I learned a new joining method for this blanket! It's probably one of the easiest methods I've ever used before. I was browsing Ravelry for joining methods and coming up empty so I just started looking for full blanket patterns so I could see what joinging method they used. When I saw this one from DROPS, I knew I had to learn it. It even has a chart and a video.
For the border, I did a single crochet all the way around, then a double crochet-chain-skip the next space around. Then I did a simple little edging that my old boss taught me. It's super easy! You just do a double crochet in one stitch then a slip stitch in the next stitch and repeat that around. It makes a pretty little finished edge.
One thing I like to do when I'm giving crocheted items as gifts is to use the same yarn to wrap the present. It gives a little hint to what's inside. Sometimes I make a little pom pom, but this time I just wrapped it up with a bow.
This is pretty big for a baby blanket, in fact, while I was doing the edging, I thought this size (4' x 4') would be great for a lap blanket.