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« on: December 05, 2010 10:34:50 AM »

It started with tragedy - a friend's blanket, crocheted by her grandmother, had fallen apart.  She was looking for someone to recreate it, and there I was, looking for a challenge (read: I had nothing better to do and wasn't thinking very hard at the time Tongue)

First, the finished blanket:


She wanted lots of colours, so I started with this:


She liked them all!  I went around the circle, picking every fourth ball, making groups of 3 colours.  I fudged the groups a little bit, to make the colour combos a little nicer, and the red really wasn't working for me, so I switched it out for tan.

Then I made a flower:


Then I made a bunch more:


Six variations of each colour combo.

Then it was just a matter of adding the background and joining them together (I used this join-as-you-go method)

Here's a sexy, low-light pic:


And an attempt to get a true-colour picture, out in the shifty, Canadian Winter sun:


The stats: 216 flowers.  24 balls of yarn.  1728 ends to weave in.  (But who's counting?)

Finished in 5 times the time I thought it would take (to be fair, I figured it would take about a month... ha!)


The pattern!  (I intend to take pictures of various steps of this at some point... some day... )

This pattern has not been tested yet, so feedback is not just welcome, but desired!

Flower To Granny Motif

Use four colours. CA = centre. CB = petals.  CC = leaves.  CD = background

Before you begin: R5 can be a little tricky. If you're a fast crocheter, you'll want to slow down here.  The spaces to work into can be hard to find with the hook alone.  I found I was often at risk of catching a leaf by accident, and that sticking a finger in there to separate things a little made everything much easier!

With CA
ch3, join to form a ring
R1: ch1, 8sc into ring. Join with a slst to first sc. Cut yarn

R2: with CB, join to a sc, ch3, 3dc in same sc.  Remove hook, insert it in the top of the ch3 (front to back), grab the loop and pull it through.  ch1.
*4dc in next stitch, remove hook, insert hook (front to back) in the top of the first dc, grab the loop and pull it through. ch1* repeat until you have 8 petals. Join with a slst to the top of the first petal.  Cut yarn

R3: with CC, join and ch3 in a ch1 space from previous round. 3dc in the same space. *4dc in next ch1 space* until there are 8 leaves.  Join with a slst to the top of the ch3.  Cut yarn

R4: with CD, join and ch3 in a space between two leaves. 2dc, ch2, 3dc in the same space. 3sc in next space. *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next space. 3sc in next space* repeat between the *'s 2 more times, to make 4 sides. Join with a slst. DO NOT CUT YARN.

R5: continuing with CD, slst to ch2 corner.  In corner space, ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc.  In the next two spaces, 3dc. *In the next corner space, 3dc, ch2, 3dc. In the next two spaces, 3dc.* repeat 2 more times, for a total of 4 sides.

This is where I stopped, and it made small-ish squares (about 3.75").  However, there's no reason at all why you couldn't continue working in a regular granny square pattern from this point on.

Note: My granny squares only have ch stitches in the corners.  I like it this way because I find it makes for smaller holes.  If you prefer to do it another way, then note that the granny square pattern starts on R5. Add your extra chain stitches starting there.


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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2010 10:42:41 AM »

It's gorgeous, Mio! And a beautiful gesture, too.  Lovely!
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2010 10:47:56 AM »

It's beautiful! How sweet of you to make it for your friend, too!

Thanks for sharing the pattern, as well! Although, the thought of weaving in all of those ends makes me a bit faint Wink
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2010 11:04:27 AM »

Your flower motif is so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.  I love the sexy low light photo!
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2010 11:18:26 AM »

It's gorgeous, Mio! And a beautiful gesture, too.  Lovely!

Thanks lapoli!

It's beautiful! How sweet of you to make it for your friend, too!

Thanks for sharing the pattern, as well! Although, the thought of weaving in all of those ends makes me a bit faint Wink

Thanks!  You can cut down on the ends by using the same colour for the middle and the petals... and if you do more rounds of the background you wouldn't need as many squares, so that would help, too. ^_^

Your flower motif is so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.  I love the sexy low light photo!

Thanks! ^_^
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2010 11:50:48 AM »

Beautiful! It turned out great!
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2010 11:58:30 AM »

So beautiful! thanks for sharing the pattern! I don't know if I ever could have the motivation or the stamina to make the whole blanket, but I'm thinking about a scarf for my daughter... Maybe Christmas 2013 I could finish!
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2010 12:11:35 PM »

Awww, you can do it, Val!
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2010 12:16:46 PM »

This is THE best blanket EVER!! Seriously!! And made by a very generous and kind hearted friend. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2010 12:22:01 PM »

Thanks batgirl! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2010 01:30:35 PM »

It turned out beautifully! I love the contrast of the flowers against the black.
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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2010 01:32:16 PM »

Thanks! ^_^  I like the contrast, too!
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2010 03:08:04 PM »

Wowzers!  What a beautifullll afghan!  You've done 'a good thing'!!  Wink
I think you're always up to something good!
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2010 03:13:58 PM »

Aww, thanks Kittymom13!
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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2010 04:34:10 PM »

That is one of the nicest examples of crochet I've ever seen. I love it.
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2010 04:51:38 PM »

That is amazing!  You have a lot of project stamina!
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« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2010 02:31:14 PM »

Wow, that's a wonderful project! I wish I had enough patience to do something like that! Congratulations!
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« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2010 02:32:11 PM »

Wow, that's a wonderful project! I wish I had enough patience to do something like that! Congratulations!

