Jacana Blanket – Cosy Crochet Pattern

Jacana Blanket Overview

This crochet blanket is called the Jacana blanket and it consists of sixteen squares made in the moss-, or linen stitch. For each square, I used two different, contrasting colours which creates the stripes in a square. It’s such a fun make and you can play with colours as much as you like!

Meet the Jacana

Last autumn I accepted the Hobbii Cozy challenge and it was all about coziness. My inspiration for this blanket was a bird, the Jacana. I think it’s the coziest bird ever!! And check those paws, they’re so long and slim. Exactly like the stripes in my blanket.

I’ll tell you a little bit about this bird and what makes them so special.

These distinctive wading birds are easily identified by their elongated legs and remarkably long, slender toes and claws. These features allow them to distribute their weight evenly, enabling them to gracefully traverse bodies of water on delicate, floating vegetation.

Beyond their striking appearance, Jacanas, especially the African Jacana, exhibit a set of characteristics and behaviors that are almost exclusive to this bird family.

One notable distinction is their unconventional approach to nesting and parental care. In contrast to most bird species where females are primarily responsible for these tasks, the roles are reversed in the African Jacana!

Breeding females often form harems with multiple males. Each male, subject to the female’s scrutiny, takes on the responsibility of constructing a nest and patiently awaits the arrival of the eggs. After laying the eggs, the female typically moves on to the next male, while the male continues to incubate the eggs until they hatch.

The male Jacana demonstrates a high level of protectiveness towards the offspring. He has developed a unique method for concealing and transporting the young during times of peril. Using his wings, he scoops up the chicks, cradling them beneath his wings against his body. This results in a somewhat comical and peculiar-looking creature, with the chicks’ legs protruding and swinging below, giving the impression of an entity with eight or more legs on occasion. Don’t you just love this guy??!!!

Crochet blanket or throw

I love to have smaller crochet blankets or throws lying around as they are very practical. We need to share one couch with three people so there’s simply no space for bigger blankets.

Last year when the energy crisis started, we decided we would look for more natural ways to stay warm For us crocheters it’s just a friendly invitation to do what we already love! Crochet blankets!

Of course you could make this blanket as big as you like. Simply add more squares! You’ll just have to adjust the stitch count for the border, but basically you’ll do the same thing. This is exactly the reason I called it the Jacana blanket and not the Jacana throw.

Moss stitch squares

The Jacana crochet blanket consists of sixteen moss stitch squares. Four pairs of four to be be exact.

I’ve designed the square pattern in a way that you don’t need to cut your yarn every row. I mean, who likes to weave in all those ends?

I chose to work with six different colours but even in two colours you could create a beautiful result. Just make sure they’re contrasting colours!

Hobbii Friends Winter glow Solid

Hobbii Winter Glow is one of my favourite yarns to work with. It’s so sturdy and the colours are AMAZING! It’s an acrylic wool blend so it’s soft and superwarm!

Winter Glow is a beautiful South American wool blend with an intense depth of color and an extraordinary glow! It is produced at an Italian spinnery that makes the most incredible colours for Hobbii.

I picked six different colours for this crochet blanket : no 31, Almond, no 25, Pumpkin, no 30, Oat no 38, Purple plum, no 05, Graphite, no 24, Copper. I think they work incredibly well together!

The yarn has a loosely spun structure with a slight variation in thickness and is easy to work with.

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Rachel Cowl

The Rachel cowl consists of a big granny triangle that goes all the way down to your belly and a snug collar. This crochet cowl is very comfortable and will keep you warm. It has a retro vibe and will top off your outfit this winter!

Crochet cowl

You’ll start the Rachel cowl from the center, increasing on each side in order to create a huge Granny triangle. After that you’ll make a snug collar and you finish with the border and edging.

The pattern is suitable for the adventurous beginner. I’ve made a photo tutorial to make it even easier. You will have some ends to weave in, but maybe this is an excellent opportunity to use up your scraps!

Granny stitch

The Granny stitch has this awesome retro vibe and is hipper than ever. For me as a crochet designer it’s very inspiring!

