Designer Spotlight: Mod Floral Blanket by Lisa Clarke
You might say that Lisa Clarke inherited her love of crochet from her grandmother. More specifically, she inherited 123 granny squares when her grandmother passed away in 2011. She then taught herself how to crochet and used her granny’s squares to make special gifts for other members of her family. It wasn’t long before she was hooked and designing patterns of her own!
Read more about Lisa’s “Project: Granny Square”
Lisa’s Mod Floral Blanket features an eight-petal flower motif shaped into traditional granny squares and finished with scalloped edging. The colorful blanket is crocheted in several shades of our Vintage yarn. Lisa stuck with a mostly red-orange, blue-green color scheme, but she explains how you can incorporate more colors (for stash-busting purposes) in her pattern.
How did you come up with this design?
After crocheting blankets for both of my sons, I wanted something for me that would have a more feminine vibe. I spent a long time experimenting with flower designs and, once I had one I liked, it took me even longer to determine the best way to surround it with white. It was surprisingly difficult to come up with something attractive that didn’t distort the flower shape, and would still fit together nicely with the other motifs.
How did you decide on the yarn?
When I was working with my grandmother’s old granny squares, I needed a washable yarn to use for connecting the squares together, and for crocheting additional rounds where needed. I liked that Vintage is washable, reasonably priced and has some wool content. Plus, it just has such a nice feel to it! When it came time to design my first blanket, I started with the Vintage in my stash and just added to it as necessary.
What’s your favorite thing about knitting/crocheting?
I’m not really about the process. For me, it’s the finished product that gets me excited. That said, I have found in recent years that I no longer can watch TV in the evenings without some kind of stitching in my hands. Multi-tasking in this way has kept me from feeling like a couch potato. It’s hard to feel lazy when you’re creating something beautiful. I love that.