Funeral Blanket

I can’t decide if I am thoughtfully kind or just morbid, but I make funeral blankets.  I have done this for years.  I make them and put them in my closet.  Then when someone close to me  passes away, I am ready with a gift of love and comfort.  I wish I could say that I have a closet full of blankets, but I have said good bye to my grandmas, a few dear older Sisters in my church ward, and even some tragic goodbyes of younger friends.   I am always grateful that I took the time before these sad events to make a gift for the grieving family that always brings  them and myself such comfort.

With that said,  I started this beautiful daisies blanket on my trip to Wisconsin.   I found the pattern on Pinterest from the website Tejiendo Peru. It is called Flower Garden Stitch.    It is a very lacey design that is perfect for a loving farewell.  imageThe pattern is fairly easy with the exception of leaving so many loops on the hook in order to make the petals all connect.  There is a video here that shows how to make the flower.  The pattern is also easy as it is in English and is a map pattern.  One small picture is the whole pattern. Yea!!  I put it on my phone pictures and was able to crochet on the plane and in the car.  Portable projects are a must!

It didn’t take long to make this cover.  Funeral blankets do not need to wrap all around. They just need to cover or lay on top.   This is about 3’x 4.5′ Just a guesstimate.  I used my favorite Caron Simply Soft yarn.  This white had little sparkles in it.

After blocking, which always makes the afghan calm down and be so pretty,  I added the pearls .  I used pearls from an old bracelet that I had.  They really finish this blanket so well.   It is beautiful!

Saying goodbye to a loved one is never a good thing. But having a SWEET gift to give in times of sorrow is.


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