Sometime last year I was thinking aloud about the need to create some new classes and so Charlie who works in the shop on Tuesdays said how about this project I have just started, it combines fabric with crochet. And I fell in love!
I went for some bright batiks to create a striking blanket. The pink cotton yarn works really well on both sides.
I looked online for some tutorials and found one beautifully written by Tiffany called Tea time crochet blanket. The name comes from the fabric collection made by her friend Jera Brandvig which was used to make this blanket.
I was intending to teach this one day, so I could only take this as an inspiration, but as I was working on it, I did make several changes. I started with a smaller square, (not so good idea, it looks great, but obviously blanket needs much more squares!! ), for the blanket stitch I used perle cotton to make the handsewing easier. I have adjusted the crochet stitches as well, the more pictures I looked at on the web more varieties I found and so I played with it a bit.
I’m as excited about the result as I was about the project the day I started. It took nearly half a year and I’m so glad I can now move onto other hand sewn/made projects, but I must say I really enjoyed the process. It was very relaxing and enjoyable to make.
As you can see I took 6 blocks and turned them over in one corner for a little bit of lift and to make it a bit different. I was also very naughty and blocked the blanket with a steam on the ironing board just to save some time. I know it would be nice to block each square before joining them together, but I would be still putting it together.
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