The first pattern I found was for a hexagonal blanket. I grabbed some I Love this Yarn from my stash and got busy. The initial few rounds are a little awkward, as usual with spirals, but once the work is established it is very quick and particularly mindless.
One problem however, is that a hexagon is not really round. It is in fact angular with 6 well-defined sides. Also, I wanted to make the spirals wider. So, I wasn't really satisfied with this pattern as a round spiral pattern. I again went looking on ravelry. This time I found a pattern for a 12-sided blanket using 4 skeins at a time. This pattern delivered by smoothing out the edges and doubling the width of the spirals. I used Bernat Baby Coordinates in White and Funny Print, where each color started 2 of the spirals.
However, this pattern is not mindless. The beginning 9 rounds are all different, and care must be paid to ensure a good result. Also, throughout the piece, there are 4 skeins of yarn attached at once. Managing these skeins so that they don't end up a colossal mess of tangled yarn is a difficult, frustrating task. The finished baby blanket is beautiful, but, at least to me, not worth the headache.
There had to be a way to make this simpler. I went back to ravelry and found another pattern. This one also was for a 12 sided blanket, but it is much more consistent throughout and only uses 2 skeins at once. The spirals are not as wide as the previous pattern, but it's not a headache either. I studied this pattern, but did not decide to actually make it. Instead, using the knowledge of spirals I had gained from my previous attempts, I came up with my own pattern. The problem with spirals is the beginning. Once you get started it is simple and mindless. So, I redesigned the middle and grew the pattern the same way this pattern did.
Here are the principles I used:
1. To be flat, an initial circle needs 6 sc or 12 dc
2. To have a gradual transition from the first round to the second, the stitches need to get gradually taller in the first round.
3. There will be 12 sides, so there need to be 12 stitches initially.
Here's the result:
Round 1: Ch 2, sc, hdc x2, dc x3 in 2nd chain from hook with color A. Attach color B and sc, hdc x2, dc x3 in same space.
Round 2: (dc, ch 1) in each stitch
Round 3: (2 dc, ch 1) in each stitch
Round 4: dc in each stitch until last dc of the side, (2 dc, ch 1) in last dc of side
Repeat Round 4 for pattern until work reaches desired size.
This pattern makes sense to me, so I think it's easy. Hopefully this makes sense to other people too. I used Bernat Baby Coordinates in Tangerine Dream and Funny Prints to make this baby blanket.