Water Arcade
Water Arcade

Water Arcade

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Modern quilts are truly a source of inspiration for me. In particular, I love how artists of this craft have taken a skillset of days gone by and modernized the look to appear more contemporary, without sacrificing any of the traditional attention to detail and craftsmanship. This project is a crocheter’s take on these modern quilts, as it combines a bright, cheerful palette with a contemporary geometric pattern. My inspiration for this particular project was the push button water arcade toy of my childhood. I tried to capture the sense of the balls falling through the water by placing the colors in a gradient design. This pattern is perfect for showcasing those gorgeous indie skeins, tucking into beloved minis and/or using up those odds and ends that every crafter seems to accumulate!

****** This pattern has been updated to include directions for a baby blanket and an addendum for a scarf. ********


Finished Measurements
After Blocking: 37” (94 cm) x 39” (99 cm)

For my sample, I chose to make a baby blanket using fingering weight yarn. You can make this design using any weight of yarn, but the yardage provided below is just for a baby blanket using fingering weight. Your yardage requirements will vary depending on your yarn selection and size of blanket.

Canon Hand Dyes, Charles Sock, 80% Merino, 20% Nylon, 395 yards / 100 grams

3 skeins of Watermark

10g Blue, Bleu, Blu mini skein set

Crochet hook Size F (3.75mm)
Sewing needle
Sewing pins
Blocking mat and wires and pins

ch chain
sl st slip stitch
sc single crochet
dc double crochet
hdc half double crochet
tr treble crochet

This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
Photo tutorials are provided as are written and charted directions.


Havirland Yarns, Pax Sock
80% Merino, 20% Nylon
800 yards / 200 grams
Cupid mini set
 * I needed to add approximately 20g of minis from my stash to make the circles.
Machete Shoppe, Simple Sock
75% Merino, 25% Nylon
463 yards / 100 grams
Bollywood colorway
Olann Hand Dyed in Ireland, Sock Sport
80% Merino, 20% Nylon
399 yards / 100 grams
Cocktail colorway
(Approximately 20g required for the