Chained Ponds – A New Pattern and A Challenge

I created this motif a few months ago but couldn’t decide if it felt finished. It was originally just a 20-window square and it felt like it was missing something. When I got my new computer, I decided to go through some of my half-finished projects and see what I wanted to keep and what I needed to work on first.

Suddenly, it occurred to me that if I repeated the pattern in a larger scale it might look better! So, I changed a few things and moved a few things, and here is my newest pattern for you!

It is my 200th pattern on Ravelry! I am not sure if they count the eBooks as separate publications or not. I considered adding this one to its own eBook as well – a set with a blanket and large square. But, I have decided to make it a challenge instead!

If you can complete this blanket (chart size 201 x 201; finished size 50″ / 127cm) in 6 weeks you can have the “pillow pattern” for FREE! See more details at the end of this blog post.

The “pillow” is just a 40-window square (like my other large squares) and you can use it however you like.

I already know there will be people who are upset with these patterns.

  • The blanket chart is not symmetrical.
  • The motif is not the same up and down (there’s one “arrow” pointing down that doesn’t have a mirror-image arrow pointing up).
  • The pattern is not easily repeatable (technically the repeat is about 250 stitches wide).
  • The pillow chart colors are inverted compared to the blanket (the dark squares on the blanket are the light squares on the pillow).

I like designing random things. I like finding asymmetrical balance. I like hard patterns. I’m not sorry. Well, I am a little bit. I wish I could please everyone.

Some of you will like this pattern set. And, more importantly, *I* like it.

You can get the blanket pattern on Etsy or Ravelry. It is on sale for the first few days, of course! Get an automatic 30% off until 1:59 pm CST, March 29, 2021.

And, that bonus FREE pattern? Post a picture of your finished “Chained Ponds” blanket (using the interlocking OR mosaic technique) to the Ravelry Group or Facebook Group or tag me on Instagram @AshleesLint and I will send you the pattern for the “Chained Ponds Pillow”. Offer expires May 6, 2021 – then this pillow pattern will be retired!

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