Mini-lotus

Hot off the hook: this is my latest crochet project, a miniature version of the spectacular “Lotus Flower Blanket” pattern by Hooked by Robin. I made a full-sized version of this last summer, and it was so lovely that I knew I would want to make it again. And now I have.

The details: the yarn is Red Heart “It’s A Wrap — Rainbow” in the colourway “fiesta”. This is a 2-weight, unplied cotton-acrylic gradient, and I used a 4.5mm hook which felt just about right. I cast on not long after Tertia was born — I think, anyway, it’s all a little hazy — so it took about a month of on-again off-again work.

The “It’s a Wrap” yarn is about half the length of a skein of Scheepjes Whirl (which is what the pattern calls for) so I only went to row 33, which made my last row a bit fringey instead of ending on a row of petals like the pattern specifies. But I liked the effect of that just fine, so I added a row of single crochet all around to neaten up the edge and give the fringe a little more weight. You can kind of see it in the picture below.

It’s a good thing I decided to end that way instead of trying for another row of petals, because I would definitely have run out of yarn otherwise! In the end I only had about two feet left, which is not a wide margin when you’re dealing with these sort of lengths. The finished piece is just about the right size to cover one of our side tables, or to be used as a pretty centerpiece on a full-size table. Or I suppose it’s a good size to use as a lap blanket in the car. I didn’t really have a use in mind when I started; I just wanted to make something.

I have another skein of the same yarn in the same colourway, and I’m debating whether to try my hand at a shawl of some sort… or just make another lotus!

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