I’ve just finished the beautiful Carnival of Flowers baby blanket and thought it might be nice to write a bit more about the pattern and give you a little review if this is something you’ve added to your favourites on Ravelry.
I know that this is now a paid pattern, but I’ll just say now that it’s definitely worth it! I do like that there is an extension included in the purchase, so if you are wanting to make this blanket as a bedspread, the option is there for you. It’s like two patterns in one, and if you wanted to make the centre as a mandala, I think this would work up beautifully in threads.
As you can see from my colours, I stuck with the original yarn recommendation, which is Stylecraft Special DK in beautifully soft pastels. You can get the yarn pack from Deramores here or, if you prefer to choose your own colours, or want to make the bigger blanket, you’ll need 6 colours. I don’t use much acrylic yarn, but Stylecraft is nice and soft and works up nicely.
You start the blanket by making the mandala in parts one and two, and then turn this into a circle in parts three and four, before squaring it up in part five. The shape changes throughout parts six, seven and eight and then the final border really pulls the colours together.
The pattern was originally worked as a crochet-along and you can easily get one part done in a week, and the first few parts even quicker than that. The part I enjoyed was that each round was different and I learnt a lot about working in the third loop which hides your carried yarn perfectly and avoids any long chains.
This pattern does look like it would be quite advanced, but as it is written so clearly, I think beginners would be able to tackle it and just take things one row at a time. There aren’t any particularly difficult stitches, but you do need to recognise stitch anatomy to work the third loop well. Helen Shrimpton has a useful video about this on YouTube and if you are looking for a specific video about working the third loop, then Tamara from Moogly has this video which is helpful. Apart from that, if you can handle US trebles and popcorn stitches, then you can do this!
If you want to have a look at more examples of this blanket and mandala, some useful hashtags are #carnivalofflowersmandala #cofblanket #cofmandala #buttonnosecrochet #carnivalofflowerscal and #cofcal
Be sure to use these if you do start this project so we can all see how you are getting on.
Until next time,