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.

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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!

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: 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. 

A Steampunk Pattern

I took a break from working on my projects and commissioned patterns to make something just because. 
My newest pattern, if any of y’all like steampunk. 

There’s also a robot square and an octopus square that can be substituted. 

Steampunk Pattern

If I ever get time to make something for myself, maybe this will be it. 
(If you ever want a challenge, try graphing gears. Shudder)