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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 12: Circular Blankets

#FlashbackFriday #Crochet #LinkBlast: roundup of 14 (mostly free) circular blankets patterns on @ucrafter

On Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! Keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 14 (mostly) free crochet patterns for circular blankets. These are a fun way to break up the monotony of square or rectangular blankets. Read on for more details!

All photos are used with permission and are copyright the respective designers.

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Roundup of 14 (mostly) free #crochet patterns for circular blankets on @ucrafter

Sunshine of Your Love Blanket and Pillow Set (photo 1) by @ucrafter (me!): This baby blanket with a circular pillow sends virtual rays of sunshine to a special baby in your life. The Sunshine of Your Love Blanket & Pillow Set crochet pattern is 75% off with coupon code jdd20150703 today (July 3, 2015) only! Click here to add it (with the discount) to your cart on Ravelry.

Sunshine of Your Love Blanket and Pillow Set, #crochet pattern by @ucrafter. For sale on Craftsy, Etsy, and Ravelry.

Sunshine of Your Love Blanket and Pillow Set, crochet pattern by Marie Segares. Image courtesy of All Craft Media, Ltd.

Circle of Love Afghan (photo 3), free crochet pattern by @mooglyblog: This pretty throw includes links to several video tutorials.

Double Spiral Afghan, free crochet pattern by Margaret Zellner: This pattern also includes a video tutorial here.

Hurricane Whirl Afghan (photo 4) by @TriflsNTreasurs: This pattern would also make a lovely doily if crocheted with thread and a steel hook. For sale on Ravelry.

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Circle Lapghan, free crochet pattern by @kimkotary via @RedHeartYarns: This textured lap blanket is made with 4 colors of yarn.

Circle Afghan, free crochet pattern by @LionBrandYarn: This circular throw works up quickly in Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick.

Rainbow Wedges Baby Afghan, free crochet pattern by @LionBrandYarn: This vibrant baby blanket will brighten up a nursery with 5 colors Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby.

Zen Spiral Afghan, free crochet pattern by @LionBrandYarn: This striped throw in Lion Brand Wool-Ease includes the spike stitch.

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Circles Baby Afghan (photo 2), free crochet pattern by Mo King Low: This pattern uses bulky yarn to work up quickly.

Medallion Circular Throw, free crochet pattern by @GoCrochet via @RedHeartYarns: This lacy throw features triangular medallions.

Round Jacob’s Ladder Blanket for Babies, free crochet pattern by Maxine Gonser for Bev’s Country Cottage: This striped pattern would make a great way to learn the Jacob’s Ladder stitch.

Skipping Stones Circular Afghan, free crochet pattern by Priscilla Hewitt: This textured blanket is crocheted in one color.

Pastel Petals Afghan by @FreshStitches: This is one of many great contemporary nursery designs from Stacey’s book, Modern Baby Crochet.

Baby Love by Marken from the Hat & I: This lovely blanket includes connecting hearts in the border.

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Interview with Susan Carlson from Felted Button

Interview with Susan Carlson from Felted Button on Underground Crafter

I’m continuing my series of highlighting crochet designers as part of my celebration of (Inter)National Crochet Month by sharing an interview with Susan Carlson from Felted Button. Her colorful designs have been spreading joy online for several years, and she has also been a Design Wars Challenger!

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You can find Susan and her colorful crochet patterns online on the Felted Button website, and on Craftsy, Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Ravelry (as FeltedButton and on her designer page), and Twitter. All images are copyright Susan Carlson and are used with permission.

Interview with crochet designer Susan Carlson from Felted Button on Underground Crafter

Susan Carlson.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet?

Susan: I was taught to crochet by my left-handed granny. Since I’m a righty, I’m still not certain how she pulled it off with a distracted and squirmy 9 year old, but I’ll admit I found the process intriguing. From there I made only one thing that I can really recall…a hideously long, squeaky black scarf for my dad. See, my granny never taught me how to fasten off, so I just kept going until the entire skein was gone. That whole “not knowing when to stop” was a problem I faced in school, too, as my teachers confirmed. Indeed, I immediately got distracted–for over 30 years–with things like running hurdles, teaching high school sciences, and learning a lot about other crafty things. But then, being inspired by a number of crochet blogs, I found the hook my granny had given me and bought A LOT of yarn. Again, not knowing quite when to stop, I made the most ginormous blanket! But I was “hooked” and have been crocheting ever since!

Rainbow Sprinkles Blanket, a crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Rainbow Sprinkles Blanket, a crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Susan: I have what I call a very “noisy” brain. I crochet because it quiets the noise. And I remember as a child feeling the NEED to create something…anything. With crocheting, not only do I get a quiet mind, but also a wonderful, colorful, original handmade item to enjoy or share. Plus, do you realize how many colors of yarn there are? Why designing and writing patterns? To have someone with their own hands translate and make a tangible creation from what started out as only an idea in my head, well, it’s magical!! Plus, I never have to make the same thing twice—it’s that distraction/focus issue again.

