US Marine Corps Insignia Two-Color Image – Beautiful custom order for a USMC momma.
To begin this project, I researched embroidery charts until I found one 100 pixels wide, which was a perfect size for the needed final blanket measurements. I had a couple of false starts while looking for the best method to change colors in the middle of a row. What I decided on is my own creation that I outline at the end of this post. I am pleased with how this turned out!
Each side of the border has a phrase. This was tricky, and I did not use a pattern for any of it, because I had stared carefully at a chart for the entirety of the blanket body! Check out the final pic at the top of the post.
Steps for creating your Two-Color Image Chart Blanket
1: Choose an image and search for a chart, or use software to pixelate/chart an image if you have it. I like to use embroidery charts as they are readily available. If you can’t find a chart, you can use a basic image and visually eyeball it or even use graph paper to make your own chart.
2. Yarn and hook: I used worsted weight yarn, with two strands held double of both colors, and a size P (11.5mm) hook. I like this large hook because when working the image, and also because you will be stitching “over” the non-working yarn, the blanket gets tight and has less drape. The larger hook keeps everything smooth.
3. Starting chain: Take the background color – with two strands held together – and chain as many as you need to cover the chart base as well as any extra stitches that you want on both sides. Remember to mentally keep your image centered, or use stitch markers/waste yarn to mark the two ends of the chart area.
4. Row 1: Holding the contrast color up to the chain and beginning to work over the new color, SC in every chain across. The SC is considered a “square” stitch, so each SC can be considered a pixel on your chart, if you have a good reference piece. You will be carrying the non-working yarn throughout the entire blanket, which is why you are working over the contrast color. Work SC in every st, chain 1 at the end of the row.
5. Work as many plain rows as you like, carrying up the non-working yarn at the end of every row. When you get to the part that is charted, use the picture and the step descriptions below to help you change color. I like this method because it allows a very clean color change.
6: After you finish the chart, work the same amount of plain rows as you did below the blanket.
7: Border: Attaching contrast yarn in a corner, work 3SC and 1SC in each st and into the ends of every row of the blanket. 3SC in corners on every round and work the border however you like. I love the REV SC border, so I used it here.
Changing Color in the Middle of a Row
1: Setup – Completed blue stitch, yellow yarn lying in repose
2: Switch blue and yellow yarn so that yellow is now the yarn in use
3: YO with yellow and pull the yellow through the blue
4: Pull the blue strand so that it is as hidden as possible (yellow is now joined at the top of the blue)
5: Work stitch like normal with yellow
If you have any questions, let me know!