A lot of people have asked me about the stitch sampler crochet blanket you see at the top of my website and across my social media channels. So today I am going to talk a little bit about the blanket as well as why I have it on my website.
Making this blanket back in 2017 is actually what led me to my current design life. This blanket was a Crochet a Long that started in May 2017 by designer Sapphire Cameron of SpitSpot Crochet.
I learned to crochet 40 years ago and I have crocheted pretty consistently throughout those years. However, I didn’t really start crocheting all the time until the grandkids were born. And generally that ended up being baby blankets and a few Christmas presents every year. And never anything that I had designed! In fact, I had never ever designed my own pattern. I had always worked from someone else’s patterns!
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When I first saw this blanket on Facebook I fell in love! I feel like this blanket represented to me all the things that crochet was yet I hadn’t personally experienced. With some amazing and unique stitches that I hadn’t seen before it made me happy just looking at it! I had never participated in a Crochet a Long before and I was very intrigued by the idea of crocheting along with others and waiting for the pattern parts to get released!
I remember anxiously awaiting each pattern part — sometimes checking the website multiple times in a day to see if it was there yet! And then starting on it immediately after work wanting to see the next part start to come to life!
I had never crocheted anything that didn’t already have a destination in mind. This blanket wasn’t meant as a gift or intended for any recipient — I was making it simply for the joy of making! What a novel concept for me!
I will never forget how I felt when I completed the blanket — it felt like there was a piece of me in that blanket. As if the joy from making it had transferred to the blanket and when I looked at it it was reflected back to me! I don’t truly understand it and it may sound strange to some. However, I think a lot of you makers can relate!
I felt like there was more to the story — as if now that I had experienced such a feeling I needed to find a way to replicate it. I started to think about designing patterns on my own. How would that feel? Was I even capable of it? That was the big question in my mind. I had been wanting to start a blog and felt this may be the time to further explore the possibilities.
Without any plan or really much forethought I just jumped in to designing my first pattern. The Retro Duster Vest was my very first design and I published it on my blog as a free pattern at the beginning of August 2017. Just a couple months after I had completed the blanket!
Looking back on it I didn’t do any of the things that are recommended when starting a blog — I just jumped over the cliff! What a ride it has been! I have been so blessed by this journey. I am currently doing this full time from home now so I am able to spend more time with my family and I couldn’t be happier!
And it all started with this blanket — a blanket I didn’t even design! So I have this blanket always as a reminder of that feeling I first had. As a reminder that even small nudges from unexpected places can wind up with amazing destinations!
I am so very excited to announce that I am currently designing my very own stitch sampler blanket which will be released as a Crochet a Long in September! Follow me on Facebook or Instagram to get more details as we get closer! UPDATE: The Autumn Rhapsody Blanket has now been released in its entirety and is now available as a free pattern on my website! You can find all the details HERE.
Details about the Summer Love pattern and my yarn choices
The pattern was originally available as a free pattern on SpitSpot Crochet’s website or as a free Ravelry download. However, currently it is only available as a paid pattern by the designer available here. I am not receiving any commission for any purchases. Since so many of you love this blanket I wanted to share how you can make your own if you desire!
I get asked what yarn I used as well and I primarily used yarn I already had on hand and a rather eclectic mix at that! Most of the blanket is Mary Maxim DK weight yarn Mellowspun. However, I threw in some I Love this Yarn! Sport weight* in red for that bright pop of color. And the green around the sunflowers was a random ball of bamboo yarn I had. I really wasn’t expecting that anyone would ever see this blanket and ask which yarns I had used. I just found colors that made me happy and that I already had on hand so it was a great stash buster!
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