I’ve received a few questions about the granny stripe blanket and thought I’d answer them all here as well as replying to each one.
What cotton am I using?
I’m using Bendigo Woollen Mill’s cotton in 8 ply. You can buy it online here and there are a great range of colours.
What hook are you using?
I’m using a 3.75mm hook. The cotton has a tendency to stretch and be a bit loose (the Bendigo cotton) so using a bit smaller helps keep it in shape. If was using a wool then sometimes I go up a size to make it a bit looser. Doesn’t that just confuse you all. A great tip is to get onto ravelry, look at the yarn that you are using and see what people have used in crochet or knitting projects. Sometimes you can find the exact pattern and what people have used. For example go into ravelry, go to patterns, put granny stripe blanket into your search (here), click on the specific pattern you are following (say Attic 24 which will come up first), then in search over on the right hand side or yarn ideas put in Bendigo or the brand yarn you are using. It will bring up all of the projects made by people using the yarn you have and is a great way to see how it turned out and any tips. Honestly ravelry saves me some time……………well that might not be true since I can spend time on the forums or searching for new patterns to add to my favourites. But you know what I mean……..
What brand hook are you using?
I invested in a set of hamanaka hooks many years ago. And because I spent quite a bit of money on them I really do look after them. They have a hook at each end and it’s nice knowing that I have all of the hooks at home and don’t need to duck up to the shops to get a new size just for a project. The cushioned grip makes them very comfy to use and you don’t get a sore finger like you sometimes do with hard hooks that you might use a lot. You can find a local supplier just by googling them or find some on ebay and etsy too. Another brand that looks lovely are Tulip who do some pink ones in a cute little pink case….I found them here at tangled yarns.
How much yarn would I need?
Because I just grabbed everything from my stash some balls had been used and are running very low and I had to buy some more. But if you started with brand new balls/unused 200g balls in a variety of colours you would get a lap sized blanket out of it. From memory I had a foundation chain of about 150/160 and am going to a large rectangle and making it as long as I can. If you are using 50g balls then get 3 or 4 of each colour to keep you going.
How are you tying in your ends?
Now some people like to weave in their ends at the end of the project. I carry mine at the back of the work for 2 sets of 3 x double crochet and will weave in the ends or trim them when I’ve finished. So rather than having all of my ends hanging at the end I’ve carried them behind and then work over them as you work the first stitches of the new row with the new colour. This is what the back looks like
What pattern are you using?
I’m using attic24′s pattern here but using US terminology as she uses UK/ Australian terminology so what I call a double crochet she calls a treble. I started using US terminology because I was following american youtube videos so just be careful when you buy a magazine or pattern to what terminology you are using. My mum always used aussie terminology as she learnt before youtube and all the US patterns coming out here.