I have been busy making a blanket for each of our 4 children and this is the 4th and final one which is for our eldest daughter, Missy L. I recently posted Multi Flower Squares Crochet Blanket Number 4 of 4 and thought I should give you an update on progress.
So here goes! I started making a few squares with no absolutely no idea about the final pattern design, here is my nicely growing stack of squares.
In addition to the squares in the last post I have done some more different patterns for the plain colours.
And another variety of Granny Squares, these will be in different colours too.
The brief for this blanket was “I love Granny Squares and would like the pattern to be a bit random, ‘hotchpotchy”, which was vague but fine, however I wanted it to have a floral influence and after all I am making it aren’t I?
So here are the flower patterns.
and this one that I have made up myself, really pleased with this one! A tutorial will follow this post.
It has been a real challenge to create a pattern that would fit the brief for a random look and include my flowers. I created these two rows first and was really happy with how they looked.
But after making some granny squares and adding them into the mix I started to have doubts.
But I resolved to continue making squares and each time I set them out I came up with a different formation.
Oh dear, I started to get really worried that this project was not going well. I was simply not feeling it, you know how it is when your developing a project, you just instinctively know that something is not right, the colour balance is out.
Then one evening I got out the squares again and set about laying them out and at last it started to fall into place. I realised that a totally random selection would be difficult to make work and that it needed some kind of sequence.
There are 2 sequences at work in this pattern and both include order and a randomness. Working diagonally from bottom left to top right are the plain colours, order comes from being the same colour, randomness from each square being a different pattern. Working from bottom right to top left are the flower and granny squares, here order is represented by the same pattern being repeated but the use of different colours provides the random feature. Now all the gaps are filled in it looks like this.
You can see the pattern sequence more easily now all the squares are there.
Now I am really happy this is going to work into a real fine blanket. All I have to do now is crochet them all together and add the border then I can share the ta dah moment with you.
- Granny Flower Square – Crochet Flower Granny Squares (imaginemechanix.com)
- Granny Squares: An Homage to My Great-Grandmothers (avienadawn.wordpress.com)
Against my better judgment I am about to embark upon a project with squares. I think it might take me years….. Yours are beautiful.
Good for you, I love the process of blanket making from picking the colours, then choosing the designs and best of all is laying out the pattern on the floor as your pile of squares grows. I don’t usually start with a pattern in mind I start making the squares and make it up as I go along. It’s making feel that I should make another one! I look forward to watching your progress.
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It could well be slow 😆
I just wanted to let you know, that this particular post was extremely useful.
I had made only a few squares of a 4-colour blanket when I came across this post. It helped me add a bit of order into the chaos of a random blanket. I particularly kept to the idea of having diagonal lines of single colour squares, which really helped make it pleasing to the eye 🙂
Thank you :)))
I am so happy that you found my ramblings helpful. I love making blankets and find that the deciding of the pattern is the most taxing but also the most fun part. I hope you will share some photos of your blanket when it’s finished. Happy hooking!
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Thank you so much for sharing my post on your lovely blog< this blanket is now much loved by our daughter and is always a favourite when she is feeling unwell or a bit down. She now has 2 matching cushions too.
Love your square designs! I haven’t crocheted an afghan in forever. Reading through your blog brought back fond memories of crocheting granny squares with my mom. Now I know where to turn for instructions and inspiration when I finally find time to make an afghan again! Thanks!
Love your squares. Your blanket will look amazing.
I think you know by now that I absolutely love your squares. I can’t wait to see your finished blanket. That in mind, I have nominated you for a Leibster Award – I have mentioned you in my blog! 🙂 Take care! http://emilybev.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/leibster-blog-award/
Thank you so much for the nomination, I am flattered and really excited about participating in this fabulous award scheme to get to know some new like-minded folk. I simply love blogging and connecting with other crafters.
Aw! I’m glad! Yay! 🙂
I love the colours and the layout I am sure it is going to be outstanding when finally pieced together
Thanks Mama H, I hope Missy L will like it too. I am busy joining all the squares now.