This sounds a bit of a cliché, but creating a special, unique and personal gift is something that I love to do. There is a young special person in our lives, and I wanted to make her a gift which she would know was made just for her. Although the “perfect” idea did not come to me easily, and I did a lot of searching on-line, I think in the end that I found exactly what I was looking for. 🙂
This is my crochet “butterfly blanket”! The butterflies are crocheted and are part of the blanket (not appliqué). But I discovered that although the butterflies were so cute when I made them, the wings were curling up and then they just looked like bunches of yarn. Perhaps if I blocked them they would stay in place, but instead of doing that, I decided they would look nice embellished with sequins and beads.
Yes, sequins and beads … on every. single. butterfly. … and there are fifty-five butterflies! I have to admit though, that I really enjoyed this part. I mixed and matched colors and somehow it all came together in a fun way.
As for the colors, lavender, light pink and light blue are the favorite colors of our special little person. Those colors were the main focus of the blanket, with yellow and raspberry thrown in to add that splash of color. I used my favorite yarn, which is Caron simply soft. They have an amazing range of colors!
I have to admit that although I used a pattern to create the butterflies, there is no “overall” pattern. (You can see the free on-line MyPicot butterfly pattern here.) If I were to make this one again, I would definitely do more “before we start” planning. The complete randomness of the butterflies is O.K. by me, but for my daughter who is mathematically minded, it is very unsettling!
Borders of blankets can be tricky. I played around with this aspect of the blanket, too. I used the “bangles” pattern from Nicky Epstein’s “Crocheting on the edge” book. The blanket took on completely different looks with each round of color that I added! But when I completed the blue round, I felt it looked complete. Phew! I finished it the day before our special someone’s First Holy Communion!
Thankfully, she smiled when she opened her gift. (double phew!!)
That’s three blankets in over eight months (I’m a slow crocheter), so now it is time for me to take a tiny break – at least from making blankets!
You will now find me in the garden on a more regular basis 🙂