FREEFORM CROCHET BLANKET by Kinixys

To crochet a blanket without a pattern

I've been asked if there is a pattern available for my baby blanket with birds. There isn't – it wouldn't really be a freeform if there was a pattern. Yet - I try to give some kind of instructions of how to construct a blanket with freeform crochet. Or - how to construct a bird for a blanket. To crochet freeform means there are no rules. All stiches can be used. Which on the other hand also means that you don't need to master any but the basic stitches. This is not about following a chart but making forms that look like something birds in this case. Don't try to add too many details if the objects are smallish. Steam the work flat every now and then. At least every time you are not quite sure of its shape. One important thing - at least for me is to keep it simple. To make an animal form, or any form, cut the form to peaces – crochet the peaces and build the picture from them – look how children draw and use the same simplicity. You don't need to crochet all the parts together – you can partly sew them together. I prefer crocheting in rounds rather than from side to side turning the work – to me it looks nicer and the edges are smoother. Where the edge is a bit rough it is good to single crochet or slipstitch around the object before adding parts to it or starting the backround with double crochet. In some cases I have crocheted from side to side because it would have been a waste of time to cut the yarn: wings, the middle part of the scutes of the turtle etc.

Here I decided to make the head flat on side for the beak and I have smoothed the side with slipstitches to make it easier to put the beak in place. To make an oval body make a chain of desired length and crochet around it untill the body is large enough to suit the head.) Crochet around the loop – maybe 8 stiches. Add black. Tighten the loop to form Crochet a round with white the pupil of the eye..) stiches to keep it flat and round.. . Crochet round the end of After that crochet maybe 4 the beak and back again.. Use black yarn for the middle of the eye – I've used white here to show what it looks like: First make a small loop of yarn.. beak centre and treble crochet first diminishing the stiches down double crochet and finally to single crochet . Use double and treble crochet to shape the body if you will. Crochet around the eye with the colour of the head.I made a new small bird just to show how my birds were made – this one is of different yarn and differs in some respect from the ones on the blanket but this is to show the idea. crochet the head around it: The eye is finished. Then attatch it to the centre of the place of the beak. You can of course make a short chain and slipstitch it to a loop. and the body: Start the beak by crocheting chain stitches to get the aproximate length of the beak. chain stitces and attatch Attach the yarn to the them up or down from the head. Crochet around the eye until the head is big enough. Either make the head round or model it on the way using different stitches. After the eye. (This is supposed to be black. Then the beak. (This is around the black pupil. I've started with the eye.

Make a chain for the other toe. and attatch the yarn. but if you want to smooth the edges it is wise to make the first round with slipstitches. wings. crochet back the length of a toe. The wings. For the feet make a chain of the length of the foot Make the other feathers the and one toe. the tail and the feet: I have made the wings and tail the same way. . single crochet back and chain for the third toe. First crochet from the back side a row of double stiches – here I've made 9. Now you have a body with head. Then crochet around the bird with the backround colour.. Steam the work flat. Maybe draw some skecth on a paper. Then make a chain to First: try different connect the head and body. tail and feet sticking out. If the neck is too narrow ad a row or two. Single crochet back for the toe and the foot and attatch the yarn to the body. stiches to fil the small gaps.. make a chain of desired feather length and double crochet back. the small places around the treble. Then turn.Make the neck to connect the head to the body: Crochet back using double or treble crochet. On the first round I have On the second round I have usually used single crochet used double crochet.. Then single same way. On the second round fill Use all kinds of double. Make the other foot the same way. directions and angles to where to place the head. combined Y or any wings.

need. When you have the first bird you can lay it on a surfice and figure out what the next bird would look like: what colour..You won't need to get parts together by crocheting – Use your imagination of how just crochet the figure you .. where does it look to etc. and sew it together later. even a perfect square blanket looks square only when it is layed out for display. Attach the birds to each other by crocheting around several birds. To fill the spaces around the to fill the gaps.. anything you like and find easy to do. Finally ad something to border the whole blanket. . One or two rounds of different colour. toes can be a peace of work This is how this bird looks like when it's steamed flat. Bumps flatten with steam and if any blanket is used it doesn't really look square if you wrap a baby in it. maybe a lace border.. If there are large gaps between them crochet little patches to fit and sew them in. As for the birds it doesn't matter if there feet are downwords or not. I copied six birds and filled the gabs with drawn lines to show a way of crocheting around to fill the gaps. The last thing is to steam the whole thing flat – it propably has some bumps and it propably isn't square but who cares.

. My other blankets are made in the same way. This cat is a try for a cat blanket. no blanket. I was happy about the colour but not happy about the cat – so there is jus one cat.To fill the gaps you can use any kind of method of crocheting... I thought of making a cat blanket out of cat squares.. ..