sell in my shop. I needed three skeins of yarn but I did not have three of the same colors. The only full skeins I had available were a blue, white and pink. Then the idea struck me to crochet a hospital receiving inspired blanket. I pulled out a note pad and wrote down how many rows and stitches I needed to work for each color to somewhat mimic the popular receiving blanket.   

Two nights and four tv programs later, I pulled it off. I think a baby will be cute wrapped up in this blanket as it exits the hospital just days after birth. This blanket is the perfect size for car seats, laps, and strollers. It may even become a child’s favorite cuddle blanket that will last for years.  

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  1. Omgosh this blanket is absolutely adorable Lisa!

  2. I love it! Beautiful work! I too remember those receiving blankets. This post brought back fond memories of when my little ones were born. You are very creative to make such a beautiful blanket.

  3. I didn't know that about the baby blankets. Nice to be educated. And BTW taking that blanket and stuff ain't like taking the shopping cart home. LOL
    I enjoyed the read and you are so stinking talented and I am thinking, no it is too small for Sherry, BUT we do have a Great grand on the way!

    Love from here in a cool Florida, soon be noon and still 50 degrees.

  4. You just brought back such memories with that blanket!! Feels like such a short time ago,yet my older daughter will be 30 in did that happen?

  5. How pretty!

    I took my kids too. I warned the nurses that I was stealing them if they wanted to add it to my insurance bill. She suggested I take whatever I wanted, I was being billed whether I took it or not.

  6. This crocheted blanket is so cute. You did a wonderful job. I've always thought it was such a talent when one can crochet and knit. Love the soft colors. It's just right for a baby. : )

    I hope the new year is being kind to you.


  7. Oh what a cute idea. This came out great. So cool you have a shop. I don't knit myself but I use to work for Soho Publishing I was an associate art director there. I learned a lot about knitting. Sadly they are publishing their last issue of Yarn Market News.

    Allie of

  8. That is a beautiful blanket. HPS to you and thanks for sharing your creative heart! HUGS

  9. What a lovely blanket, and you made it in 2 evenings?! Wowza, that is some going !

  10. Such a cute baby blanket!! I love the colors and stitches!

  11. You made such a pretty baby blanket. It does look like the blanket from the hospital.