The big trend that I am seeing everywhere is the With All My Heart Blanket. I belong to a couple of Facebook Crochet Groups (The Crochet Addiction and For the Love of Crochet) and I keep seeing pictures of this blanket show up on my feed. In addition, I’m seeing people posting their WIP of this blanket. It’s really beautiful. I’d like to attempt those interlocking hearts some day, but at the moment my to do list is too long.
The Etsy shop, The HatandI, also includes hats, ear warmers, and bags with the interlocking hearts. I suspect lots of people will be getting this blanket for Valentine’s Day and weddings this year. Keep an eye out for this new trend of the season/year.
My co-worker was expecting earlier this year. So I decided to make her a baby blanket. I didn’t want to make my typical baby blanket that I normally make. I found Zig Zag Puff Stitch Baby Blanket pattern on Pinterest. I decided to use my Maxima yarn by Manos del Uruguay that I bought during Yarnapolooza.
I found this Hufflepuff blanket pattern on Pinterest and I thought it would make a nice house warming gift for my co-worker and his fiance (both Hufflepuffs). The pattern is labelled easy, and well it is easy in that it’s all single crochet (sc) stitch. It also uses super bulky yarn, so I figured it would be quick AND easy. But instead I found it to be confusing and frustrating. This blanket is a royal pain in the ass.
While reading the instructions, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how the color change was occurring between blocks. I thought maybe the yarn was carried through or maybe it cut between blocks? And that would really suck because I hate weaving in ends. But this method just confused me.
I started this blanket several times; I just couldn’t figure it out until I found some online help on Ravelry. I learned on there from other users that did the pattern that you need to keep eight balls of yarn going at the same time in order to change colors for each square. I thought I had a pretty good system devised. I balled all of my yarn and kept them in plastic Ziploc bags that were numbered (2 balls to a bag), so I could flip them over when I turned the pattern. I saw other users used boxes to keep their yarn and other methods. But overall, keeping that many balls of yarn going at once was a mess.
In the end, I think I’ll just pull this all out and make a zig-zag blanket instead. It will be much easier. But I’ll pick this blanket up a little later. Maybe as a wedding gift?