Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: May

Star Trek crocheted blanket
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

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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.

 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: February 

I finally bit the bullet and finally finished February’s blanket. I couldn’t have March’s blanket done first now. That just wouldn’t be right. 


February’s blanket was actually the first blanket that I started this year but the second finished. I started mid January then took a break to make the Ravenclaw blanket in January. So the Ravenclaw blanket got finished first. Then I needed a break from my last square so I started March’s blanket. Well it’s getting toward the end of March so I figured I’d better go back and finish February’s blanket. 

This blanket was crocheted in mini c2c. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Each small square takes about 4 hours if you don’t have interruptions like children or a dog. I have both. The large square is equal to 4 small squares. So it should take 16 hours. I wish! It took a bit longer. Finishing the Hogwarts crest felt like a big accomplishment. 

This is the blanket that started my quest to make twelve blankets in twelve months. I saw the pattern on www.twoheartscrochet.com and fell in love. If you’d like to make your own Harry Potter blanket, go visit their wonderful website. 

I love how the blanket came out. It will be hard not to drag it with me to Florida and take pictures with it all over Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure on my next trip. I could get the coolest pictures on the Hogwarts Express. 

My husband was awesome and spent yesterday weaving in tails I missed. I’d also like to thank the baristas at my local Starbucks for being so encouraging. They have been so excited to see my progress on this blanket and kept me supplied with caffeine to keep working. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: February Update

I broke down and finally finished the last square for February’s blanket. I’ll assemble it tomorrow. I figured that I should probably finish February before March and I’m almost done with March. 

(I just have to crochet the banner and attach it to March. I’ve already assembled everything else on March.)
Something about this square took what felt like forever.

The pattern for February’s Harry Potter blanket is available at www.twoheartscrochet.com

I wonder how I should celebrate finishing my second Harry Potter themed blanket. I think I’ll celebrate by going to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade and get myself a butterbeer. 

Today’s Crochet Tip: Borders

Sometimes you make something and you look at it and it’s just meh. There is a simple solution to this. Put a border on it. Borders can really make a so-so project spectacular. 

Here is a square from March’s blanket before. 


Now here’s the same square after I started bordering it. 


Now it really pops. 

These squares are actually getting borders to make them easier to join but they demonstrate how even a single row of sc in a contrasting color can set things off. Imagine the possibilities with a more complex border. They are limitless and can take a blanket from boring to breathtaking. By the time you finish a blanket you have put so much of yourself into it. You owe it to yourself to spend one last hour staring at a project you might now be sick off. In the end it will be worth it. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months

I’m going to be crocheting twelve blankets in the next twelve months. Coincidentally I have twelve people in my life that I need holiday gifts for. I started a little bit late. My first blanket was started in mid January. I finished it February 2.

This was my very first C2C crocheted blanket. I hadn’t even crocheted until December for about two decades! The pattern came from Two Hearts Crochet. It is a Ravenclaw House blanket from Harry Potter. In the books, Ravenclaw colors are blue and bronze. In the movies, the colors are blue and grey. I chose blue and grey to match a Ravenclaw scarf belonging to the recipient. It also didn’t hurt that I had blue and grey yarn sitting around the house.