I love to crochet.
It is one of the ways I enjoy passing time. Creating something beautiful from a ball of yarn is very rewarding! I also love how you can customize the look of your project with the colors and type of yarn you choose.
In mid-January, my friends started tagging me in a Facebook post for a beautiful With All My Heart blanket, whose pattern can be purchased here on Etsy.
You may know the one…
Can you see why I fell in love? It’s stunning!
When Michael’s had all of their yarn on sale, plus and extra 20% off your entire order coupon, I knew it was time to take the plunge and buy the pattern!
I’ll not lie…this pattern takes a TON of yarn to complete – 17 skeins as written. But at $2 a skein on sale, plus the extra 20% off, it wasn’t a horrible expense. (Side note…why does everyone think homemade items are cheap? I can attest that yarn is very expensive on a daily basis!)
This is the yarn I decided to go with for this project. It’s bulky (5), and soft! I am enjoying working with it!
The hardest part for me was deciding on a color palette. I knew I didn’t appreciate the color palette in the original blanket post, mainly because I didn’t feel that brown and gray went together very well!
When you’re choosing a color palette, you have to consider not only what will look good together, but also what colors are available in the yarn you want to work with! That, my friends, is the really tricky part!
This is the color palette I finally decided to go with…
I purchased 7 skeins of Off White, 6 of Charcoal, and 1 each of the remaining colors. That’s a lot of yarn! (Note – I had to go back and buy one more skein of off white to finish the edging – so you might want to start with 8 skeins)
I also spent time deciding how I wanted my hearts to flow, and I came up with a pattern where I altered the starting color for each panel, but kept the pattern the same.
The pattern I chose is gray, purple, dark pink, light pink, dark pink, purple, gray. Continue ascending and descending until you have the correct number of hearts for your panel!
My absolute least favorite part of making this blanket is sewing the hearts together. When I’m done with this blanket, I’m going to work on a way to crochet the hearts together in one piece, thereby avoiding the sewing. I know there’s got to be a way! (And if you have already discovered that trick, please share it with me! I would love to make another blanket like this if it didn’t have all that sewing!)
For this With All My Heart blanket, I chose to finish off each panel, rather than use the written “join as you go” method. Instead, I used a single crochet with wrong sides together to create this raised effect between each panel. I really love how it looks!
I also decided to alter the color of the slip stitch round on the heart panels, creating a different look. This meant that I had to carefully watch my panel placement, so as to create the most appealing look!
While completing the edging, I ran out of yarn! Oh no!
Fortunately, Michael’s was still running their yarn sale, so off I went to buy one last skein of off white!
I absolutely love the edging of the With All My Heart blanket! The alternating front and back post double crochet creates such a beautiful ribbing to finish off the blanket!
So, here’s the finished product!
What do you think?
Are you ready to grab the pattern yourself and give it a go?
Would you rather just purchase the completed With All My Heart blanket?
Either way, drop me a comment and let me know what you think! Would you choose different colors? Different joining? What would you change? Keep the same?
I’d love to know!
Thanks for crafting with me! Till next time!