The Crochet Puffy Flower Fun Day Blanket is a stitch along with our friends at JOANN.
Its original thought was to learn gauging by using modern blooms as a feature. The finished blanket is approximately 50″ x 58″ without the pom-pom bobble trim.
In this stitch along you can expect to learn the following over the next 5 weeks (tutorials).
- Gauge Importance
- Puffy Flower
- Bobble Pom Pom Stitch
- Puff Stitch
- Puff Daisy Stitch
- Puff Flower Stripes
- Flat Stitch Joining
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Tutorials are at the bottom of this article and will release as they are revealed each week.
Alternative Colour Options
Due to inventory levels, Yarnspirations has come up with more colour options but there’s not a sample done with it at this time.
This is a JOANN Program using yarn that they have on the shelf and on JOANN.com. Keep in mind, not all locations of JOANN will have this yarn. JOANN doesn’t ship beyond the USA.
There are two different versions of this blanket but the only difference is the colouring.
- In version 1, there are 5 colours in play that include Caron One Pound’s Off White, Living Coral, Sunflower, Soft Sage and paired with Caron Jumbo’s Garden Grows.
- In version 2, there are only 2 colours used which are Caron One Pound’s Off White and Caron Jumbo’s Zinnias.
Both colourways pop! The pattern colours are meant to jump out of the background with a modern blossom feel to mark 2021’s spring season.
For those who don’t have access to Caron One Pound, we have the yards and meters for each colour. Just look at the ball band for the yards or meters if you are substituting. This is also listed on the pattern, so it’s not top secret.
Total yards and meters for the colour are at the end of each line.
- Caron One Pound, Off White 1 Ball – 609 yds / 557 m
- Caron One Pound, Living Coral 1 Ball – 715 yds / 654 m
- Caron One Pound, Sunflower 1 Ball – 406 yds / 371 m
- Caron One Pound, Soft Safe 1 Ball – 376 yds / 344 m
- Caron Jumbo, Garden Grows 1 Ball – 306 yds / 280 m
Total yards and meters for the colour are at the end of each line.
- Caron One Pound, Off White 2 Balls – 993 yds / 908 m
- Caron Jumbo, Zinnias 3 Balls – 1515 yds / 1385 m
Last Year’s Stitch Along
This crochet blanket is called the Woven Pattern Mosaic Crochet Blanket designed by Erin Black for Yarnspirations.
It is a crochet stitch sampler and one of Erin’s strengths is overlays and building patterns by having colours jump in front or behind stitches to form the shapes.
The blanket is 50″ wide x 61″ long.
You will see the hook size is 6 mm / J Hook. However, we will be running gauge checks. In certain weeks I used a 6 mm / J Hook and other weeks I used a 6.5 mm / K hook instead to match the gauge. Your gauge checking is important.
When piecing together projects, many of us, including myself, end up with projects where we question our sanity of whether things will fit together properly. Gauge checking is also critical in wearables where something must be close to fit a person or object.
Erin Black, Yarnspirations Designer, wanted to convey the importance of gauge for lessons that we will take with us for a lifetime. If you follow the gauge on this example, you will have a perfectly flat afghan. To some of you, that may be an accomplishment on its own.
During critical moments, we will do wet blocking and that is demonstrated in the tutorials as well. I found I blocked around supper time, took the damp towel off by 9 pm and let the project dry overnight before continuing on. For the squares, I didn’t get right back to the project the next day and left it pinned to the board for a few days.
Look at how well that centre rectangle puzzled in. I was in disbelief. No camera tricks or angles! It worked.
During the Making of The Tutorial
The original series was to be 4 weeks but I noticed that my own flow and zen were interrupted by doing the gauge swatches. For when the gauge is critical to know, I would rather know what my outcome is to be and when I am ready for the pattern itself, I am excited to go.
The gauge swatch of Week #1 will allow you to get an understanding of the Daisy Puffy Stitch and get used to it before actually doing it on the project. I found myself, after a few rows of it, my consistency locked in on the gauge itself. Once I was ready for the actual project, my consistency was already set in my hand tension on knowing what to do.
So the gauge check will include the fancy stitches to get an advance preview. The gauge will also be able to do the square to check it but the tutorial to actually do the square is in Week 2. So you will be able to try the square motifs in advance as well.
During a meeting, I tabled the idea of pulling the gauges out of the pattern and push them a week early before the Stitch Along began. This would allow people more time to do their gauge checks in advance with the yarn they have selected. So thus, there’s a pre-week to this Stitch Along.
By the time you hit weeks 1 to 4. Your gauges are already known. This means, once you get your clues, you already know your hook size and tension so you can start right away. I would rather know these details before a project begins, versus midway through.
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Tutorials will release in both right and left-hand versions as they come out each week. Each video is closed-captioned and the language can be changed using the subtitle option.
March 22nd – Pre Week
March 29th – Week 1
April 5th – Week 2
April 12th – Week 3
April 19th – Week 4
Comments on “Crochet Puffy Flower Fun Day Blanket Stitch Along + Tutorial”
I am a knitter most of the year but you always tempt me with your crochet blanket patterns. I have recently finished the mosiac blanket and now this one. Thanks for all the videos, they really do help.
It’s really our pleasure. We are here to help.
I am ready for week #3. Quick question. I used a J hook for the squares per my gauge check and a K hook for the center gauge check. Since the border has puff stitches and double crochets, which hook would you recommend I use?