Pointillism Posie, a crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Pointillism Posie, a crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: Although you have a lot of variety in your patterns, you definitely have quite a few blankets. What do you enjoy about designing blankets?

Susan: For me, I tend to be more focused on the art of the design than the current style or trend. That’s probably why I am drawn to blankets and rugs as they are essentially a huge canvas on which to “paint” or “draw” with colorful yarn! Like the Painted Pixels Blanket which is made with 7 colorways of a self-striping yarn. This one was taken on as a challenge to myself to see if I could make these 7 disparate balls of yarn actually look good together.

Painted Pixels Blanket, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Painted Pixels Blanket, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: Crocheters and afghans (and crocheted afghans) sometimes get a bad rep. When you’re designing blankets, do you feel additional pressure to break those stereotypes?

Susan: I often get sweet comments from Felted Button fans that my work is “not granny crochet.” Although I don’t necessarily consider that when I am designing, I am drawn to bold colors, lots of texture, interesting stitch placements and sometimes graphic, modern designs. Although I have a few traditional designs, I really enjoy trying to think outside of the box and create something brand new—but not trendy.

Monet's Garden Throw, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Monet’s Garden Throw, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: Color is prominent in your designs. What suggestions do you have for crocheters who are feeling nervous about experimenting with colors?

Susan: Texture and color are vital elements in my designs, but never at the expense of crocheting that is pleasurable, as I believe the fun is in the action of hook and yarn in hand, not merely the finished product. So I strive to make my patterns friendly for various skill levels with any unusual stitches and techniques shown in detail. It has to be fun to make, right?!

Although I always suggest to folks to choose colors that speak to them—otherwise they get bored or discouraged and lose interest in the middle of a project–I also try to persuade them that getting a little daring can be surprisingly fun. I think I have been blessed with “an eye for color” so selecting colors is pretty easy for me. But, I have rounded up a number of sites for reference when looking for color inspiration. You can find them here on my blog.

Mariposa Throw, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Mariposa Throw, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?

Susan: Everywhere! Sometimes it is the yarn itself, sometimes the colors I see around me, sometimes a photograph, sometimes just playing with hook and yarn in hand to see where it takes me.

I also find myself wandering Pinterest and the web for graphic designs in other mediums that I can translate to crochet. That’s how I came up with my Pointillism Posie Blanket. It started with a picture of a single bloom, which led to reminiscing upon my sixth grade art class where we learned about pointillism. Each of the 29 colors of motifs—busted from my stash–makes a little spot of color that adds to the image of the huge flower.

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I came up with the Rainbow Sprinkles Blanket after finding a print of little sprinkles of color falling against a neutral background gaining more color as they fall into a colorful pile!

Infinity Blossom Cowl, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Infinity Blossom Cowl, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: What is your favorite crochet book in your collection?

Susan: Right now, I am having a ball playing with various stitch patterns from The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs by Linda P. Schapper. It may sound less than exciting to some folks, but it inspires me to use my creativity with color, texture and stitch placement and allows me to really experiment with my hook and yarn.

UC: You have over 5,100 sales on Etsy. Do you have any tips for new Etsy sellers?

Susan: I feel like such an amateur in the business world, but these are a few suggestions:

  • Photos—take good ones with natural light!!!
  • Shop Appearance—strive for a uniformity in your shop “look” so when people see your work they recognize it as yours and know precisely what they will find when they are in your shop
  • Know your audience–exactly who you are marketing to? Age range? Gender? Skill level? Style?
  • Value of your work—don’t undervalue your work or everyone else will, too.
  • Take advantage of Etsy’s tips and suggestions for success.
  • Look at other’s shops, but don’t look too hard. Comparing yourself to them, or worse yet, trying copy them, is not genuine and will not bring success. You must be true to yourself and your style. Create a strong brand that screams YOU!
  • Flood the earth—Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc. If your product is quality, financial success is dependent on “eyeballs.”
Let"s Twirl Baby Blanket and Rug, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

Let”s Twirl Baby Blanket and Rug, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: Do you have any crochet/crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Susan: All of these sites provide delightful and colorful eye-candy, crochet patterns, inspiration and learning:

Interview with crochet designer Susan Carlson from Felted Button on Underground Crafter

Circle Takes the Square Blanket, crochet pattern by Felted Button.

UC: How are you celebrating NatCroMo this year?

Susan: I’m planning on celebrating in a small way but probably should start planning some fun business events! I have a small crochet group—The Happy Hookers—in my area, and I’m hoping to have a simple celebration full of crochet, chatting, giggling and yummy treats.

That sounds like a very fun way to celebrate NatCroMo, Susan! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your enthusiasm for crochet with us.

Free pattern: Mod 9-Patch Blanket

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Back in August, 2013, one of my patterns was published in Love of Crochet. As sometimes happens when you design patterns for print, the name was changed. The magazine called it the Mod Square Blanket, but my original title was the Mod 9 Patch Blanket.

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Photo (c) Creative Crafts Group, LLC/Love of Crochet.

Photo (c) Creative Crafts Group, LLC/Love of Crochet.

