Sunday, 25 February 2018

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Lotus Flower Blanket - free crochet circle blanket pattern and video tutorial


This pretty circular crochet blanket is worked in the round, lies flat and has beautiful drape.

Light and airy yet incredibly warm.




I used one Whirl for this baby / lap blanket in the colourway “Sherbert Rainbow” working from the outside of the cake.




You can use any yarn you wish, I went slightly larger than the recommended hook size for the yarn so that you get a nice drape to the blanket.

This was quite complicated pattern to write, I have been quite “wordy” with it to explain what I am doing – please read through it all before starting (or alternatively, watch my video tutorials and crochet along with me!)

Enough chatter – onto the pattern!

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LOTUS FLOWER BLANKET

Yarn: Scheepjes Whirl or Scheepjes Our Tribe (available from Snufflebean Yarn)   

Hook size: 4.5mm

Ch3 at the beginning of each round counts as stitch throughout; ch1 at beginning of each round does NOT count as a stitch

Repeat pattern between the asterisks *    * X number of times or until end of round

Abbreviations: USA Stitch Terms

MR (magic ring)
Ch (chain)
Sp (space)
Dc (double crochet
Sc (single crochet)
Ss (slip stitch)
inc (increase = 2dc in same stitch)
petal (groups of dc forming a shell / petal shape)



SET UP ROUNDS - Please refer to the video if you become stuck at any point!





1.       Into a MR, ch3, 11dc. Join with ss to top of ch3.           
                                   
2.      Ch3, dc in same stitch, [inc] x 11. Join with ss to top of ch3.
           
3.      Ch4 (counts as 1dc, ch1), [dc, ch1] x 23. Join with ss to 3rd ch of ch4

4.      Ch1, sc in same stitch. *[dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc] in next dc, sc in next*  x 11. [dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc] into last dc. Join with ss to sc.                                                  

5.      Ch5 (counts as dc, ch2), dc into same stitch. *ch1, sc in top of 2nd dc of petal below, ch1, [dc, ch2, dc] in top of sc from round below* x11.  ch1, sc in top of 2nd dc of petal below, ch1, join with ss to 3rd ch of ch5.

6.      Ss into ch2 sp.ch3, 2dc in ch2sp. *sc in sc from round below, 5dc into next ch2 sp* x 11. Sc in sc from round below, 2dc into 1st ch2 sp. Join with ss to top of ch3.

7.      Ch1, sc in same stitch. *ch2, [dc, ch3, dc] in sc from round below, ch2, sc in top of 3rd dc of petal below* repeat until end of round, substituting last the sc with a ss join to the 1st sc of the round.

8.     Ch1, sc in same stitch. *7dc in ch3 sp, sc in sc from round below* repeat until end of round, substituting last the sc with a ss join to the 1st sc of the round.

9.      Ch6 (counts as dc, ch3), dc in same stitch.  *ch3, sc in 4th dc of petal below, ch3, [dc, ch3, dc] in sc from round below* repeat until end of round ending on ch3, sc in 4th dc of petal below, ch3, ss join to 3rd ch of initial ch6.

10.  Ss into ch3 sp. Ch3, 4dc in same sp. *sc in sc from round below, 9dc into ch3 sp between the 2dc from round below* repeat until end of round, ending with sc in sc from round below, 4dc into 1st ch3 sp, join with ss to top of ch3.









INCREASE ROUNDS.

The pattern is written slightly differently from the set up rounds for ease of reading. Please refer to the video if you become stuck at any point!

Increase rounds are staggered. This may seem a little odd, especially when you are following the pattern, but if you do not stagger the increases, you will end up with a square edged 12 sided polygon shape rather than a proper circle. 

Please scroll down to see the notes about the increases at the end of this post!***


·         To keep the blanket flat, every set of increase rounds (2 rounds, the v stitch set up round and the petal round) will be followed by a set of NON increase rounds (Rounds 13 & 14 are the non increase rounds).

V Stitch = [dc, ch3, dc] into sc from round below
INCREASE = [dc, ch3, dc, ch3, dc, ch3, dc] into sc from round below

Petals consist of 9dc.
Increase petals consist of 7dc.

Finding the “middle” dc
Middle of a 9dc petal = dc into the 5th dc.
Middle of a 7dc petal = dc into the 4th dc.

