Sugar Skull Lapgan

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This badass lapgan was one of the first big projects that I made for just me.  I use it almost every night when I’m crocheting in my living room and its draped on my chair for display the rest of the time.  I am really proud of this blanket because I didn’t follow a specific pattern and I did (most) of the designing myself.

I first saw a post over on Repeat Crafter Me for a pixelated cupcake blanket.  I had just wrapped up my hexagon blanket and was interested in doing something else with squares because I find they are a very good “on the go” type of project. So then I started researching what picture I would like to make and thought a sugar skull would be really cool.  Unfortunately for me, with the amount of detail I wanted to have in it, it would have ended up fitting across an entire room, which was not practical.  So I started looking into pattern types.  I tried mini squares (they weren’t mini enough), I thought of a sc graphgan (not big enough) and finally I thought to myself.. what about bobbles?!  So the hunt was on!  I came across this awesome tutorial from B.hooked Crochet for how to do “straight” bobbles, instead of interlocking bobbles.

But back to the beginning… first I started by finding a picture and I found THIS. I then headed over to here  to make my layout. I tried a few variations, such as just black white and purple, then gray scale, but in the end I decided to go full color with a grey back ground.

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Then I got all of my yarns together. Here is a list of what I used:

Loops & Threads Impeccable in Black, Aran, Arbor Rose, Amethyst, Aqua, and Soft Fern

Bernat Super Value in True Grey

Red Heart Super Saver in Hot Red, Lavender and Cornmeal

Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice in Charcoal Grey and Rust

Here are some WIP pictures I took along the way…

This is DEFINITELY one of those projects that I recommend weaving in the ends as you go or incorporating them along the way.  There’s nothing more frustrating to me than getting done the body of work then having to go through and weave in a million ends before I can appreciate its glory.

I love the texture and feel of this afghan.  It is the warmest blanket in the house.  Funny enough about a week after I started working on this Sarah over at Repeat Crafter Me had a similar idea and made this really cool afghan.  Great crochet minds must think alike!

For the border I did a sc row of grey, hdc row in grey, then a hdc row of charcoal grey, dc row in charcoal and finished with a sc row then a crab stitch row in black.  A crab stitch is like a reverse sc and adds a really neat looking finish to a blanket.  I followed this tutorial over at Moogly Blog to learn how to do it.

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Here’s a bit of a close up…
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I like the ombre look in the border as it fades from light grey to black. All in all, this is one of my favorite projects to date! I am so happy with how it turned out.

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Check out more of my afghans here.

UPDATE:  A pattern for this blanket is now available on my Etsy Shop!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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