It’s finished! This crochet blanket has been a labour of love! Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have already read the story of this blanket. Or rather, the story of how I almost got detained at a UAE Airport over a blanket.
Sit down for #storytime! I started working on this blanket right at the end of last year and brought it with me on Christmas holiday to the Middle East on the plane. Worked on it off and on during the holiday and I wanted to take it with me as carry-on luggage on the plane back home. Upon scanning the bag with the blanket it was flagged. I wasn’t worried because there also was a little pair of scissors in there, but I could bring it on the flight in so I figured I could also take it on the flight out. If only the scissors were the problem 😂 Apparently, when flying back from the Middle East to Amsterdam, there’s no rope allowed on the plane. The customs lady kept pointing at a nicely laminated A4 sheet which indeed said so. I tried to make a case that Scheepjes Whirl really isn’t comparable to thick rope, but I could have been talking to a wall just as well. They really wanted to throw my blanket away 😱😱
At that point I really freaked out and became quite protective of my blanket, and snatched it out of the custom lady’s hands to prevent her from throwing it out. A very scary looking guy came checking out all the commotion, I really thought I had just caused my ticket home to be revoked 😳. He was really nice though and took one look at the bag, asked me where I was going and said I could take it with me. Just like that! Problem solved. So that’s how much I care about this blanket. Enough to be thrown into a Middle Eastern holding cell 😂. Oh yeah, still need to finish the last few flowers! #Crochet #haken #ganchillo #Scheepjes #ScheepjesWhirl #craftastherapy #colourexplosion #technicolourcrafters #colorcompanion #obsessedwithcrochet #haakverslaafd #rainbow #haakmaarraak
Quite the story huh? But that doesn’t matter now because the blanket is finally finished. I admit that there has been some delay in finishing this blanket because I was preparing for other exciting events this year (The Be Inspired Tour in South Africa!), but that’s all done now!
Flower Shower blanket
Doesn’t the rainbow of colours make you happy? The Flower Shower Blanket is perfect for who likes a cheerful and creative project. Each little flower is bursting with colours, changing as-you-go. You don’t have to think about the colours though, the yarn does all the hard work for you.
The blanket measures 100 x 75cm (40 x 29.5in) but it’s easy to change the size of the blanket.
The blanket consists of puffy little flowers that are joined as-you-go. Because of the gradient, gauge and tension are quite important as you don’t want to end up with more or fewer motifs and thus a wider or smaller blanket. However, if you don’t want to be bothered by checking your gauge there are ways around this. I’ve mentioned them in the pattern. The pattern is perfect for adventurous beginners or intermediate crocheters. The ‘featured’ stitch in this pattern is the popcorn stitch, which creates a beautiful puffy flower. It’s one of my favourite stitches!
The pattern is made using 1 ball of Scheepjes Whirl and 6 balls of Scheepjes Cotton 8 (or 3 balls of Scheepjes Whirlette). Back when I started this blanket, There was no white Whirlette available. Over the course of this year a white Whirlette was released and I toyed with the idea of starting over. In the end, I decided to stick with the Cotton 8. However, you can easily substitute the Cotton 8 for Whirlette. I’ve swatched both yarns and there is barely any difference in size. All the yarn you need is mentioned in the pattern.
Where to get the yarns?
You will need Scheepjes Whirl and Cotton 8 (or Whirlette) for the pattern. You can get the yarns at your local Scheepjes retailer. If you don’t have a retailer nearby, you might want to consider purchasing your yarn through one of my affiliate links so I earn a small commission:
- Woolwarehouse (UK webshop, ships worldwide)
- Deramores (UK webshop, ships worldwide)
- LoveKnitting (US webshop)
- Caro’s Atelier (NL webshop)
Yummy yummy rainbows, I love them! If you like to purchase the pattern, just click the ‘add to cart’ link below’ or click here to go to my shop. Enjoy!