I have decided that I want to keep a blogging journal of all the crochet, knit and othe yarn crafting patterns and projects I comeplete this year. I have a goal to make a crochet blanket for each member of my husband’s immediate family and my immediate family, as well as one for the hubby, and each of the kiddos.

That is a lot to try and accomplish in a year, when you take into account that we are talking about 16 – 17 blankets. My amazing hubby has 7 siblings and both his parents, so just trying to accomplish one for each them may be all I get through this year.

Getting Started

I just started out the year working on a blanket for my absolutely, undenably wonderful Mother-in-law. I have looked up to this woman for the last 17 years, she is everything I could ever hope to be as a mother, wife, friend, and woman. This last fall she had a massive stroke that has completely flipped the family’s world upside down, but she is a warrior and she has pushed through and ammazed us all.

I wanted to make her a blanket she would be proud to use at the rehab center, but something that would keep her warm and remind her that we are thinking about her and love her. I combined two patterns and added a few little twists of my own, to achieve the weight, feel and beauty I was wanting.

The Patterns

I used two different patterns for this blanket, one for the body and a separate one for the border. I have been enjoying working on filet crochet type projects lately, and it led me to this stunning pattern by Pia Thadani of Stitches and scraps, called the Gold Coast Lapghan. It’s available for free on her blog and it is also available for download at Ravelry for a small price.

The border she uses is beautiful, but I wanted to put a pretty lacey border on my M-I-L’s blanket. I ended up choosing a border pattern that I have used previously and loved; it’s the border for the All Shawl by Doris Chan. This border always turns out beautifully for me and is often requested by many members of my family. I found the All Shawl pattern by Doris Chan on Ravelry and DesigningVashti.com.

The Backing

I wanted this blanket to have a little extra weight to it, and I also wanted it to be extra warm a cozy, so she can feel our love everytime she uses it. (Does anyone else like super warm, kinda heavy blankets?) To achieve this, I backed the blanket with some really soft, warm fleece material I found on sale at Joann’s.

Gold Coast Lapghan Pattern by Stitches and scraps

Now, to be honest I can be pretty lazy sometimes, so when I discovered that you can a special skip rotary blade to cut hole in fabric so you can crochet directly onto fabric I was beyond excited. I found one at Joann’s when I got the fleece to back the blanket. Things didn’t exactly go the way I hoped.

I tested the skip blade out on some scrap fabric, after I cut out the back panel for the blanket. I found out that the skip blade spaced the holes a little too wide, I had one hole for every other stitch. I fixed this by going over each side twice, once to place them every other stitch and then again adjusting it so the holes were placed evenly between the previous holes. (did that even make sense? I think did…)After solving the small problem with the spacing of the holes, I lined up the fabric and the blanket body and single crocheted around the entire blanket attaching the fabric backing as I went.

The Border

The last twist I added to this blanket, was a new one and one I will be doing again. I like a blanket with a thick and pretty border when I go to use those blankets I always end up wishing that one side didn’t have a pretty wide border, because I don’t like having it around my face. I have found that I am not the only one that feels this way, a lot of people in my family do as well.

Gold Coast Lapghan pattern by Stitches and Scraps

So, for this reason, I put the wide lacey border from the All Shawl around 3 sides of the blanket, leaving one of the shorter sides undone. After I had finished adding the All Shawl border, I single crochet one row across the unfinished side including the edges of the All Shawl border on each side. I wanted this border edge to be close to equal in width to the All Shawl border on the other three sides and ended up with 12 rows of single crochet on that side, not including the first single crochet round to attach the fabric backing.

Final Thoughts

I LOVE how this blanket came out, and I have requested for the same blanket in different colors for my Aunt so I will definitly be mkaing this again. I hope that my M-I-L will love this blanket as much as I hope she will. We will be going to visit her and brign her her new blanket this comign weekend and I can’t wait!

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