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The One With the Circle Blanket

Mixing it up a little, this project involves hooks. Of the crochet variety. I don’t meet a lot of men who like to crochet and who will admit it. But they way I see it, if what I make is just plain awesome, no one can make fun of me. Besides, it’s not only therapeutic, the patterns remind me of computer code so I find I can naturally comprehend the more complicated ones.

This project required some new tools. I got myself a cool set of bamboo handle hooks and ordered a custom made case off Etsy that rolls up when not in use.

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I made this blanket for my youngest daughter just before she was born. Every year my family vacations in the San Juan Islands which includes a lot of sitting on the beach. So every year I have a crochet/knitting project to keep my busy.

The first step in creating this circle blanket is, well, to create circles. A lot of circles. As is my custom, I researched several existing patterns online and ended up creating my own that was kind of a hybrid of three different ones to give me the look I wanted.

To get the overall size I wanted, I calculated I needed 9 rows and 7 columns which means 63 total circles. Relying on my wife’s excellent sense of color, I let her choose 9 different colors of yarn for the circles.

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Once the circles were completed (and all loose ends woven in, ug!) I went around each with a very light shade of grey, using various heights of stitches which effectively created a square around each circle.

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I went through several options for choosing the pattern of the circles. I ended with this one because it looks pretty random, but actually has a specific, repeating pattern.

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After that is was a simple matter of connecting all the rows, and then all the columns. The ending result is amazing and this blanket sits on my couch to this day.

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Here are some of the tools and supplies I used in this project. If you are interested in one, take a look. You get a fun product, I get a fun commission. Thanks!

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