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Sometimes it feels like crocheters don't get enough love, so much of the focus is put on knitting, but crochet is an amazing craft.
I often have a few WIP's in progress next to my knitting/crafting chair. I like to mix it up, and sometimes, a crochet project is just what I need when I've spent the work day talking, thinking, and working on knitting things.
(I'll let you in on a bit of a personal secret, I have one project on the hook at the moment, that will be the wildest project I've ever made, I'm aiming to beat a Guinness Book of World Records Crochet project. It'll probably take until I am 80, but alas, a childhood dream I chose to revisit)
This weeks Crochet inspiration comes from the delightful little square's known as "Maybelle" (conveniently also the name of one of my mini goats) I love the vintage boho type vibe, that comes from a bunch of random hand dyed yarns, and a crisp classic white border. It's also super portable.
The pattern is from this great blog:
How I am Working This Project:
I am following the pattern exactly as the blog has directed me too, with the following exceptions.
I am using a 2.75mm hook (I tend to crochet a smidge looser)
Each square is 4 inches x 4 inches (the standard blanket sizes below are based on these measurements.
What Yarn am I using? For the actual Maybelle Flower, I used Tangled Poets Wee Skeins, you get one square per 6 gram wee skein, I like this for this project, because I don't know how big I want to make it, and they come in various pack sizes, so you get packs as you go. They can be found here:
I used the new Vintage Sock by Berroco for the white, and the purple to join the squares: With such generous yardage, one ball will take you far, and it's something that is always available and always stocked. It can be found here:
There is one recommendation I would make before you start assembling your blanket, (mostly before you start attaching the white to make the square, I wash and block all my flowers before I do this, hand dyed yarn can have some run off, which can look scary, but as long as don't add heat for the first wash, it can not stick to anything. So rather safe than sorry, I wash them all first in a no rinse wool wash, or if you don't have that on hand, a baby shampoo works just as well, just don't use a laundry detergent.
I hope you found this informative, and inspirational. It's fun to think about new projects, especially one's that can be portable, small, and ongoing. You decide as you go, and it's so satisfying when you have a chance to sit down, pour a cup of coffee, and next thing you know you have a stack of super cute Maybelle Flowers ready to go :)
Standard Blanket Sizes:
Security: 14 x 17 inches (Squares needed 20)
Stroller: 30 x 35 inches (Squares needed 72)
Receiving: 40 x 40 inches (Squares needed 100)
Toddler: 42 x 52 inches (Squares needed 143)
Swaddle: 47 x 47 inches (Squares needed 144)
Crib: 45 x 60 inches (Squares needed 180)
Throw: 52 x 60 inches (Squares needed 195)
Twin: 66 x 90 inches (Squares needed 391)
Double: 90 x 108 inches (squares needed 621)
Queen: 96 x 108 inches (Squares needed 648)
King: 108 x 108 inches (squares needed 729)