Usually about this time on Pinterest when you do a general “christmas” search you will find a peppermint swirl blanket somewhere in your feed.
This thing is gorgeous and somewhat mesmerizing!
It almost looks as though you could reach through the photo and break off a swirl of peppermint candy and enjoy to your hearts content.
Recently I was asked by a customer to do this exact blanket as a custom order for them.
Having never done this particular blanket before I knew it would be a challenge but I was totally up for the task!
I found the pattern and was having a tad bit of confusion when just reading it. However I found a video tutorial that walked you through every single step of the blanket and that was what I relied on.
This blanket is labor intensive but in the end you can see just how worth every hour spent is worth it!
There are a few things I recommend when doing this blanket which Michael doesn’t mention in the video.
After making all 42 of your motifs you need to make the other 30 small motifs BEFORE you put the edging on the swirls. I had finished my 42 swirls and then put the edging for each of the 6 motif styles and then discovered I needed to make 30 more small motifs.
It kind of took the wind out of my sails because I felt like I was close to the end until I realized I had to whip out these little guys.
Also, when you’re going to assemble everything I recommend laying your 6 stacks out so you can keep everything organized as you’re laying all the swirls out on the floor.
If they aren’t in order you can mess up the placement and then the swirls are not going to look right.
The designer wrote the pattern in such a way that each swirl looks as though it is actually moving by how she changed the edging a little bit between the 6 swirls.
I also used an “I” hook for this blanket and appr. 5 skeins total. Another thing too is you can easily make the red yarn the more dominant color rather than the white. It’s completely your preference. You could even do a “spearmint” blanket too if that’s your candy of choice! 🙂
If you decide to tackle this project yourself and come up against any issues please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask! I will do my best to help you however I can!
The most tedious part is assembling all the pieces together. It definitely takes the longest in my opinion. However if you can manage to push through this stage then you will be well on your way to having a gorgeous finished product!
I hope you enjoy making one of these for yourself! If you do make one please share a photo down below! I’d love to see other swirly peppermint blankets!
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making one or maybe you don’t have the ability to crochet but know you can’t live without this afghan on your sofa or favorite chair this holiday season. You can purchase one from me!
I’m only doing a limited number of these blankets this year but I do plan to have a bigger stock of them for the 2017 Holiday season!
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