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AliciaAdalaide
« on: January 11, 2013 03:09:07 PM »

This is my first time posting a completed project on Craftster, so hopefully I'm doing it correctly. (All of the links to the patterns that I used or was inspired by are at the bottom of this page for reference)

I did start this blanket following a pattern. I only got as far as the base of the pattern before I ran into trouble - I couldn't figure out how to make the crocheted tulips. Thankfully, I'd made about five million crocheted butterflies a year earlier and a friend suggested I sew the butterflies onto the blanket. However, I realized that if I cut the antenna off, they actually looked like flowers. Which made me feel a little less like a rebel. So, that's how the cherry blossom blanket came to be.

Once I decided to use the upcylced flowers, I had to figure out how to make a branch. Side Note, that's actually how I found Craftster. I searched for Cherry Blossom Crochet - although I didn't find a pattern, I did find a very cute laptop bag and this site. Anyway, I ended up improvising with a vine pattern and basically stared at a picture of a cherry blossom tree on my bedroom wall, while I crocheted the branch. Trying to fashion branches going out of branches on two sides without wandering off the blanket... ugh. I can't tell you how many times during this process I wondered if maybe I should have tried a little harder to learn how to make a crochet tulip.

Finally, the flowers. I sewed...and sewed.. and sewed. It took me six weeks to sew the flowers on this blanket. I worked on it every single day for at least 8 hours a day. I hated it and loved it, and when it was done I have to admit I was very sad. I don't know if i'll ever make something like this again on my own. In the end I think it was worth all of the work. I am happy with the blanket and I'm like that I made something that a good friend's daughter will hopefully treasure for years.

Please let me know if you would like any information, or if I left anything out. I would love to connect with fellow crafters and share ideas!

This blanket inspired me to create a blog. (of course) http://craftyadalaide.com/willows-cherry-blossom-blanket/
Tulip Baby Blanket Pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tulip-baby-blanket)
Butterfly Pattern http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-crochet-butterfly.html
Cherry Blossom Laptop Sleeve http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352749.0
Vine Pattern:http://storiedyarns.blogspot.com/2011/10/free-crochet-pattern-vine-garland.html
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013 04:31:16 PM »

This is amazing! Thank you for all the links, and welcome to Craftster.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013 04:55:11 PM »

This is beautiful and again, welcome to CRAFTSTER. I don't think I've ever seen anything put together so well. Excellent.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2013 05:06:20 PM »

Thank you both so much!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013 07:32:08 PM »

This is really beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2013 02:00:58 AM »

I'm sorry it cost you so much time and effort but it is truly beautiful. A work of art. I like it so much better than the original tulip version
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2013 02:15:05 AM »

what a beautiful blanket, well done  Smiley I prefer your cherry blossom version to the original tulips.
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2013 11:56:49 AM »

Really gorgeous blanket! And such a creative spin on the origional design, love it Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2013 01:13:58 PM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2013 01:50:58 PM »

this is beautiful well done!
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2013 06:28:08 PM »

 Shocked So beautiful! I love the cherry blossoms, I second the liking them more than the tulips.
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2013 05:42:01 AM »

Beautiful, beautiful work. Cherry blossoms are popular now, though, it's just too nice and too pretty to be a baby blanket.
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2013 10:28:58 AM »

Very pretty!  I love the subdued pinks that you chose.  And the execution is so pleasing to the eye!
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2013 11:05:56 AM »

Totally Awesome! I need to make one of these for a friend who did a cherry blossom theme for her daughter! She would flip out!
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2013 01:16:36 PM »

Wow! I usually don't like pink, not even for little girls, but this blanket is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2013 02:12:03 AM »

This is absolutely beautiful.
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« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2013 05:11:19 AM »

Wow! Everyone thank you so much!!
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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2013 06:12:38 AM »

It's gorgeous :0)  What a beautiful finished product!
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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2013 07:37:13 AM »

I love this and can almost smell springtime and cherry blossoms.  This Rocks!
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« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2013 08:01:17 AM »

That is stunning!
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« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2013 09:15:22 AM »

WOW! I am stunned and amazed at your skillz! You are amazing and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us!
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« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2013 10:23:16 AM »

This is so beautiful!
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« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2013 02:45:59 PM »

Welcome!  That is so amazingly beautiful wow
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« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2013 07:46:23 AM »

This blanket is absolutely beautiful!!!
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« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2013 08:16:55 AM »

This is such a beautiful blanket! I would have been crying while sewing flowers on. I hate sewing parts on!
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« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2013 02:12:00 AM »

It is sooo amazing, the flowers are vivid, I like them very much!
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« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2013 04:19:20 PM »

I'm so flattered and surprised by all of these kind comment. You have no idea how much this has totally made my week! Thank you!
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« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2013 09:24:43 AM »

so pretty!
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« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2013 07:59:00 PM »

What stitch did you use for the blanket? Lol I can't tell on my phone
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« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2013 03:40:42 AM »

This is BEAUTIFUL! I cannot believe how much work went into this. My compliments to you! It looks so well put together. My lazy butt would've given up by the end. I'm glad you didn't. It's gorgeous!

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« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2013 07:44:57 AM »

Ha! You have no idea how many times I'd get frustrated and I'd think maybe this really big branch is dying and it has no flowers, or somebody picked them all off. She should learn the harsh realities of life while she's young. Smiley

So, the stitch did come from the one part of blanket that followed the pattern i purchased. However, I think it's ok to share (since its not the actual pattern)??

 sc in BLO of first st, (sc in FLO of next st, sc in BLO of next st)
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« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2013 03:29:21 PM »

That is SO beautiful!
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« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2013 06:12:32 PM »

The tulips are cute, but I absolutely love your cherry blossoms! Really nice work you did, it looks beautiful!
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« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2013 02:53:54 PM »

WoW i love it it looks so cool how did you make it ?  Grin
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« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2013 11:08:01 AM »

This completely rocks my face off! Now I wish I knew someone who was having a little girl so I could make this!
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« Reply #35 on: February 04, 2013 04:28:05 AM »

Wow. This is sooooooo pretty!!!
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« Reply #38 on: January 15, 2014 11:53:31 AM »

I am completely amazed! Wonderful work.
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« Reply #39 on: January 15, 2014 02:25:28 PM »

Wow, that's truly beautiful!!
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« Reply #40 on: January 21, 2014 04:08:42 PM »


Wow! I feel so awesome! Thank you so much! Smiley
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I know the original post is like a year old but holy wow! What a beautiful job!
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« Reply #45 on: April 05, 2014 05:54:09 AM »

Wow... I actually like your version better!
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