It has made a comeback and you see it everywhere. You see it on social media, in fashion shops, on the catwalk and in fashion magazines. We can make our own hip accessories! Brilliant!

I chose to change colour every row, but you can easily change the look of this cowl by playing with colours. Tip: make the cowl in one colour or in gradient yarn. This way you’ll have no ends to weave in!

I included my colour scheme in the pattern!

Yarn selection: Hobbii Amigo XL

I chose to work with a worsted weight yarn, Hobbii Amigo XL, in a variety of autumnal colours. As the DK version, this yarn doesn’t itch at all!! .

Amigo XL has double the thickness of Amigo and is very easy to work with. I love how fast it works up. It is soft and comfortable and is produced in 100% HB acrylic of a very high quality and comes in an enormous selection of colors.

The airy yarn will keep you warm and won’t get too heavy.

What I love about Amigo and amigo XL is that it can be machine washed at 30°C, perfect for everyday use. Colors and shape will hold up to wash after wash.

The yarn is OEKO-TEX® certified (no. 2076-311). Find more information about the certification on the https://www.oeko-tex.com/en/ 

Bamboodle legwarmers

These crochet legwarmers will cuddle your legs this winter! And they will top off your outfit as they make a hip and fashionable accessory.

Crochet legwarmers

The Bamboodle legwarmers have long vertical stripes that will make your legs seem longer and slimmer! They reminded me of bamboo, hence the name! Even indoors they are very comfortable to wear and I love how they warm my ankles.

These crochet legwarmers are fairly easy to make. By measuring your calf you can make them exactly as large as you like. You’ll start with making the bottom ribbing. Then you’ll crochet the body of the legwarmers and lastly you’ll make the top ribbing.

I’ve made a photo tutorial and the pattern also includes a chart. You won’t cut your yarn every row, so hardly any ends to weave in!

The pattern is suitable for the advanced beginner. Once you’ve got the hang of it, the stitch repeats are very easy.

Yarn selection: Hobbii Winter Glow Solid

Hobbii Winter Glow is one of my favourite yarns to work with. It’s so sturdy and the colours are AMAZING! It’s an acrylic wool blend so it’s soft and superwarm!

Winter Glow is an unbelievably beautiful South American wool blend with an intense depth of color and an extraordinary glow! It is produced at an Italian spinnery that makes the most incredible colours for Hobbii.

The yarn has a loosely spun structure with a slight variation in thickness and is easy to work with.

Delightful Jumper

The Delightful jumper is a warm and squishy crochet jumper made with woolen tweed yarn. It works up quicker than expected! This is due to the fact that I used worsted weight yarn of course, but the other secret ingredient for that is an ingenious crochet stitch, the double crochet two together stitch. This jumper is ideal to wear on cold winter days!

Crochet jumper

This crochet jumper feels great to wear. It’s such a cosy, warm, and super comfy jumper with a loose fit. Just the way I like it!

The pattern is written for 7 different sizes from XS to XXXL.

SizeTo fit bust cm
XS71-76
S81-88
M91-98
L102-107
XL112-117
XXL122-127
XXXL131-137

You’ll start with making a front- and back panel from the bottom up and then sew them together. After that you’ll add the ribbing.

Then you’ll make two sleeves. They’re worked in rows again from the bottom up. You sew them together over the length of the sleeve. After finishing them you’ll add the cuffs and then you’ll attach them to the body.. 

The pattern is suitable for the adventurous beginner. I’ve made a photo tutorial to make it easier. One tip: watch your gauge! Some crocheters tend to crochet looser after a while.

Yarn selection: Hobbii Tweed delight

Tweed Delight is a woolen tweed yarn with a classic composition, primarily made from a lovely South American wool and the pretty tweed flecks from viscose. The yarn is lightly twined with a rustic structure, which makes it nice and soft and creates a beautiful end result.

Of course I hope you like the colours I picked but Tweed Delight comes in 30 different colours! So take your pick!

Hobbii has put an extra effort into creating a lovely harmony between the primary color of the yarn and the flecks. Some are the more classic, subdued colors – and some are covered in a cornucopia of different nuances.

This yarn is OEKO-TEX® certified (no. 1976-294). Only wash by hand!

