This blanket has caused quite a stir
amongst my followers on Instagram and Facebook,
so here as promised are some details of how I made
The blanket is a gift for my mother's 80th birthday.
She loves flowers and is also a crocheter
so I wanted to create something really special for her.
I used my favourite Stylecraft Special DK
this is so beautiful for blankets.
It is soft warm and snugly,
can be machine washed and tumble dried
and is excellent value
It comes in a wonderful choice of over 80 shades
and you can buy it
soft peach, candy floss and pale rose
lavender, wisteria and clematis
aspen, sherbet and spring green
cloud blue and parchment.
To create a garden
I decided to use many different types of flowers
the first type was my frequent favourite
the starburst or sunburst flower
I use the starburst pattern by Jane Brocket
which was in Mollie Makes issue 2
but there are many patterns for the sunburst available on the Internet
next I wanted to add depth to give the blanket a 3D texture
so I chose these popcorn flowers
you can find the pattern
there had to be roses in the garden
and these were such fun to make
this pattern is by Nicki Trench in the book
for more texture I wanted petals
and these little pretties came from
a pattern by Nicki Trench in
Simply Crochet magazine issue 5
so with 80 flowers made for 10 rows of 8
I was all set to join them into a rectangular throw
and I decided on a random arrangement
as would be found in a cottage garden.
My favourite method for joining is using the
join as you go technique.
I originally learnt this using the fantastic tutorial from
and developed my own method
for continuous join as you go
joining the whole blanket without cutting the yarn.
You will notice
that some are of my flowers are circles and others are squares,
so to cope with this just make double trebles instead of trebles
in the corners when joining the circles.
The continuous join method is so fast and easy
and has the fantastic bonus of no ends to sew in!
I am really pleased with the 3D flowers
and the continuous join as you go
adds another lovely texture to the squares.
Finally a deep border to set off the flowers
made using block stitch to incorporate some seeds of colour
you can find some instructions
Emily's Garden is complete
and I cannot wait to gift it to my mother Emily
on her 80th birthday
I'm sorry this is not a complete pattern
but I am not yet a pattern writer and do not pretend to be!
However I am happy to share
my inspiration and the links to the patterns I chose
so that you too
may have a go at creating a garden of love.
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