The Study of Possibilities Throw

The Study of Possibilities Throw

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Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Introducing the next ‘Crochet Study’ that will be coming out later this year, 2021. It’s The Study of Possibilities Throw.

This is a sneak preview. I don’t want to rush the steps so they can be properly tested and the pattern is written without a lot of added pressure. 

It is the blanket that gives me the honour to claim as being a designer as this throw is an essence of texture and methodical thought. But wait, there’s more to the story.


The Push For Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities. A day to design the standard octagon motif. 

Diva Dan has the natural ability to point, suggest and also be the antagonist to do better. He can tell when I skimp versus trying my best. Sometimes that doesn’t work in my favour as, at times, I am okay with settling. With this blanket, he kept saying to me, “You know it’s possible, figure it out!” 

He gave his marching orders to do up 8 octagons and put them together and work backwards! Like who does that! Pahlease!

BACKWARDS? Is he sucking the yarn fumes a bit much… gee wiz!

I protested, more like whined and said, but that’s a lot of work. He says you want to be a designer, prove it. Here’s the challenge. He asks me, do you think it can be done and I thought, “Yeah, anything is possible but the question is my own personal motivation and what if people hate the idea!”

He told me to knock off the doubt and stop caring what others think in the design. You’ve done well if one person likes the design.

Stop being ‘like that’ and just try. I’m going to try, but I am so scared of failure! It’s better not to try, therefore you don’t face failure! He says stop playing games, try and see what happens! 


The March Forward

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

I crocheted the first example in a solid colour, which is typical so I can see the design without the influence of colour.

Daniel picked 7 colours from the Caron One Pound Line for me to try. Later the same day after the design was completed for the octagon, I mixed up the colours the best I could and it became the layout for the design.

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Like anything I do in this field, I do everything like an assembly line so I don’t have to refer to the instructions often. With 1 motif completely done as the role model for the rest. I did the other 7 over 3 – 4 evenings. I started Dec 22, 2020 to put this in perspective.

I was anxious to see how on earth it will look puzzled together. So with eagerness now, I am hooked on the project. Don’t tell Diva Dan now, I need to play the ‘feel sorry for me card’ as much as I can, you know!

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Of course, I have to lay this out once in a while to see the vision. Diva Dan has foresight, I have don’t have the ability which is why I cannot decorate or pick colours. I lack imagination at times in this area. I can see stitches and stuff come together, but the colouring is beyond me.

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities


I Blew Out Brain Cells

I blew out brain cells trying to figure this UFO project! OMG, I thought I was going to have a bitch fit. How do I start! Daniel would walk by.

“Figure it out!” OMG, say that to me one more time… don’t test me! I’m not in the mood for your games! 

Mikey Design Graphing

Mikey Design Graphing

I graph everything and fill in data as I go. I figured out the outside perimeter first because it’s something I could do.

I turned the graph paper upside down and forced myself to think backwards. I know how to do this, how do I get to step before this? 

Like a good boy, I started the first row of going backwards inside the wide gaping hole that is the bain of my existence! Mathematically it charted fine and lawd have mercy, it worked! You know that moment where you realize fear can be overcome if you try! Again, don’t tell Diva Dan I said that! Might give him a big head!


Over 2 Days

Diva Dan would check on me to see progress. Like just get out of my space Satan, let Daddy do her work. In a gay house, our adjectives can be backwards, very much like this UFO.

In the obscene words of RuPaul. Daniel says I’m worried that you are going to cheapen the design by skipping textures and your signature look. You have so many possibilities and but in the wise words of RuPaul… “Good luck and don’t fu$% it up!” 

That’s the spirit! Encourage me with a threat! MMMM Hmmmm! Seriously have to re-evaluate this working relationship!

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities


The Fear Hit Me

I got the living fear hitting me after Diva Dan’s final critique. I got this far and gawd, it was so amazing. Diva Dan was so amazed. You are doing so good, keep on going and see what other stitches you can toss in here!

Brain freeze! More stitches? Are you for real? Oh please honey, take a seat! 

The final pattern was ready for the JOANN Spring Stitch Along and this got shelved! Thank gawd! So it has been sitting since the beginning of January looking like this until this past week.

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities


The Nova Scotian Holiday

It was a holiday earlier this week and was a holiday in Ontario where Yarnspirations is. This means it’s technically a day-off. So I thought, now is the time to bring this back out from the pits of hell and see if I can figure this out.

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

I pulled out my graph paper from before and my box of yarn so I haven’t interfered with the yardage and weights of the existing balls of yarn.

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

I was constantly checking to ensure it was staying flat but on graph paper, it was working out mathematically with each round I did.

