The Soot Sprite Blanket

December 5, 2020

 

When I began to imagine my first crochet pattern inspired by pop culture, I knew it had to accomplish several things at once: it needed to evoke fantasy and nostalgia, appeal to both children and adults alike, and incorporate a rainbow of colors balanced by a grounding neutral. My go-to neutral is Pale Grey by Feels Like Butta (Lion Brand Yarns), and when I discovered the limited-edition Studio Ghibli hand-dyed yarn collection by Kate Campbell of Red Door Fibre Studio, I knew I had a winning combination!



About the Pattern

The Soot Sprite Blanket is inspired by the small, black, fuzzy creatures who scurry throughout Studio Ghibli's films, often accompanied by bright star-shaped food (which they earn in exchange for carrying coal in Spirited Away!). This crochet pattern uses a variety of basic crochet stitches that combine to create stripes and bobbles (the Soot Sprites!). I love creating flexible blanket designs, so you will find instructions for making it any size. The finished baby blanket featured in this pattern's photos measures 37.5" x 36.5."

My sample blanket featured in this pattern includes limited-edition hand-dyed yarn by Red Door Fibre Studio, which may or may not be available for purchase at the time you are creating your blanket. I love using hand-dyed yarn in projects because it's wonderfully high quality, comes in a wide range of unique colors, and is made with tremendous love and care by a small business. Unlike corporate yarn producers, however, small hand-dyed yarn businesses are typically unable to maintain an inventory of all colors they have dyed; sometimes colors will be re-released, but it is not guaranteed! In this pattern, you'll see that I have provided a comprehensive list of alternative yarn colors and brands you may substitute in this pattern.


One of my favorite parts of this blanket are the softly undulating "ripples" created by the alternating stitch patterns in each row! This is designed to mimic the Soot Sprites' movements! 

What's in the pattern?

In this PDF pattern, you'll find: 

  • A detailed 70-page tutorial with 129 step-by-step color photos that teach you exactly how to crochet this blanket (including photos showing you where to place your hook and stitch!)
  • Instructions provided for the body of the blanket, border, and fastening off/weaving in all yarn tails
  • A comprehensive supply list, including the amount of yarn I used in this sample baby blanket. Please note that the sample blanket featured in this pattern's photos includes limited-edition hand-dyed yarn by Red Door Fibre Studio, and I have included a detailed list of readily-available alternative yarn brands/colors you may substitute in this pattern.
  • Tips that are written as if I am teaching a good friend, so you will encounter minimal abbreviations or crochet jargon
  • Instructions written in US terms

What stitches should I know?

Although the instructions are very detailed, I recommend you be familiar with the following stitches that are used in this blanket:

  • Foundation chain stitches
  • Chain stitches
  • Slip stitches
  • Single crochet stitches
  • Half double crochet stitches
  • Double crochet stitches

Am I able to sell items I make from this pattern?

Yes! You are welcome to sell anything you make from this pattern. However, I kindly request that you do not alter this pattern in any manner and distribute as your own. Please also use your own photos to advertise products made for sale. I strongly (but politely!) request that you give credit to my shop for the pattern and post a link if you sell online.


Where can I purchase this pattern?

You may purchase this Soot Sprite Blanket pattern in my Etsy shop here, and it costs $6! 



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