I am pretty excited to see my blanket in a magazine. I spent many, many, many, many hours creating this colorful spring-time blanket and Crochet Now! magazine has staged it beautifully on a chair (maybe I should get a fancy chair?) and they’ve given the go-ahead for us designers to share about Issue 93 now!

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Please note, the key in the magazine shows 4 things: a split-colored square with a “C” for the corner stitches, a split-colored square with an “X” for the tr in FLO 2 rnds below (in US terms I call this a dropped DC), and then 2 separate boxes for the dc in BLO (in US terms, this is our SC in BLO).

The dc in BLO (US: SC in BLO) should also be on a split-colored square.

The colors on the chart don’t affect the stitch – only the mark (C, X, or blank). Each round uses a single color of yarn.

“Persistent Blossoms” by Ashlee Brotzell, photo courtesy of Practical Publishing

Crochet Now 93 is on sale from 30th March 2023 in shops across the UK. To find your nearest stockist, visit www.seymour.co.uk – or order online from www.craftstash.co.uk 

Here in Canada, I am having a hard time finding it on shelves.

I found a really old, dusty copy of Crochet Now in Walmart the other day. I couldn’t find the issue number. It was in a bag with some cool accessories and the price was $24.50 (which seemed a bit much to me).

I am on a waiting list at McNally & Robinson (local bookstore). They called me yesterday to say the magazine was in, but I remember from 2 years ago when I tried to get my copy of the magazine that they called me, I drove there, and it wasn’t the issue I wanted – so I double checked this time. Sure enough, they ignored that part of my request and it’s not my issue. So I’m back on the waiting list and they’ll call when the next issue is there (or possibly they will actually wait until my issue is there).

I tried looking into subscribing to the magazine but it’s quite costly and I just KNOW that I’d be sorely tempted by all the beautiful projects and I’d have less time to do my work. hahahaha So I must resist!

This new issue, 93, that I haven’t yet seen in person, has 41 patterns! So, if the price ends up being $24.50 for me, I suppose that’s really not that expensive actually.

This issue is advertised as having an exclusive crochet macramé kit and Slumber Party crochet collection pattern book. Plus a mum and baby dinosaur set, sea turtles and seasonal makes for kids (so I’ll definitely have to make something for my kids)!

In four months, the rights will revert back to me and I’ll self-publish Persistent Blossoms to Ravelry and Etsy. Subscribe to my newsletter and you’ll be notified when that happens (plus you’ll get an exclusive discount code)!

I can tell you that I used Caron Simply Soft yarn for this blanket. You will need 4 skeins in White 9701 (MC), and 1 skein each in Strawberry 0015 (CC1), Gold 9782 (CC2), Cobalt Blue 9784 (CC3), Lavender Blue 9756 (CC4).

5 skeins of Caron Simply Soft yarn (blue, purple, gold, white, and pink) on a black leather chair
The pretty colors from Caron Simply Soft used in my “Persistent Blossoms” blanket

You can, of course, choose to use a yarn substitute. Simply Soft is a 4 – medium weighted yarn. It’s on the thinner side of worsted weight yarns.

I used a 5 mm hook.

I am creating a video walk-thru of the small border squares (which also happens to be the inner portion of the large squares) so that should get you hooked on the technique and make it easier to approach this pattern. The video will be published at the same time as my self-published pattern.

Currently, through the magazine, it is an overlay mosaic crochet square, worked from the center-out.

When I publish it, I MAY include an interlocking version of the square. I haven’t yet decided. Let me know if you think I should!

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