Don't you hate it when life gets in the way of crocheting? With "life" happening lately, I've been a bit absent. And I've missed you, my friends, and hope life has been wonderful for you! I always manage to squeeze in some good yarny time, though, and I've got an exciting design to share with you today. Thanks to wonderful name suggestions from you beautiful folks on my Facebook page, the blanket was named...
It reminded me (and a few other folks) of the dress that Sally of Nightmare Before Christmas wears. The name fits. But it also looks a lot like a patchwork bunting or banner, huh? And some suggested it looks like switchbacks on a mountain trail.
I really love the unusual construction of the blanket, too. It's super rhythmic and easy to work up in sections on-the-go. Plus, once you get going, it takes no brain power--the kind of pattern you can work whilst "watching" TV or chatting with family and friends.
Things have been a tad crazy on the Felted Button front as of late. But amidst the chaos, I'm tickled to make available my Plaited Throw crochet pattern!
It's a whole bunch of color, fabulous texture and, as I always love...
...that it looks as fabulous on the back as it does on the front. I like that. A lot. The blanket is constructed in strips with additional strips joining to the previous as-you-go. Beause of this I have rated the pattern for an intermediate crocheter, but with all of the nearly 40 included pictures and explanations, I think an ambitious beginner could easily make it. (Remember, in typical Felted Button fashion, if my patterns contain pictures, they are only for additional assistance and not meant to replace the written pattern.)
And a pretty nifty thing is that you can make the blanket any colors you wish. I made mine with Stylecraft Special DK and a G (4mm) hook, but I think any weight would be fabulous! (The colors I used are included in the pattern!) I can envision a really pretty nautical feeling blanket with alternating stripes of navy and white with red accents in the border. This really could be tailored for anyone, I think!
I worked the border with additional colors but think that it would be clean and simple in just one color, as well. If you want to make yours a different size--easy peasy. Just work your strips to the height you want and then add as many or as few strips for width. Seriously flexible pattern.
You can snag a copy of this pattern in my shops and browse through some other lovely colorful creations while there--
I hope you like it! I've got something a little different on my hook right now--NOT a blanket. But I, of course, have a blanket design in the works, too. If you want to keep in the "Button" loop--follow me around on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. | On the Board | -- Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? ~~Corrie ten Boom Be well. Be happy. Be good. Be peaceful. And get some fiber--both the edible kind and the yarny kind. ;)
When several of my FB fans suggested the name "Abacus Blanket" for my newest design, I knew it was perfect. These nifty little stitches in rainbow hues definitely remind me of those colorful wooden math helpers you find in children's school rooms.
You know the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"? There's that line that says, "...the girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes." When it came to naming this new crochet design, the name simply seemed to fit.
And oddly, my daughter recently sent me this shot she took THROUGH a kaleidoscope. Yep, the name fit.
I love going to the movies (mostly for the popcorn), but when my daughter and I get together we quote silly movie lines back and forth with each other and giggle and try to figure out to which of our favorite flicks the lines belong.
Can you believe I've got two new blanket designs ready for you? I posted pictures of both of these on my Facebook page asking which you wanted to have available first, and it was pretty much a tie. So I decided to release them together. And the best part...
I did it! I recently decided that it was time to clear out and clean up my stash! (It was seriously getting out of hand.) And the clutter was driving me crazy. I think the chaos was actually getting in the way of my creativity--but that's for another post. I was smart enough not to take a picture of the before--or maybe I was a tad embarrassed--but it is looking soooo much better. Wanna see?