Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: 10 & 11

I finished blankets 10 & 11! Looks like I will definitely make my goal of 12. In fact there will be more than 12 blankets. My list kept growing.

Blanket 10 is Gloria Jean’s Coffee Throw. That is for my mother. She did not want any sort of graphgan.

Blanket 11 is for a dear friend of one of my daughters. The young woman is starting chemo so I rushed to get a special, soft, warm blanket done to send to her. I call that blanket Addy’s Sundae. One of my friends said the colors reminded her of ice cream. I used the colors that my daughter said she liked.

Both blankets were made out of Bernat Blanket yarn. I used an M sized hook and crocheted them in the waffle stitch.

There was a lot of love woven into both of these blankets but I am looking forward to getting back to graphgans.

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Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: #8

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I’m getting back on track! This blanket was number 8. Only 4 more to go!!!!

This blanket is for a special little boy. Originally it was going to have a large pokeball in the middle and then 12 small, different Pokemon. I didn’t think I could get enough detail in them to be happy with them and the little boy didn’t really have 12 favorite Pokemon.

I talked to him about his blanket and we came up with this. Squirtle is his favorite Pokemon. So we have Squirtle and it’s evolutions! There is the pokeball, Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise.

If you would like to make your own Squirtle blanket, you can find the pattern here.

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: #7

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I’ve switched from labeling my blankets with months to numbering them. This is blanket number 7. He is No Face from Spirited Away.

I was originally going to make a whole Studio Ghibli blanket for my daughter but instead decided to focus on No Face. No Face is her favorite character from all of their movies. I couldn’t get enough detail in the face in a smaller block.

This blanket was worked in mini c2c all in one piece. Usually I do smaller blocks and piece them together so this was a change for me.

Once it was done I had to decide how to border it and what color! I decided to make up a border pattern to replicate a gilt frame. That’s also how I chose the yarn color. Usually my borders use a color already in the piece. This border color is used only for the border.

If you would like to make your own No Face blanket, the pattern is available for free here.

These blankets have definitely been a labor of love. I still have several more to finish by the holidays! I’ve already made up the pattern for my next blanket. It will be worked in 4 large blocks and the first block is even done. I can’t wait to show you all that blanket once it’s finished and share the pattern!

A Blanket from the Past

I was visiting my in laws in Ohio. Of course I had the blanket I’m currently working on with me. Everyone was interested in what I was making and what else I’ve made lately. Then my mother in law had a surprise for me. 

She left the room and came back a few minutes later. She was carrying this. 


I made this blanket for her. I forgot I had even made this blanket! It was one of the first blankets that I ever made. 

It was so wonderful seeing one of my earliest blankets and that she still had it. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: May

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There is a story behind May’s blanket. It will be a gift for my dad. 

When I was a little girl, my bedroom was above the garage. It would be late at night when my dad would get home. I could hear the garage door open and close. I always ran downstairs and we would watch an episode of the original Star Trek on tv together. He knew it was late and that I should be asleep in bed. He still always let me stay up to watch that with him. 

Now I’m an adult and have children of my own. Most of my children are adults. I hope they have some special memory like that. I also hope that this lapghan keeps my dad warm on cold winter nights and that he can feel the love in every stitch.

The pattern for the blanket can be found at:

https://twoheartscrochet.com/crochet-along-projects/the-star-trek-cal/

The instructions for the border can be found at:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2016/11/crochet-c2c-gingerbread-house-advent-calendar.html

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: April

I’m very late in getting this written up! I did actually have this work of love finished a while ago and I’m almost finished with May’s blanket. For April I made a Star Wars blanket using bobble and sc stitch. 


This blanket is one of two that are getting made for non relatives. It is for a dear friend. She goes on trips with us, puts the awesome rainbow in my hair and is always up for sushi. 

This blanket was the first time I’ve done the bobble/sc combo. It comes out beautiful but I’m not sure that I’m ever going to make a blanket like that again! I have one more Star Wars blanket to make but I need it bigger so I might do c2c for that. 

The pattern for the blanket is available at https://twoheartscrochet.com/crochet-along-projects/the-star-wars-cal/

The blanket that I’m finishing up for May is also a Two Hearts pattern. You’ll just have to wait until I finish it to find out which one!

Until next time, keep crafting, keep making the world more beautiful. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: March

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You are who you choose to be.

My journey to create twelve blankets in twelve months is still on track. March’s blanket is an Iron Giant blanket for one of my sons. The Iron Giant was his favorite movie as a small child. He watched that movie enough times that I used to have it memorized.

 

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The first square is a coffee cup. It represents the espresso Hogarth drank the night he hung out with Dean.

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The second square is the iron giant falling through the sky into the ocean off the coast of Maine.

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The third square is Hogarth.

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The fourth square is a squirrel. When Hogarth first met Dean he was trying to show his mom the new “pet” he found.

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The fifth square is the “S” that Dean places on the giant to disguise him as a sculpture and hide him. Or it stands for Superman.

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The sixth square is the screw that the general sends to Hogarth. It was the part of the giant that the military was able to find.

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The sixth square is a tank that attacked the giant.

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The seventh square is the power lines that Hogarth rescues the giant from.

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The eighth square is the Iron Giant himself. The best part of this square is the eyes. They were crocheted in glow in the dark yarn.

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The banner contains what might be the most important quote from the whole movie, “You are who you choose to be.”

After joining all the squares, I decided to keep the border simple and did 1 row of sc all around followed by a row of dc, chain 1.

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The pattern for this blanket is available for free. Download here.