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Jack Skellington ~ C2C Blanket

Whew! I finished it in time! It took me most of my free time over the past 7 weeks. This Jack Skellington blanket is a gift for our son who is turning 16 very soon!

jack-skellyington-c2c-crochetstitchesbutterflykisses-1With the frequent colour changes I had a lot of ends to weave in. That got done as I worked the blanket simply because I couldn’t stand the mess!

I’m so glad that the inspiration to use the Corner to Corner pattern/stitch came to me because it was perfect for this project.  I don’t think I would have finished in time for my son’s birthday if I had done a traditional row by row pattern.  I wrote last month about making this pattern for the Jack blanket. For the edge; a straight stitch didn’t seem to go with the theme so I alternated between a single and a double stitch. It created a kind-of wonky, off beat edge.20170224_143902

Simply Soft by Caron was picked for the blanket because of the texture. I think if the texture wasn’t so important, I would have liked a ‘sturdier’ yarn for this big of a project.  Yet it is hard to feel any regret about my yarn choice. Caron’s Simply Soft is such a pleasure to hold for this many hours!

I’m often asked how long it takes to make.  I didn’t keep track of exactly how long it took me; I estimate that I was crocheting for around 70 hours. I also didn’t note how many balls of yarn I used!  (guess-timate 5 or 6 white and 2 or 3 black).  I do know that as with all my, blankets the spaces between the stitches are filled with love.

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Do I wait ’til his birthday to give it to him or shall I let him watch t.v. with it tonight?

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This blanket was inspired by Tim Burton’s movie.

On track with Jack Skellington blanket

Whew! I knew that I wanted to make a blanket for my son’s 16th, since I made a blanket for my daughter’s 16th. It’s been a creative challenge for me in many ways.

First finding a subject that spoke to who he is, what his interests are; took some time. He likes superheroes, their villains and ‘antiheroes’ but he found the patterns too ‘baby-ish’  He enjoys sports but again, none of the designs seemed right. At last, he decided that Jack Skellington would be a good theme. When I found a pattern it was a friendship bracelet design. Jack blanket attempt one

I toyed with a few ideas on how to turn the pattern into a bed sized blanket for a teenaged boy. At first, I thought I’d make a bunch of 2″ squares but the thought of sewing that many squares together was a bit overwhelming.  I then sat down and figured out how many double crochet stitches across / down would be needed so I could just go row by row (like a traditional blanket.)

I even had a start on the traditional style blanket before the holidays. However, I found some C2C blankets by RepeatAfterMe.com and I had my “ah-HA” moment. I watched a few videos, in particular, the how to make a Corner to Corner scarf by Crochet Crowd, were very helpful.

I printed the pixel pattern and added squares along the edges to make the pattern wide enough for a blanket. {It’s more of a long lap blanket.} The pattern I found didn’t have squares that are regular graph paper size so I had to draw the squares.  In the Crochet Crowd’s video, he talks about a website that will help you create patterns but that wouldn’t work for this design so….

C2C Pattern
C2C Pattern

Once this was done I could count the number of each colour squares in each diagonal row. I also noted up and down and where I would only be growing one side to create a rectangle vs the traditional C2C square.

I’m finally enjoying the journey for this blanket and feeling the pressure. I have just over a month to finish it before my not-so-little-man turns 16. I hope I’m as proud of this blanket as I am of him!

C2C Jack Skellington - in progress by Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

C2C Jack Skellington – in progress by Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

I have to weave those ends every few rows because it looks so messy and confusing!
I have to weave those ends every few rows because it looks so messy and confusing!

Can’t love what you’re making? Love who you’re making it for.

A friend asked me to make a hat set for her daughter and her daughters elves. I told her that I have yet to make a hat ‘successfully’. But she had faith that I could create something that she would like.

After many tries with various patterns, I finally ran out of time and had to give her my last attempt.

The hardest part is she had a hat in mind that didn’t have a pattern. So I now had to figure out how to make a hat and find a pattern that was close to what she wanted. I don’t think I succeed but she’s kind and said it was lovely. It was so much bigger than I imagined. My daughter says that because I’m not used to slouch hats.    20151124_100129

This project really hit home for me why I crochet. It’s the creative process that I enjoy. I like the colours and textures. I like figuring out the patterns.  It’s the joy of making it.

Having to make something that was picked by someone else by a specific time was work. I don’t think I could have finished this project if it wasn’t for someone I really liked. ( I was excited to find a project to use these adorable button with!!)

She asked for a slouch hat, a scarf and mittens plus matching hats/scarves for her daughter’s elves.

The rest of her order worked up well. I had fun creating tech covers. And I loved the yarn and pattern for the toddler/infant sets. Overall I was excited to create projects for this friend and was honoured that she asked me to make these for her. I hope her daughter enjoys them!

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The pattern for the slouch hat was easy to follow. You can find it at Cats-rockin-crochet.blogspot.com.au

The infant/toddler set’s patterns can be found in the post linked above.

The pattern that I used to make the scarf can be found at ravelry.com/patterns/library/no-holes-baby-blanket

I made some slight changes to the mitten pattern found at redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-mittens-all

For the mittens: I shortened the cuff by a few stitches and did 20 rows for the cuff. Which meant 20 stitches for the round that creates the hand part. From their I followed the pattern for child (adjusting for the extra stitches.) I did this because the child’s size is too small and the woman’s is too big for a 10 yrs old girl.