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Project in Progress – Crochet Blanket

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.

Crochet Blanket 3

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.

Crochet Blanket 2

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;

Crochet Blanket 3

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.

Crochet Blanket 4

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.

7 thoughts on “Project in Progress – Crochet Blanket

  1. Feeling good about the ripping back means it was definitely the right decision. And the Moorland blanket really is a great use of those colors. I’ve admired many blankets made with that pattern, but I keep telling myself the stitch sequences would get to me after a while – would become confusing or be hard to keep track of. To read the word intuitive makes me think I should stop dismissing this pattern. I look forward to watching yours grow. And isn’t it fun how making a blanket begins the seeds of others – in terms of design and colors.

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    1. It certainly seems it was the right decision for this project Becki and I’ve found the pattern to be intuitive, it’s a four row pattern repeat and my contrasting colours are rows 1 and 2 and the mid shade of green always falls on the rows 3 and 4 so it just seems to be flowing. This is the start of more blankets, you can just tell can’t you when you get going lol.

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    1. Ohhh lovely Mary-Anne, looking forward to seeing your baby blanket and it’s great you found a craft that is working for you right now.

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  2. That looks so lovely,the colours really suit that pattern and I am glad you’re enjoying it. I love crochet blankets as they allow for colour play in a way that you wouldn’t consider for a garment.

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    1. Thanks Nicola and for the suggestion of the Moorland, I really love how the colours are working with it. I agree I definitely use colour in a different way in blankets than I’d ever consider for garments.

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