I chose the original name because the blanket layout is a 9-patch pattern, based on the 9-patch quilting designs that were making a resurgence in the modern quilting community when I originally submitted the design.

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Mod 9-Patch Blanket block layout diagram.

I designed the blanket with 5 variations on the traditional granny square pattern, and then arranged these variations into 3 different 9-patch groups. There is a one-color square (Block A), two variations on the square within the square (Blocks B and D), and two variations on the granny in the corner (Blocks C and E).

I wanted the project to be portable, so I designed the blanket to be sewn together at the end.

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The finished squares, awaiting assembly.

I used Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in 1914 Alaska Sky, 1960 Pacific, and 889 Spruce (which has since been discontinued). This yarn is one of my favorites for blankets because it washes and wears well. The design includes two sizes, a twin and a long twin (the beds that are common in college dorm rooms). But, as you can see, the twin size also just covers the top of a double (full) bed.

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

MC and I love to use it over a sheet in the winter while watching movies on the couch. We can both stretch our legs out on the ottoman and the blanket keeps us cozy.

I’m sharing an updated version of the pattern for free on my blog. I hope you have as much fun crocheting this blanket as I did! I’d love to see your pictures if you make one.

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Mod 9-Patch Blanket

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50

US terms 504-medium 50

This blanket combines a quilting-inspired layout with granny square variations.

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Finished Sizes

  • Twin [Long Twin] 50” (137 cm) wide x 74” (188 cm) long [50” (137 cm) wide x 78” (198 cm) long].

Materials

  • Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool, 3 oz/100 g, 220 yd/200 m) – 5 skeins in 1914 Alaska Sky (CA), 5 skeins in 1960 Pacific (CB), and 8 skeins in 889 Spruce (CC), or approximately 1,100 yd (1,000 m) in CA and CB, and 1,760 yd (1,600 m) in CB in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 1 block = 8” (20 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Basic Block

  • Ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, (ch 2, 3 dc in ring) 3 times, ch 1, sc (counts as ch 1 here and throughout) in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, [ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp] 3 times, ch 1, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 7: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 6 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining. 

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Block A (Make 15):

  • With CA, follow Basic Block pattern.
Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Blocks B and D are variations of this pattern.

Block B (Make 12):

  • With CB, follow Basic Block pattern through Rnd 4. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 5: With right side facing, join CC with dc in any corner ch-2 sp, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of dc.
  • With CC, follow Basic Block pattern for Rnds 6-8.
Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Blocks C and E use a variation of this pattern.

Block C (Make 20):

  • With CB, follow Basic Block pattern through Rnd 4. Fasten off.
  • Row 5: With right side facing, join CC with dc in any corner ch-2 sp, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * to **, 3 dc in ch-2 sp.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1 here and throughout), *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) 4 times,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1; rep from * to **, dc in last dc.
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-1 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * to **, 2 dc in last ch-1 sp, dc on top of ch-3.
  • Row 8: Turn, ch 4, *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) 5 times,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1; rep from * to **, dc in last dc.
  • Row 9: Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-1 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * to **, 2 dc in last ch-1 sp, dc on top of ch-3.
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 4, *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) 6 times,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1; rep from * to **, dc in last dc.
  • Row 11: Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-1 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 6 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * to **, 2 dc in last ch-1 sp, dc on top of ch-3.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining.

Block D (Make 3):

  • With CC, follow Basic Block pattern through Rnd 4. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 5: With right side facing, join CB with dc in any corner ch-2 sp, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of dc.
  • With CB, follow Basic Block pattern for Rnds 6-8.

Block E (Make 4):

  • With CC, follow Basic Block pattern through Rnd 4. Fasten off.
  • Row 5: With right side facing, join CB with dc in any corner ch-2 sp, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * to **, 3 dc in ch-2 sp.
  • With CC, follow Block C pattern for Rnds 6-11.

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Assembly

  • Using diagram as placement guide, join blocks with reverse mattress stitch using yarn needle and yarn tails. Weave in ends.

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Edging

For Long Twin only, work edging in rows.

  • Row 1: With RS facing and CC, join with dc in any corner ch-2 sp. Working along short edge, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) across to last ch-2 sp, 3 dc in ch-2 sp.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1 here and throughout), (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) across to last dc, dc in last dc.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) across to last ch-2 sp, 3 dc in ch-1 sp.
  • Row 4: Repeat Row 2 once. Fasten off.
  • Repeat Rows 1-4 along opposite short edge.

For all sizes, finish with Rnds 1 & 2 below.

  • Rnd 1: With RS facing and CA, join with sc in any corner ch-2 sp, 2 sc in same sp, *sc in ea dc and ch across, working 3 sc in sideways 3 dc groups from Blocks C and E and sc in sideways dc from Blocks C and E.** 3 sc in corner; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once more. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 2: With CB, join with sl st to first sc, ch 1, sc in same, *sc in ea stitch across.** 3 sc in corner; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once more. Fasten off.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.

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© 2013, 2015 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern, the chart, or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2015/03/22/free-pattern-mod-9-patch-blanket. Thanks for supporting indie designers!