Sunday, October 14, 2018

Snowman C2C Blanket

I have been working on this project for the past couple of weeks for one of my winter projects.  I wanted a Snowman with a Redbird.  When I was a young girl, I vividly remember painting the Plaster of Paris Cardinals/Redbirds during this time of the year in elementary school — and I loved taking my time and making mine as pretty as I could to gift to my mom.

And, of course, I grew up in the mountains of West Virginia - so I absolutely LOVE snow and wintertime.  Sadly, however, in North Carolina, I don’t get to enjoy the heavy snowfall as I did during my childhood unless I travel back home.

Snowman C2C Blanket 
Size:  Approximately 36" x 36"

--6.0mm hook
--1 skein each of #4 worsted weight yarn in light blue, red, white and black; and a very small amount of orange and yellow
--tapestry needle for weaving ends

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
Sk:  skip
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off

Special Note:
This blanket can be made several ways, using different stitch techniques.  
1.  C2C with HDC and Ch5 stitches;
2.  C2C with DC and Ch6 stitches;
3.  SC stitches working right to left of the graph.

I worked my C2C blanket using Ch5 and HDC stitches.  If desired, you can use Ch6 and DC stitches.  If you use DC stitches, please note you may require an extra skein of yarn in light blue and white.

I had so many ongoing projects during the fall that I opted to leave the "Let It" (top border) and "Snow" bottom border off of mine and just completed a few rounds of stitches for my border.  

For the C2C version, you will start in the lower right hand corner and work the increase rows diagonally.  Once you complete the center diagonal row, you will then start your decrease rows. 

Below is a picture halfway through this project when I started the decrease rows.
I loved the cardinal on this graph.  I think it looks so pretty.

Once you complete the graph, you will then either complete the top and bottom graph borders, make your own border or use the border rounds I made.

1.  For the first round of the border, with light blue yarn, you will complete a round of SC st, placing 3 SC st in each corner.  Sl st join to the first st and Ch1.  Here is a picture of the first round of the border completed.
2.  For this round, you will place 1 HDC st in each st around, placing 3 HDC st in each corner.  Sl st join to the first st and Ch1. 
3-4.  Rep #2.  At the end of Round 4, FO light blue yarn and weave ends.
5.  Join white yarn in and st and Ch1.  For this round, I made a *blanket st, Ch1, Sk1, SC next st, Ch1, Sk1* rep around, placing 2 HDC, Ch1, 2 HDC in each corner.  (if you have to manipulate a stitch here and there to make this work, then that's okay).  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.
6.  For this round, you will place HDC st into the previous round's st and Ch.  2 HDC, Ch1, 2HDC in each corner.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1. 
7-9.  Rep #6
10.  For the final round, *SC in first st, Sk2 st, 5 HDC in next st, Sk2 st,* rep around.  Place 2 HDC, Ch1, 2HDC in each corner.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.

And, here is a picture of the finished border.

C2C Snowman Graph

Top Border:

Bottom Border:

I hope you will enjoy this cute Snowman and Redbird/Cardinal C2C Blanket pattern.  Please comment and/or email me with any questions.
Happy Crocheting...
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