Thanks!

But you know, it's just like any other crochet project... one stitch at a time! ^_^
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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2010 02:13:49 PM »

Wow!
I need to learn to crochet!  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2011 12:11:34 PM »

I can't imagine the patience it took to recreate something similar to what was destroyed...a true heirloom piece!

I love all the colors together and yet is is made not too busy with the dark background!

Great job in planning and executing as well as such a sweet thing to do for a friend! Wink
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« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2011 02:26:05 PM »

Beautiful. I love the black background - it really makes the colors pop.
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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2011 01:32:46 AM »

This is amazing, I love it so much!
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« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2011 07:00:16 AM »

Wow, what a gorgeous blanket! I love the colors, and the pattern is fab! What a nice gesture Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2011 08:22:30 AM »

That is one beautiful blanket.  I love the colours, the pattern, everything.  I can't imagine weaving in all those ends though (granted even a couple ends leaves projects languishing unfinished for years around here). 

One question though, what does the back look like?
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« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2011 11:08:24 AM »

I am actually the amazingly lucky recipient of the blanket! I love it so much, I can't even tell you. It's special because my Grandma's blanket that I destroyed (but still have the remains!) was  very sentimental, I was really close to my Grandma. Now this one is special because it is an homage to my Grandma's blanket, and it was made by a very wonderful friend, so it's doubley loved. But aside from the sentimental factor, this blanket is one GORGEOUS work of art! It is very high on my "to save in case of fire" list! It's super soft and the colors are just beautiful and vibrant. As for the back, it looks pretty much like the front, except the flowers are slightly less 3-D. It's really beautiful from both sides! I can take a pic tonight if you want to see the back. Mio is a mindblowing crochet wizard!
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« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2011 11:21:04 AM »

I was hoping you'd see this post, batgirl!  I sifted through the many pics I took of this blanket, and not a single one shows the back... even the fuzzy cell phone pics.  I'm not sure how I managed that.

I've made a note to take a shot of all sides of things from now on.  You never know!

ETA: until a pic of the back is posted... I was surprised at how the back turned out (which made me doubly surprised that I have no picture of it!).  Before the black rounds were added, the flowers were round, and were cupped on the back.  When I added the black, it seemed like the blanket had defied the laws of physics because the front remained pokey-outy, but the back flattened out.
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« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2011 11:26:37 AM »

I will post a pic of the back (and the blanket in it's happy new home) tonight. It's really pretty from the back as well, it could easily be mistaken for the front, although the actual front has a cooler 3-d effect. If you didn't see the front, though, you wouldn't think it was the back, if you see what I mean?
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« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2011 11:28:08 AM »

I think this blanket just follows the laws of awesome. Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2011 08:46:52 AM »

pokey- outy is now my favorite word of the day...

can't wait to see the back--I am sure it is interesting as well...
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« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2011 09:05:40 AM »

Ooh, I almost forgot!

Front:


Back:


Front:


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In Situ:


Don't worry, the dog doesn't get near it unsupervised! He's just a big camera ham. Cheesy


Pretty amazing, no?
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« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2011 09:15:24 AM »

pretty amazing...the back is more flattened and the front is POKEY-OUTY (ha ha)...
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« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2011 09:34:26 AM »

Ha!  I use pokey-outy because when I described it as "3D" at my guild meeting, someone (rightly, yet nitpickily) pointed out that the whole thing was technically 3D. Tongue
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« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2011 04:05:46 PM »

This thing is absolutely AMAZING!
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« Reply #33 on: January 25, 2011 07:19:56 AM »

OK, I was just telling my daughter last night that I would make her a blanket this year, and I can tell you HANDS DOWN she's going to pick this one - I don't even need to ask!!!  This blanket is AWESOME!

I see the yarn you used was Bernat - but what line?  And how many balls of BLACK did you end up needing??

I will test the flower pattern later next week - first I have to run out to buy some yarn!!

Thank you SO much for sharing this gorgeous pattern.  My daughter is going to flip!
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« Reply #34 on: January 25, 2011 07:41:25 AM »

I'm not absolutely certain, but I estimate I used 12 balls of black (and one ball each of 12 colours)

I used Bernat Satin solids for the whole thing (warning: Bernat Satin is a heavy-ish yarn... I like using it for blankets because I love heavy blankets... if you don't, though, use something else. lol)

This pattern should work with any smooth yarn, though.
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« Reply #35 on: January 25, 2011 07:56:03 AM »

It is awesomely thick and cozy - and soft!

I think it would also be gorgeous with cream instead of black. Hey, Mio! (kidding! Cheesy)
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« Reply #36 on: January 25, 2011 07:57:42 AM »

Tongue

A lady in my guild is making baby blankets with this pattern, and she is doing a white background, and it's so pretty!  I hope she brings one in so I can get a pic. ^_^
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