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Project In Progress – Crochet Blanket

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.

Crochet Blanket 3

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.

Crochet Blanket 1

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.

Crochet Blanket 2

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

  1. Continue on and let the blanket develop as set out already.
  2. 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.
  3. 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…

 

8 thoughts on “Project In Progress – Crochet Blanket

  1. That is a dilemma. I looked at Lucy’s blanket and all her rows were the same height. Each row was done in treble crochet (double crochet for US terms). So my suggestion is to RIP it back and do each row the same and the use the extra dark green to make a lovely border. Also…you have 3 “light” colors and 1 dark. If you could find a medium color to add in that would help with the transition of colors too.

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    1. Marsha, you know when I went back and looked at those contrasting stripes I did notice I had them smaller and once the wider dark green stripes were removed they looked out of proportion also. I think you may be right, the reason Lucy’s ripple blanket works is because all her ripples are the same height. I think I’m going to experiment with that first before I decide on anything else.

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  2. As a blanket maker who often overthinks a project, I offer (in gentleness) the thought that you are probably way overthinking this, Ruth. What I see is lovely. In a multicolored blanket my eye seems to prefer either a distinct pattern, or a randomness to the layout of the colors – whether that’s achieved by random striping (which is actually rarely, truly random), or an asymmetrical layout of the colors/stripes. Looking at these pictures what I first see is the look of random stripes (which is very attractive to me), but when I look closely I see you actually have a pattern going. To me, this is the ideal. The pattern isn’t obvious, but it’s what keeps harmony amongst the different widths of stripes/ripples.

    Whatever you decide to do… If you haven’t tried a slip stitch foundation row around the whole thing before adding the final edging, this is the perfect project for it. It makes a very clean edge before adding the border, and the slip stitches virtually disappear (though there will be a “running stitch” along the edges on the other side). To me, this just adds to the finished appearance, but I thought I should mention it because depending on how obvious that running stitch is, it sort of feels then like there is a front and a back (not that anyone else is likely to notice or care, bit you might). Here is an example of how this is done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2GZmkrxbXo I will add that I have photographed blankets where I have used this technique – and I have unknowingly had them turned with the “back side” up and not realized it until I took a really close up shot of my edging. And even then, I usually don’t discover it until I’ve downloaded the pictures and can see the picture large on my computer screen. This running stitch is not a distraction, but it is there.

    Yikes! Sorry this got so long. Whatever you decide to from here, there is no right or wrong. I just think this looks very good and I wouldn’t spend the energy and angst over wondering if there is something better you might do with the yarn.

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    1. Oh Becki I dare say I am definitely overthinking the blanket and thank you, I tried to have some sort of patterning going on even if it wasn’t so obvious. I do still think the wide green stripes are bugging me.
      Thank you for the link for the slip stitch edging to do before the border. It’s never too early to be thinking of these things and I like to know and have a plan of what I’m aiming to do, and it makes complete sense for the border to have some sort of solid foundation other than just the sides of the blanket, a frame so to speak to begin from.
      Thank you so much for answering, I did hope that you would pop in with some advice and no answer is too long, I really appreciate you taking the time to help direct me. I shall try to remember not to over wonder the project and to enjoy it no matter what I do with it.

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  3. I really can’t add anything to what’s been said although I like the blanket as is and I know I overthink things also but if you’re not happy with it then I would follow Becki’ s suggestions and hopefully that will so the trick. Good luck!

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