17/02/2013 § 32 Comments
Is this the most colourful crochet blanket ever?
I think it might be!
Carnival is huge and began its journey here and here. Well over 2m square, there is some method in my madness of colours. There are large blocks, each made up of 4 smaller squares. The big blocks have a double border of either Scarlet & Mustard or Fuschia & Blue Thyme. These are arranged alternately …
There are 42 big squares in a 6 x 7 pattern. I worked an outer border of 7 rows, following the granny square pattern and then added my favourite Tweed Stitch border with scarlet and teal. To make the border lay flat and prevent it curling up, I always work a final row or two with the wrong side facing me. Similarly, the scarlet row in the outer border was worked with wrong side facing – that’s what makes the stitches look like ‘V’s!
The yarn deserves a very special mention. It’s the remaining yarn from my Gypsy Rose blanket – Julia by Kristin Nicholas. Julia Yarn is now discontinued but like Phoenix has risen again and goes by the name of Color by Kristin. It really is the best yarn I have EVER used. Apart from the stunning colours – and they are truly stunning – it’s the perfect weight and texture. My remaining 30 balls of Julia yarn were eeked out with some other pure wools, but I made sure that every square had at least a couple of Julia rows. I treated myself to some vintage Jaeger Matchmaker in Teal, and that’s the outer border – luscious.
I can’t tell you how much I love the colours in this blanket. Kristin, lives her whole life in colour – see her home here in Houzz. I love visiting her blog to hear the vivid accounts of life on a sheep farm in Franklin County, Massachusetts, her collie dogs, workshops and latest designs.
Do pop over to Handmade Monday (No 104) later on, to catch up with all the other ‘creatives’. I’m going to walk the dogs on the beach and decide what to make next. My sewing machine, a neat stack of fabrics and just one bag of wools came with me on holiday! I’ll be showing you some pictures of my just-completed Songbird Quilt in a day or two, so do pop back.
Missing you already –
Yours, in a cottage by the beach in sunny Cornwall!