Wrap Yourself in Love

Cool colours.

Cool colours.

So I'm a Redditor. I confess. I’m into the open format of sharing ideas with people around the globe.

Say what you will about r/politics, but the r/knitting and r/crocheting forums were, and continue to be my own little crafting-classrooms. There are few other settings where one can get instant feedback about an ongoing project, find an answer to a glitch in your pattern, or speak to thousands of other craftspeople without ever needing to leave the comfort of your living room. Sure, Ravelry is the platinum standard for pattern selling and sharing, but Reddit allows for a certain level of fluid communication that Ravelry has yet to achieve.

I have always found Reddit to be a wonderful, supportive community, and an essential source of inspiration for this needlework-noob. The r/crochet forum was actually where I first discovered the infamous Sophie's Universe by Dedri Uys. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it. And when my good friends Dee and Rob announced their upcoming wedding, I decided it was going to be for them.

Details of the  So-Love . 2017

Details of the So-Love. 2017

I was still relatively new to crocheting when I started, but I felt I had a good grasp of basic overlaying concepts, and early on I determined that I wanted to branch out a bit from the Universe. The Garden was my favorite part of Derdri's pattern, and made for the perfect foundation for my blanket, but where to go from there?

At this point I suppose I was lacking the experience to completely make something up, so I began looking for others who had taken their own road with the Sophie. I eventually came across Emma Aldous's Sophie loves Lilla Bjorn Winter Blanket and was abruptly re-inspired. Here was a crocheter who pulled different aspects from a number of patterns and artfully rearranged them to make her own gorgeous blanket. These were exactly the skills I was looking to learn! The next step was to find variations of borders in order to continue to increase the size of my blanket. I didn't have to venture far; Derdri already had a selection of stunning borders available on her own blog. I opted for her lace-like Banksia Border, alongside Anne Grethe Bjerregaard's Sophie's Universe Growing Up and Tatsiana Kupryianchyk's Circles of the Sun (the later of which Emma so brilliantly utilized in her variation of the Sophie). By the time I finished these layers, both my blanket and confidence had grown exponentially.

I knew already that I wanted to finish with Nana's Quad Cluster Border as designed by Dez Maunz, but I felt I needed a to add just one last layer of border before finishing off. I already had enough flowers, and needed more green. Maybe some leaves? Ok, go time. I began to free-hand, pulling from elements of the previous rounds. Skip a few stitches here, a few triple crochet-clusters there, and voila! I came up with an evenly spaced row of little tri-leaflets to complete my final border. Success!

Corner detail featuring the "Circles of the Sun".

Corner detail featuring the "Circles of the Sun".

I settled on the name So-Love for the wedding blanket because it was through my discovery of the Sophie, paired with inspiration from the Reddit community that I ventured out of my comfort zone. I also wanted the name to canonize the love between the bride and groom, the "lucky" guinea-pigs on which I am bestowing this Frankenstein gift!!!

I am immensely thankful to all of these artists for making their wonderful patterns available to the world.

Blocking the final blanket.

Blocking the final blanket.

My tri-leaflet border pattern goes like this:

*You will need a multiple of 6 stitches along each side of your blanket. You may wish to do a row of sc increases to get a multiple of 6, or adjust the pattern at the corners accordingly.*

Row 1

Starting in a corner space (2sc, ch2, 2sc), then sc across in mint green. Each corner will be (2sc, ch2, 2sc). Join with a slip stitch.

Row 2

Switch to teal green. Ch2 (this counts as your first dc), dc, ch2, 2dc in the corner. Skip 3 stitches. *Tr3tog cluster, ch2, tr3tog cluster, ch2, tr3tog cluster. Skip 6 stitches*. Repeat across. The last leaflet should fall 3 stitches before your corner. Skip 3 stitches and complete your next corner. Each corner will be (2dc, ch2, 2dc). Join your last cluster to your first corner with a slip stitch.

Row 3

Switch back to mint green. 2sc, ch2, 2sc in the corner. Sc 2 in the next two sitches, then dc in the space before the first leaflet. *Skip the top of the first leaflet, 3sc in next ch2 space, skip the top of the middle leaflet, 3sc in next ch2 space. Skip the top of the third leaflet and dc in the next space.* Repeat across to your final leaflet, then 2sc in the next two stitches and complete your next corner. Each corner will be (2sc, ch2, 2sc). Join with a slip stitch.

Yay, that's it! I hope you've enjoyed. Please feel free to leave comments below

Traci Bee

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