Oh how I have loved collecting children’s picture books through the years! I have a growing collection of books signed by the authors and addressed to my future grandchildren. I don’t know if they will get a kick out of it, but I sure will!
This Garden Blanket was made to go along with a new friend and author/illustrator I met at the annual SCBWI conference I attended over the summer.
Her name is Lisa Anchin and she wrote and illustrated this beautiful book called The Little Green Girl. It’s all about a little plant that wants to leave the garden walls and explore the world.
I love everything about this darling book! And especially the colors! A while back, our friends at Yarnspirations sent us some Patons Canadiana in several shades of green and one bright, bright, yellow that I wondered what I’d ever be able to do with it.
But in brainstorming for this blanket to go along with the book, the yellow was the perfect pop of color for dainty little flowers that are very similar to the ones in the book. It was meant to be!
Thank you Lisa for letting us design something to go along with your book and for your talent! You make the world a brighter place by sharing your gift of words and illustrations. We wish you much success on your book and for future projects! xoxo, Tiffany and Hannah
Patons Canadiana (100% acrylic, 100 g/3.5 oz, 187 m/205 yds)
4 skeins White, 1 skein Tweety, 1 skein Cherished Green
Size H/5.00mm hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Finished size 29 in x 32 in
Gauge 2 in = 8 st and 8 rows of HDC
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, yarn over (YO) and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops.
Half Double Crochet (HDC): YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through three loops.
Treble Crochet (TC): YO twice, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through two loops again, YO and pull through remaining two 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.
Chain 110 in White (or any even number is fine if you want to make this bigger).
Row 1: In the third chain from the hook, work 2 HDC. *Skip the next chain, work 2 HDC. Repeat from * to the end of the row. Work 1 HDC into the last chain. CH 2 and turn.
Row 2: In the second stitch, (the turning chain counts as the first stitch) Work 2 HDC. *skip the next stitch, work 2 HDC into the next. Repeat from * across the row. Work 1 HDC into the last stitch. Ch 2 and turn.
Rows 3 – 10: As row 2. Pulling through with Cherished Green on the last step of the HDC in row 10. Ch 2 and turn. Don’t cut the white.
Row 11: Work as row 2. Pulling through with Tweety on the last step of the HDC in row 11. Ch 2 and turn. Cut Cherished Green.
Row 12: In the second stitch, (turning chain still counts as the first stitch) work one Treble Crochet. (TC) and one single crochet (SC). *Skip next stitch, work one TC and one SC in next stitch. Repeat from * across the row. Work 1 HDC into the last stitch pulling through with White on the last step of the stitch (carry the white yarn up the side of the blanket to save you on weaving in the ends later.) CH 2 and turn.
Repeat row 2 for 14 rows, then repeat rows 11 and 12. Repeat again three times for a total of 5 rows of flowers and 4 sections of white. Finish with 10 rows of White worked as Row 2. Tie off and weave in all the ends.
Round 1: Pull up a loop with Cherished Green in any corner and chain 1. HDC in that space and in each stitch around working approximately 1 HDC per row on the sides of the blanket. (Keep them even and if the sides are puckering add a few extra.) Work 3 HDC into each corner. Join with a slip stitch to the starting HDC. Chain 2 and turn.
Round 2: DC into each stitch around working 3 DC into each corner space. Join with first DC, chain 1 and turn.
Round 3: SC into each stitch around working 3 SC into each corner space. Join with first SC, tie off and weave in the ends.
Here is a video tutorial if you’d like to see the blanket, watch to the very end and I hold it up for you:
If you’d like to buy a copy of Lisa’s book, we have it for *sale in our Amazon Store! (Just click those highlighted words and it will take you to Amazon. Then scroll down and click the box containing our favorite picture books.)
Or click the image above.
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