Thursday, 23 February 2017

NatCroMo 2017 - Day 3 Amanda Perkins

Hi NatCroMo visitors

Its been a very busy year, I've published an awful lot of crochet patterns since I last talked to you.

I've been self publishing my pdf crochet patterns for about 12 years, but in October 2016 my first real book was published.
There are two versions of the book, Rainbow Crocheted Blankets written in UK terms and Rainbow Crocheted Afghans written in US terms.

I'm delighted to say the book has become a bestseller and the UK version is already on its third reprint.
The book is loosely based on the rainbow and is more about colour than crochet technique, it features patterns for 10 crochet blankets made in 4 ply and DK.
The patterns contain lots of yarn information, coloured charts, step by step instructions and 2 colour variations for each blanket.

The UK version of the book is for sale in my Etsy shop, as a NatCroMo special I am running a prize draw.
If you buy one of my patterns from my Etsy shop during March 2017 you will be automatically entered into the draw, the first 2 names out of the hat will receive a signed copy of the UK terms version of my book.
You can find my Etsy shop "Amanda Perkins Crochet" HERE
You can find the US terms version on Amazon HERE

Just a quick note to say if you scroll to the bottom of this post, you can find another NatCroMo special ;-)

So without further ado here are the book blankets, I've written blog post about each blanket, just click on the blanket photo's to find out the story of the blankets.

I finished writing the book in December 2015 and went into overdrive designing and publishing 8 new blanket patterns during 2016 ..... phew.... :-)
All the new designs featured a simple circle in a square motif, I spent the whole year experimenting with colour which is the thing I enjoy most about crochet.

The first three blankets were inspired by the Exmoor Night Skies, Exmoor is a International Dark Sky reserve and the night sky's are spectacular. 
You can buy the patterns individually or all 3 are published in a e-book - HERE

The second set of blankets were inspired by the wild foxgloves that grow on Countisbury hill, I can see the hill from my bedroom window and is one of my favourite dog walks.
Again the patterns are all published separately and also in a e-book which you can find HERE

The final 2 blankets have different layouts and inspirations, both of them use specific yarns, however as with all my designs you can use which ever yarn you wish.
You can find Scrumptious Bubbles - HERE and Severn Sea - HERE

And now that you have reached the end of my blog post here is my second NatCroMo offer.
Buy one of my crochet patterns on Ravelry and get a second one free, the offer includes all my e-books.
Simply put your 2 patterns in your cart, add the following code at checkout and you will only have to pay for one of them.
The code is NatCroMo17
And you can find my Ravelry patterns HERE
The code is valid until April the 1st and you can use it as many times as you want.

Happy camping & crocheting and maybe see you next year.
Love Amanda


  1. I would love to win a copy of your book,simply because I think your amazing!I love the stories behind your blankets,and your awesome use of color and design!Thanks for a chance to win!

  2. I love your designs. They are made with such happy colors. :)

  3. Absolutely love your blanket designs Amanda! Just followed a link from #natcromo and I'm so happy to have discovered your blog!

  4. Sharon Tente-Clarke8 April 2017 at 19:57

    Amanda, I got my book today and was excited to open the package. I loved all the patterns in the book, plus how you posted the colors you used, where to start joining the afghan. It has so much information and very good information.