I know it is summer but I love working with Bernat Blanket yarn. I finished this afghan made from Pumpkin Spice. The pattern is free from by Jess Coppom. It is called The Snow Drifter Chunky blanket. You can find it here on the Make & Do Crew webiste.
She gives you guidance on how to make various sizes of blankets. I made one a little bigger than the pattern. I started with ch 112. I ended up using 4 skeins and continued in length until I used up 4 skeins. It turned out to be a nice size. The pattern is easy to follow and works up fast.
Last summer I signed up for a crochet cruise. I was so excited to find this trip. Every once in awhile I would google crochet trips and there isn’t much out there. The Crochet Crowd does these cruises a few times a year. I signed up to go to Alaska. It is hard to commit to a trip like this a year in advance but I am so glad I did. The Crochet Crowd has a website dedicated to the cruises. You can find it here.
I had so much fun. The scenery in Alaska is breathtaking. I did some fun excursions at each stop. BUT back to the crocheting. I have only done one crochet cruise. This is how this one was laid out.
Friday is the day we left. In the afternoon we met and got our goody bags. JoAnn Fabrics sponsors the cruise. We do pay an activity fee that covers the cost of the room and some of the items we get. You can see from the above pictures we got a JoAnn bag (that zipped!) full of items and a red bag that had the crochet cruise logo for the Alaska trip on it – also filled! Below is a picture of what I came home with. I traded the Caron Simply Soft skeins for more Bernat Home Dec and Outdoor Home Dec. I also won a yarn umbrella that I am trying to figure out how to set up.
On Friday evening, we exchanged our squares. We had homework before arriving on the ship. We were to make 4 c2c squares. I hadn’t done these before so I was glad to have a reason to try them. I really like them and they work up fast. I did two with striping yarn and two graphs. The graphs look nice when finished but are a pain to make with all the yarn attached. I did find I needed to count after each row to make sure I didn’t get off. Caron One Pound was provided as community yarn. I used gray and light blue. I bordered each square and then joined them and added more of a border. JoAnn provided fleece for us to back our afghans. I had never done this before and really like the technique. Mikey from The Crochet Crowd has some good video tutorials on YouTube for this. By the end of the cruise we had close to 200 blankets completed for charity. The one I did has my one square (the black/gray one) and the rest is from the community.
The other week I was able to test this pattern for a bunny lovey. I used Red Heart worsted weight yarn for the bunny and some mill-end yarn I had on hand for the blanket. The pattern is free and by Victoria Stewart. Her business is called “Once Upon a Hook.” I really like her designs and am excited to become a tester for her designs. I love crocheting and have a passion for well-written patterns. I have no desire to design so I like being able to contribute as a tester. You can find her pattern here. You will not be disappointed with her patterns. They are well-written with really good pictures. You can check out her other patterns on ravelry here.
This is the second year I have participated in the Bernat Blanket Mystery CAL put on by JoAnn Fabrics and The Crochet Crowd. It was kind of a boring, simple pattern last year. but this year it was fun. There was a lot of variety in the stitches. There was surface crochet, basket weave, Jacob’s Ladder. . . My favorite is Jacob’s Ladder. For those unfamiliar with it, it is the braid in the gray stripe. It is fun to make and adds so much to the blanket. I still need to block this blanket. You started in the center with a circle and then you crochet to make it a square. I ended up making the square a little tight so it is buckling. The blocking will help it to lay flat. Since it is made out of blanket yarn and tight stitches, the blanket is very heavy and warm despite not being a huge blanket. It was a lot of fun to do.