Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Sweet Pea Blanket CAL

I couldn't resist and ordered the wool for the Attic 24 Sweet Pea Blanket CAL  Thankfully Lucy from Attic 24 teamed up with The Wool Warehouse so we could buy her crochet-along colours already in a pack - saves so much time and searching!

I can't recommend The Wool Warehouse enough, never had bad service from them. This time whilst I was ordering my pc crashed, when it came back up the order said pending but nothing was in my basket. A quick phone call to the company and a lovely lady sorted it all out for me. A couple of days later and the postman was knocking on the door with my wool...  15 balls of wonderful soft wool all in a handy bag to store them and my WIP.

I did do a tension sample using a 5mm hook for my starting chain then swapping to a 4mm hook as it's the recommended one for this wool. (I use a 5mm most of the time but I was itching to use my new soft handled 4mm.) 

I love how the Trellis Stripe pattern works up.

Part 1 has all the information you need including the colour changes for the first 30 rows, you do 2 rows per colour. I wasn't sure of the colours blending quite together at first 
See what I mean, it seemed a big jump from the light purple to red then green.
But by the end of Part 1 I was in love...

Unfortunately the photo really doesn't do the colours justice but it's my fault for taking it on my phone instead of going to get my camera. Just too impatient to get on with part 2!  By the way the pins you can see at the bottom I put in whilst doing the beginning chain so that I didn't lose count, much easier that way when you're doing over 200 chains.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

A New Blanket

After making our daughter's crocheted blanket I decided that it was time I made one for myself. After seeing some amazing wool on Wool Warehouse I found a corner to corner blanket that I liked the look of and I thought would work well in the particular shades I'd chosen.

The wool I chose is Stylecraft Batik Swirl in the Highland colours. I loved the blue and purple colours mixed. Stylecraft Batik Swirl - Highland (3735) - 200g
The pattern I used was free from the Yarn Inspirations website. Click here to get the pattern yourself. It's a very easy pattern to follow and once I got into the flow of crocheting it off I went. There is also a video if you prefer, just click here. There are lots of videos showing you how to do the corner to corner but I've always used Bella Coco as my go-to crochet tutorial when I've needed to.

Anyway, I ordered 3 of the Highland Batik Swirl in the understanding that after 1.5 balls I'd then stop increasing and start decreasing. I was amazed how fast it grew...

By the time I'd done the requisite 1.5 balls I was enjoying myself so much I decided to continue increasing and turn the blanket from a single size to a double. I used the 3 balls on the increase and ordered 3 more from Wool Warehouse to do the decrease. I am so pleased with the result! The whole blanket covered the top of our king sized bed, although it now lives on the back of the sofa so when it gets a bit nippy I snuggle under it when I'm reading or watching tv.

That's another new blanket made and I'm going to work on my stitching for a couple of weeks until my new wool arrives. Yes I've been back to Wool Warehouse and ordered more wool, another blanket but this one is a bit different as it's an old crochet-along.