I’ve always been an admirer of Ana (oneskeinoflove) and her gorgeous crochet creations, so when she asked me to be part of her virtual book tour for her new book ‘Cosy Crochet Blankets to Snuggle Under’ I jumped at the chance!
Released in April 2020 by Tuva Publishing, Ana’s book contains 15 stunning crochet blankets ranging for simple patterns to more intricate designs, including interlocking and mosaic crochet.
The blankets featured in this book range for simpler techniques to more elaborate ones, so there is something for every level of crocheter!
After spending quite some time perusing through the book, I decided to make the Little Boxes of Joy blanket which is made up using the interlocking crochet method.
Ana uses a range of gorgeous Scheepjes yarn throughout the book to create these stunning blankets, however, I decided to use Paintbox Simply Aran in gradient shades of pink. The colours I used are Ballet Pink, Blush Pink, Vintage Pink and Melon Sorbet with a contrasting Champagne White. I split the number of rows into the 4 main colours so the pinks fade to melon and then back to the softer pink at the end. I am kicking myself for not adding mustard into the mix, though!
I’d not tried interlocking crochet before and it took me a couple of rows to get into the swing of it. With interlocking crochet, you work along the same row twice, though it makes for slower progress the end results are stunning!
I found after the first few rows, the pattern clicked and I was crocheting away without having to refer to the book. I’ve changed colour every 12 rows with a big chunk of melon sorbet in the middle ready to gradually fade again.
The pattern is clearly written and easy to follow, as are all the patterns in the book and each comes with notes on the pattern as well as full instructions on how to complete any stitch you may be unfamiliar with. As well as this, Ana has included a full colour photo guide for rounds. If you prefer reading charts to a written pattern, you will also find this available as well, with a symbol key next to each.
I’m currently just over half way through and about to start heading towards paler pinks now. It’s super snuggly already, I can’t wait until it’s finished! It will definitely be perfect for the cooler months.
If you want to see more gorgeous makes from Ana’s book and the other wonderfully talented designers involved in the book tour, check out #cosycrochetblanketsbook over on Instagram! Keep your eyes peeled over on Instagram for my finished blanket!
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