If there is one thing that has kept me going this year when I haven’t been reading, blogging, or playing Animal Crossing New Horizons, it is crochet. I’ve constantly had a project or many projects on the go and it has been nice during the lockdowns to keep my mind busy with them.
As always, there are some projects that have been my favourite and I would like to share them here with you.
Where I can, I will link to patterns and suppliers so you can check them out too if you are interested.
Nature’s Walk Blanket by Sandra Paul aka @CherryHeart
This was my second Nature’s Walk Blanket in as many months as I’d only finished my first one at the end of January and I started this one mid-late April. I wanted to make another one and my grandmother wanted me to make her a blanket for the bed, so I did this one for her. I don’t always make everything she asks me to make but with the situation, I knew it would be appreciated.
I adored both blankets I made but this is one is my favourite as the yarn is really nice to work with (Scheepjes Stonewashed) and I prefer these colours.
Pattern information found at Cherry Heart blog
Birthday Granny Stripe Blanket
I’m calling it the “birthday blanket” as it was made with the yarn pack my sister gave me for my birthday.
A blanket I worked on at the same time as the Nature’s Walk Blanket. I flicked back and forth between the two, and I’m glad I did as it was nice to have a mindless project on the side. The bright colours were also a great help at the time, bringing a bit of joy when I felt gloomy and not myself.
I know my sister purchased it online from Black Sheep Wools (also our local physical store) but the pack isn’t available anymore. However, all the yarn is Stylecraft Special DK which is available from a lot of online and local shops including BSW, LoveCrafts, and Wool Warehouse.
My sister initially bought the blanket yarn pack and pattern for herself from The Knitting Network but for various reasons I ended up making it. We also agreed it would be my main Christmas present to her and I’m really impressed I managed to crochet it up pretty quickly, especially as I had to restart it and make it bigger. Similarly to the granny stripe blanket, all the yarn is Stylecraft Special DK.
d’Histoire Naturelle | Scheepjes 2020 CAL blanket
The d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural History) blanket is the most recent CAL (crochet-a-long) from Scheepjes yarn and designed by Scheepjes blogger Christina Hadderingh from A Spoonful of Yarn, with video run throughs . Inspired by the descriptions of Paris’ Museum of Natural History in Anthony Dooer’s All The Light We Cannot See, which was also being read as part of a corresponding readalong, each step of the pattern is designed to take us through all the big gardens and galleries of the museum to create a huge blanket full of detail and epic gorgeousness. The different colourways also highlight various aspects and areas of the museum (herbarium, conchology, entomology and mineralogy)
This is the only blanket that is still a work in progress as I’m only on part 2 of 6 and all six patterns stages have now been released. I’m working slowly as parts of it are rather complicated but I am loving it. The detail is amazing and I can’t wait to move onto the later sections.
Yarn used is Scheepjes Colour Crafter in the Conchology colour way, which in the UK can still be found at Wool Warehouse. I did change a couple of my colours though as I didn’t like the neutral tone or the really dark purple. And all the pattern documents can be found on the CAL’s Facebook page
And there we have it. All my favourite crochet projects this year, which just so happen to all be blankets!! I do have a bit of an obsession with blankets after all!
If you are a crafter of any kind, what are your favourite projects you’ve finished or started working on this year?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!