What do you get when you combine crochet, some charm squares, and an evening of watching the latest BBC adaptation of your favorite Jane Austen novel (love Sally Hawkins btw!)? Pure bliss and the beginnings of a fusion crochet blanket.
I know that it almost goes without saying, but I'm convinced that there is definitely something to watching English period dramas while hand-stitching. ; ) It's like peanut butter and jelly--they just go together.
You may at this point also be wondering what the heck is a fusion crochet blanket? Well it's the perfect combination of fabric and crocheting (perfect much like before-mentioned delicious sandwich). ; ) You start with charm squares sewn back-to-back, add a little blanket-stitched edge, and crochet to join. It makes for a fun and varied project that is perfect for quilters-who-like-to-crochet or crocheters-who-like-to-sew.
|Photo by Heidi of Sewing Daisies|
I'm working off a pattern created by the very talented Heidi of Sewing Daisies. There are actually a few of her fantastic tutorials and patterns that I find I must make for myself (like this one), so I decided to get started with this fairly simple project to ease back into crocheting. I actually first heard about this pattern (and Heidi) through the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along, hosted this past summer at Little Miss Shabby. I couldn't join in at the time, but I did bookmark all of the posts and the pattern of course so that I could return to it later. Now that it's getting colder, it seemed like the right time to break out my charm packs of Domestic Bliss and get to crocheting. I find that I always need a little bit of hand work to do in the evenings and this fits the bill nicely. It's a slow process for sure, but I like the calm rhythm of slow work, especially to relax.