Beautiful America

One of the most beautiful blankets I’ve ever made is a pattern called Little Boy Blue by Lion Brand.

This jewel-tone afghan was designed for Lion Brand’s Heartland, which happens to be Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s October Yarn of the Month. Heartland is 100% acrylic and weight 4 (medium). Heartland has a soft, silky feel and is comfortable for me to work with.

I enjoyed the variations in stitch patterns from row to row, which produced such a distinctive border. I counted stitches carefully at the end of each row, because mistakes would show and disrupt future rows. It is well worth the time and effort to ensure each section is correct before moving on.

One of my favorite things about Heartland is that each color bears the name of an American landmark or national park. Skeins for this project are called Acadia, Everglades, Glacier Bay, Olympic, Shenandoah, and Yellowstone. Heartland is also made in the U.S.A.

The deep colors’ evocation of treasured places from around our country made working with this blanket a sentimental treat. It reminded me of happy family travels, years of history studies and favorite books, and geography games.

Patience, persistence, and attention to detail are rewarded with this gorgeous blanket for a baby or young child. It’s a blanket I want to make again.

(I wasn’t compensated in any way for this post, and opinions and text are my own.)

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