Now that all the swap squares are finished, I’ve picked back up the Mixed Stitch Stripey Blanket. This is such a fun pattern, and part of the fun is that I’m only halfway following the pattern. The rest of it I’m just making up as I go along. For some reason, that feels very freeing after spending the past month following step after step making the swap squares.
The Mixed Stitch Stripey Blanket pattern is free online. It’s photo-heavy, but it basically takes a bunch of sampler stitches and puts them together in a pattern. Now, you can tell that there was a lot of thought put into the pattern, whereas I’m just kind of going off the seat of my pants, but I am including, and plan to include, all parts of the pattern as well (just spread throughout so there’s no repetition).
I’m keeping careful track of all my progress on my Ravelry project page so if you’re looking at a particular stripe or anything, it’s all carefully noted. My afghan is much bigger – 200 stitches across. With an H/5mm hook, that makes it a little over 5’ across. I’m planning on continuing until the length is around 6’. The colors, all Vanna’s Choice – I just love the combination together. My inspiration for this photo was actually a pillowcase that I picked up at Target a few years ago. That mauve (or antique rose) has grown to be one of my favorite colors; that with the warmer shades of green, like the olive and pea green, are also making up the Bobbly Flower Hexagons that I started working on (because yes, I have crochet ADD and can’t just work on one thing at a time!). That’s another free pattern that you can download via Ravelry.
Since the weather is warming up again today (can you believe that it was in the low 40s all weekend? Seriously, I had the heat turned back on! In May), the sun is calling for me to pack up the boys and take them outside to play. I think today calls for lots of basking in the sunshine and working on this afghan. Have a bright and sunny Monday!
~ Mellie ★