Friday, November 9, 2018

CROCHET PATTERN: Fun With Stripes Blanket

Last weekend I became an aunt once again, for the 7th time. My younger brother Johan and his Moa welcomed a baby boy to this world, and my dear mother happily announced that her offspring now has doubled up with a 10th grandchild taking part of our big and wild family tree.

We still don't know the name of this little fellow, but I knew exactly what I wanted to gift him when I first heard the news about the expected baby boy. A blanket of course! And stripes, of course! And so the Fun With Stripes Blanket was made during our summer vacation and it was such a joyful project.

If I had to choose just one segment in crochet I would say it is stripes. In all widths and variations. It gives me the greatest satisfaction to work with stripy projects. And the Fun With Stripes Blanket pattern is that type of pattern you will make over and over again in different color combinations, with different types of yarn and sizes.

The pattern is made up of basic stitches, suitable for all levels of crocheters, with a puff stitch border. Getting the stripy balance I was striving for, showed to be more of a challenge than I expected... I had some frogging sessions... Once I frogged 40 rows because of a big red stripe that kept on bugging me. Ha! The things we put ourselves through sometimes to reach perfection...

To make it easier for you, I wrote down my exact stripe formula, which is included in the pattern as a complete Color & Stitch chart for you to replicate the pattern. I've used Tilda yarn from Svarta Fåret (read about it here), a 4 ply cotton/acrylic mix, and I made it a stroller size as I imagined using this blanket in the car seat, in the stroller and when carrying the little baby around in your arms. You can of course also make this blanket in DK weight yarn and use merino wool or acrylic if you want to. The size of the blanket will be bigger but the stripy happiness will remain. :)

So I welcome baby Number 10 in my family and welcome to the Fun With Stripes Blanket pattern which you can find in my ETSY and RAVELRY shop. Hope you will enjoy!

PS I am writing up  a blog post on alternative yarn brands to use for this blanket as I know Tilda can be hard to find since I closed my shop. Watch this space. :)

UPDATE:  Alternative yarn Color Chart can now be found here

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5-page PDF file
UK and US terms
Written pattern
Color & Stitch chart
Step-by-step pictures
Material: approx. 340g of Sports Weight/4ply yarn (cotton or cotton mix and a hook 3 mm
(I used 340g of  Tilda 50% cotton/50% acrylic from Svarta Fåret)
Tips and photos for inspiration



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