The Rosslyn blanket is a celebration of the Divine Feminine.
The idea was conceived as I was travelling in New Zealand. I stayed on the outskirts of Dunedin, in a suburb called Rosslyn.
Dunedin and the surrounding area echoes Scotland, from the place names, to the architecture and the landscape.
I felt so completely at one with myself, and so inspired to celebrate my own feminine wisdom and strength.
This lead me to thoughts of what the Divine Feminine is all about, where the feminine power lies within all of us, men and women alike.
So, what exactly is the Divine Feminine?
It is the power within each of us to express balance, hope, wisdom, and the unique gifts that both men and women share with one another, and with the world.
♥ Honour our role as nurturers and collaborators.
In coming together, women share their energy and heart.
♥ Connect with kindred spirits
Every woman, and man, possesses the gift of inner knowing.
When women tap into their deep trusting power, they see clearly and far.
♥ Harness our creative energy
Women are natural creators, the spark of life.
By honouring this ability, women tap into the collective power of creation.
♥ Release shame-based belief systems and their limitations
Women are keepers of the sensual world.
They are beauty incarnate, and appreciate the beauty in their lives.
♥ Step into courage by speaking from our hearts
Women give wise council when they feel safe to share their views.
I did think, briefly, of the wonderful Dan Brown novel, and the film starring Tom Hanks, The Da Vinci Code.
The Rose Line kept going around in my mind, how the ancient and sacred energy lines connect all of us around the world.
The symbol of the rose has so much meaning, to so many different cultures and times in history. I felt now is the perfect time to think of nurturing ourselves, and our world, and so, Rosslyn begins with my interpretation of a rose, with petals that radiate outwards, creating a mandala, which can be, hung, framed, mounted, or placed in a place of your choosing to add beauty and grace to your home.
I am still trying to decide on either a box frame or a hoop to mount the one I made as I was travelling [photo further down].
C1 – Spring Green x 2 – 590m/644yds
C2 – Candyfloss x 2 – 590m/644yds
C3 – Bright Pink x 2 – 590m/644yds
C4 – Fondant x 2 – 590m/644yds
C5 – White x 6 – 1770m/1932yds
C1 – Dark Brown x 2 – 590m/644yds
C2 – Mushroom x 2 – 590m/644yds
C3 – Boysenberry x 2 – 590m/644yds
C4 – Clematis x 2 – 590m/644yds
C5 – Duck Egg x 6 – 1770m/1932yds
C1 – Pistachio x 2 – 590m/644yds
C2 – Wisteria x 2 – 590m/644yds
C3 – Emperor x 2 – 590m/644yds
C4 – Violet x 2 – 590m/644yds
C5 – White x 6 – 1770m/1932yds
Here are a few more of the Rosslyn mandalas made by me and my amazing testers.
The one shown here, made by me, was the one I worked on while travelling and is made with 4-ply cotton and a 2.75mm C hook, and measures 19½ inches/50cm.
Ann has also worked with Stylecraft Special DK with a 4mm G hook these measure 27 ½ inches/70cm.
Melissa worked with Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton and a 4.5mm hook, 32 inches/81.5cm
♥ The next stage brings us to a square, surrounded with a wall of rose buds, protecting the heart of feminine beauty.
At this stage, you can add just one more round of single crochet, and maybe the border for a beautiful baby blanket.
The design then continues onwards with a very simple repeat of rose buds, and rose petals to become a full-size blanket.
Feminine Creation yarn pack. Pattern not included.
The border was inspired by the beautiful stone arches in the chapel at Rosslyn in Scotland, and I have to say I am thrilled with the border.
♥ The pattern is a photo tutorial, like all of my patterns, and is written using US terms.
There will be a German translation available soon.
♥ Video Tutorial links
There is a special video tutorial for the roses, and you can find video tutorials for all of the other special stitches on my YouTube Channel.
♥ This is the same rose as I used in my Ring ‘o’ Roses square, please remember it is covered by copyright law and is not to be coppied or reproduced in any way, except for in my designs and for your own personal use.♥
Here is some gorgeous eye candy for you, all the finished Rosslyn’s made by my amazing testers, HUGE hugs and thanks to Ineke, Terena, Melissa, and Ann.
C1 Empire x 3
C2 Jaffa x 1
C3 Sunshine x 2
C4 Emperor x 1
C5 Wisteria x 2
C6 Bright Pink x 3
C7 Bright Green x 2
Ineke also tested using the Sacred Wisdom yarn pack. Pattern not included.
Terena tested using the Mother Blessing yarn pack. Pattern not included.
All yarns are also available separately from Woolwarehouse.
♥ Melissa used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton, with a 4.5mm hook.
C1 Sage- 540 Yards,
C2 Banana- 630 Yards,
C3 Dark Denim- 720 Yards,
C4 Stoneware Blue- 720 Yards,
C5 Dove- 2,250 Yards.