Monet's Garden Throw, crochet afghan pattern with colorful watercolor yarn in textured flowers and green trellis background, crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns

Monet's Garden Throw Crochet Pattern

Thanks to my fabulous Facebook followers my latest design got the most fitting name...

 
Monet's Garden Throw crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
 
This design has been seriously sooo much fun to make. Here's why I loved designing it:
~It is COLORFUL!
~It is snuggly and the sample is the perfectly sized throw!
~It can be made any dimensions you want.
~It is join-as-you-go.
~The flowers provide so much fun texture--just barely opening like buds.
~You can really go to town with arranging the colors any way you want and really feel like an artist!
~I think the lattice-leafy-looking background and border are just the right touch for a garden feel.
~The back of the throw is pretty fabulous, too!
 
Monet's Garden Throw crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
 
Yep. This design makes me seriously happy.
 
Monet's Garden Throw crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
Monet's Garden Throw crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
Making this baby started with making the flowers--288 in all. That sounds like a lot, but they work up super fast and I found the "surprise" of seeing which color came off my hook each time seriously fun! It's sort of like watercolor paints.
 
Monet's Garden Throw crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
Not one to be afraid of ends (and working over the first of each flower), I was thrilled to see this beautiful collection of budding color!
 
Then I got to play with the colors! I laid them out carefully on my bed.
 
Monet's Garden Throw crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
Moving this one...switching those two...ahhh, there! That's just right. But now what? I've gotta crawl in that bed in a couple of hours. And these flowers don't stack.
 
Thinking...thinking.
 
Ah-ha! I've got it! What if...
 
Monet's Garden Throw crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
...I took dowels or skewers, labeled them with the row numbers on tape (which helps to keep the flowers from falling off the end, too), and inserted the dowel through the center of each flower, row by row?

Monet's Garden Throw crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
I now have flower kabobs--all organized and portable and space-saving while I work on the join-as-you-go! I'm pretty tickled with this solution. I would simply pull off the next flower in the row I was working and join it. Problem solved.
 
Speaking of joining, I'm pretty tickled with how it goes for this one. 
 
Monet's Garden Throw crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
 
If you've never tried join-as-you-go--it's fabulous! Have no fear, I provide a complete photo-tutorial (no need to print) to help you through. 
 
For this project, I used 10 colors of Red Heart Unforgettable, but you could use fewer (or more, too) of this or any long color-run yarn to get a similar effect. And although it says it is worsted, the Unforgettable actually seems more like a DK/light worsted to me.
 
Monet's Garden Throw crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
I hope you love it as much as I do! You can read more details about yarn quantities, dimensions of this sample, hook size and all that stuff in the listing in my shops:
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