I believe the gauge check is the same as the first week for this one.
I have 160 set up stitches on my side rows.
I am ending with a middle flower at stitch #160. I have sketched out 160 stitches following the pattern and end up. exactly with that half flower instead of the 4 double crochets. Maybe 166 stitches to allow for the 2 space and final 4 double crochets????
PLEASE HELP! Thanks.
Found it! 160 stitch okay!!! Walked away for a bit and it worked out when I tried the second time after ripping out tbe first try. Thanks anyway.
I’m starting to hate this pattern I’m only on the center panel and I’ve had to start over four times because the count is off, yes I’m following the pattern and I’m using stitch markers.
I would just quit then Michelle. Don’t do anything you don’t enjoy. Don’t force yourself through this as you will only become more frustrated.
I was looking at the instructions for week 3. It says it’s worked over 100 sts and 160 sts. I can see the 100 sts since it’s 5 motifs across the top, but along the side there are 6 motifs so since there are 20 stitches along the side of each one that would only be 120 stitches. Looking forward to the video on Monday.
Thanks Barb, I received your email as well. Hopefully Monday’s video will clear somethings up for you. fingers crossed.
Love working with Mickey, this is my first crochet along. What is the measurements of the center block when you block it. Thank You
How do I get the pre week instructions for blocking and the gauge? I can find the video but not a hard copy.
Please help…I have encountered a problem. I’m doing the first row (puff daisy panel) and instructions say 44 stitches. I am getting 50. I did 59 chains as instructed. I have counted my stitches multiple times. I have 8 half daisies and 2 sc on each end of the row. It looks like that is the same as in the photo on the pattern. I’m counting each sc as 1 and each puff as 1 (4 stitches per 1/2 daisy). Please help! I can’t wait to continue this project…I’m on spring break! 🙂 Thank you.
Can you send me a photograph to our helpdesk. [email protected] I cannot tell without seeing your example. I will try to get back to you tomorrow.
Hi, Do you have 58 of the orange/ contrast stitches? I found them easier to count. Also, do you have 8 full flowers? I started with 59 chains and followed Mickey’s tutorial as my printer was down. Hope this helps!
An update to the pattern has been done this morning. There should be 8 half flowers along the bottom in Row 1. Hope that helps. The stitch counts for Row 1 and 2 were off.
Ordered yarn and it arrived in time. Did my swatches…. but it is KILLING ME that the releases are Mondays. I have the weekends to play and am busy as heck during the week. Patience is not my strongest trait… lol.
How do I get the pattern to print.
At the moment, 6 pages are available, they are for gauge and blocking tips. The actual pattern will start releasing in pieces on Monday the 29th
This is my third spring stitch along with you!
I absolutely love your tutorials and have been able to crochet things I would NEVER have even thought about doing before. My confidence has soared! I really appreciate your tips and explanations of how things work out, they make total sense to me.
I am doing the 2021 spring stitch along in cream and garden grows. Finished doing all my gauge checks and am looking forward to getting this project underway?
If the motif gauge swatch comes out can you just go ahead and do all of them? If so, how many are there?
Stand by… I think it’s 18. I’m reading ahead to make sure.
18 it is. confirmed. The colour breakdown will come out on Week 2 but if you are venturing on your own colours, you don’t need to wait for that.
I Just want you to know that
I’am going to be doing the 2 tone white and Zinnias
If I get a
Any more yarn my poor husband will be living In the Shed Out Back ?
I’m very excited to do another
Thank You Always for All You Do
Do You Ever Sleep by Squares
God Bless You For Ever
Your The Only One Who Taught Me How to Expand My Love For Crocheting
Before I Found You I Only Knew How to make Granny Squares
Thank You Mikey
Love You Always
♥️& ? to You and D Dan♥️
Ordered Your Book Cant Wait For It To Come
I find it horribly funny that I could find the Zinnias at my JOANN store but I can’t find the live coral for the life of me. But I’ve improvised
This looks amazing! It will be my first time doing a stitch-along in real time with everyone! Thankfully the yarn for option 1 is available at my local store. The last time I had Joann ship yarn to me it took a month! And it was in stock! I also kept getting emails that “Your order will be here tomorrow!” when it was not the case. Checking the tracking number would reveal it was still in some other state. Just an FYI if you are having it shipped to you! Thanks to Mikey and Erin!
Videos are set to release on the date said above for each. Closed Captioning has been provided as well.
I love this and would like to follow along. Was wondering if there is a way to get notifications when each video is released?
Yes, our YouTube will do that if you subscribe to the channel. 🙂
Love the new crochet along, but I can’t find the Caron jumbo zinnias on Joann’s website. Can you please help
This is only available at a JOANN store location at this time. They are working to see if they can get it listed online.
My little store doesn’t carry Caron Zinnias and I can’t track in anywhere online. Do you have any recommendations for a replacement?
I am looking for Zinnias also. Can’t find it at store or online at Joanns or Amazon.
What did you end up doing?
Are you going to substitute a different color? If so, which one?
I’ll have to thing about it and let you know what I end up with.
The tutorial on gauge swatches and wet blocking should be very helpful. When I do gauge swatches, I always end up having to use a different size hook. Sometimes larger and sometimes smaller. I think some of it has to do with the yarn type. This looks like fun!
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