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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

TULIP BLANKET

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free crochet pattern, free crochet blanket pattern, free crochet tulip blanket, crochet afghan,

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TULIP BLANKET

This blanket has been made for a really special lady in Brisbane who has lived over nine decades and still finds something to smile about every day.  I love her attitude and hope she smiles when she receives this blanket too J

Edited to add : I'm thrilled to receive photos from the lovely lovely Dorothy from Brissie - and she said she absolutely loved her blanket .. so YAAAAY !

I found this tulip inspiration at https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279835988352/


Materials used : Today I’ve used ~ 700 gms of our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millennium acrylic 4-ply yarn,  with a 4 mm crochet hook 

Skill level : Intermediate.  

Size : 30” x 36”

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/

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

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.

dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

Popcorn stitch : work 5 dc in st or ch-sp ; carefully take the loop off the hook and pull it out a bit ;  slip your hook into the 1st dc, pull that loop (that you just dropped) through ; yo and draw through both loops.  One popcorn stitch made.
A great video for this stitch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2xBe_R8UWI

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html



Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                  sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                     ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                          sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                         yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)     
MC : Main Colour                                        CC : Contrast Colour                                              

This is a straight and simple pattern worked side to side.  There are three basic colours – one for the base of the blanket ; one for the leaves and the third one for the tulip flowers.  You can decide to change the third colour, and have several tulip flowers and that will change your floral blanket.

You can make this blanket to any size you desire.  Just work multiples of the stitch count given and have fun creating a beautiful blanket.

The pattern chart shows sc used in the part between the tulip rows.  
You can decide to use an sc ; hdc or dc in these stitches. 
I will write the instructions using sc though, as that’s how it is charted.

There are links given above on how to work with two coloured yarns, and how to work carrying an unused yarn. Please take a look at those links now.





Start with fsc in multiples of 3 + 2
Note : If you are thinking of working the rows in between tulips in sc, then start with fsc.  If you decide to use hdc or dc in between, you could start with fdc as well.  Take a look at the top of this blog for a “How to”.

Row 1 : (Using MC) : sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end.  Turn.

Row 2 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Turn.

Row 3 : Rep Row 2.

In the following row we’ll start with our leaf / stem base.  We will use a “V”-st here which is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.

Row 4 : (Using CC leaf colour) : dc in the 1st sc ; sk next st, ”V”-st in the next st ;
*sk next 2 sts, “V”-st in the next st* ;
rep *to* till the last 2 sts ;
sk next st and dc in the last st.  Turn.

And before you know it, I’m throwing choices and decisions at you J. The pattern chart shows a dc 4-tog that makes the little tulip bud.  So choices : Depending on how thick your yarn is, you can increase or decrease the number of stitches that you hold together (i.e you can work in a dc 3-tog or a dc 5-tog here).  I have also given a link on how to do the Popcorn stitch, which will make your little tulip flower “pop” out and looks beautifully 3D.  You can decide on using that stitch too – create and enjoy.
For convenience though, I am going to write dc 4-tog as charted.

Row 5 : (Using CC flower colour) : dc in the 1st sc ;
ch 1, dc 4-tog in the next ch-1 sp (of the “V”-st) ;
*ch 2, dc 4-tog in the next ch-1 sp (of the next “V”-st”)* ; 
rep *to* till the last “V”-st ;
ch 1, dc in the last st.  Turn.

Row 6 : (Using MC) : sc in the 1st dc ;
*sc in the next dc 4-tog ; 2 sc in the next ch-2 sp* ;
rep *to* till the last ch-1 sp ;
sc in that last ch-1 sp ; sc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 7 - 8 : Rep Row 2.

And before you know it, ah –hah.. we’ve completed one set of tulip flowers and one pattern repeat.


Rep Rows 4 to 8 till your blanket is of the length needed.

Note : I have decided to keep a larger ‘blank’ (non-flowery) section between my flower beds J so if you decide to do likewise, ensure that you have an odd number of rows in between.   This will ensure that your tulip flower heads all come in the same way (i.e right side up)

We will meet up shortly for the cute little border.  See you soon.



Great , we’re back. This means you’re happy with the length and width of your blanket, and one hopes you’ve remembered that we will be adding a few inches in this border as well.

Border





For the border I’ve decided to use this pattern from a Pinterest link https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279837161342/

Our stitch count repeat is 10.  So for our first round, let’s work a round of sc / hdc or dc all around ensuring that you have a count of 10.  Ensure that you work 2 sts in each corner so that you get a nice rounded edge.

Start : with a round of sc / hdc or dc all around and 2 sts in each corner, to get a total in multiples of 10.  Ensure that you have a multiple of 10 in each side which will then ensure a multiple of 10 all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 1 : sc in the 1st st ;
*(ch 3, sk next st, sc in the next st) ; rep (to) 2 times ;
ch 5, sk next 2 sts, sc in the next st* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp , sc in the same ch-3 sp ;
*(ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) once ;
[5 dc ; ch 2, 5 dc all in the next ch-5 sp] ; sc in the next ch-3 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp , sc in the same ch-3 sp ;
*(ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; ch 4, sk next 5 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ;
ch 2, 3 dc in the same ch-2 sp ; ch 4, sk next 5 dc, sc in the next ch-3 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In our last border round, we will use a decorative picot.  
Let’s use a ch-3 picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st into the 3rd ch from hk).
Now there are three picots that are going to come around the ch-sp.  For originality and creativity, play with how many and where you place your picots. 
That said, I am going to write instructions as charted.

Round 4 : sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp , sc in the same ch-3 sp ;
*5 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; (picot + 3 dc + picot + 3 dc picot) all in the next ch-2 sp ; 5 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; sc in the next ch-3 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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