Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Tale of Five Blankets - Chapters 6-8

Hey there,

you're probably confused that the Tale of Five Blankets continues now, although we had already reached the last chapter with Chapter 5. But - just like in real life - sometimes the story continues, even when it seems that you've already written the final chapter, isn't that true?
So, enough with philosophy - meanwhile I've finished several more baby blankets, and instead of coming up with a new creative title every time, I just thought I'd continue this tale, so all my new baby blankets can be found under the same tag. And since I'm hyper-productive right now, I'm gonna show you three new blankets in one post today (with three more still waiting in line *gg*).
Let's start with my favorite one:


For this modern girlie-blanket I've used a great pattern that I had tried once before (click here). It's the Dot'n'Dashes pattern by Darla J. Fanton and it's available for free on Red Heart. The pattern is for three different colors, and since I had been quite pleased with the result of using four colors in my first blanket, I thought this time I'd go with five colors.


As usual, I was working with Stylecraft Special DK and used the following colors: Creme, Grey, Silver, Clematis, and Plum. I really do love this pattern, because it's so easy to do (actually a no-brainer that allows you to watch TV while the blanket is growing almost all by itself), but the result with the interesting structure is just amazing! Definitely under my personal Top 3 of my favorite blanket patterns!


Another favorite pattern - and you know that already if you're a regular reader of my blog - is the double ended crochet pattern (also by Darla J. Fanton) which I used for the next blanket:


The pattern actually creates a stunning two-sided effect, but in this blanket the effect is more subtle, because of the light colors I've worked with. (The effect is better when working with two high contrast colors).


For the front side I've worked with Calista Color by Schachenmayr, a beautiful color gradient yarn, and for the back side I've used white Rico Acryl Soft yarn.


And last but not least, I've made another traditional Granny Square blanket :)


As much a I like this pattern, it's also a sign that I had to frog another blanket, because that's what I usually do: if I have to frog another project that leaves me with bits and pieces, I end up using them for granny squares.


The yarn is Stylecraft again, and the colors are Silver, Cream, Clematis, Sherbet, Spring Green, and Apricot.


All these blankets are for sale now in my brand-new (german) Dawanda-Shop. Yes, that's right - I decided to tackle this adventure, with all the necessary inconveniences: registering an official business, filling out tax forms, setting up professional terms and conditions, getting a packaging license, and so on and so on. Since I'm just getting started, I'm only shipping to Germany right now.

And to make this post complete, let me also mention that I set up a new (german) Facebook-Page Babydecken made in k-town to accompany my shop and - mainly - to make my new business known in the area where I live. But any likes are welcome :) Of course my regular Facebook-Page that runs with this blog is still active, too!

I'll be back here soon with some more blankets, one of them with a free pattern for you! :)



9 comments:

  1. I like them all Barbara, thank you for the pattern links I like the close texture which is better for baby blankets. Good luck with your new shop I hope that it's successful. :) x

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  3. Deleted last message because did on my phone and it spelled everything wrong :0(

    I love all these but particularly interested in double ended blanket..I think I have the hook but its not labeled anywhere. I am going to give it a try looks similar to Tunisian Thank so much they are all gorgeous!

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  4. Wow row three makes no sense I looked over all videos on you tube.was there one you learned with.. I know tunisian but cannot figure this out.

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    1. Hi Denise! Oh wow, I know what you mean - just looked at the pattern again and noticed that the graphics are totally confusing, and that they don't show how you actually work. So just ignore the graphics and do exactly what it says in the description: ch 1, sk first 2 vertical bars; *pick up lp in next horizontal st (and only this stitch, not the other ones before, like the graphic suggests), pick up lp under next vertical bar (not shown at all), sk next vertical bar; repeat from * across. Slide all sts to opposite end of hook and turn.

      I've never tried Tunesian before, but started with this technique (and this pattern) right away. I've got the pattern in a book (Crochet Master Class), but I've just checked - the graphics are wrong there, too *gg*. I guess I must have been lucky when I tried it the first time.

      Just to make sure: you're working with a double-ended hook and not a regular tunesian, right? Let me know how it's going!

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    2. Damn - now I've looked at it again - no, the graphics are completely wrong! Okay, do it like this:

      ch 1, sk first 2 vertical bars; *pick up lp in next horizontal st (ignore the graphic, because they're working in the vertical, not the horizontal loops. The first loop you have to pick up is the horizontal loop right before the third vertical loop that they show in the graphic. So actually it's THE SECOND HORIZONTAL LOOP), pick up lp under next vertical bar (not shown at all), sk next vertical bar; repeat from * across.

      Oh dear, I hope I haven't confused you even more!!

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  5. Thank you so much! I will give it a try And let you u know yes i have double ended hook. It is very similar to Tunisian..i tried to find video that shouwed this on you tube to no avail..there are some but none like graphics that. You say are now wrong..so ill check it out and let you know

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  6. Thank you so much! I will give it a try And let you u know yes i have double ended hook. It is very similar to Tunisian..i tried to find video that shouwed this on you tube to no avail..there are some but none like graphics that. You say are now wrong..so ill check it out and let you know

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  7. wow so pretty..
    love and smiles x

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