My mom’s mother (AKA my grandma) is a prolific quilter. She’s taught both my mom and me how to quilt and has equipped each lucky member of our extended family in enough cozy quilts to survive an apocalypse.
My mom had the idea to attempt a crochet blanket pattern that mimicked the construction and appearance of a vintage quilt, but was made with crochet stitches and yarn. If you’ve ever seen a Grandmother’s Flower Garden hexagon quilt, I bet you’ll agree that this crochet version captures the visual essence of that classic quilt design.
I’m so in love with my mom’s yarn-version of this Grandmother’s Flower Garden crochet blanket pattern. It is one of those projects that my eyes could dance over for hours. I hope these photos give you even a little bit of that same joy!
A SCRAP YARN CROCHET PROJECT MADE WITHOUT SCRAPS
If you’re someone who often uses the same weight of yarn or who saves every scrap in your stash, the Grandmother’s Flower Garden crochet blanket pattern is a great way to use up those scraps. Make sure the yarns you’re combining are nearly identical in gauge/weight and you’ll be working through that yarn stash in no time!
If, like me, you have a zillion yarn scraps in a zillion different weights, don’t worry! Cake yarn will come to your rescue!
This sample was made using just two skeins of cake yarn from Lion Brand. Do you see how many beautifully coordinated colors make and appearance in the blanket? It’s amazing! Specifically, my mom chose the “Pegasus” colorway of Mandala yarn and the “Sea Breeze” colorway of Cupcake yarn. These cake yarns are identical in gauge, so once they cakes are taken apart, the colors are completely interchangeable within the pattern.
A solid white border around each crochet hexagon in Lion Brand Pound of Love gives some visual balance to the pattern and because Pound of Love comes with a whopping 1,020 yards, you’ll only need one ball to complete your entire Grandmother’s Flower Garden crochet blanket.
BUT HOW MANY ENDS ARE THERE TO WEAVE IN?
I totally choose my projects based on how much annoying finishing work there is so I’m not judging you if you’re discarding this crochet hexagon blanket pattern all together because of the weave-in potential. Here’s the deal though–if you crochet over the tails of the hexagon rounds as you go, you’ll have just a handful of tails to weave in at the end. (Mostly from anywhere you cut the yarn in the joining process.) This is a a crochet project, not a weaving project! Yay!
HOW TO CHOSE WHICH CAKE YARN COLORS TO USE
The reason we liked the Lion Brand Mandala “Pegasus” and Cupcake “Sea Breeze” colors for the sample is because they offered a nice overlap of similar shades, while also providing enough variety that the resulting blanket could look scrappy and vintage in its variety.
If you’d like a more masculine color palette, you could try combining Lion Brand Mandala Baby “Echo Caves” and “Wishing Well” as they both offer a lot of gorgeous blues, browns and greens. (Pictured below.)
And if you’d like to make a more neutral Grandmother’s Flower Garden crochet blanket, Mandala “Harpy” and Cupcake “Coffee Break” would make a sophisticated combo.
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