I literally finished the blanket the same day I picked this back up. The fear was so strong and yet my solution was to sit down, think and keep going.

Taking pictures in major milestones on how it was coming together.

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

What you may have not realized, the closer you get to the centre, the faster the revolution. So for those doing this, the work gets less and less as you get to the middle.

We are used to speedy starts of blankets and then getting slower. This is backwards.

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

The damn thing sat flat throughout the process! I mean, that’s just nuts! So it came time for the border. Our team has discussed borders when a border is too much and when it’s not enough.

I felt that the crocheter will want to finish this soon after the middle is done. So it’s just 2 rounds for the border. Batta Boom, Batta Bing!

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities

Crochet Study of Possibilities


At This Point…

I’m in process of converting my graphs to written words. It’s been 3 days already.

I prefer to work at the dining room table away from my computer and office so I can concentrate. Eventually, the graph will have to be done on the computer and pulled from my notes.

Mikey Designing at Table

Mikey Designing at The Table

The testing team hasn’t been activated yet because I am still writing the words. I figured out how to do the middle without the hexagons. Just using 1 colour so I can test my graphs I had written during the design.

I am writing the instructions from the original graph round first. Then try it on this sample to ensure the math is right. Once confirmed, I do the entire round.

Then restart again for the next round. So the writing is really slow but speeding up as I get closer to the middle. The stitch markers are fabulous!

Testers Versions Study of Possibilities Throw

Testers Versions Study of Possibilities Throw

I am not going to rush to push this out. I need to ensure the pattern is going to work and properly tested without pressure. We don’t require testers as our team is full.

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Mikey, aka Michael Sellick, of The Crochet Crowd, started this online journey back in 2008. A mere hobby in trying to reach out to others as he was mentally struggling with his own issues. His goal was simple, find others in the yarn communities, like him, that have a common interest.

The journey and main baby of the whole idea started with a YouTube Channel and then in 2011, an official website was developed. Michael is not only the face of The Crochet Crowd but also the working engine behind the crowd in self-taught programming, social media and so much more.

Enjoy the stitching journey. Life is short, enjoy this wonderful hobby and all of the learning opportunities that come with it.

75 thoughts on “The Study of Possibilities Throw”

  1. Katherine M Poole says:

    Is the pattern for the study of possibilities ready yet? I am anxious to try this!

    Where can I get a copy?

    1. Wendy Maruna says:

      Sorry to say not quite yet. So glad you are excited for that beautiful piece, but we aren’t ready to release that pattern yet.

  2. Donya Wesnoski says:

    OMG MIKEY! This is beautiful, amazing, stunning, oh hell just put them all in. I can’t wait to make it. Ok I don’t know about anyone else but you have to make more of these…with all the beautiful colors and the stitches it’s to die for. – maybe even bigger. Now you know you can, and everyone loves it, so nothing is stopping you from making more with the dimensions. TRULY A WONDERFUL WORK OF ART! 💗😍🤩💗

    1. Mikey says:

      Morning. I’m so delighted by your enthusiasm. I cannot wait to share this but it has some work to do for testing, diagrams and etc. 😀

      1. Donya Wesnoski says:

        I understand very well, and will be patiently waiting. I do print out your patterns (did lots of afghans following along with the videos) and watch the tutorial that goes along. The tutorials are the best in my opinion. Your attitude is the best! That added “snap” really puts a smile on my face. You’re a wonderful person who is loved and respected by many. Take care and stay safe. P.S. love puppy dog 💗

      2. Mikey says:

        Thanks. PuppiDawg isn’t feeling so well at the moment. SHe’s a bit under the weather! She’s been to the vet today to get her back on track. 😀 Nothing serious.

      3. Donya Wesnoski says:

        That’s good news for Puppidawg, my sissy is taking a pain medication for her back legs. Surgery would have been (scraping at the knee cuz of the cartilage and also screws) just one leg at a time and laid up for at least 6months. We opted to giving her medicine every day which the vet said he’s seen where small dogs can heal from this without surgery. She’s like a retriever in a chahauha’s body. She’s doing ok. I really love when puppi dawg is in your videos 💗 take care. Hugs for Puppidawg

      4. Mikey says:

        She’s a ham and I am super glad your dog is on the way to mending. Hurts when a furbaby is isn’t feeling up to snuff. Enjoy your weekend.

      5. Sherri Harnock says:

        It’s beautiful!! You’ve outdone yourself again! I can’t wait to make this! I’ve been looking for the perfect project for my colours that I bought so long ago…………..and this is it!

        It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes the testers to make it up. (Count on me adding another few months to that time frame lol)

        Thank you for your hard work……….it helps make me look like I know what I’m doing!

