Blair Road by Magdalene Lee
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Blair Road

Crochet
October 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
4.0 mm (G)
5.0 mm (H)
5.5 mm (I)
both US and UK
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Shophouses were a distinct part of Singapore’s, and much of Southeast Asia’s, architectural landscape in the pre-WWII era. These buildings constructed between the 1840s and 1960s were used both as homes and for business. A unique feature is the five-foot way, literally a five-foot pedestrian walkway, outside rows of shophouses.

I stumbled across the tile pattern that inspired this blanket along the five foot way outside a shophouses on Blair Road in Singapore. The shophouses in Blair Road were built in the early 1900s as residences for the well-to-do, and include design elements of Chinese, Malay and European styles. More info on the Blair Plains Conservation Area, of which Blair Road is a part of, can be found here and here.


Charity

This pattern is free, but please consider making a donation in exchange for the pattern to CARE International UK on this JustGiving page. Your donation will help to support vulnerable people affected by poverty, war or natural disaster all over the world.


Blanket Information

There are five files uploaded:

  1. The full blanket pattern in US terms
  2. The full blanket pattern in UK terms
  3. Round by round photos for the square and triangle
  4. Step by step photos for the side panel
  5. Extra photos of the side panel and joining taken by francestyas

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Size:
DK: 49 x 38” (124 x 94 cm)
Aran weight: 68” x 54” (173 x 137 cm) (based on a final diagonal measurement of a block as 22” (56 cm) without joining – some testers got smaller than that)

CAL
The CAL is now over, but if you wish, you can still view the thread here. It was hosted by Frances francestyas on Margaret MacInnis’ ( mugginsquilts ) group. These two ladies very generously and selflessly spent lots of time and effort in getting this pattern to a publishable state and running the CAL.