The blanket below was made with the Caron Flowers Pattern (shown right). I wanted a more boyish version so I made up the striping pattern below.
It worked up quickly, about 8 hours total for a 3′ by 4′ or so blanket. The weight is fabulous and the holes are not too big for a hospital afghan (the nurses prefer blankets without holes so the leads and whatnot don’t get snagged in them). Instead of the scalloped edge I did 6 rows of single crochet for a striped effect.
I love this half double crochet pattern and I’ll be making it agains soon (now that I’ve finally found the pattern I used!). Special thanks to the reader who encouraged me to keep looking for it. This pattern is a keeper and so easy to make your own.
Color Combinations – How to Change up the Look
I also wanted to show that if you find a great deal on yarn, like I did on the turquoise, that it’s possible to use it in different ways so you don’t get bored with the same colors. The photo below shows another blanket that I have in the works (the color on the photo is off, it’s the same as the turquoise above – it’s also the blanket on the upper left in the top photo as well). I made the base blanket in my favorite stitch, the half double crochet, in the back loop only pattern and then finished it by doing 1 row of single crochet and then one row of triple crochet to make the ruffle.
The blanket is complete, I’m just trying to decide on how to embellish it. I can’t decide if I’m going to crochet and then sew on some appliques or use yarn to do some needlework embellishment. I do know the colors will be pink, purple, green, and yellow to show of the turquoise.
I’m using the same color combination as the racing strip afghan to make one of my favorite hats (I shared the pattern here: Crochet How To Video: Free Hat Pattern for Using Up Scrap Yarn). I love how different it looks while using the exact same color combination.
So what do you think? I’m looking for other color combinations and I think teal and leaf green will be making an appearance soon! Have you ever gotten a deal on yarn you just couldn’t pass up? What are your favorite color combinations?
Yarn Used in this Project
If you know where I got this blanket pattern, please feel free to leave a note in the comments. I thought it was a free Red Heart pattern that I cut down. I sort of remember them doing every two rows a different color. I did 20 rows of turquoise, then alternated the turquoise, tangerine, and cream, completed 20 more rows of turquoise and then edged it on all four sides with alternating rows of single crochet.