      6. Melody Lema says:

        Count me in for a copy also. I am not that advanced, but I am STUBBORN so I will get it eventually. I read both instructions and patterns. If I haven’t made that stitch before, I will do it until I get it right, then I do an 8″ x 8″ sample of it. I will be waiting, impatiently, for it to come out.

    2. Anita says:

      Absolutely beautiful!!! #amazing!

  3. Sandra James says:

    Well, I stepped out of my comfort zone and learned to read patterns from you (in one day after failing for 4decades). Then I stepped out again and followed your Ocean Waves Tutorial. Now I guess I’m going to be stepping out even more!😂
    Thank you, Mikey for everything you and your bunch teach us!!
    We love you all!

  4. Dar says:

    I so want to make both the planet earth blanket and the possibilities blanket. What I don’t know is where can I find the pattern for the possibilities blanket. I have the study of the planet earth patterns. I can’t wait to start. I need to relax more after having two mild heart attacks. I just have been collecting my yarn. I will be working two projects. One will be one of the blankets, another one will either drawing or painting and the other project will be a plastic canvas holiday door hanging. Yes I will take pictures when I am done. Thanks for sharing. Keep on doing what you do best.
    Stay Well & Stay Safe

    1. Jeanne says:

      It will be released later this year.

  5. Valerie says:

    Hi….I have been looking for the yarn and colours….Michaels, Yarn Canada etc don’t have most of them……will you suggest other similar brands besides Caron one pound and Bernat Super Value? A kit would be fabulous but it seems yarn producers are struggling ….. will be following you so I can get this asap!

    1. Jeanne says:

      Any acrylic worsted weight yarn will work. This pattern won’t be out until later this year, so there will be time to find the colors as supplies can restock.

    2. Mikey says:

      I don’t have a timing of the Possibilities Throw yet. I may wait until next January to launch. It still has to go through testing and trials. So there’s a few months of work waiting to be done.

      1. Valerie says:

        Thank you both for such quick replies 😊 I will be patient but will also keep searching for the colours as I am not good at choosing alternates…. a pattern is my lifeline lol Have done your other Studies with my Crochet club ladies…..but this one takes the cake. You are awesome talent !!

      2. Maggie Dorsey says:

        It is beautiful. You are a gem. Thank you for all that you have brought to my life. Creating joy-filled crochet projects that I never thought possible.
        All the best.
        maggie

      3. Sandy Sunderman says:

        Oh Man! I will wait as long as it takes, I so want to step out of my comfort zone and make this!! I’ve made all of your Study blankets and severalBetter together. Never doubt you are a designer. I know i can do this but i will need to follow you. Thank you for going the extra mile with the videos.

  6. Chalice Baker says:

    Mikey!! Omg this is absolutely spectacular and the most stunning blanket I have seen!!! It is way beyond my crocheting abilities but I will put the pattern on my crochet bucket list!! 😍😍😍

    1. Mikey says:

      It’s really not hard. It’s a repeat in a circle. Seriously.

  7. Richard H Burke says:

    How can an 82 year old man who has been crocheting and knitting since he was 7 years old plus as well I teach both and other crafts . I was trying to down load off my phone but could not fond the way to do it . Pattern I am looking for is butterfly kisses with the enlarging chart although I could figure out sizing as I often tear patterns apart and place different designs in patterns . I have designed many other patterns over the many years.
    There is quite a long story of how I got into teaching and actually making knitting an crochet items and teaching.
    I generally make two large table clothes per year on my spare time . I am presently a widower with a very bad lower back . Therefore you see I have a lot of time on my hands even though I have to maintain a 3 bedroom house.
    I am interested in getting a copy of the pattern as you mentioned the pattern was free in this add.

    1. Jeanne says:

      I removed your personal address because you need to be careful posting it in a public forum. I’m truly sorry, but we cannot mail patterns to anyone. Maybe you can find someone locally to help you size and print. Kinkos or Staples perhaps?

  8. Estella Boyes says:

    I just came across this in my Google feed and don’t want to lose it. How do I get in on this gorgeous project?

    1. Jeanne says:

      One of the best way to follow our projects is to join our Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheCrochetCrowdStitchSocial

  9. Sherri the freekin berries! says:

    Oh my freekin Lawd, your talent is amazeballs! This pattern is itching in my brain. I made something similar about 40 years ago and could not get the mf’r to lay flat. No problem, my ex jerk gave it to his 3rd wife as a gift anyway. Working backward? Someone is not appreciating your sweet butt enough. I’m devastated to learn that it’s a waiting game to get this pattern, I’m SO ready to make it. Peace & Love, Sherri 🌎✌🏼

  10. Tracy Conti says:

    Omg, this is an awesome pattern. I have been crocheting for a long time and haven’t seen anything like this. I like to see things that are unique and eye catching. This is something wonderful. Please stay the course. I will be watching. Never give up.
    Always remember you can do whatever you put your mind to.

