Finally, I finished!
I love it. It’s warm and soft and snuggly. The colours are gorgeous. It’s big enough to cover me up for a little nap on the couch – if that ever happens! I’m already thinking that I might try to make another one with lots of soft cream and splashes of all the leftover colours from this one.
Details for those who want them:
- Pattern with tutorial from Attic 24
- Moda Vera Pure Wool 8 ply from Spotlight, about 30 balls (I lost count)
- Size 4.5 crochet hook
- 220 stitches in my starting chain
- 124 rows
- Each colour is made of two rows, so 62 colour changes
- 15 different colours
- Each row took me about half an hour
- That’s 62 hours all up!!!
Things I learnt along the way:
- When changing colours, leave your crochet hook in the stitch loop and knot the new colour as close as you can.
- As you work from your knot, lay the loose ends along the row and crochet them in for an inch or so. Then you just chop them off instead of having to go back and weave them in at the end. This YouTube video will show you how I do it but there are other ways to do it too – search YouTube for “changing colours in crochet” to find more options.
- If you make your initial chain too long, you can leave it hanging then weave it into the blanket at the end.
- If you want wider ripples, just add extra trebles into the pattern. For example, instead of doing 4 trebles on each side of the increase and decrease stitches, you could do 5 or 6 or even more.
- I changed colours every two rows but you could create wider rows of colour by changing colours every 4 or 6 or 8 rows.
- I like my blanket of “many colours” but I would also consider doing my next one with less colours. I think 4 or 5 would look just as effective and more cohesive.
- If you do choose to go with lots of colour, have one colour that repeats more often that the rest. In my blanket that colour is the soft white. Friends commented last week that those white rows broke up the darker colours. I think they serve like the background fabric in a quilt that offsets the other colours. You could also choose another neutral colour , such as black, grey, cream, beige or chocolate.
- It really isn’t as tricky as it looks!
So I hope I have inspired you to have a go at crochet. If you’ve never tried before, grab a hook and check out these crochet tutorials. If you have the basics, then this blanket could be your next project. I’d love to hear about it if you give it a go!
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