Evelyn’s Original Bundle
In January 2021, I published Evelyn’s Bundle on Ravelry and Etsy. This eBook included an oversized afghan square, Evelyn’s Motif 40, and two blankets: Evelyn’s Favorite Guitar, and Evelyn’s Expression. The blankets are both on the smaller side: 44″ x 52″ (chart size 177 x 207) and the square is the same size as all my 40-window squares (chart size 81 x 81). The three patterns are also available individually.
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I’m posting today because I’ve added a fourth pattern into this bundle. The Evelyn Collection (or series) now contains a repeatable design!
I pulled a section from the middle of Evelyn’s Expression that you can repeat as many times as you need to get get whatever size you want. I am calling it Evelyn’s Repeat.
Why do we need another pattern?
Well, here’s the thing: Evelyn’s Expression looks like a repeating pattern – only I didn’t section out the repeats when I published it. I’ve had a request asking about the repeated section so that it can be made larger and I said, “sure, it will be easy to grab the repeat from there for you!”
This simple task of pulling the repeatable section from the blanket turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated.
If you look very, very closely at the original blanket you will see that there are actually a few details that make it NOT a repeatable design.
Why Can’t it be Easy?
First, I didn’t remember that when I drew the original blanket pattern it is actually mirrored left-to-right and not just a repeat of dark diamonds and light diamonds.
The lighter motifs in the corners are slightly different than the other light motifs.
And the light motifs on the sides are again different compared to the one in the middle.
If you expanded this design you would see that the spacing between the motifs starts to crowd in on itself.
It’s fine for the blanket as written, but to pull out the repeat is actually impossible.
So, I made some small changes.
This new pattern, Evelyn’s Repeat, definitely belongs in the eBook Evelyn’s Bundle but I also considered not creating a new listing for it and just adding it to the current listing for Evelyn’s Expression.
Ultimately, I decided that since the size of this chart is different which means the yardage required is different and the layout is actually different as well then it really deserves its own listing.
As with all my designs, Evelyn’s Repeat can be made using interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet.
The mosaic pattern was easier to create than the interlocking.
This is because when you use the interlocking method you turn your work and that means you can’t just start back the the beginning of the written instructions because now you’re looking at the other side and each line is not only being read from right-to-left but each stitch is also the opposite direction (front instead of back, etc.).
Plus, the border lines that lock the layers together are a little harder to find in the written instructions.
Therefore, the charts for the interlocking version and the mosaic version are almost identical but the written instructions for the interlocking method are double the length of the mosaic instructions.
Your finished pieces will look the same though – so either pick your favorite technique or learn a new one!
Interlocking Crochet Chart Size
Figuring out your initial foundation rows is always tricky. It is written like this: create repeats of 34+3 windows. The first number is the number you will repeat and the + means you add those after you have figured out the repeat number. For example, if you are doing 4 repeats wide you would first multiply 4 times the repeat number (4 x 34 = 136) and then add the extra 3 windows that you need no matter how many repeats you do (136 + 3 = 139 windows to begin with).
The height of the section that is repeated is quite large. I’ve made a note at row 102 because visually that is one repeat finished. The yardage estimates are for one visual repeat. But, because we flip our work, you can’t just start back at row 4 and continue. Row 4 is working the chart from the wrong side, row 102 starts at the same spot in the image but from the other side.
You don’t have to complete the entire height. The final border lines are rows 201-202. They can be inserted anytime you come to a set of rows that is facing the Wrong Side. Normally, when you are doing a section facing the Wrong Side you will put your Accent Color yarn to the back. When you do the border lines you need to bring the working yarn and tail to the front. Then do the next row as written for the Main Color but jump to row 201 for the Accent Color. Finish with row 202.
Get The Pattern
If you already purchased the eBook, Evelyn’s Bundle, on Ravelry then you now have the new repeatable pattern as well. If you purchased the eBook on Etsy you can email me and let me know if you want the new file emailed to you or I can gift it to you on Ravelry.
To celebrate this new addition I have setup a sale!
All patterns in the Evelyn series are 25% off until 11:59 pm, CST October 11, 2021. Valid on Ravelry and Etsy. No code needed.
I hope you will find my effort worth it! I think this will make some beautiful crocheted artwork (whether that be a blanket or a wall hanging or a pillow or something else!). Thanks for all the love and support!
Evelyn’s Repeat includes two files:
- Interlocking Crochet
- line-by-line written pattern
- a one-page chart (color coded to denote repeated section)
- Overlay Mosaic Crochet
- line-by-line written pattern
- optional envelope border instructions
- Chart-reading instructions
- two-page X-marked chart
Interlocking Crochet Details
- Chart is 75 x 203, repeat section 68 x 99
- Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows = 4”
- Base size is 18.75″ x 26.25″, each additional repeat adds 17″ x 24.75″
- 4.5 mm hook (US7)
- Worsted weight yarn (550+ yards total)
- Main color (MC) – 275 yards, each repeat adds 235 yards
- Accent color (AC) – 275 yards, each repeat adds 235 yards
Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details
- Chart is 68 x 100
- Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 16 rows = 4”
- 17″ x 25″
- 4.5 mm hook (US7)
- Per repeat: Worsted weight yarn (515+ yards)
- Main color – 240 yards
- Contrasting color – 275 yards
- Plus, optional envelope border