One of the best things about school holidays is the break from routine. No driving everyone around, no set time we need to be out of the house and no activities. It’s all pretty nice around here. And I’ve been using that time to get some crochet done. Craft is something I always try to make time for each day but just don’t get around to it as often as I’d like.
The pattern is the very popular Granny Stripe pattern by Attic24. I had been loving it on Mel’s blog one crafty mumma and knew I needed to break from the usual granny square blankets and make one. And it is soooooo easy. And if you’re after something a big different, Purl Bee has this fun one which looks great in modern colours.
This blanket is eating through my cotton stash….in fact I think I might need to go through all of my yarn tubs and dig deep to finish it off and break my no more buying craft supplies rule to get a bit more to finish it off. I’ve successfully substituted in a bit of spring cotton in the cream so I could keep working on the blanket since I ran out of cream cotton. So far so good.
I would definitely make a little practice version with say 21 chains just to get the right feel and tension. I would also take the advice of some of my lovely readers and use a bigger hook for your first colour otherwise you’ll end up with a growing blanket that is growing in all directions. Trust me. I did 4 colours then had to start again because it was looking like a semi circle.
Oh and check out this gorgeous colour combination if you are more of a rainbow blanket person. Gorgeous. And if you’re going to use Bendigo Cotton which has the tendency to stretch then think about a 3.75mm hook rather than a 4mm. It’s working up beautifully. And I’m weaving in ends as I go. Not looking so beautiful from the back but I’ll make it pretty in the end.
And set out your colours in a pattern first (just line up the balls) rather than realising after you’ve worked your first set of colours that something isn’t working. I just picked these colours from the stash and wanted to make it girly, fresh and colourful.
And if you need some inspiration just put granny stripes into ravelry and see how many projects there are. It sure is popular…………………………….