    1. Rietha says:

      I also want to be part of this design.
      Rietha

  11. Wendy says:

    Absolutely exquisite! So pretty and vibrant! Love it!

  12. Granny Jedi says:

    I can’t wait. It will be my physical therapy after getting my cast off. (Left wrist this time)

    I can’t believe how much I use my left hand when I crochet. I broke my right wrist and crocheted a hat before they told me it was broke. Not so with my left hand. But the bones are different in my left break.

  13. Doris Larson says:

    I just stumbled across this and really want to try the pattern!

  14. S. Newton says:

    I love love love this design!! So beautiful!! Cheery, I hope I can follow I’m fairly new to crochet but you inspire me to do it!! Thank you for pushing yourself and making it happen! And thank you Diva Dan for pushing a wonderful artist and designer. I love you both!! Bring on the next pattern!!

  15. Sabrina says:

    Absolutely, mindblowingly beautiful!!!!

    Cannot WAIT for this pattern!!!

    You have an AMAZING talent 👏

  16. Melanie K Golden says:

    Lovely blanket! Can’t wait to try it!

  17. Very cool design Mikey. Beautiful color choices. Can’t wait for the pattern.

    1. I LOVE Th pattern. Will it be a kit?

      1. Jeanne says:

        Not a kit, but he will probably have a suggested yarn list.

    2. You are AMAZING!! I have been crocheting since I was 7. It’s the only constant thing in my life that keeps me calm. I have gone through a lot of painful things in life and have learned through faith and creativity we can make it through. My grandmother taught me if you are watching tv you should be folding cloths, crocheting or knitting. I personally like loom knitting. Thank you so much for your work and sharing can’t wait to start a new project!.

  18. Agent Ash says:

    I’d love to be a tester for this! Or for anything really 😊 It looks fabulous! I’ll be following for a pattern!

  19. Robin says:

    This is so beautiful! I also can’t wait! My favorites, color and texture, in no particular order. You are amazing! Love your story, love your collaboration.

  20. Sandra J Dobberke says:

    absolutely amazing study from a lefties using mathematics drawing and in corporations have been giving me dragon horses when I pick up my needle and that ball of thread I just get to create congratulations on such a beautiful throw

  21. estelle C whiddon says:

    Ok , so, this design is just, well… the bomb as my granddaughter would say. It is beautiful. Mikey, thank you for sharing yourself with us. You are a gifted amazing man who has gifted us so much with your designs, thoughts, and just being you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  22. Angela says:

    Mikey, this design is phenomenal and the colors are fabulous!
    You are a truly artistic designer! Can’t wait to try this one.
    I think “Diva Dan” needs to supply some of his color sensabilities to those of us that have the same difficulty with colors as you and offer some pallets choices!

  23. Linda Kelly says:

    I ant believe the work stress and fear it took to get this blanket done.
    You and Daniel must make an awesome couple.
    Love the pattern and can’t wait to start it a massive thanks for all the work you put in and give away free so everyone can enjoy and learn crocheting 🧶 Linda Manchester uk

  24. Beth says:

    That looks amazing !!! Looks way above my ability, but you are so meticulous in writing your patterns I may just attempt to follow !

  25. Harriet says:

    This is very clever. I like your stories too. Beautiful colorways.

  26. Kelly Lane says:

    WOW! I’ve been folllowing you and your process for over 2 yrs now and you’ve designed some amazing projects, each out doing the last. But Mikey, THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PROJECT YOU’VE EVER MADE!! I put that in caps to catch your eye lol. I’m absolutely blown away with stitch combinations and where you placed them in the project. The colors are bold, eye catching and draws me in wanting to take part in the adventure. Dan is absolutely right with everything he said. Yes, comfort zones are just that, comfortable but boring. For someone who longs to learn, like I do, status quo doesnt work. We get lazy, then depressed. Dan obviously knows and loves you greatly, you make a great team. At the risk of sounding like a parent, I’m soooo proud of your risk, progress, and stunning acomplishment. Like I said in the beginning, WOW!!

  27. Kalpana Gopal says:

    Michael the pattern is just so beautiful and different.The way you put your tutorials no one can do it.It looks so easy and anybody can do it.That’s the beauty of it.🙏

  28. Karen says:

    This is absolutely fantastic! I live that you did this backwards and appreciate the process you went and are going through. I cannot wait to see the completed pattern and give this a try myself. Much luck in the days ahead! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Nancy Ashworth says:

      Fantastic can’t wait as I would like to get the pattern.

