Dress to Impress Yourself: Princess Gown Blanket Pattern

This voluptuous ball gown will lovingly adorn your little princess’s bed!

I had a lot of fun drawing all the folds in this dress. Sometimes these details can feel tedious but this pattern really came together easily and made me feel a little bit like a superstar!

I originally created this as a custom pattern – their niece is graduating high school and we put the year and their name on it. You can have customization as well! Just send me a message BEFORE purchasing this pattern and I’ll get it drawn up for you.

As per my new usual, there is a slight difference in the pattern depending on whether you use the interlocking crochet method or overlay mosaic crochet.

The interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines have been removed from the mosaic version of the pattern.

If you use the interlocking technique you’ll want to get about 1850 yards of black (or something similarly dark) to use as the “main color” and 1850 yards of something lighter (like pink or purple or sparkly white) to use as the “accent color”. I like adding a simple single crochet border with the main color yarn around the outside because it helps give the outside edge a nice defined look, but that is optional.

If you use the overlay mosaic technique, you’ll want to take note of the way the colors are labeled in the written instructions for this pattern: usually the black lines in the image correspond to the “Main Color” but this pattern switches that! The first color used in the overlay mosaic version of this pattern is not black. In Angela Kermack’s sample here that means the “Main Color” is the striping blue yarn.

Of course, you are free to use something other than blue – but make sure you know that the color you pick as the “main color” is going to show where I’ve put pink in the sample. And your “contrasting color” needs to be really dark (navy blue, super deep purple, or black) to make the drawing show up properly.

If you meet gauge, the finished blanket will be slightly smaller using the interlocking technique compared to the mosaic technique. The mosaic version has a lot of dropped double crochets in a row, so I suggest using a 5 mm hook with worsted weight yarn but the interlocking technique looks better with a tighter weave (in my opinion) so I suggest a 4.5 mm hook with worsted weight yarn.

It’s just a suggestion, like everything, but if you follow my suggestions you should get a blanket about 51″ x 61″ with the interlocking technique or 53″ x 68″ with the mosaic technique.

I have done my best to be accurate – yet generous – with the yardage amounts. I always suggest buying more yarn than you think you’ll need.

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 205 x 245
  • Finished measurements approximately 51” x 61” / 130cm x 156cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (3650-4250 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) black – 1850 yards plus 75 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) purple – 1850 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

Overlay Mosaic Details

  • Chart is 199 x 239
  • Finished measurements approximately 53” x 68” / 135cm x 173cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4800-5500 yards)
    • Main color (pink or blue or sparkly white, etc) – 2800 yards
    • Contrasting color (black or very dark) – 2000 yards
    • Optional envelope border – 700 yards
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”

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Finished my Abstract Princess Blanket

Please congratulate me on this momentous occasion! 🤣

After 9 months and 2 moves, I have finally finished my Abstract Princess blanket! I worked on MANY different projects in that timeframe as well, but this one has lingered in the “WIP” (work in progress) pile for too long.

I often hear that people like to do scrap yarn projects because it is like a walk through memory lane. Oh, remember that sweater I made with this yellow yarn? I bought that pink yarn on vacation. Oh, this blue yarn was part of that blanket.

I used mostly scrap yarn balls that were given to me so I didn’t have the same emotional response. I just like the pretty rainbow of colors. My Main Color is Bernat Cozy Styles – dark purple – and I think having that color through the whole thing really helps tie the project together.

I used the overlay mosaic crochet technique for this project and that is one reason it took so long. I am much quicker at interlocking crochet.

If you recall, I drew up this pattern after I created my Abstract Queen. That blanket fits a queen size bed and it is just too large for me and some others so I created this smaller version that ended up being not that small actually.

The back is all striped and pretty in its own right. I had a few tails to weave in from where one scrap ball of yarn ended and I had to join a new one.

The tails on the sides are all tied, so I imagine the blanket will get used as it is right now and perhaps never get an envelope border, but I may change my mind later.

I am going to celebrate my “finished” project by starting a new one! You can celebrate with me by adding more projects to your to-do list!

Use code, “HookIt4ever” on Ravelry to get 20% off until 11:59 pm May 6, 2021.

I don’t have fancy sections on Etsy, but you can also get 20% off anything there by using code, “HookIt4ever” until 11:59 pm, May 6, 2021.

Abstract Princess

I know there’s a lot going on right now (the Abstract Queen CAL will start soon and my Preemie Love Blanket is free for 3 days) so perhaps from a marketing view I should have timed the release on this one better. I will work on learning marketing too someday.

I was at my computer all day finishing this pattern and working on the mosaic for my Many Hearts patterns and fixing the charts for my left-handed patterns on “Preemie Love Blanket” and “Birthday Cupcake” (which is still on for $1 CAD until the end of the month). I work on lots of things at once and sometimes it can feel like I’m getting nothing done. So I really wanted something as a finished reward and decided to get this baby out ASAP!

When I drew the Abstract Queen I had only been doing patterns for about a month. I didn’t know I could use the mosaic technique, I didn’t even know how to crochet the mosaic technique yet! lol I drew the design with no thought towards what the pattern would be like to crochet.

Turns out, it is a bit of a beast! There are random repetitions but mostly it is a long pattern that requires focus and counting for every part. And, unlike a lot of mosaic patterns out there, there is no easy way to make the pattern smaller. It is more like a picture (like my Speedy Train), and has to be done as a whole.

In an effort to make the pattern more manageable I have created a baby queen, the Abstract Princess. You can get your copy on Etsy or Ravelry. And you will get a discount for the first two days (buy it before August 28, 2020)!

The chart for this pattern is 227 x 227 so it should come out to be around 57″ square. It includes a chart and written instructions for the interlocking and mosaic techniques.

I think it is quite lovely. Am I allowed to say that about my own pattern? I really want to make it.

But I have quite a bit on my to-do list before I allow myself to crochet this one, so I really need to see your projects!

We also managed to list and conditionally sell our house last week, and then we conditonally bought a new one (all in 5 days!). I am confident our buyer’s financing will go through and then ours will too.

It is very exciting around here and I am so glad I get to share my patterns with you all. Thank you for your patience as I deal with this big life event as well!

My work in progress – a scrappy mosaic version of the Abstract Princess! http://ravel.me/abstract-princess

2021 Update: I’ve been going through my posts to try and clean things up (too many random ads, spelling error here and there, etc). I remember the excitement at selling and buying and how eager I was for our lives to change. Shortly after this, my husband lost his job, we didn’t move into a new house, and we had to leave a lot of our things behind when we moved into a tiny apartment 7 hours away (closer to family). It was super stressful.