Crochet blankets are among the best things to make. You can just get lost in the stitches and relax. Making a crochet baby blanket is even better, because you know it will go to a brand new baby and that is so special.
This project has been excerpted from Crochet Therapy. This gorgeous new book from Betsan Corkhill is a unique and accessible craft book designed to combine the art of crochet with practical mindfulness techniques to bring moments of calm to your everyday life.
Betsan has provided a daydreaming exercise exercise for you to do before starting the quilt.
- Choose a quiet, safe space to practice this exercise as you crochet. Allow yourself plenty of time for your dreams to develop and inspire.
- As your hands begin their rhythmic work, notice your breath and feel the calmness of this moment infuse your soul. Give yourself permission to daydream.
- Focus on the steady, strong rhythm of your heart and begin to nurture those hidden dreams held within – your heart’s desires.
- Softly begin to explore the aspirations you’ve held there, and as you do so, feel your thoughts gently untether from the demands and problems of the world.
- Allow your dreams to grow and flow. Feel them expand beyond the confines of your body into the space around you. There are no restrictions.
- Take time to enjoy the sensation of thoughts that are completely free from the constraints of your daily routines.
- Notice an emerging sense of excitement as your imagination opens up new doors, fresh possibilities and pathways. Allow yourself the confidence to explore these further.
- As your confidence grows, you will begin to feel strong and able. Be aware of a renewed sense of who you truly are. Discover your inner strength.
- You are a wonderfully unique human being. Focus on your skill and the beautiful work
- you are able to create. Realise your full potential, because you can. Acknowledge
what’s in your heart.
- Drift back to the real world with a desire to live life fully, to make the most of every precious moment. Make the decision to explore and enjoy the wonderful opportunities life has to offer.
Blue Sky Blanket
This project involves a range of techniques. The background is created using half treble crochet throughout and can be made to any size. Worked individually, the clouds are appliquéd in place. Carry materials for the clouds in your bag to create when you are out and about.
You will need
- DK-weight, wool blend yarn 100% wool, (approx. 50 g/1¾ oz; 112 m/122½ yds)
- For a baby blanket size:
MC 10 balls in blue
CC 1 ball in white
- For a crib blanket size:
MC 16 balls in blue
CC 2 balls in white
- For a lap blanket size:
MC 23 balls in blue
CC 3 balls in white
- 4 mm (US G-6) hook
- Yarn needle
- Dressmaker’s pins
- Sewing needle and thread
Before blocking: 16 hdc and 10 rows measure 10 cm (4 in).
After blocking: 14 hdc and 9 rows measure 10 cm (4 in).
- Baby: 90 cm (36 in) square.
- Crib: 112.5 cm (45 in) square.
- Lap: 135 cm (54 in) square.
- If the chain or stitch count differs for each size, the counts are given together, in order of project size as follows: Baby (Crib, Lap).
- The number of Clouds you will need depends on the size of blanket. Start by making 24 Clouds, place them onto the blanket and make more as required.
To make the blanket
Using MC, make 128 (160, 191)ch.
Row 1: 1htr into third ch from hook (counts as 1htr), 1htr into each ch to end, turn.
(126 (158, 189 sts))
Row 2: 2ch, 1htr into base of beg 2ch, 1htr into each st to end, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until blanket is required length.
To make a Cloud Motif
Using CC, make 10ch.
Row 1: 1dc into second ch from hook, 1dc into each ch to end, turn. (9 sts)
Row 2: 1ch, 2dc into next st, 1dc into each st, until 1 st remains, 2dc into last st, turn. (11 sts)
Row 3: miss 1 st, 5htr into next st, 1dc into each of next 5 sts, miss 1 st, work [1htr, 6tr] into next st, miss 1 st, sl st into last st, turn.
Row 4: sl st into each of next 6 sts, miss 2 sts, 7tr into next st, miss 2 sts, sl st into next st.
Block and press the blanket to the required size, being careful not to overstretch the fabric. Block and press the clouds into shape. Weave in all loose ends.
Place the clouds onto the blanket, starting the first row approximately 10 cm (4 in) from the bottom edge and approximately 5 cm (2 in) from the sides. Once you are happy with the positioning, pin and stitch them into place.
Let this project be your key to a new way of thinking; like the sky, free of limitations, open minded, creative, liberating. Explore this new blue-sky thinking and allow it to help you to achieve your dreams.
If you have enjoyed this project, you will love the rest of the book. You can order your copy of Crochet Therapy in store now. Patterns include beautiful crocheted mandalas with zen-like circular designs as well as other simple motifs designed to help engage you in a series of meditative exercises. Alongside these patterns are further mindfulness activities, designed to complement the therapeutic effect of crocheting and boost your health and well-being.