Colours

I used three different colours for the jumper. Chai Latte, a neutral colour with black and mustard specks, Amber Glow, a warm rusty colour with white and black specks and Wisteria Bloom, a light purple colour with specks in cream, black and brown.

I really wanted the cuffs and the ribbing to stand out and I wanted stripes and/or colourblocks on the body of the jumper. You can follow my colour scheme, but you could easily make the jumper in one colour.

Maisie Cowl

The Maisie crochet cowl has a high collar that will keep your neck nice and warm. I designed this crochet cowl especially to wear under my raincoat. Of course it goes with any coat, but a raincoat needs to be zipped up completely in order to keep the rain out and not every cowl or scarf allows that. I wanted the part around my neck long and snug so that it would protect my neck properly against the cold rain and the wind. Here in Amsterdam it rains a lot and we use our bicycles all year through so we need that bit of extra protection.

Crochet cowl

You’ll start the Maisie cowl from the bottom, increasing on both sides for a few rows. You’ll make two panels and then you’ll slip stitch or sew them together. After that you’ll make that extra long collar of this crochet cowl in rounds and you finish with the ribbing and edging.

The pattern is suitable for the adventurous beginner. I’ve made a photo tutorial to make it even easier. You will have some ends to weave in, but maybe this is an excellent opportunity to use up your scraps! One tip: watch your gauge! Some crocheters tend to crochet looser after a while. This could cause the collar part to be too loose.

Granny stitch

The Granny stitch is a classic but it’s hipper than ever and it keeps inspiring me to design new crochet patterns! Especially after the success of the Leah cowl I designed exactly one year ago.

The Granny stitch has made a comeback and it’s here to stay as far as I’m concerned. You see her in the streets, on the catwalk and in fashion magazines. We can make our hip accessories ourselves! How cool is that!

I chose to change colour every row, but you can easily change the look of this cowl by playing with colours. What about making a unicoloured one? I included my colour scheme in the pattern!

Yarn Selection: Hobbii Amigo

I chose to work with Hobbii Amigo in a variety of autumnal colours. The reason I keep coming back to this yarn is because it doesn’t itch at all!! Especially for a collared, snug cowl this is very important as I have sensitive skin.

Amigo is a DK weight acrylic yarn that’s soft as a feather. It has a wonderful, airy volume. It is produced from 100% HB acrylic of a very high quality and comes in a big selection of colors.

By the way, HB stands for High-bulk. It is a production technique that uses steam and pressure to make the fibers contract a little and curl so that they become fuller. The result is a light and soft yarn that is both comfortable to work with and to wear on the body.

Through the Grapevine, a Crochet Market Bag with Purpose

The Through the grapevine market bag is a boho chic crochet bag that has lacy details and an oval bottom. With easy stitches you create an intricate pattern. This crochet bag works up super quick and the repetitive pattern will calm your senses.

Crochet bag

This crochet bag made of 100% cotton yarn is sustainable and at the same time it’s looking very chic. With this bag you want to go shopping every day. It also makes a great (last minute) gift!

As it weighs less than 150 grams it’s an ideal market bag to put in your pocket so you’ll never need to use a plastic bag again. Because let’s be honest, plastic bags are just not done anymore.

The pattern is suitable for beginner crocheters. The most important stitches are the single crochet, double crochet and chain stitch.

Yarn Selection: Drops Muskat

As it is one of my favourite yarns for market bags, and as many times before, I used Drops Muskat. This is a stunning mercerized Egyptian cotton. It has a glorious sheen and is super strong and durable. It comes in 40 different fabulous shades and, I’m so grateful, it’s machine washable. By washing it, you can use the bag again and again! On top of that, cotton is a natural product and completely biodegradable. Ergo, this is the most sustainable market bag on the block!

Drops Muskat holds up really well and it gives great stitch definition. I think you can see why this is my go to yarn when I’m designing crochet bags!

If you decide to use a different yarn, I would still recommend using a 100% cotton one. Cotton is bio-degradable, it’s strong and sturdy and gives good stitch definition. You can also check yarnsub.com for some yarn substitutions.

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