Frozen Inspired Crochet Blanket

Making blankety presents for friends is one of my favourite things to do, especially when the recipient is someone you know will appreciate it. You do have to work in stealth though, if they read your blog, which is why you haven’t seen hide nor hair of this blanket before.

I’d wanted to make a blanket for my friend Vic’s daughter Violet for a while but I hadn’t been able to settle on a colour scheme; nothing I came up with felt just right. Until she developed a love of the film “Frozen” that is … then it was easy! Once again, Stylecraft Special dk had all the colours I needed and it was fairly straightforward to match them up to the colours the characters wear in the film. I’ve only seen the first ten minutes or so of the film, I tried watching it with TTB but he just said “no no no!” and ran away. I have used one of the many pictures of the characters on the internet as the basis of the colour here.

The colours (all Stylecraft Special dk) are: Sherbet, Cloud Blue, Magenta, Aspen, Aster, Turquoise and Lavender. It’s worked on a 4mm hook using my Elmer Squares pattern, and joined with Sherbet yarn using this method. I’m sorry but I don’t know exactly how much yarn you’ll need to make it as I didn’t start with full balls of yarn and I haven’t weighed it, but if I had to guess I would say buy one ball of each but probably two of Aster.

I am particularly pleased with the way the border turned out. I did a few things differently this time and they worked out very well. For example, when you look at the back of the blanket and see the colourful seams, I think it needs to have a round of the same colour all the way round the edge to make that look complete. In order to achieve this I did a round of UK half treble (HTR) stitches into the top of every stitch.

Previously when I have worked over the join of two squares (you know what I mean? Like it shows above, the bit where the two squares are joined, and you’re working over it to do the border.), I have done a TR in the first corner hole, and then a decrease straddling both corner holes, and then a TR in the second corner hole. This was to stop it puckering and to try and pull it straight I suppose. This time, I did two HTRs in the first hole, chained two, and then did two HTRs in the second hole. You can see this above. I’m sorry it’s not a completely crystal clear explanation and I’m just including it here for my own reference really, but if you’ve edged blankets like this before then hopefully you’ll know what I mean.

For the next part of the border, I wanted “granny” edging (clusters of 3 TR stitches) but I worked them out of the top of every third stitch instead of out of the spaces. Can you see what I mean? I think it looks really neat and I like the way they line up. I used Aster for two of these rounds, and then Magenta for the third.

The final round of the border was a pointy edging which I stole from here, it’s basically “dc ch2 dc” in every third stitch, and slip stitch along the ones in between. (In the back loops only.) I like to think it looks like icicles!

Overall, I think the border is really pretty.

There we are … the finished blanket. I’m so pleased! I briefly considered crocheting snowflakes and sewing them onto it but I decided not to as the colours looked good on their own.

I gave Violet the blanket on Thursday and she loved it. That makes me very happy :-)

27 thoughts on “Frozen Inspired Crochet Blanket

  1. Paula Buttenshaw says:

    Hello, Heather!
    I have been checking out your blog for quite some time now, but have never commented. I just wanted to say how much I LOVE your crochet work. Your colours are always so beautifully coordinated and your technique/skill is evident in every blanket you create. You are a generous friend- always making things for there little ones. :)

  2. What a great present – no wonder she loved it! I have 3 frozen-obsessed girls (smallest especially), unfortunately I have much the same reaction as TTB when it gets put on! xx

  3. Pah you still have plenty of time to make him think Frozen is awesome! ;) love this blanket, the border is especially pretty, I think you’ve got the colours just right :)

  4. Pah you still have plenty of time to make him think Frozen is awesome! ;) love this blanket, the border is especially pretty, I think you\’ve got the colours just right :)

  5. Pah you still have plenty of time to make him think Frozen is awesome! ;) love this blanket, the border is especially pretty, I think you\\\’ve got the colours just right :)

  6. Sue says:

    Wow as soon as I saw the first photo of this beautiful blanket I noticed the border. I love the border and will take notes ready for me to try out on my next blanket.

    I know nothing about “Frozen” (hmm I need grandchildren LOL ) so can’t comment on the fact that the colours fit in with Frozen. I like the colour combinations.

  7. Mel says:

    I think I must be one of the few people on the planet who hasn’t seen Frozen but I’m loving the colours in the blanket another beautiful creation x x

  8. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this color palette. Not just because it’s Frozen, which is nice enough in itself, but I just love the blues with touches of pink. Great job! You have inspired me to get back to work on my rainbow granny square blanket. I’m using your Elmer Square as well!

  9. They’re exactly right for Frozen colours, you are clever! With two girls in the house, the Frozen DVD has been on more times than you can count – its a lovely film though, so perhaps you should watch it on your own when TTB is sleeping :-) xx

  10. It’s lovely Heather! The colours are really good together, I like that it’s themed too, your friends daughter will love it!

    I’ve never seen Frozen myself but you might be lucky that TTB ran away, I hear parents who have been driven crazy by ‘Let it go’ haha! x

  11. The blanket is really lovely. I see what you mean about the border – where you worked over the place where squares joined. It made a very neat job. I love that final round! Really sets the whole thing off.

  12. Anna-Marie says:

    A stunning blanket and I think it’s the colors that really make it!!!! The border works perfectly!!!! Well done!!!! Another one you can be very proud of!!!!
    Have a happy week!!!
    Love
    AMarie xxx

  13. Margaret says:

    Just finishing the Honey & Roses crochet blanket, thanks for inspiration.
    Am then going to make a Ripple blanket, using your ” Frozen” colours.
    LOVE your colours.

  14. I know I am very late coming to this party but just wanted to say how lovely this blanket is. I was considering making an Elmer type blanket for a little arrival due in April but as I’ve just been told they are expecting a little girl I think these colours are just what is called for. I have ordered the wool this morning and can’t wait for it to arrive. Thanks for sharing your lovely inspirational ideas.

    Mitzi

  15. I know I am very late coming to this party but just wanted to say how lovely this blanket is. I was considering making an Elmer type blanket for a little arrival due in April but as I\’ve just been told they are expecting a little girl I think these colours are just what is called for. I have ordered the wool this morning and can\’t wait for it to arrive. Thanks for sharing your lovely inspirational ideas.

    Mitzi

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