Finally Finished: Tea Party Blanket

I’ve been teasing you with sneak peeks of this blanket for A Long Time. My blog informs me that I first showed this to you in August, which does seem to be early for thinking about Christmas presents but honestly, when you make things for presents, you do need to start thinking and making early.

There are a lot of “white with coloured circles” blankets around in blogland at the moment and they’re so lovely. That’s certainly where the inspiration came for this one, and I used my go-to granny square pattern from HERE to make the squares. The yarn was Stylecraft Special dk in the following colours and combinations:

Fondant and Pomegranate

Saffron and Shrimp (I also reversed this one and used Shrimp in the centre and Saffron as the outer round.)

Spring Green and Aspen

Sherbet and Turquoise

Magenta and Plum

Lavender and Violet

(Cream is the main colour)

I think that by having the lighter colour as the centre and the darker “version” of the same sort of colour as the outer round, they look like jewels.

I made all of the circles first; there are 7 of each colour combination. I spent ages arranging them into an order that I was happy with and then added the white rounds and joined-as-I-went with them.

The border was two rounds of cream worked into the back loops only. I made this in the same way as I make my Solid Granny Squares (I need to re-write the tutorial for this as I make them differently now and they work out better.) by making a treble stitch in the top of each stitch, and then a cluster of 2TRs, chain 3, 2TRs to make each corner.

Working in the back loops only gives that nice ridge but it’s really time consuming to do so I went back to working in both loops for the rest of the border. I had intended to do a border of each colour combination separated by a round of Cream but it got far too big too quickly and I stopped after four colour combinations.

I really love the way corners go when you make big squares like this. I also have to say that Stylecraft, when it is crocheted in rounds of treble stitches like this when you get all the fronts of the stitches facing the same way is LOVELY. It’s so soft, even more so than when it’s in a ripple, in my opinion.

So, finished blanket time? Here we go!

I like it a lot.

It was made for Rosie (remember her?) as a little blanket to sit on for tea parties. You see, last time she visited she was bought a little tin tea set and I thought that you definitely need a picnic blanket for a tea party. And now she does, lovely :-)

29 thoughts on “Finally Finished: Tea Party Blanket

  1. Aw what a gorgeous little blanket! I totally love it.
    I’m still tossing up what kind of blanket to make with my wool I bought on my travels up here and I’m leaning towards a ripple. Oh my it is so hard to decide when I don’t often purchase wool in bulk, but I do believe it will be. Just thought you might like to know! Ripple queen!

  2. Oh, Wow! I love it. The squares…the edging. It’s just gorgeous. I don’t know if it’s just me…but sometimes an afghan looks really pretty close up, but then doesn’t quite work for me in the distance shots. This absolutely works!!! It’s yummy.

    Happy New Year!!!!

  3. The best thing about this blanket? That wonderfully lovely border! <3 The colors are so so pretty. The perfect blanket to close the year with :)
    xo,
    wink

  4. Heather,
    The blanket turned out beautiful. Such lovely colors. Rosie is so lucky to have this wonderful blanket for her tea parties!!!

    Hugs,
    René

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  6. This is the beautiful blanket that inspired me to learn to crochet over the new year. Having been bitten by the crochet bug I’ve completed a small blanket for my daughters dolls, and now having tried your tutorial for cicles in squares I’m going try my own version of this, just one question did you need to block the squares before joining them, or was crocheting them together enough to shape them? I love your website and your work, can’t wait to see your 2012 projects take shape x

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  8. Hi.
    Only yesterday – by chance – I stumbled across your amazing blog and I have fallen head over heels in love with your work.
    This blanket is truly amazing – I absolutely love the colours and the border is the famous “dot across the i”.
    As I am new, I don’t quite know how it works – is it possible to find the pattern for this amazing blanket somewhere?
    Sincerely

    Mette (from Denmark)

  9. Hi.
    Only yesterday – by chance – I stumbled across your amazing blog and I have fallen head over heels in love with your work.
    This blanket is truly amazing – I absolutely love the colours and the border is the famous \"dot across the i\".
    As I am new, I don\’t quite know how it works – is it possible to find the pattern for this amazing blanket somewhere?
    Sincerely

    Mette (from Denmark)

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