Friday, 31 July 2015

BEAUTIFUL FLOWER BLANKET

BEAUTIFUL FLOWER BLANKET

Yet another blanket pattern that is freely available via the wonderful pages of the world wide web.. and of course this too was just too good to miss out on.

Yes, I do seem to have made a line of blankets off late, have I not.. well, babies and more babies to spice up our lives.. so blankets and more lovely blankets to keep our cuties warm and cuddled.

The original pattern is available at http://www.stranamam.ru/post/9165845/
As this is not in English, I just thought I’d add my notes here for you as I work this pattern.  This is not my original pattern, though the work and instructions here are my effort and hard work.



Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian 3-ply Oswal acrylic light fingering yarn, with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.

Skill level : Intermediate 

Stitches used :
 fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

Treble / Triple 3-together : or trc 3-tog.  This is a cluster of 3 triple stitches together.  Refresh your memory to do this stitch at http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa053103.htm



Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                             sp : Space                                 
sl-st : Slip stitch                                             fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                             hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                              ch : Chain
MC : Main Colour                                        CC : Contrast Colour
trc : Treble / Triple crochet                      trc 3-tog Treble/Triple 3-together


We are so fortunate that this is a free pattern with a lovely chart and a super photo tutorial as well.  
I will be using the original photographs and chart I found.

We will work our pattern in two colours and I’ve chosen white and blue.
Our pattern repeat is 8. 

Start (using MC) : with an fsc chain in multiples of 8 + 2

Row 1 : (using MC) : dc in the 1st fsc ; dc in the next fsc ; 
(ch 1, dc in the same fsc) ; rep (to) once ; 
ch 1, sk next 3 fsc, sc in the next fsc ;
*ch 1, sk next 3 fsc, dc in the next fsc ; rep (to) 4 times ; ch 1, sk next 3 fsc, sc in the next fsc* ; rep *to* till the last 5 fsc ; 
ch 1, sk next 3 fsc, dc in the next fsc ; rep (to) 2 times ; dc in the last fsc.  Turn.


In the following row we will use the trc 3-tog or the triple 3-together cluster stitch.

Row 2 : (using CC) : sc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, sc in the next ch-1 sp ;
*(ch 3, trc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next sc and the next 2 ch-1 sps , trc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp) ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sc in the next ch-1 sp* ;
rep *to* till 2nd last ch-1 sp ; 
ch 3, sc in the next ch-1 sp (i.e the last ch-1 sp) ; ch 1, sk next dc, sc in the last dc.  Turn.


Note : Now we change to MC but we only use this for one row.  So you have two options here.
You can either fasten off your CC here and then re-attach at the start of Row 4, OR you can run your CC along with the MC and then use it at the end of Row 3. 

So leaving that choice to you, let’s carry on with the pattern.
Remember though, that I will not be repeating this instruction about MC or CC fastening off or re-attachment.

Row 3 : (using MC) : sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next ch-1 sp ;
*ch 1,  sk trc 3-tog, dc in the next ch-1 sp ; (ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp) ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; ch 1, sk next ch 3 sp, sc in the next ch-1 sp* ; 
rep *to* till last ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, sk last ch-3 sp, sc in the last ch-1 sp ; sc in the last sc.  Turn.


Row 4 : (using CC) : trc in the 1st sc ; 
*ch 1, trc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 3, trc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next two ch-1 sps and sc, trc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp* ; 
rep *to* till end, 
ch 1, sk last ch-1 sp and sc, trc in the last sc.  Turn.


Row 5 : (using MC) : dc in the 1st trc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
(ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 1, sk next trc 3-tog and sc, sc in the next ch-1 sp ;
*ch 1, sk next sc and trc 3-tog , dc in the next ch-1 sp ; rep (to) 4 times ; ch 1, sk next trc 3-tog and sc, sc in the next ch-3 sp* ; 
rep *to* till the last trc 3-tog ; 
ch 1, , dc in the next ch-1 sp ; rep (to) 2 times ; dc in the last trc.  Turn.


Put your work done and admire the one pattern repeat we’ve completed.  As you’ve guessed, our pattern repeat is from Row 2 to 5.

Continue Rows 2 – 5 till your work is of the size you desire.


Another tweak ? You’ve now seen that we work two rows in MC and only the flowery trc-3 row in CC.  If you like, change the CC row colour for the next set, and add another splash of colour to your already lovely looking blankie.

Once you’ve reached the length you want, I’d suggest you finish on any MC row, and then do one round of hdc all around.  Well, we have the fsc that starts our blanket with MC, so you needn’t do that row, or sl-st through it all.


I decided to make a border for this and if you’d like to do that too, here’s my notes.

Border :
Our pattern repeat is 4. 
We will work in one continuous round here.

Round 1 : Sc in the 1st st, 
*ch 4, sk the next 3 sts, sc in the next st* ; 
rep *to* till the first corner ; 
ch 4, sc in the same corner st ;  rep all around till the 1st corner ; ch 2, hdc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : 2 sc in the 1st st, 
*7 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; 2 sc in the next ch-4 sp* ; 
rep *to*  all around ; Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : Sl-st til the 1st dc , sc in that same 1st dc ; 
(ch 3, sk next dc,  sc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; 
*ch 3, sk next 2 sc ; sc in the next dc ; rep (to) 3 times* ;   
rep *to*  till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

I do think that our blanket looks so much better with the border.. what do you think?  Block as per yarn instructions and enjoy all the accolades when you gift this off to a loved one.

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