After last weeks post I took all the advice, thank you for all your comments they helped lots, and had a think about what I could and would do about the crochet blanket.
Quite a few of you were happy with the blanket as it was, and that made me feel so much better about the choices I had made. A few of you were completely right in that I was over thinking it, I’m completely guilty of that especially when it comes to patterns and colours. Even with all of that I wasn’t happy with the blanket, so I took the advice of taking out the larger green sections and seeing how I felt about the pattern then.
After I took those out I stood back and assessed it once again. The colours ended up feeling out of balance….this is where more over thinking came into it I suspect. But I went with it anyway and frogged it all back until I had this;
It really wasn’t that painful ripping out all that work and having all those little balls all over the table felt good, it must have been the right decision. Now with it all gone, it was time to begin again. I was reminded on instagram by Nicola, about the Moorland Blanket on the Attic 24 blog here. It didn’t take all that long to realise this would probably work better than the ripple I had been doing and would suit the colours I’ve chosen to work with. This blanket is also smaller in size than the one just frogged. This blanket will fit a single bed opposed to the double size I had been doing, so each row is done quicker and yet I’ll still end up with a substantial size blanket that will get thrown over the sofas for the family to use.
It was lovely switching the making up to a different craft and it reminded me why I like crocheting blankets so much. The fingers and hands just seem to know what to do while the brain shuts off. I like how the colours are working better together with this pattern and the whole thing feels a lot more balanced. The pattern is easy and intuitive and it doesn’t take long before you can read the pattern from the stitches themselves. I would say not to try crocheting while watching the new series of Game of Thrones as I ended up frogging the row I was working on because I got distracted and this happened several times! Currently it’s sitting in my basket beside my chair and I’ve been picking it up almost daily to work a row on it, this seems to be working for the project right now so we shall go with that for as long as it lasts or until the blanket is complete.
This has sparked a crochet bug and I’ve a few other ideas for blankets, one in particular involving some yarn scraps, but as I already have two other blankets other than this one started, perhaps starting another would just be total folly but we shall see.
Today’s project in progress post is a crochet blanket that has been in progress for some time. Blankets are currently the only long standing projects I have still in progress as the time taken to complete them is so much longer than even a garment so I tend to work on them when the desire to do so hits. This means they are in progress for some time. Currently I have three blankets that are in progress, two are crochet and one is knit. Crochet is my preferred way to make blankets and that is why perhaps having them as long standing projects in progress doesn’t bother me.
This blanket, pictured below is my longest standing one. It is a ripple crochet blanket, the pattern for which came from the Attic 24 blog here. When I start to make a blanket I tend to look at her blog for patterns and ideas. I’m using a 4mm crochet hook and some DK weight yarn.
For all my blankets I use an acrylic yarn, Stylecraft DK is my favourite and is what is used in the majority of Lucy’s blankets on Attic 24 but for this one I chose four colours of a just an acrylic blend. The yarn is soft and I’ve no issues with the yarn and think it will make a serviceable and well wearing blanket, which is what I want from all my blankets. They get used daily, by all the family through out the year and I don’t want any of them to be precious blankets, I want them to be used, loved and enjoyed.
My issues with the blanket and why it’s been put away and not worked on in quite some time is one of two issues. It is either the pattern or the colour placement I’ve used. I am leaning a lot more to the colour placement but either way this project is now firmly in the I no longer wish to work on it camp.
I’ve had a think what I can do to change this project so it becomes something I want to work on and finish. Ok, so I like the stripped parts before both larger chunks of the dark green stripes. I think my main issue is with those dark green wider stripes. The blanket is folded and this is a quarter of it’s width so likely big enough for at least a double bed, I can’t remember correctly as I started it some time ago but judging from the size that’s what I think. The size I’m happy with and with eight balls of the light green yarn (2400 meters) and four balls of the dark green, cream and grey (1200 meters), I don’t think running out of yarn is an issue. I’m relatively happy enough with the pattern, it’s easy and mindless but I do wonder if there is some other pattern that might work better with the colours?
The options I have are
- Continue on and let the blanket develop as set out already.
- Frog this back to take out the wider dark green stripes and then continue on with the ripple but minus the wider dark green stripes.
- Frog the blanket completely and begin again with another pattern…but what? Corner to corner?….granny squares?…or something else???
I’d love to hear your thoughts and or suggestions as I’m stuck with the is project and where it is at the moment. Perhaps you have a different option? Maybe you have a different pattern suggestion that you can see working with these four colours? Are the four colours enough or is another colour needed?
At this stage I’m questioning everything to do with this project…