11.   Ch1, sc in same stitch.

*Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below, ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below*

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to 1st sc of the round

12.  Ch1, sc in same stitch.

*9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below, 7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from  round below*

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to 1st sc of the round

13.  Ch4 (counts as 1dc, ch1), dc in same stitch.  (thank you to all eagle eyed people who spotted this tiny typo! It should be ch6 to start HOWEVER it does not seem to effect the pattern at all so I am leaving it in as ch4 so it marries up with the video tutorial which I cannot edit! LOL)

*ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below, ch3, V stitch*

repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to 3rd ch of intial ch4.

14.  Ss into ch3 sp of V stitch. Ch3, 4dc.

*sc in sc from round below, 9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch*

Repeat until end of round, ending with 4dc into 1st ch3 sp, join with ss to top of ch3.

15.   Ch1, sc in same stitch.

*ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below, ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below, ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle of petal below*
Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to 1st sc of the round

16.  Ch1, sc in same stitch.

*7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from  round below, 9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below, 9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below*

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to 1st sc of the round

17.   REPEAT ROUND 13
18.  REPEAT ROUND 14

19.  Ch1, sc in same stitch.

*Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below, ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below, ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below , ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below *

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to 1st sc of the round.

20. Ch1, sc in same stitch.

*9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below, 9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below, 9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below, 7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from  round below*

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to 1st sc of the round

21.  REPEAT ROUND 13
22. REPEAT ROUND 14

STAGGERING BEGINS FROM HERE:  On every other increase row, you split the start and end of your stitches before the first increase so that the increase sections do not sit directly on top of one another. Please scroll to the end of this post for an explanation of the staggered increases***

23. Ch1, sc in same stitch. Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below, ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle of petal below, ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below.

* [Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below] 4 TIMES then ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle of dc of petal below*

Repeat until end of round, ending on *[Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below]* 2 TIMES substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

24. Ch1, sc in same stitch. 9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below, 9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below, 7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from round below

*[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below] 4 TIMES then [7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from  round below]*

Repeat until end of round, ending on *[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below]* 2 TIMES substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

25.  REPEAT ROUND 13
26. REPEAT ROUND 14

27.  Ch1, sc in same stitch.

* [Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below] 5 TIMES then ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle of dc of petal below*

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

28. Ch1, sc in same stitch.

*[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below] 5 TIMES then [7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from  round below]*

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

29. REPEAT ROUND 13
30. REPEAT ROUND 14

31.  Ch1, sc in same stitch. [Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below] 3 TIMES then ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below.  THEN:

* [Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below] 6 TIMES then ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle of dc of petal below*

 Repeat until end of round, ending on: *[Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below]* 3 TIMES substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

32. Ch1, sc in same stitch. [9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below] 3 TIMES then 7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from round below. THEN:

*[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below] 6 TIMES then [7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from  round below]*

Repeat until end of round, ending on *[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below]* 3 TIMES substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

33. REPEAT ROUND 13
34. REPEAT ROUND 14

35.  Ch1, sc in same stitch.

* [Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below] 7 TIMES then ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle of dc of petal below*

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

36. Ch1, sc in same stitch.

*[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below] 7 TIMES then [7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from  round below]*

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

37.  REPEAT ROUND 13
38. REPEAT ROUND 14

39. Ch1, sc in same stitch. [Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below] 4 TIMES then ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below.  THEN:

* [Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below] 8 TIMES then ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle of dc of petal below*

 Repeat until end of round, ending on: *[Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below]* 4 TIMES substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

40. Ch1, sc in same stitch. [9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below] 4 TIMES then 7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from round below. THEN:

*[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below] 8 TIMES then [7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from  round below]*

Repeat until end of round, ending on *[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below]* 4 TIMES substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

41.  REPEAT ROUND 13
42. REPEAT ROUND 14

43. Ch1, sc in same stitch.

* [Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below] 9 TIMES then ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle of dc of petal below*

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

44. Ch1, sc in same stitch.

*[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below] 9 TIMES then [7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from  round below]*

Repeat until end of round, substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

45.  REPEAT ROUND 13
46. REPEAT ROUND 14

47.  Ch1, sc in same stitch. [Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below] 5 TIMES then ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below.  THEN:

* [Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below] 10 TIMES then ch3, INCREASE, ch3, sc in middle of dc of petal below*

 Repeat until end of round, ending on: *[Ch3, V stitch, ch3, sc in middle dc of petal below]* 5 TIMES substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

48. Ch1, sc in same stitch. [9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below] 5 TIMES then 7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from round below. THEN:

*[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below] 10 TIMES then [7dc into 1st ch3 sp of INCREASE, sc in 2nd ch3 sp of INCREASE, 7dc into 3rd ch3 sp of INCREASE,  sc in sc from  round below]*

Repeat until end of round, ending on *[9dc in ch3 sp of v stitch, sc in sc from round below]* 5 TIMES substituting final sc with a ss to the 1st sc of the round.

