Moss Stitch Blanket: The Grueling Process of Design

This project started back in December 2018 as a gift for my sister’s birthday. The further along I got into this blanket, the more I thought about decorations I could add to it so it isn’t just a plain looking blanket or throw. The yarns I used for the blanket are Red Heart Super Saver Minty 4 weight, Bernat Baby Sport White 3 weight. I ended up deciding to go with flowers and leaves for decoration. For the flowers I used, Red Heart Super Saver Perfect Pink 4 weight, Red Heart Super Saver Aran 4 weight, and Red Heart Super Saver Cafe Latte 4 weight. For the leaves I used Mainstays Basic Yarn Green 4 weight.

The stitching for the blanket itself was a simple moss stitch. On the border, I went around with a single crochet stitch and then I used a stitch I discovered on YouTube when I was making Christmas presents last year, How to Crochet Easy Country Coasters. It is a backwards single crochet stitch. This gave the border a unique look to me. I love it! The flower pattern I used was also from YouTube, Crochet Spa Facecloth. I made dishcloths for my mother-in-law and stepmother-in-law. This pattern was done with cotton yarn, so I had to modify the pattern to work with acrylic because the petals were a lot more curved with acrylic than with cotton.

Weaving the tails enlightened me about potential issues. As you can see in the photo below, I didn’t give enough room to make sure I could weave the flower and leaves onto the blanket. Things were going pretty smoothly until this point. On a lighter note, I did confirm that the moss stitch is the perfect stitch to do this type of design on. When you turn over the blanket, the tails do not show on the other side!

I took out the tails and weaved them in again. This time I tried skipping stitches so maybe I could avoid the issue in the photo above. I found out that this method isn’t any better. Now the flowers are too loose. So now I will weave in some more yarn to tighten the flowers down.

We’ve had the flu in my house, so this is taking longer than expected since I don’t feel like doing anything! I am not sure if I have the flu or not. I’ve been fighting a fever for the past couple of days. Feel good one minute and like I want to go to sleep the next. So I’ve taken I few days to try to get some energy back. My husband and stepson both have the flu so on top of feeling like poo, I’ve been cleaning like crazy. But this project will be completed soon….hopefully.

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