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06 November 2014

Painted Roses Blanket


Many moons ago, when I was a much younger bod, I used to read the Swallows and Amazons books.  I'm sure many of you did too?  I loved them all, but I remember after reading one of them where they stayed in a canal or narrowboat, Coots Club was it?  Ever since them I've wanted to stay on a narrowboat, it all sounded quite exciting and I was quite taken with the idea.

I haven't stayed on one yet, although it's definitely still on the wishlist.  The reason I mention it is that my flowery squares of crochet above remind me of the painted roses that you so often see on narrowboats.  That beautiful style of decoration is apparently called Castle and Roses and it's so cheery and bright, a wonderful way to bring colour into the everyday.

So, because of that I've decided to call this little throw the Painted Roses Blanket.  It's quite as bright and joyful as the painted versions I think and I hope you like it too.


I've also, shock of shocks, I've included some black in this blanket.  A colour I was pretty sure I would never have a use for.  Never say never eh?  I went with the yellow centers originally and I love those but something made me try one with a black middle and I really like how different and strong that looks too.  

In fact, I was so torn as to which colour to use that I ended up including both.  As I've stuck to the same colour for the rest of the flowers and all the squares, I like that there is still a little bit of difference in there to stop the whole thing becoming to uniform.




I've gone with a bit of a different style border for me too.  After I made the Desert Cushion I've been wanting to use crochet to join squares together again and I wanted the border to blend in with this style so it took quite a bit of time testing out ideas to come up with something that I thought looked right and that I was happy with.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out though, I think it kind of suits the rest of it just nicely.

Anyway, it's so lovely to finally get the chance to share this blanket with all of you.  I've shared the odd glimpse on the here and on my Instagram account before and I know many of you have been waiting oh so patiently for me to show you some more, so it's a joy to finally be able to do that.  I hope you like it, it's certainly given me a lot of joy to make it.

There's just one last thing to tell you and that's to say that I've made a pattern up for this one too.  So if you'd like to make a little (or large) blanket for yourself then you can go ahead and do that - yippee!

All the links you need are just coming up....



❀   P A I N T E D   R O S E S   B L A N K E T   ❀

by Sandra Paul

To find out more information and buy the pattern please use either of the links below:

Cherry Heart Boutique

Ravelry Pattern Page

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Many, many thanks to all of you who've already shown an interest in this pattern and as always, to all of you for your fantastic support, which is so appreciated.

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Also, if you'd like to chat about the pattern, share ideas or best of all pictures, please do pop over to my Ravelry group Cherry Heart's Cozy Corner, I've love to see you there.


S x




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51 comments:

  1. That blanket is just beautiful, the black looks perfect in the middle xx

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous, it is a pick of art! You are amazing❤️ xoRobin

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  3. You are right they do! It's beautiful. We had a lovely holiday on a narrow boat, so relaxing.....well apart from working the locks

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  4. It's beautiful, thank you for sharing your pattern :)

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  5. True crochet talent; it's such a gorgeous and pretty design. Your skills are brilliant, the real 'crochet Queen' as far as I am concerned. Loved this blanket so much, that I clickedy clicked without thinking twice and the pattern is now mine. Really excited about making this. I see two versions. One just as you have done, which is so beautiful and my daughter has implied that she would rather like to have, and another trying out different colours which will change the look as well. I tend to feel the same as you about black but I love it here and will be replicating it all just as you have made it. For a small throw for over the back of the sofa/lap blanket would you go for baby sized or toddler sized? I am assuming the one in the picture is baby sized. The colours are wonderful.
    I like the range of wool you have used too. I know Stylecraft well but the other yarn has some lovely colours in the range doesn't it? I rely on buying online so it's helpful to get pointers about nice colours.

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  6. It's a perfectly beautiful blanket, 100% happy.

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  7. So pretty! I would love to make this someday!

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  8. So pretty and beautifully made... hoping that one day you may take it onto a narrowboat!

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  9. This is quite beautiful. A truly lovely piece.

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  10. What a beautiful new throw pattern, Sandra. What a lot of lovely colourful detail, yes, it reminds me of wood paintings! Well done!

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  11. Sandra, the blanket is simply wonderful, congratulations!!! And I have no doubt that one day I'll try to make one! Thank you so much for the inspiration ;)

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  12. That blanket is gorgeous! Your color choices are spectacular! I love it!

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  13. Beautiful blanket! Love your choice of colours! I've added it to my wish list.

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  14. This is simply stunning! As a kid who was dragged around the country in a living wagon we had a lot of painted stuff and this is very reminiscent of a painted milk churn we had. I'll def be adding this to my list of stuff to make. Lisa x

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  15. Sandra...thus is MOST beautifuk. Old-fashioned and modern; I love it.

