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My fam and I live in California and we love it. We love it so much that even when we go on vacation, we travel to other California cities. The only exception to this situation is our trips to Seattle. The state of Washington offers something so different and magical that we can’t resist.
As much as we love sunny and warm days in California, and hot sand and cool waves of the beaches here, the dark lash greens and the moist cool air of Washington just call to our hearts.
One of the most gorgeous things you can see when visiting Seattle and the surrounding towns is Puget Sound. A gorgeous body of water, half-river, half-lake, all ocean water, it’s wide and grand and peaceful. It’s full of slow sailing ships, and small boats, and sometimes a killer whale finds its way into it.
Puget Sound meanders between the cliffs and flatlands that make up its banks. The views from the top of some of those cliffs are so breathtaking.
My nephew who lives up in that area took us to see Puget Sound from a high point and it was so gorgeous. That memory was unforgettable and I had to make a special blanket just for this amazing place.
The feel of that place is so rustic and earthy and close to nature, and I knew I wanted to use a rustic kind of yarn.
I turned to my favorite wool-blend yarn, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick from Lion Brand Yarns in color Oatmeal. The color is so cozy and warm, it just made me think of a log cabin somewhere in the deep green Washington forest, with a fire crackling nearby, while the Puget Sound was flowing nearby.
The blanket needed to be super cozy and soft, so I went for a bigger than the suggested hook.
I noticed that this yarn gets kind of stiff if you use the suggested 9mm hook, so I use a 15 mm hook instead. The one I have is also from Lion Brand company, it’s a 15 mm/Q hook that I use in most of my thick blanket designs.
In this blanket design, I tried out the stitch I was dying to try, HDC BLO. I wanted to make a blanket using this stitch because it comes out looking totally like knitting, even though it’s crochet!
Because of the ridges that this stitch creates, the blanket comes out totally textured and thick and squishy. It looks the same on both sides, so it’s reversible.
The look is clean and minimalist and would stand the test of time. It’s also very repetitive, so it’s excellent for a relaxing kind of crochet where you don’t have to count every stitch. Just zone out and get lost in the project.
This blanket will make a great addition to your home. In the living room, thrown over your couch or layered over other blankets on your bed. This blanket will also make a great gift for a loved one or a friend. Make one and wrap them in your love.
Want to make your own?
Grab your copy of the Puget Sound Crochet Blanket pattern here. For more crochet blanket patterns, check out the Crochet Pattern category on the Kind Of Knit blog or hop over to my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Shop.
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