My Shades of Green Crochet Blanket is growing slowly but steadily. It started out super simple but now has a little band of interest added.
Time to share another crochet project I have on the go at the moment. This one has appeared over on my Instagram account a fair bit lately but I realised that I hadn’t told you about it so here’s the low down.
I started this blanket for my boy, sometimes known as Mr Happy. He is 11 years old and his favourite colour is green. He always wants to know who the blankets are for when I start a new crochet project. When I saw this yarn in Lincraft one day I just couldn’t resist buying it just so I’d be able to say ” this one is for you!” and watch his smile.
The yarn is a Lincraft Cakes, similar to the popular Caron Cakes. It is 80% acrylic and 20% wool so it is soft and squishy. There is approximately 350m in a ball and weighs 200g. I’m using a 4mm crochet hook, and the packaging suggests a size 5 needle, so I assume that means knitting needles. It comes in a bunch of colours but this one is all shades of green.
I wanted this blanket to be my ‘super easy’ project so I simply made a chain a little wider than a single bed and started doing a simple half double crochet. To create a ridged effect, I’m working each stitch into only the back thread of the stitches before, rather than into the two threads at the top of the stitches.
You may be aware that there are two different sets of names for crochet stitches – the U.K. version and the U.S. version. This is the U.K. Half Double Crochet which is called the Half Treble stitch in the U.S. system.
Of course, after a while, I got tired of the simple half double crochet and decided I needed some interest. Inspired by the Cosy Stripe Blanket of Attic 24, I have added some rows of groups of three. Her design uses trebles, but I have continued to use half doubles in groups of 3 stitches, skipping 2 stitches in between each group. I created a band of 5 rows of triplet groups, then went back to my original design. I plan to throw in those bands of 5 rows randomly throughout the rest of the blanket.
This has been an easy project to work on because you don’t need to change yarn all the time to get the cool colour changes. I love that it will be interesting without lots of yarn ends to weave in when I finish!