I’ve made a daisy blanket for our very own book and I couldn’t be more excited to share this project with you!
I’ve always had a dream to publish a children’s picture book and luckily I have a very talented sister who is an artist and helped me make my dream a reality.
Our book is called “Daisy’s Grandma Loves to Crochet” and celebrates every one of you who make crocheted items for those you love. I think you’ll recognize a lot of Daisy Farm blankets represented in the illustrations.
Let me get to the pattern first though, and then I’ll show more pictures of the book toward the end of the post.
This daisy is designed by me using one of the illustrations in the book. I took a picture of the daisy then uploaded it on stitchfiddle.com where I then was able to make it into a graph. You can download the graph by clicking here or on the image below.
approximately 30 x 30 inches
(This is a 3 weight yarn and I used two strands of each color together to double up the weight. You also could substitute this yarn for a chunky yarn if you don’t want to wind the yarn into balls.)
6 skeins Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel (click to be taken to the Yarnspirations website for yarn details)
Size K-6.5mm crochet hook, tapestry needle, scissors, plastic baggies and approximately 5-7 chip clips, or clothes pins.
4 inches = 12 herringbone half stitches and 10 rows
Herringbone Half Double Crochet (HHDC): Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over and pull a loop back through and continue pulling through first loop on the hook. Yarn over, pull a loop through the remaining 2 loops on the hook.
Begin by combining two strands of the same color of yarn into baseball size balls. Start with 2 balls of flannel and 4 white and 1 gold. You can make more later and as the blanket grows. You’ll also want to gather plastic baggies and chip clips to help you keep the yarn organized throughout the color changing rows. I am using a “bobbin” technique instead of carrying yarn through the rows.
Print the graph.
Chain 82 with flannel.
Work row 1 referring to the bottom right-hand corner of graph, and working right to left. Begin in the 3rd chain from the hook with 1 herringbone half double crochet (HHDC.) Work 1 herringbone half double crochet into each stitch across. (80) Chain 1 and turn.
Work row 2 referring to the bottom left-hand corner of the graph, and working left to right. Work 1 HHDC in each stitch across the row. Chain 1 and turn. (80 stitches, do not work into the starting ch 2.)
Tip: The odd number rows will be worked looking at the graph from right to left, the even number rows will be worked looking at the graph from left to right.
Continue following the graph working each row using the herringbone half double crochet.
For color changes: pull through with new color on the last step of the stitch. Place the ball of yarn no longer in use into a baggie and clip it onto the blanket. This will make turning the blanket much easier.
Weave in all ends before beginning the border. Pull up a loop in any corner and work one round of single crochet in each stitch and evenly down each side of the blanket, working 3 single crochet into each corner. Join with a slip stitch to starting single crochet.
Round 2: Chain 2. Continue on in the same direction working double crochet into each SC around, working 3 DC into each corner.
Round 3: When you reach the corner you started with, work the 3 DCs into the corner, then go around the blanket again, this time alternating front and back post double crochet. A front post DC means you insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next DC and work your DC. A back post DC means you insert your hook from the back to the front and work a DC.
When you get to the corners of this round, you will want to continue the pattern of alternating front and back post double crochet, but you will work three stitches around the corner post.
So, for example, if you get to the corner post and you are supposed to work a front post DC, then work a front post DC, a back post DC, and a front post DC all around that corner post. Then in the next stitch you would continue the alternating pattern, working the opposite of whichever stitch you just used (in this example, you would work a back post DC).
Just remember that you are always alternating front and back post double crochet around the whole blanket, you just happen to be working three of those stitches around the same post when you are working the corners.
Round 4: Repeat round 3. Continue in the same direction with alternating front and back post DC matching the post from the row below to form the ribbed look.
Round 5: Join with a slip stitch at the end of round 4, ch 1 and then work 1 sc into each stitch, working 3 sc into each corner. Join with a slip stitch at the end of the round, ch 1 and turn.
Round 6: Work SC in each stitch around, work 3 SC into each corner. Join with a slip stitch, tie off and weave in all ends.
If you need a video tutorial, we have one on Youtube to help with color changes.
Now you can pair your blanket with our darling picture book if you’d like!
We had so much fun making this book together. Our original story was named “Once There Was a Ball of Yarn” and through the help of my sister, we turned that ball of yarn into a daisy blanket for a fictional girl named Daisy and made by her Grandma.
If you’d like to see more of my sister Cyndi’s art, she shares on her Instagram Account as @sugarjoye. She has photos of the process of making the paper cutouts she used for this book. She is so talented and Hannah and I were thrilled with every revision she did. The story kept coming more and more alive.
I’d like to share with you a sample of the text of the story:
Daisy’s Grandma loves to crochet!
What will she make Daisy today?
A pom pom hat?
A cozy scarf?
A wooly pair of mittens?
A comfy sweater?
A zig zag throw?
A tiny couch for kittens?
Daisy’s Grandma loves to crochet!
She’s making Daisy a blanket today!
And then by the end she makes a darling daisy blanket for Daisy.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading this little book to your special little person in your life. I’m so thrilled that we could celebrate crochet with you all and be excited about making blankets.
Of course, I will be so very excited to see your daisy blankets! Come and show us in the Daisy Farm Crafters Group on Facebook or use #daisyfarmcrafts on your Instagram posts.
Sending you all my love and gratitude,