I’m not very good at crochet. My tensions is nice and even but I have so much to learn. However I do find the rhythm of crocheting squares to be supremely relaxing.
I recently noticed a post over on The Patchwork Heart about a grey blanket. For my taste a lot of crochet blankets are just too bright for me but this one was just my cup of tea – mellow blues and greens, a couple of brights and lots of grey.
I bought Heather’s pack from Deramores (my their service has improved recently) and unpacked it with great excitement. Then I started to get scared. There was no pattern, no order to crochet the colours in. Yikes! How do i make sure I don’t use too much of one colour and run out? How do I make sure that I don’t repeat colours? Oh help.
I needn’t have worried, because Heather has another post to help. Basically she advises crocheting all the first rounds, a regular number in each colour. Then you lay them out, dividing them between the yarn for the next round and so on.
I decided that, since there were 11 colours in the pack (not including the mid grey) I would do a blanket that was 8 squares by 11 squares. This meant I had to crochet 8 rounds in each colour. Heather advises doing this in pairs. This means that when you have done all the squares only 2 squares will be the same, which i reckon should really help with the final layout.
I discovered I had enough project bags to keep the squares with their yarn! I clearly buy too much yarn.
On to round 2.
Round 3 is now complete.
And round 4.
After this round it’s on with the grey so I am nearly there. I was a bit worried that the brights were too bright but choosing a darker colour for the next round dampens them down. It has been such a pleasure to make this blanket and Heather’s advice was brilliant at helping my way through it.