Having previously said I was taking a short break from crochet, this project has somehow made it’s way onto my crochet hook! It’s the Painted Roses Blanket by Cherry Heart and it all came about because of this………
In my last post I mentioned that I had some exciting news about this blanket – I won a prize with it on a Blanket Along over on Ravelry! I was thrilled! It was very exciting to see loop and bar listed as a runner up on Cherry Heart’s post when she announced the winners of the Blanket Along…..I really never expected it, there were so many beautiful blankets being made, several of which I voted for myself. I really did not expect my blanket to grab much attention at all. If I’m honest, while I was making it I was doubting weather or not I liked it myself! Does this happen to anyone else? I got about half way through and wondered if I’d chosen the right colours! I think I was suffering from a little bit of colour envy (I get this often when looking at other people’s crochet blogs!). I got some lovely comments during the Blanket Along which helped chase the doubts away and I’m happy to say I’m really pleased with the finished thing……and……..my prize for being a runner up was a free pattern from Cherry Heart so I chose this……….
I had some yarn in very similar colours to those in the original pattern so I decided to crochet one square from the pattern, just to see how it looked. Then I became addicted! So much for the crochet break! It’s a lovely pattern to crochet – I love the colour changes and boldness of it – inspired by the traditional flower motifs on barges (I long to go on one of these one day). I’m using this blanket as an excuse to use up some stashed yarn (I’m using Stylecraft and Life). When I bought this yarn originally, I was in a bit of a wool buying frenzy, with a blanket to crochet in a short space of time – I bought several batches of yarn in a cloud of indecision and needless to say, this batch ended up in the stash (it lost out to Spud & Chloe) and I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it, as the colours are actually very different from what I would normally choose! But the answer came to me in the form of this lovely little prize and it has turned out to be the perfect match of yarn and project.
I’m being VERY diciplined and weaving in the ends after EVERY square. Yes. If I feel like faltering in this resolve, I just have a quick look at this…..
……imagine the horror of all of these unwoven threads on (lets say) fifty squares! It certainly does the trick! It’s my motivational thready square!
Here’s the back of the squares……
……and a couple of mistakes (can you spot them?)….
That’s what you get for crocheting whilst watching Poldark!! It was inevitable really!
Anyway, here are a few more pics of the Sunshine Blanket, to celebrate it’s completion before it goes off to it’s new owner……..
………..and now to knitting……. I’ve made a very small amount of progress with my Fringe Association jumper. Although I actually have not even cast on proper yet, I have done the gauge swatches……..
….and blocked them………
This is good for me. I did however do the gauge swatches on 5.5mm needles and then realised I don’t have this size in interchangeables (which is what I’ll be using) so I had to order these promptly! They arrived today:) Knit pro cubics – my favourite as they neaten up my knitting a little bit (and in my case a little bit is better than none!).
I’ve done a swatch in garter stitch and a swatch in both garter and stocking, with the raglan increase. I’m planning on having a garter stitch front and the rest stocking stitch. Fringe Association gives you the formula and the method and you can apply any stitch pattern to it. I took my inspiration from this jumper on Ravelry – it’s perfect, just the style I was looking for. The original pattern is also on Ravelry (here).
The very logical side of me thinks I might as well just knit the Il grande favorito, as it is exactly what I want, but as I’d already decided to try a top down without the pattern I’m going to stick with the plan, and with Fringe Assosiation’s instructions. I think I want the challenge and if it works out I will learn a lot from the excercise. If it all goes completely wrong, I’ll probably knit the Il grande favorito and stick to written patterns and crocheting!
The scary bit is working out the number of stitches to start with………..
I’m in awe of people who write jumper patterns! I can only hope I have the attention span and stamina to follow these instructions to the last and end up with an actual jumper. That fits.
Time to cast on!
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