I’m normally very good with completing projects, but I do sometimes have a project on the side that takes months to complete. This blanket, in particular, was started around 3 – 4 years ago. I’ve completed about a third of the length, then life happened, and I sort of forgot about working on it, but I’ve also been so busy with creating new designs for Jaarn and running the business, that it fell by the wayside completely.
I took it out of hibernation last weekend, as I really want to finish it before the coming winter. We’re planning on doing a complete (and very long overdue) renovation of our bedroom and this piece will fit in perfectly with the new aesthetic I’m going for.
Before we dive into the pattern, here are a couple of hints and tips that may help you on your way to creating your own jaarnie floral masterpiece:
- Don’t hesitate to mix yarn thicknesses and different yarn bases. My motifs up to now include everything from lace to chunky yarn. In terms of bases; I have used everything including cotton, cotton/blends, mohair, merino, bamboo, kidsilk, some pure silk from Japan, alpaca etc. The piece that I have completed to date and have been using as a throw in the lounge, have been washed many, many times over the last four years, and the use of different bases and thicknesses have not compromised the motifs at all. Just remember to wash your blanket on a cold wash, to accommodate all the different fibres. (and no tumble drying!)
- Decide on a hook size and keep it consistent throughout the project. I decided on a 4.50mm as I’m able to use it for anything from lace – chunky, without the hook size being too uncomfortable. This will largely depend on your own preference, so use what is most comfortable to you.
- On motifs where you are using very thick yarn, you can substitute the 3trtog of the last round with 2trtog.
- Weave in the ends as you go. Your future self will thank you.
- Each motif uses less than 5g of yarn, with the first round using even less.
So lets get going!
I’m using UK terminology throughout, but here is the quick ‘translation guide’: (UK, then US, then Afrikaans)
3trtog – three trebles together / dc3tog / 3lbtes
2trtog – two trebles together / dc2tog / 2lbtes
Start by making a magic circle. This works best for this kind of project as you want the inner circle to be closed really tight. If you don’t know how to do it, check out this video.
First round: Ch2, 2trtog (this counts as the first 3trtog), ch1, (3trtog, ch1) 5 times, close with a slst in the first st. You should have 6 clusters, with 1ch between each of them. Fasten off.
Second round: Join yarn in any 1chsp and work ch2, 2trtog (count as 3trtog), ch2, 3trtog in the same sp, ch1, then *(3trtog, ch2, 3trtog) in the next 1chsp, ch1*, rep from * in each 1chsp around, close with a slst in the first 3trtog.
Voila, your first motif is done!
Joining subsequent motifs:
The motifs are joined to other motifs in the second round, using slsts. When you’re joining, make sure that your groups of (3trtog, ch1, 3trtog) line up with its neighbour, The join is made by working a 3trtog, then ch1, slst in the mirror-space of the neighbour motif, then ch1, and work another 3trtog. The join between the 3tr-groupings are made with ch1, slst into the 1chsp of the neighbour’s 1chsp, then work another 1ch before continuing with your (3trtog, ch1, 3trtog). The above photo shows the places where the joins are made, and the photo below shows what it should look like once your blanket has grown a bit:
The joins are basically made wherever you have a ch by working a ch, slst, then another ch. Just make sure that your motifs match up, so where you have a (3trtog, ch1, 3trtog) that it sits next to the same of the neighbouring motif.
Hope you enjoy making your blanket and be sure to tag us in your posts!