Sunflowers and Butterflies

To me, a sunflower represents hope. I looked online at a few flower shops and tattoo parlors and they seem to all attribute different meanings to the sunflower such as long life, happiness, faith or good luck.

“I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” -Unknown

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I can’t look at a sunflower without thinking of Van Gogh’s famous paintings, which of course leads me to thinking about Doctor Who and Amelia Pond and that wonderful episode of television which combines sci-fi and art – my two favorite things!

The great thing about blanket patterns like mine is that you can easily use any weight yarn and any yarn fibre. Some people prefer the affordability of acrylic and others love the softness found in things like merino wool! Generally, use the hook size recommended on the label of your yarn. Sometimes I prefer to go down a hook size (I think I must crochet loosely). The yardage used and the finished size of your blanket will be different if you don’t match my gauge, but that’s usually okay!

Crocheted by Semicci using the interlocking crochet technique.

If you do match my gauge this blanket should end up being a nice even 60″ square. The wavy lines and butterflies that look like a border around the collage of sunflowers is included in the actual pattern so you don’t need to add any extra border pieces to the design.

You can also use any colors you want, but for this pattern I highly suggest using Dark Brown for the Main Color and a deep golden yellow for the Accent Color / Contrasting Color.

The wrong side, when done using interlocking crochet, is an inverse pattern – not quite a mirror image of the front, but each stitch is opposite. I think it still looks good enough to be considered a reversible pattern!

It is, of course, written up for both of my favorite techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. And each pattern includes a chart as well. The mosaic charts now include X’s to show where the dropped double crochets go. I am still in the process of updating my older patterns to include the x-marked charts. Slow and steady wins the race, right!?

Grab your copy of “Sunflowers and Butterflies” on Etsy or Ravelry. It is included in my current birthday sale (get 30% off with a minimum purchase of 2 patterns, no code needed, offer ends Aug 13, 2021)!

**A couple hours ago I put a quick contest on in my facebook group – guess the title of my next pattern and win a copy! Congratulations to Lucie!

Also, remember that the FATW6 CAL is ongoing – the ocean-themed blanket is nearing its end but they have 2 more blankets after that! I’ve been updating my blog post to include links to the official host page for each release.

And, I am working on my final video for my upcoming Summer Direction CAL! We will get this party started SOON! The format for this one will be a bit different than other crochet-a-longs: you’ll be able to purchase the FULL pattern on Etsy or Ravelry, including charts and written instructions for both techniques, or you can follow my blog and YouTube channel (for FREE!) as each section is released!

Update: you guys put this pattern in Ravelry’s top ten list for a bit! Thank you!

Blooming Owl Wall Hanging

My musical husband has a guitar strap on his classical wooden guitar with these floral motifs. Everytime I see it I think of an owl.

Obviously I couldn’t just draw it as it is, but I think I captured the idea of a flowery owl in my newest wall hanging: Blooming Owl.

My husband loves it!

I used fingering weight yarn. This is also called 4-ply or 8/4 depending on where you live. Craft Council lists it as a weight 1 – super fine and states it can also be called sock yarn.

The black yarn is “110 Jet Black” Scheepjes Catona. It is 100% mercerized cotton. The small balls are only 50 grams and have 125 metres of yarn. Scheepjes suggests a 2.5 – 3.5 mm needle (I believe that specifically refers to knitting needles). I used a 2.5 mm crochet hook.

I used a full 2 balls. There was barely anything left over (see photo below). So, make sure you match my gauge or grab an extra skein. If you’re going to grab an extra one you might as well grab two! 😉

The gold yarn is actually called “Copper” (oops, it is called “Ginger”). It is from SweetGeorgia Yarns’ Tough Love Sock Yarn line. We looked online at YarnCanada.ca and I gave Mitch a few options. He said this color was “it” and he didn’t care that it was also the most expensive.

It comes in a twisted hank of 115 grams which gives you 425 yards of soft, silky wool. I only used half the skein.

It cost me $3.65 CAD per ball of Catona, so $7.30 total (but I did buy a 3rd ball just in case). The Tough Love Sock yarn was $33.95 but I only used half, so it cost me about $17 for this project. It felt really expensive to buy the fancy color Mitch wanted but it was so worth it because this is just beautiful to look at.

It was my first time using my fancy yarn swift! It is fun having toys! This is one of the more expensive things I own (related to yarn crafts). I don’t usually buy yarn that comes twisted because it just gets all tangled up. This was easy to set up and I turned the hank into a cake in a few short minutes!

The “Tough Love Sock Yarn” is 80% merino wool with 20% polyamide. Because it is a hand-dyed yarn it gives my finished piece a sort of mottled look where the dying process created slightly different shades in the yarn.

Like all of my patterns, this pattern is written for my two favorite techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. You can choose to use your favorite method or you can try something new!

I used the mosaic method because I wanted the fringe on the bottom and I wanted to use the strings at the top to attach the wooden dowel. I created a short YouTube tutorial with some tricks for attaching the dowel.

YouTube tutorial: Adding a Dowel

If you use interlocking crochet for your project you can add fringe to the bottom and whipstitch the dowel to the top. Instructions are included in the PDF pattern.

Both techniques work the design starting at the top-right corner going down to the bottom-right corner. I designed it to sideways because of the mosaic fringe.

The PDF includes written line-by-line instructions for both techniques and two charts; one is marked with x’s for overlay mosaic crochet. I haven’t created a YouTube video on how to use the x-marked charts yet. I have only just started updating my patterns to include a marked chart.

The other chart can be used for both techniques and I have tutorials on YouTube for that!

Grab your copy of my “Blooming Owl Wall Hanging” on Etsy or Ravelry and get 15% off your entire cart*!

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