6.15.2015

Math Lovers: Introducing the Abacus Blanket

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.

Abacus Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
Speaking of stitches...
I realize that these look very much like bullion stitches. If you have ever tried a bullion stitch, they are quite difficult. At least I think so. It requires using your non-hooking hand to pull each loop off your hook, and it takes forever! I'm a fan of the look of a bullion stitch, I just find there is no rhythm and joy in working them. But this nifty little "mock bullion" stitch is super easy (plus, I include a bunch of pictures of how to do it) in the pattern.

One of my testers, Lorrie, said this about the pattern: 

"Ok let me just start with...mind blown!!!! What an awesome stitch! The pattern read correctly and easily. Your instructions and pictures make me feel like I can do anything!"

Abacus Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

So now, you might ask, what is that beautiful yarn you used?

Well, remember my Kaleidoscope Eyes Blanket?

Kaleidoscope Eyes Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
I made this one with the leftover Willow Wash yarn from that design. You can read more about it in my post here. All I can say is--I LOVE this yarn! And I love that you can get both blankets made with the same yarn! I used 23 balls total for both blankets--with a bit to spare. And the colors/quantities are detailed in the patterns.

The pattern for the Abacus Blanket is rated for an intermediate crocheter due to some interesting stitch placements, but because I have included a ton of pictures, an ambitious beginner could totally pull it off.

Abacus Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
You can read more about the pattern in my shops and see some of my other designs there, too:


Stay in the Felted "Button" loop on Facebook. You can ask questions, share inspiration or what you are working on, and pictures of finished projects, too. And it's fun to talk about yarn and color and crochet, huh?!

So, to my color-loving, yarn-loving, hooking peeps...as, always, I'll leave you with a quote. (If you are curious about the origin of my "On the Board" quotes, you can read a bit about "the board" on my blog post here.)

| On the Board | -- The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, wishing for better ones ahead.                                          ~~Marjorie Pay Hinckley
Susan Carlson of Felted Button (Colorful Crochet Patterns)

22 comments:

  1. Love it - I really thought that was bullion stitch. Mock bullion stitch would be very much easier.

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    1. Thanks! This stitch really is so much more enjoyable to work.

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  2. That is such a pretty stitch! I love the name you and your fb fans came up with this blanket.

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    1. Thanks. When I heard the name, it just seemed perfect to me!

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  3. The name is perfect and the blanket is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment!

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  4. So pretty! Nice stitch & colors, great job :-). Happy weekend! Nata xxx

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    1. Thank you. I love the texture the stitch produces. And this yarn is heavenly to work with besides the delightful colors!

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  5. I think that is one of the most beautiful blanket I have ever seen

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    1. Why, thank you, Anita! (**blush**)

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  6. I love this pattern and think it would make a cool rug. Could I use this pattern to make a rug? If so how would I do it? Use a different type of yarn? Thanks for your help!

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    1. I think this would make a brilliant blanket worked up in a bulky yarn--probably cotton or cotton blend! Great idea!

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  7. This is so completely and utterly gorgeous! I love the rainbow hues against the soft white edges. It's truly beautiful!

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    1. Thanks! It's a little trick on the eyes, I think, but the edges are actually a very pale blue--nearly white, but actually blue.

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  8. I plan to make this blanket, but I have a question. I bought the pattern, but it says it makes a blanket 34" by 37". I am going to make it full size, but are the yarn requirements listed for the small blanket, or a full size one?

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    1. I'm not certain what you mean by full size, but there is a lot of yarn left over from what is called for in the pattern to make the blanket larger. A good reference for helping with yarn estimates can be found at this link: http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/96.html.
      I hope this helps, Debra.

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  9. I can't seem to get to the web site for the pattern.
    HELP!
    I absolutely love this pattern and it would be the perfect wedding gift for my daughter!
    Thank you in advance.

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    1. You can buy the pattern at any of the links in the above post. If you have any more questions, please contact me at feltedbutton@gmail.com.

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