I finished this little crochet blanket about a month ago. It now belongs to a baby. It is not my baby but a new cousin for my boys. I’m pleased that she has already had snuggles in her lovely new blanket.
A Circles in Squares blanket!
I chose to make the blanket with Scheepjes. I really wanted to get my mitts on this brand. A couple of months ago it seemed like loads of people were using it and I wanted to join the fun. I liked all the colours and I wanted something super soft so I went with the merino (which also has microfibre in it). It is the softest, squishiest yarn. It is also quite splitty, which surprised me. I find that once I get into a crochet rhythm I can avoid most of the splittiness, whichever kind of yarn it is. However, it’s still disappointing when it happens.
When I heard that there was to be a new human on the horizon, I asked my sister-in-law what sort of thing she fancied. I knew I wanted to make a blanket but I didn’t want to make one that wouldn’t fit in with her tastes. All that effort and they don’t like it? No thanks. She gave me a photo of a cushion that fitted with the nursery colour scheme. The cushion had a bunch of bright circles on it . That was enough inspiration for me; off I went.
I blocked it (badly). It didn’t work. They all pinged back after 5 minutes. I thought they’d be good because of the merino but I’m guessing microfibre does funny things.
These squares were about as flat as they got and they quickly started to curl at the edges again. Oh well.
Each time I make a blanket I have great fun laying them all out. Once I have more than a few squares I do it over and over, each time adding a handful more of newly stitched squares. I think I had another row to go at this point but couldn’t wait to see what was going on.
I had to be boring with the construction. I had next to no grey wool left. I sewed the squares together with a whip stitch as I reckoned this wouldn’t use as much of the remaining yarn. I also stuck to a very plain border. I jumped online to try and order another ball or two but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Sold out! So the border had to remain plain. In an attempt to add some interest a couple of rows were back loop only. Thinking about it now, I could’ve done some FP and BP stitches or something. Not that that would have been much better. I wanted to have a proper, fancypants border. 🙁
I got one ball of each colour for the circles and thought six would be enough for the main colour. Eight balls. Eight balls next time.
I’m finding it increasingly difficult to take new and interesting pictures of blankets. They all end up draped on the same two chairs in the same locations!
I can tell you that I never spot wires, plug sockets and other such things in Pinterest pictures. They jump out a mile in all my photo’s no matter how hard I try to avoid them. Photoshop! We used to have a very early version of photoshop (not that I knew how to use it) on the old mac but the mac choked to death on carpet fluff. Be mindful of computers when getting new carpet!
I made up the pattern although I know many similar ones exist. I’m afraid to say I have not written it down yet. I took photographs of all the making stages but I actually don’t like them! I can do better. Sooo at some point in the near future, I will come back with a post about how I made the squares. I did some experimenting with starting the rows as I wasn’t happy with a messy 3 chain start. I think it’d be interesting to do some comparisons etc but it’ll have to wait until another day.
Anyway, I must go and wake up the little one, he fell asleep in the car on the way home from food shopping. He didn’t even wake up when I moved him to the sofa. Silly boy has been up since 5.40am.
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17 thoughts on “A New Crochet Blanket. Circles in Squares.”
It’s gorgeous ! Lovely & bright
Cheers Maura! 🙂
Love the colours
Thank you!! They grew on me quite quickly.
Absolutely love this blanket. The bright colours contrasting against the grey works really well. I hope the new addition to your family loves it. I certainly wouldn’t mind one myself! I actually think your photos & styling are spot on…I think you’ve captured the making process & end result beautifully.
Thank you for linking up with #craftingismytherapy
Thank you so much! Such nice things to say. I’m happy with the blanket, I’m usually happy with most things I blog about and I’m always keen to show them as best I can. I’m learning all the time! 🙂
This looks great! I love the colours, and the circle pattern is awesome… that’s one lucky baby 😀
Thanks! I bet she doesn’t know it!!
She will someday! That’s the kind of blanket you hold onto for life 😀
What a beautiful blanket! Your photos are gorgeous, I’m not great at styling photos and you’ve given me some tips, I have a bottom of banisters just like yours (although my carpet isn’t as clean!). I really love all the colours and the layout that you’ve chosen. Thank you for linking up to #craftingismytherapy
Thank you so much! Honestly, the carpet looks far grubbier in real life. And I’m surprised that the pencil scribbles on the wall didn’t show…
I like linking up, I’ve found a few new crafty bloggers and lots of inspiration. Thank you for having me!!
Thank you!! 🙂
I really hate it when I encounter splitty wool – it seems to throw me off my rhythm completely. I love your blanket, what a wonderful gift for a new baby, and so thoughtful to actually check colours in advance #craftingismytherapy
Thank you! She says she loves it…
Yep splitty wool is annoying but usually I can learn to live with it. It gets easier. I’d still prefer that it didn’t happen though! 🙂
Fab colours 🙂 Nothing is as cheerful as a brightly coloured crochet blanket
Thank you! So glad you like it.