JoAnn’s craft store sent us Bernat Freesia to try out and make a fall throw. This is a new line of yarn they are carrying available in stores and online from Yarnspirations.com. It was really much easier to work with than I expected.
Usually, yarn that has so much texture is tricky to undo or “frog” when I make mistakes. Surprisingly, I was able to pull my stitches out quite easily.
I used the wide HDC so that I wouldn’t have to work into the tops of stitches. See the graphic below if you don’t know what a wide HDC is:
Bernat Freesia mostly reminded me of a boucle texture. It has a bit of wool in it, but it is not scratchy. Here’s some more yarn specs:
I also think they have some more beautiful colors to work with:
The colors sent to me were Pomegranate and Pink Dusk. They sent me more of the Pomegranate than the Pink Dusk so I had to get a bit creative in how I would use it. (Personally, I think I would like this throw better done with the Pink Dusk as the main color and Pomegranate as the stripes.)
Overall though, it’s a great throw that worked up super fast and easy. Annie can’t wait to cuddle up with it this fall!
Bernat Freesia (225 g/7.9 oz, 282 m/309 yds)
4 skeins Pomegranate, 2 skeins Pink Dusk
Size K/6.5 mm hook, size J/6mm hook, scissors, tapestry needle
Finished size 40 in x 60 in
Half Double Crochet (HDC): Yarn over (YO), insert your hook and pull up a loop, YO, pull through all three loops on hook.
Wide Half Double Crochet (WHDC): YO, insert your hook between stitch posts, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through three loops.
Double Crochet (DC): YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through remaining two loops.
Wide Double Crochet (wide DC): YO, insert your hook between stitch posts, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through remaining two loops.
Chain 117 with Pomegranate and the K size hook. (If you only have the J hook, chain loosely.)
Change to the J hook.
ROW 1: Work 1 HDC in the third chain from the hook. Work 1 HDC in each of the remaining chains across the row. Chain 2 and turn. (115)
ROW 2: Work 1 WHDC in the first space of the row which is in between the stitches. Work WHDC in each space across the row ending the last stitch in between the last stitch and the turning chain. Chain 2 and turn.
ROWS 3 and 4: Repeat row 2. On the last stitch of row 4, pull through with Pink Dusk. Chain 2 and turn.
Tip: to make changing colors along the striped rows, crochet over the Pomegranate and carry it along the row with you.
Row 5: Work 1 WHDC in each of the next 40 spaces in Pink Dusk. Change color, work remaining 75 spaces in Pomegranate. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 6: Work 1 WHDC in each of the next 75 spaces, change color and work remaining 40 in Pink Dusk. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 7: Work 1 WHDC in each of the next 40 spaces, change color and work remaining spaces in Pomegranate. chain 2 and turn. (You may cut the Pink Dusk after done making the stripe.)
Rows 8, 9 and 10: Work WHDC in Pomegranate in each space (115).
Tip: crochet over the ends of the yarn that you cut in order to save time weaving them in at the end of the blanket.
For the remaining blanket, add 5 stitches of Pink Dusk to each stripe until you reach 80 stitches of Pink Dusk and 35 stitches of Pomegranate. Then begin decreasing the stripes by 5 stitches. You will always work 3 rows of all Pomegranate in between the 3 rows of the stripes. End the blanket when you have 20 stitches of Pink Dusk and 95 stitches of Pomegranate.
Work 4 rows of WHDC in Pomegranate.
Round 1: Work wide DC into each space around the blanket and 3 DC into each corner space. Join with a slip stitch to the starting DC, chain 2 and turn.
Round 2: Work WHDC into each space around the blanket and work 2 WHDC in between each post of the 3 DC that make up the corner. Join with a slip stitch to the starting HDC, chain 2 and turn.
Round 3: Work WHDC into each space around the blanket and work 3 HDC in between the sets of 2 HDC for the corners in the previous round.
Rounds 4 and 5: Repeat the instructions in rounds 2 and 3.
On the last round, join with a slip stitch to the starting stitch, tie off and weave in the ends.
I hope you enjoy working with Bernat Freesia as much as I did! I really think the texture will lend itself well for pillows too!
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