49. REPEAT ROUND 13
50. REPEAT ROUND 14


Cut your yarn and weave in your ends (did you enjoy your slightly nerve wracking game of Yarn Chicken with the last of your Whirl towards the end there?!)

Lightly block your blanket - this is of course, optional



If you wish to increase the size of your blanket then please read the explanation of the staggered increases below***




***Explanation of the staggered increases – using the technique from amigurumi to split / stagger the increases: 

·         [1, inc]
·         [Inc, 2]
·         [3, inc]

STAGGERING BEGINS FROM HERE:  On every other increase row, you split the start and end of your stitches before the first increase so that the increase sections do not sit directly on top of one another.

·         So, on this row, you will be doing [4, inc] BUT you split the first set of stitches before the first increase so START with 2, inc then go on to do [4, inc] around the blanket and you will end on the second half of your initial split, 2.

·         Next increase row as normal: [5, inc]
·         Staggered / split increase row:  3, inc to start then [6, inc] around blanket, end on 3
·         Next increase row as normal: [7, inc]
·         Staggered / split increase row:  4, inc to start then [8, inc] around blanket, end on 4
·         Next increase row as normal: [9, inc]
·         Staggered / split increase row:  5, inc to start then [10, inc] around blanket, end on 5
·         Next increase row as normal: [11, inc]

Continue your increases in this fashion. 

DON’T FORGET. After every set of increase rounds (2 rounds, the v stitch set up round followed by the petals), you must do set of NON INCREASE rounds to maintain the flat shape. (Non increase rounds are 13 & 14)

End your blanket on non increase rounds. 




Mrs Snufflebean Yarn has very kindly given us 10% all Scheepjes Whirl or Our Tribe purchases - this discount is only valid until the end of March 2018 so you have to be quick if you want to take advantage of it! 

To redeem the discount please enter the coupon code LOTUS10 at checkout. 





Happy crocheting! Robin x





47 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful! How big did your finished blanket end up being?

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    1. Roughly 39" / 99cm in diameter x

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    2. Beautiful colors. I love this pattern Im planning to try this.

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful pattern. The videos are great and I cannot thank you enough for all the effort and love you put into this. Giving it away for free is really generous. I started yesterday and I'm already working on row 26. It's soooo much fun to hook. All the best for you Tina

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  3. I'm just curious to know how much yarn is needed. I read through but may have missed it if you stated in the pattern. This is gorgeous and finally makes me want to pick up the hook again after losing all interest in crocheting for the past year.

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    1. Hiya! I used nearly an entire ball of Scheepjes Whirl which is 1,000m of 4ply yarn :-) x

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  4. Hi. Thanks for the pattern! One pic looks like whirl, the 2nd looks thicker. Is it our tribe? I can't seem to find the same color match in that as I did in whirl.
    Thanks

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    1. Hiya Sarah - all the photos in the blog post are of the Whirl version of the blanket, if you watch the first 5 minutes of the first video I show the Our Tribe version 😄 x

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  5. Robin, I like to save my pattern by either downloading them or printing (when I'm ready to work on them), how can I do this? Thanks and love this pattern.

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    1. Hi Kathleen - you can copy and paste the pattern into a word processing document, like Word (MicroSoft) if you have it.

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    2. Kathleen, I use this site all of the time to save free patterns from on-line: https://www.printfriendly.com/

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful rug pattern with instructions even I can understand. Can't wait to make.

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  7. Help! On row 19, there are not enough stitches for the final increase. I’ve counted everything multiple times. What can I do?

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    1. Have you double checked your counts on other rows? Often it's easy to miss an increase and you don't notice until you are a few rows further along xx

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    2. I did the same thing and my mistake was on row 15. I increased every other sc instead of every 3rd sc. It increased the petal count too much. Hope this helps someone!

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  8. Thank you for sharing your beautiful rug pattern with instructions even I can understand. Can't wait to make.

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  9. How is the split done?.I understand increases not sitting on top of each other but the "split" baffles me. Doesn't look like anyone here has problems with it but me. Thank you for lovely pattern .