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  16. Sandra, your painted roses blanket is absolutely stunning!! Such beauty - and I remember it in it's infancy! You really have made a fantastic job and the border is divine too, love, love, love!!! Sam xx

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  17. Wow Sandra - this blanket is really beautiful. I've been looking at the African flower motifs made into squares as I'm planning on making a lap blanket for my mum for Christmas but I've hesitated as it's just not felt right. And my feelings were justified as you have brought me the perfect pattern to suit her down to the ground!! Well done - you are one talented lady! Thanks for sharing - J9 x

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  18. It's absolutely lovely, clever you. The black centres look great, they give it depth. And it will be perfect for when you finally do get to go on a houseboat. I loved the Swallows and Amazons books as well. I'm amassing a pile of them for the boys now too. CJ xx

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  19. Oh Sandra, this is such a beautiful pattern, just gorgeous. I think it may be my new favourite of yours :) xx

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  20. Really pretty, and i love the edging. Funny, before reading your post, the picture of the roses reminded me of those painted on old gypsy caravans.

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  21. That is the prettiest crochet blanket. Love the colours.

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  22. Gosh, what a reveal! I've been patiently waiting to see what you've been up to, and my my you do not disappoint! This has to be one of the most beautiful blankets I've ever seen, if not *the* most beautiful! I just love how you've incorporated leaves into the motif! Now, I've been looking at my yarn stash, choosing colours to make myself a second Ricicles Shawl, but you've tempted me to start this blanket now! Decisions decisions...though you know I'll end up doing both! Chrissie x

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  23. This is gorgeous! And I must say the use of black is absolutely perfect here. I love everything about this blankie ♥ :-) xxxx

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  24. What an awesome, beautiful blanket - gorgeous pattern, wonderful colors - I love it.
    And I am happy to have found your marvelous blog.
    Best wishes from Austria
    Knitgudi

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  25. A lady from Knit and natter is moving onto a narrow boat and so I will let her know about this pattern because you are right, with the colours and shapes it echoes those hand painted flowers on canal boats. It really is lovely and unusual. The colours, design, everything about it is just gorgeous. You are one clever and talented lady!

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  26. Beautiful blanket! Such lovely colors.

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  27. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! You are a crochet genius. xxx

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  28. The touch of black is perfect - it adds depth and balance, and a kind of grown-upness to the bright pastels. I used to think I'd never use black either, but when I was making wall quilts I learned that in small amounts it can really make things pop.


    A truly gorgeous blanket! And the border is just right. :)

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  29. So pretty!! The flowers really do look like the canal boat roses, especially the ones with the dark centres! Just perfect! xx

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  30. Hi Sandra, I've been so looking forward to seeing this blanket that you first gave us a peek of in the summer, and it has really lived up to my expectations - it's beautiful!! I'm going to ask for the yarn for Christmas and it'll be something to look forward to when I've finished making Christmas presents :-) The black centres look perfect. I hope you get to spend some time on a canal boat one day, I have lovely memories of holidays on the canals and rivers. Love Jo xxx

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  31. How gorgeous! I love the colours you used and now want a ride in a narrowboat too!

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  32. Stunning, I just adore the way you put colours together and they look SO beautiful!

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  33. Hi Sara,

    Thanks you so much, such sweet comments and I have a smile on my face and a blush on my cheeks now! :) I know exactly what you mean about making a multi-coloured version too, I really want to try that as well. I can’t decide which would be best, coloured flowers with white surrounds or multi-colours back grounds… I’ll have to experiment! ;) Anyway, yes this really is very much a baby blanket, it would just about cover your bottom half ok but I’d definitely recommend making it bigger for a lap blanket. I’d personally want to double it for a lap blanket I think.

    Sandra x

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  34. Don’t you just love it when things work out perfectly like that! And, of course, I’m glad to ‘drop into your lap’ at just the right moment as it were! ;)

    Sandra x

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  35. Thank you so much sweetie, you are so sweet to me! You know, I’ve been playing around with that kind of leaf idea on and off for ages, trying to get something that I had in my head to work and then finally it clicked in this square. Phew! ;) And there I go upsetting your plans for shawls… there’s always something else to make isn’t there? ;)

    Sandra x

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  36. Oh wow, that’s pretty exciting for your friend! Maybe you’ll get to visit her there too, that would be fun. Thanks so much for your kind words about my blanket sweet Ali.
    Sandra x

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  37. Thank you so much, I’m so glad you like it, especially as you had to wait so long to see it! It sounds like a lovely idea to get the yarn for Christmas, that will be a lovely thing to look forward too. That’s one of my favourite things, crochet or knitting in the glow of the twinkly Christmas lights!

    Sandra x

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  38. Beautiful colour combinations, its lovely to see such an original design. Well done. I love it!! XX

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  40. Gorgeous! I just adore the colors you've chosen for this blanket, especially the unexpected black. It totally works! :)

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  41. It's just stunning! I love it. The black really lifts the whole thing and gives it an edge and some nice contrast. Beautifully done. x

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  42. I am so ridiculously behind with everyone's blogs that I missed this stunning creation. It is GORGEOUS! Love, love, LOVE! Now I just need to persuade someone who can to crochet one for me!

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  44. hi, i love this blanket! can you tell me what yarn you used?

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  45. Thanks! And sure, the pattern pages linked in the post above have all the info you need. Here’s the boutique link for you:
    http://www.cherryheart.co.uk/2014/11/painted-roses-blanket.html

    Sandra x

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    ・Blog: sandra-cherryheart.blogspot.co.uk
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    ・Crochet Corner: cherryheartcrochet.co.uk

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