I was invited to a third wedding this year. Okay, technically, my sister was invited, and I was her guest. But I've known the bride since I was eight. So, I decided to make another blanket. However, I didn't know I was going to this wedding until late August/early September, and I was still working on my duck hunt blanket for a September 13th wedding. After I finished that blanket, I took a few days to pick a pattern and gather yarn. Exactly one month and one day before the third wedding I started the Prairie Star blanket http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/prairie-star. Instead of using the join as you go method described in the pattern, I made all of the diamonds separately. I had read comments from other people who made this blanket, and quite a few of them didn't like the gaps between the diamonds made from the join as you go method. The diamonds were easy and fast. I could make one in about six or seven minutes. The pain in the ass part was slip stitching them together and weaving in 5000 loose ends. A crochet project has never made me so tired. I've also never made a blanket in just one month. But I finished it in time for the wedding, and I am happy with it.
Another wedding, another blanket. This is actually the smallest blanket I've made for a wedding (it's roughly a five foot square), but it still took a lot of time. About three and half months. Soon after I finished my Space Invaders Afghan, I got a save a date card for yesterday's wedding. I was a little crocheted out and said I'm never making a blanket that huge again (we'll see). After a few conversations with the bride's sister and mother, I picked a duck hunt theme. But because this wasn't going to be huge, I decided not to do a screen shot of the game. I found some cross stitch patterns for the dog and ducks of the game and adjusted them to fit my vision. I did the planning and purchasing of yarn last year, but I didn't actually start to crochet it until May 31st. I did a large, but simple, blanket for a June wedding before I started on Duck Hunt. And after about six weeks of Duck Hunt, I took a week long break to make a 5 or 6 foot (I don't remember) Harry Potter scarf using tunisian knit stitch. Tunisian crochet takes me forever. Except for the borders, this blanket is all tunisian simple stitch. Around the dog holding the duck are 10 rows of single crochet, and there are 10 rows of single crochet around the ducks. Then I made a border from a stitch diagram I found on pinterest.http://www.pinterest.com/pin/13721973840147239/ I finished weaving in ends yesterday morning, and I'm pretty happy with it. My tunisian is uneven with so many color changes, so the 100 stitch block of the dog is taller on the right side, and it doesn't quite fit in the space allotted. But the bride and groom love it, and that's what matters!
Another wedding, another blanket. This one is not of my own design. The bride's sister told me the wedding colors were green and white, so I found a pretty pattern and simply soft yarn. I used Elizabeth Ham's http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/drop-in-the-pond-lap-blanket and made it much bigger than the pattern. I also filled in the edges, so it has a straight border instead of the given zig zag. It ended up being about 80" wide and 85" long. It only took me six weeks to make, and the bride and groom love it!
I like to make blankets for wedding gifts. It started three years ago when I was living with Tiphany, and my friend Abby got married. Now Tiphany is married, so she knew there was a blanket coming. Tiphany remembered how much time was spent on that scrabble afghan, so she told me I didn't have to give her the blanket on her wedding day. Well, she only gave me six weeks notice, so it definitely wasn't going to be done by then. There was a lot of planning just trying to decide what to do, so I actually didn't start crocheting until after the wedding. But once I started, that pretty much consumed all my free time for six months. I finally finished and gave it to her this weekend (just in time for her birthday)! She's very happy with it. I'm very happy with it, so I thought I'd share it with you.
I usually like to take the picture from the upstairs landing, but the blanket was a little too wide for my foyer. The picture below is that view, but before I blocked the edges. (I didn't have room anywhere to block the whole thing.)
The blanket is about 91.5" long x 81.5" wide. I used about 17.85 skeins of Simply Soft black, 1.9 skeins of Simply Soft white, 1.5 skeins of Simply Soft limelight, and just a handful of Simply Soft red. Before the border, it was all tunisian simple stitch. The border is 3 rows of black sc, 2 rows of green sc, and one row of reverse sc.
Here's the back. I didn't really try to straighten it out because I was a little tired of taking pictures. Although, trying to straighten it for the first picture just ended up distorting it a bit. I would try to move the whole blanket, but I was only moving the edge I was holding.
This turned out beautiful! I have recently started this pattern myself in time for the season. I thought about buying Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Denim but I went with the Red Heart because it's so bright...but it is so scratchy, I think I'm going to back it with fleece when its done.
Thanks! I was in Walmart today and saw that Red Heart had a new yarn, With Love. It had a similar multi blue yarn to what the pattern calls for, and it was soft! I wish I had seen it three months ago!
Another wedding, another blanket. Krystal wants a winter wonderland wedding, so instead of creating my own pattern, I used Red Heart's Dusty Snowflake Throw. http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/pattern-correction-dusty-snowflake-throw I love the vibrant multi colored blue it uses. However, I'm not making a scratchy blanket. Instead, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought I Love This Yarn! in the color Denim. For white, I used Simply Soft.
Since this blanket is for two people, I made it larger than it is in the pattern. It is ten rows of eight large motifs, making it 67" by 80". That required about 11.7 of the 5 oz multi colored skeins, and 3.4 of the 6 oz white. I also changed the border. Looking at other people's projects on ravelry, I found this border by franknjim: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/red-heart-lovers/1848262/76-100#95
This was an easy blanket that did not require as much time as my two previous blankets. I started it September 12th and worked on it after work a few days a week. There might have been a few weeks I didn't work on it at all. I finished the border the night before Thanksgiving, but I didn't get a chance to finish weaving in the ends until yesterday. So, without further ado, here are the pictures.