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  10. Thank you for this pattern and the suggestion of yarn. I have completed my first blanket and it's absolutely stunning! I love that the pattern is easy enough to follow and it works up so quickly. Thank you again for sharing!

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  11. Your pattern is gorgeous, is possible to make a rectangle shawl/wrap? Thanks

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  12. I finished this blanket tonight and I must say it's my favorite one that I've made to date. I added an elephant border to it and it's so cute. I'm excited to give it to the lady I made it for.

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  13. I made it to round 50 with the pattern. I thought I would like to go bigger but I'm baffled. I understand the staggering fine, I just can't understand the instructions to start row 51. I think I'll do fine once I get past that point.

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  14. Thank you for making the pattern available.
    Enjoyed making this.

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  15. Hi can someone please help me? I’m trying to understand row 31. I do not understand. So 3 v stitches then increase then 6 then increase? Then the end is what I’m having problems on. After i do the last increase I’m only left with 5 spaces left. Please help

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    1. You may have this figured out already. The same thing happened to me at one point. Turned out I missed one increase on the prior increase row. Thought I double checked it. :/

      It is such a lovely pattern. Thank you Robin! :)

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  16. I am so excited to be trying a circle blanket. I swopted out the yarn to mandala yarn I have up to row 20 in about 4 hours lol you are so easy to follow! Thank you so much for the video. I am a visual learner. I don't do good on written patterns but after your video I had to look at it and I actually pretty much understand it! Such a great teacher

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  17. Thank you so much a beautiful tutorial

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  18. Thank you for your wonderful pattern and tutorial. WEll Done! Do you allow the sale of finished items. I do have a shop. I will, of course, give you full credit for the pattern design.

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    1. Yes of course :) You are more than welcome to sell your finished items - thank you for asking! xx

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    2. Thank you Robin. I have two almost finished. I will let you know when I have posted them in the shop if you like. They are so beautiful. ;) Thank you again for sharing the pattern.

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  19. Beautiful pattern - already have 3 wips on the go but am thinking will be 4 later on today!

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  20. Love love love this! I just finished my fifth one yesterday (they're going to be gifts) and am considering making a sixth.

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  21. I made a 70" wide blanket out of Lionbrand Mandala yarn in Gnome colors. Loved this pattern. It's beautiful.

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    1. I have started this in Mandala as well, but it is curling a bit. What size hook did you use?

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  22. It is a beautiful pattern I was wondering if you had any suggestions on yarn other then the whirl. Do you know if the sirdar snuggly pattercake yarn will work many thanks Sabzy

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    1. Yes that will absolutely work! I've seen a pink / white pattercake version and it looks beautiful:-)

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  23. Omgosh! I have been searching for the perfect pattern to use to make a baby blanket out of my first Scheepes Whirl cake, and this is it!! Can't wait to get started! Thank you for sharing this gorgeous pattern. Blessings to you!

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  24. Thank you for making this pattern so easy to follow. This was my first attempt at a circle blanket and learning to crochet. I couldn't be happier.

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  25. Hi Robin,
    This pattern is amazing l’m love my the whirl yarn. Thanks for creating such a great video & written pattern. This is my first try at a more complex pattern and Iam really enjoying it. How many balls of yarn did you use when you used the our tribe yarn? Thanks Margi

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    1. I haven't actually finished the My Tribe version! *hides* It is destined to be a WIP forever I think ... oops!

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  26. I bought the yarn for this months ago and have been putting off starting this as I'm a bit intimidated by it coupled with the fact that I have never spent so much on one skein of yarn nor bought yarn from the UK. I'm about to be admitted into thw hospital for the 24th time in 8 years and I've realized I may not live long enough to complete this if I keep procrastinating so its coming to the hospital with me. I'm nervous and excited at the same time. Thank you for making this a free pattern so people like me can make something so beautiful as well. ❤💜💛💚💙

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    1. Wow, what a compliment! I hope all goes well with your hospital stay fingers crossed for a clean bill of health and a completed lotus flower blanket when you get out :-) xxx <3

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  27. Can this be made into a shawl or square blanket?

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  28. Hi Robin

    Thank you for your lovely tutorials. I'm a novice at crocheting and on top of that, English is not my native language.

    I've finally come to row 23 and now I'm unsure if I've done it right.
    How many increases have I made when I've finished round 23?

    Thank you
    Aia

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  29. I absolutely love ur work and want to attempt it, but I want to end it as a square, so could u guide me please on how to do that

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  30. is there a printer freindly version of this pattern? itd easyer for me to see the words on paper vs my phone

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