About four months ago, I began crocheting this African Violet blanket. This week, I finally finished it and I couldn’t be more pleased. I know that I made it so it may be a big egotistical to say, but, man alive, it’s beautiful! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you have no doubt seen the progress of this project. I had found the African Violet square pattern on Pinterest in August and immediately began dreaming this baby up. I liked the idea of making a blanket where every square was a different colour and thought it would be a good way to use up some bits of old wool that I had hanging around from past projects. I thought that it made sense to have one common theme in all of the squares so each one contains at least one shade of purple. The final blanket ended up being six by eight squares. Near the end, it was starting to get pretty tough to come up with new colour combinations with the remaining wool. Once the squares were complete, I did two rows of single crochet around each in white. I then did single crochet to sew them together. I wanted to finish off the blanket with a bold border. I started with a row of single crochet of a dark purple and then a row of double crochet. I then got a lighter purple and did one row of single crochet before finishing it off with the shell edging (7 triple crochet, 1 single crochet, skip two stitches and repeat).
I love the way that it all came together. I love the weight of it and how the colour flow. I loved the process of making it, choosing the colours and doing it all with my own two hands. I found it all very therapeutic. This blanket is full of a lot of love and I cannot wait to give it to a very special person for Christmas.
Yesterday I had a portrait session with six month old Violett and I could not resist posing her on the blanket!