Pacific Circles No. 3

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Brights and pastels alike join together beautifully in this playful and crisp blanket – the picot edging is divine!

Design Profile

  • Location: South Carolina
  • Pattern: Flowers in the Snow (Ravelry link) Main blog here – great stuff!
  • Materials: Hobby Lobby “I love this yarn” and Red Heart Super Saver (I buy from knitting-warehouse.com for a softer product!) – Background white is Lion Brand “Pound of Love”
  • Construction: 88 circles made and joined continuously – eyelet and picot edge added as I describe below.
  • Similar Pieces: Pacific Circles
  • Design Inspiration:  See more below!
  • Shop this piece: Etsy

This piece started out so easy for me! I breezed through 88 Flowers in the Snow type circles, matching pretty colors and feeling good about using my yarn remnants. Yay!

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On Instagram

I have seen this piece made by crafters all over the Internet, but I’ve never had the pleasure of making this bright-against-white version. (I’ve made 2 other versions that I have never actually posted on my blog! Posts coming soon!) Then, I received a custom request to make a blanket similar to the one below. I wish I knew who to credit for the photo – I looked all over the web and could not find the source..

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Okay, so I buzzed through the circles, then when it came time to join, the design got a little more complicated for me.. I knew I wanted a continuous join-as-you-go, but when I tried out a couple of them, they just didn’t look right. First I tried the actual Flowers in the Snow join. Too lacy!

Then I tried the Attic24 join. Love it, but wanted something different! Since the circles have chain 1 spaces in between DC groups, they really call for a granny border with chain spaces. BUT I felt like it was way too sparse with that method. I wanted a fuller look.

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 So, I ended up omitting the chains between DC groups and just doing 4DC groups on the “sides” instead of 3, as shown below.

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Progress shots and the final border decision below! Woooo!

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How do I make my layout? The short answer: I don’t! I just quickly grab whichever circle I think should go next. I understand that many crafters obsess over their layouts, but I believe in following your instinct when you are in the moment.

It is rare for me to plan a layout; although, don’t get me wrong, I used to. I would lay everything out, then take a reference photo and consult it during construction. Nowadays, when I see blankets that are so well balanced and obviously meticulously planned, I realize that I prefer the random layouts that sort of ebb and flow color-wise, guiding your eyes around the piece.

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When it came time to do the edging, I went ahead and added the chain 1 spaces back in to keep everything even. Then, I made a DC, chain 1 eyelet round and added a picot to that. My go-to picot is simply (Chain 3, SC through side bar of BASE stitch – not through first of the 3 chains.. SC and continue.)

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On Etsy

 

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