We have a beautiful niece, Maura Jeanne, who loves PINK and is such a delight in our lives.
I've always wanted to crochet a throw for her.
I missed her 21st birthday this year.
So I decided I better get busy so she can have this throw by Christmas.
I knew I wanted it in PINK for her and thought about crocheting a ripple and then I spied this quilt on Pinerest and fell in love with it's colors and pattern.
Maybe I could duplicate the quilt's design and pattern "somehow" with yarn.
I loved the design on Marianne Forrestal's "Crochet Refreshing Throw".
Her free pattern link (here).
It is lacy and lovely in solid shades of Caron Simply Soft yarn.
I used colors of "Watermelon" and "Soft Pink" for the center five squares.
Next I drooled over Jan Eaton's book, "200 Crochet Blocks", looking for designs similar to the quilt's flowered square (third round) and "plus sign" square (fourth round).
The first flowered pattern sample I tried was "Peony" #87.
It was stunning but unfortunately became too large and heavy for my envision throw.
The second design I crocheted was "Framed Flower" #54.
It was just right flower size wise and was lighter in texture and weight.
A pretty good match I think.
I just realized this square is on the cover of Ms. Eaton's book!
I thought Ms. Eaton's "Nine Patch Granny" #61 was cute and similar to the quilt's "plus sign" design square.
I had to experiment in hook sizes to get the right size of square.
I worked up samples using hook sizes H, G, F and E.
I thought "F" would work but it was slightly larger than the Refreshing square.
I think using an "E" hook size will be just right in size to be consistent with the other squares.
So I'm set to start crocheting the pattern for the first four rounds using these three designs.
One pattern is free but you will have to buy Ms. Eaton's book to get the other two.
It won't be fun slip stitching all these little granny squares together but the end result is perfect.
So that's it…so far.
What do you think?
Am I off to a good start?
You can follow along with me on my Ravelry project page too (here).
We got another couple of inches of snow last night.
Bummer…my sewing store cancelled our Embroidery Club for this morning due to the weather.
I'll leave everything packed up just in case the class is rescheduled for this week.
If not, it all goes back down to my craft/sewing room.
I have more sewing to do.
Sad day for me…twenty years ago today my Daddy passed to heaven.
My, how I miss him!