What a luscious combination! If you love sparkles and a little bit of velvet than you’ll love this pairing of Lion Brand Vel-Luxe and Winter Nights. Both yarns are worsted weight (CYC4), but held together they become a nice super bulky. I used a size 11.5mm crochet hook and finished this 45″ x 45″ blanket in two days! Granted, since it’s quarantine living at the moment that was a lot of hours in those two days, but still, it went fast.
Unfortunately this blanket doesn’t photograph well even though it’s so nice in person! The combination of yarns kind of blurs the stitch definition. (Helpful for hiding mistakes.) One thing though, the Vel-Luxe doesn’t always crochet evenly, so there’s little nubs and slubs and some extra loops. This is totally fine with me, actually it adds to the appeal in my eyes (not always, but in this instance). The fact it didn’t crochet consistently for me stayed consistent throughout, so it works!
I worked a wave chevron stitch. It’s a gentler version of the classic ripple afghan. The main stitch you use is a double crochet including double crochet increases (two stitches worked into the same stitch) and decreases (dc2tog – two sts turned into one stitch).
A Personal Interlude
I refuse to give up making my 80 wedding blankets, but as time passes and Stay Home orders remain in place, I can’t help but wonder if our December 2020 wedding will even be happening as planned. Will gatherings be allowed? Will they be limited to 100 people? 50 people? There’s so much information out there, much of it contradicting and ever changing, reporting differing ideas and scenarios. It’s a waiting game. We got engaged Thanksgiving Eve 2019 and by the beginning of December we had set our wedding date for early September 2020. We went into the new year enthusiastically, but it soon became apparent that we were going to have to postpone our wedding due to health issues and my fiance undergoing a major surgery scheduled for early Summer 2020 (and now we’re waiting to see if this will even happen as planned! Which is a huge worry because he desperately needs this operation). So after making a pros and cons list we moved our wedding date back to December 11, 2020. That was maybe 2 weeks before Coronavirus in the US became headline news. At first I felt relief that we’d postponed before the Spring 2020 weddings began looking for later dates. We’d barely managed to get a new date as it was. Now what?
Now I’ll continue making #80Blankets to give myself something to pour my energy into. In this time for me, and so many, being a crafter is saving my sanity and helping me maintain some sense of normalcy amid the chaos.
Pattern is multiples of 8 + 3
Chain (ch) 67
Foundation Row: double crochet (dc) in the 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in the next ch, [dc2tog over the next 2 ch] twice, 1 dc in the next ch, 2 dc in the next ch, *2 dc in the next ch, 1 dc in the next ch, [dc2tog over the next 2 ch] twice, 1 dc in the next ch, 2 dc in the next ch; rep from * to end of row, turn
Pattern Row: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in the first st, [dc2tog over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st, *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st, [dc2tog over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st; rep from * to end of row, turn
Continue working pattern row until piece measures 45″ or desired length
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
- rep = repeat
- st(s) = stitch(es)
Double Crochet 2 Together (dc2tog)
- Step 1: yarn over and insert hook through stitch
- Step 2: yarn over and pull a loop through
- Step 3: yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook
- Step 4: yarn over and insert hook through the next stitch
- Step 5: yarn over and pull a loop through
- Step 6: yarn over and pull through all loops on hook
- 1 stitch has been decreased