  29. Nancy H says:

    OOhhh myyyyy: The overhead shot is stunning… one of the few times I may use your exact colorway. It excites my stitchin’ heart.

  30. Cara Worland says:

    This is fabulous! I completely understand the fear of failure. That has caused me to not try so many things over the years. including crochet. I finally gave it a go in 2012, and I’m so glad I did. I’m even happier that I found you shortly after I started.

  31. Kathy says:

    OMG…You’ve always been good…but this is beyond spectacular!! Can’t wait to get started!! You’ve outdone yourself!!

  32. Kathy says:

    OMG…You’ve always been good…but this is beyond spectacular!! Can’t wait to get started!! You’ve outdone yourself!!

    1. Gail Burnett says:

      I am totally in love with this project! You have gone above and beyond the expected. Great job, can’t wait to try it when you finish it. Love everything about it and I can appreciate all of the hard work that went into making it. 😃

  33. Tiffany says:

    Thank you! Thank you for being honest. Honest about your fear, honest about your doubts and honest about the hours of work, sweat and yes, sometimes tears, that goes into designing a pattern.
    It has been about 3 months that I have had an idea for a garment swimming around in my head. I am no designer. I am a crocheter. A beginner at that. Maybe advanced beginner.
    Either way, I can’t wait to get my hands on this pattern, and the yarn, because I know it will be gorgeous and beautiful even if it takes me 4000 hours. I will finish it and push past my own self doubts because you were honest. You wrote an honest post about this and so it will mean more when I finish it.
    In the meantime, I’ll be waiting. Patiently. (Now who is lying?) I’ll finish some of my other UFO to keep me busy.

  34. Selene says:

    This is beautiful! Can you please provide the colors and quantity of yarn (Caron One Pound?) so that I can order and be ready when it’s finished/published? Thank you! You are truly amazing. I cannot wait to make this.

    1. Mikey says:

      I will. We are still in testing phase. I’m not 100% there yet with firm details.

      1. Elenore Kathleen Farmer says:

        Holy guacamole!!!! This is absolutely stunning!!! You are an amazing and talented crochter!!! I can not wait to get my hands on this!!! I have done a few of your CAL’s in the past, but this one takes the cake!!! Gorgeous!!!!

      2. Tricia says:

        It’s absolutely beautiful, I’m excited for it. You did it again Mikey

  35. Lydia says:

    I love you and Daniel’s process! Thank you for taking the time to write about it. As Artists it seems like we are blessed with some kind of magic hand but there is a lot of work, sweat and doubt that comes with our creations. Thank you for sharing all of it! I appreciate you!

  36. PansyRose Parsons says:

    I fell in love with the Better Together blanket. I made half a dozen bu the end of last year. But this one . . . It takes my breath away! The colors! The texture! I can’t wait to play with this one! Beautiful! Thank you.

  37. Sandy says:

    Mikey, you are anamazing designer and fabulous story teller. I can’t wait to make this! Thanks for EVERYTHING you and Daniel do.

  38. Karina says:

    O.M.G.!! That looks amazing! You did an amazing design and I can’t wait to see the pattern and do one. And this comes from a person that doesn’t like to crochet blankets!

  39. janice m lea says:

    love the way patterns are taught very simple and direct
    plus the funnies

  40. Lynnan Mocek says:

    Mikey,
    You are amazing and we are blessed that you work so hard on this art we all love. You tell Diva Dan you didn’t F**$ this up! Cant wait to create this with you!

  41. Barbara Parks says:

    This is absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to start it!! You are truly gifted in your craft.

  42. Debbie Dawes says:

    Looks fantastic Mike so excited to see how you finish it and to give it a go xx

  43. Gail Sujat says:

    Wowowzzzzzaaaaaaaaaa

  44. Kymmy says:

    Oh my word! The study of POSSIBILITIES is……. BEAUTIFUL!!!

  45. Catherine Lee says:

    This looks wonderful and you are doing great! I am so excited for this beautiful kaleidoscope of a pattern!

  46. Dawn Smith says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! It looks like it might be beyond my capabilities but, hey, if you can stretch to design it, maybe I’ll have to stretch to crochet it! Beyooootiful!!

  47. Michelle Payne says:

    I just pray you do the instructions the way you did it, instead of doing the middle, then doing the assembly line and add as you go with the octagon….
    I would love the challenge of making it the way u did… bring it on!!!
    Lots of love !!!

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