Friday, 22 April 2011

Purple Suns Blanket

This blanket was so easy to make and has turned out very striking. I love the bright cheerfulness of it and as this is going to a charity, I'm hoping someone somewhere will be cheered and warmed when using it.  
The motif was taken from my Melody Griffiths crochet motif book so I am getting some good use out of it after all.  I did adapt the motif so that it was quicker to make and the finished product looks nearly the same as the original so I saved a lot of time I think.  

Deciding the colours is always a big part of the blanket making process, it can be fun but also very frustrating if you don't have enough of the colour you wish to use.  This time I was ok for the large motif but deciding the colour of the small motif took a while.  

It went from light teal, to orange and then finally I decided on yellow which I think was the right decision in the end.  The purple colour for the fourth round of the motif was wool donated from a lady at work, it came in hanks and I got a some of the ladies at work to help me wind them, Mary C, Mary B and Ellen.  They were all delighted with the finished product because they had a hand in making it in a way.

It took 49 large motifs and 42 small. As always the sewing up was the worst part.




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 An idea is forming for next blanket but other things are taking precedence at the moment, I can say that it involves lots of flowers so watch this space :)

Motif Pattern
I used a 4.5mm hook and Dk wool on the thicker side. The finished blanket was 3'x3'.
Of course any colours can be used, the ladies at work named my blanket for me, you can be creative with names and colours.


Octagon Motif
Colours ABCD
Using A make adjustable ring

1st round :- 3ch, 15 tr into ring. Fasten off
 

Join B in same place as ss

2nd round :- 4ch, (1tr in next tr, 1ch) 15 times. Fasten off



Join C in next 1ch space


3rd round :- 3ch  Bobble Stitch using two trebles for first bobble then 3trbobble, 15 times making 16. altogether.  ss in 3ch. fasten off.

Join D in any 3ch sp


4th round :- 3ch, 3tr in same sp, 4tr in next sp, 2ch, (4tr in each of next 3ch spaces, 2ch) 7 times, ss in 2nd chain. Fasten off
Finished motif   

The filler squares are simple treble squares. You can find a great tutorial here  (you only need to work  two rounds for this blanket)


This idea for this blanket is from Melody Griffiths 201 crochet motifs, blocks, projects and ideas.  I adapted the pattern to make it easier for me, but the finished result is just as nice. 

22 comments:

  1. Excellent patterns and instructions. Well done!

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  2. Wow! That is beautiful! I love the purple!!!!

    Nancy

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  3. Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments. :)

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  4. Lovely colours, the end result very pretty

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Just wanted to let you know that I'm posting a picture with a link to this blog on my own blog.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. I'm glad you like it, thank you for featuring my blanket on your blog :)

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    2. Your more recent post led me back here to have a look...hadn't seen this before. Dear, dear, dear...I'm in love and will need to put this at the top of my to do list! Wow...I'm enthralled! Thanks for the "how tos"!!!! Hugs, Annette

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    3. Thanks Annette I will look forward to seeing yours once it's finished :)

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  6. Very very enchanting! Its a very clever idea of yours to combine the 2 motifs this way. Look forward to do something on these lines soon...
    Hugs,
    xxx

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  7. This is so adorable!!! I'm definitely going to try it! I'm new at crochet, is it possible to get instructions for the filler please?

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  8. Hi here is a link to treble squares, you can find how to on there, I only did two rounds, this project has 3 :)

    http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/Treble-square-amish-afghan-blanket/17279

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  9. Thank you soooooooo much! =)

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  10. Your blanket is very nice and beautiful! You have made a good blend of two motifs :)
    I am one of your followers. I would be glad if you visit my space :)

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  11. So beautiful! And a nice tutorial too.

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  12. Hello i am writing to comment how beautiful this project turned out and would love to attempt making a few of my own. I know it may sound silly but could you tell how you did the squares in white?

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    1. Hello, i am sorry, i saw this post on my phone and sometimes not everything loads on my phone and i now see you have a post for the white sections of the blanket, please forgive me.

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    2. Thats ok Christina I hope that you enjoy making it. :)

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