Update for Multi Flower Squares Crochet Blanket Number 4

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.

Stack of Crochet Squares

In addition to the squares in the last post I have done some more different patterns for the plain colours.

Crochet Self Coloured Patterned Squares

And another variety of Granny Squares, these will be in different colours too.

Crochet Granny Square

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.

Flower Motif Blanket Squares 2and this one that I have made up myself, really pleased with this one! A tutorial will follow this post.

Flower Motif Blanket SquaresIt 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.

Crochet Blanket Squares 1

But after making some granny squares and adding them into the mix I started to have doubts.

laying Out 1

But I resolved to continue making squares and each time I set them out I came up with a different formation.

Blanket Pattern PlanningOh 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.

Blanket Squares in ProgressThere 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.

Blanket Squares Pinned on SheetYou can see the pattern sequence more easily now all the squares are there.

Blanket Squares Complete

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.