The Tulip Blanket

maRRose - CCC: The Tulip BlanketYay! I’ve finished my “Tulip Blanket” and I could not be happier with it!
It turned out exactly the way I hoped, and not only does it look beautiful, it’s very comfy and warm as well, and I love snuggling (crocheting, haha) under it.

It all started when I fell in love with Saskia’s “Tulpen Deken” a couple of weeks ago (blogged about that earlier, you can read that post here), and I just couldn’t wait to have mine finished!

The link to the free pattern can be found here (sofar only in Dutch I’m afraid, but I believe an English version is underway).
maRRose - CCC: The Tulip Blanket

It’s funny how I noticed, when I saw Saskia’s blanket two weeks ago, that she has squared her Tulip Blanket off on the long sides, and I’ve done this on the short sides – for no particular reason.
maRRose - CCC: The Tulip BlanketmaRRose - CCC: The Tulip BlanketAlso, I’ve crocheted little tulips on the square top and bottom of my blanket, so basically there’s a “little tulip border” all around the blanket – I love how that looks too …..
maRRose - CCC: The Tulip Blanket

Some specifics:
* size: 140 x 110 cm (55 1/8 x 43 5/16 inches)
* 10 half blocks, 36 tulip blocks, 25 “bare” blocks
* weight: 776 grams
* yarn: Hema Fine, acrylic, double strands, hooksize 6
maRRose - CCC: The Tulip BlanketAnd what a fitting season for these tulips to bloom ……

Marianne xx

A change of crochet plan …..

maRRose - CCC: "Tulip-blanket"Last week I came across the pattern of a blanket and my-oh-my, I fell in love with it immediately!
Coincidentally I had just sorted out my yarn and gathered all my acrylics in one basket.
maRRose - CCC: "Tulip-blanket"The plan was to stash-bust and crochet a good old granny square blanket using all these fun colors for the first 2 or 3 rounds and then use the grey as joining color.

Loving Saskia’s brilliant “Tulpendeken”-blanket design as much as I did, I decided that this was going to be the pattern I was going to use for my acrylics. I totally envisioned this blanket in grey with spots of bright color ……

maRRose - CCC: "Tulip-blanket"Being well under way with the project I could not resist trying out some lay-outs the other day. Loved the colorful lay-out, but …… me, the bright color loving person that I am, loved the all grey lay-out even more – oops!
maRRose - CCC: "Tulip-blanket"Besides, it would match perfectly with the hexagon-blanket I made before – meaning it can live in our living room as well.So now I’ve decided to make two blankets using (parts of) the pretty “Tulip-blanket” pattern. One in grey, exactly like the one Saskia crocheted in a beautiful pastel blue.
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For the second one I will only be using the bare diamond shape as described in the pattern; these will all be crocheted in the colorful acrylics and joined with black.

maRRose - CCC: "Tulip-blanket"

Although I suddenly have created an extra wip by changing my original plan, just the thought of both these finished blankets makes me a happy camper!

Marianne xx