There are a couple more people who need baby blankets in the next few months. In the interests of being fast I chose to use chunky yarn and crochet. Each blanket took between 4 and 6 hours to finish including sewing in the ends.
I used Women’s Institute Soft and Chunky in Cream and Teal. I had 3 balls of each and used pretty much all of it. The cream blanket is a variation on the Tiramisu Baby blanket modified for chunky yarn (details here). Apparently this is my 12th time using this pattern. The teal blanket uses the Coffee and Cream square from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks. I made four of the square then joined them together before using the last of my yarn to add a border. Project page is here.