The Study of Series by me was developed back many years ago during the recreation of a project I had free-formed back in 2013.
The blanket was using Bernat Mosaic Yarn and I was captivated by the colouring. I decided to through the blanket stitches that I knew but I had significant buckling issues with it.
The blanket sucked in in the middle so much that it warped. I had free-formed to bring the shape back but realized, I couldn’t write a pattern very well. So it was my own journey.
I had taken it to craft shows as an example of what I can do, of course, when people love something. What’re the first words out of their mouth? “Where’s the pattern!” There was no pattern.
Over the years, Daniel kept reminding me about the uniqueness of this blanket and that I really need to figure out a way to design it and write the pattern. This began the journey of what we know today. The Study of… Series by me.
One of the biggest joys I have with my series is that I can go in any direction I wish. The series doesn’t suggest a shape or stitch structure. The only thing that remains constant is that each blanket is a stitch sampler.
Sometimes the blankets work themselves out easily in the design phase while others are nail biters trying to get it to work. Of course, with complexity, there are always error somewhere in the pattern. I’ve come to accept that, while I get, to some, as the pattern is launching they want an error-free pattern. Don’t we all.
The name of The Study came to me while designing the first written pattern version of The Study of Texture. We were watching one of Daniel’s joys, a travelling chef on Netflix. The chef was doing the Study of Berries trying to determine the best. The name of The Study really hit me and thought, I’m doing the study of stitches and primarily an exploration of textures.
Over the years, I have developed several in my series and one of them, I collaborated with Jeanne to include texture and really unique stitchwork.
Below is the Study of Series, some you may have missed.
The Study of Texture Afghan
The Study of Texture Afghan was the first of many that came out of my mind. Part of the issues during the launch was that I filmed the pattern from my notes and not the actual finished PDF. It worked on camera but didn’t work in the PDF. So there was a bit of a hiccup with this.
So the videos today match my notes but don’t match the PDF. So in this version, you can either follow the video 100% or follow the pattern but they don’t match each other. Filming a blanket takes about 60 hours. So it requires motivation and there’s never a guarantee I will get it right the second time.
Thousands of crocheters have made this design and the results are so awesome.
The Study of Planet Earth
This was originally going to be a circle to a hexagon to a square but I couldn’t figure out how to get to a square without a lot of song and dance. On TV was a documentary about the earth’s stability and layers. As I was crocheting this, I thought to myself, maybe the blanket could represent The Study of Planet Earth. So that became my motivation for stitches applied to it.
The Study of Transition & Texture
The Crochet Study of Transition & Texture Afghan is a simpler textured-based project. As an educator, sometimes I just want to crochet for myself without the pressure. So I looked at the Red Heart Colorscape and thought to myself, what can I do with this yarn and satisfy my need to crochet without a lot of thought after I have learned the design and just hook and be happy in my own free time.
This Study allowed me to sit back and watch TV without a lot of concentration. It’s one of the most popular in the series but never hit the mainstream in pattern listing on Yarnspirations as others have.
The Study of Flowers Afghan
aka Flora Afghan
A major series focused on large squares with 3D flowers popping up from them. This is the Flora Afghan.
A crocheter had asked me to design the Chrysanthemum Square from the free pattern from Yarnspirations with the Chrysanthemum Dishcloth. I figured it out but the very next day, the idea morphed.
I was sitting one weekend as Daniel was watching Monty Don’s exploration of gardens. We binged it. In the first episode, I thought, what if made a square that looked like something I had seen. In an artistic way, of course.
There are 7 different squares in this series that are all the same size. You can mix and match and have a lot of colour play. In fact, during a live broadcast from my desk, this wall art is hanging in a frame. Here are the instructions for this particular adaptation of the Flora Afghan. It’s the same pattern as the Flora but miniaturized with Patons Grace Yarn.
You can actually make the afghan all with 1 square as well. I made the Lilies in August square as a separate blanket altogether. You can have some fun with this design to mix, match, customize or whatever.
Crochet Better Together Afghan
Collaboration is tough when two people have opposing views of what the pattern should be. However, it causes you to examine your goals and where you need to flex the strategy. Jeanne and I developed this one and we realized, instead of surprising each other, we come up with a strategy. By the end of the development of this Better Together Afghan, each of us had our signature look inside one fabulous project.
The Study of Possibilities Afghan
This afghan hasn’t come out yet but is still in pattern testing mode. Daniel suggested that we come up with a plan to crochet from the outside inward. So the octagons are made first and then built-in back to the centre. It looks complicated but it’s really not. As a design, it was tough but once you see it step by step, you realize it’s all about the pie shapes.
This is unknown when this will launch. It will be in 2021 at some point.
The Study of ….
We have a summer edition but the idea is still in my head. It’s planned for summer 2021 with our annual launch of the summer stitch along. I don’t have details. I need to pull out my graph paper, pencil, eraser and get to work.
The Study of The Journey
Started in Summer of 2020 and finally completed near the end of September 2020 was The Study of the Journey. This version will be in our first book ever to be published. The original was done in Caron Cotton Cakes but then halfway through, I thought there may be a possibility that the yarn may not be available. So I switched it to something else.
The finished afghan is much bigger than the original. The journey is about the stitches I have learned along with my life, aka the journey. Mixing the stitches together in harmony. The centre of this square afghan is incredible and really amazing. I cannot wait for you to see it.
I got stuck on this journey by the end of the summer and didn’t know where the journey should go. Of course, in the time of Covid-19, a lot of our futures is up in the air. I took a trip to Prince Edward Island, Canada. Remember, at the time, C-19 had no cases there and Maritime Bubble was established so could travel between the provinces without much risk of C-19.
I used the trip to gain traction. With a strategy to push, I went to Michaels Stores and looked at some tearaway patterns by Yarnspirations. One inspired me for texture. So it became part of the journey for that weekend. By the time the weekend was over, my journey blanket was crocheted. It’s been tested several times since.
This blanket is the main feature of the book and I cannot show it at this time.