I sat and crocheted the rest of the border yesterday, darned the two ends (hurrah for a single colour border!) and did a happy dance. It’s a simple little border which I think is perfect for such a busy blanket.
It’s not completely ruler straight, but actually the sides are not half as wiggly as I feared; the border really seems to sort it out. I expected a serious blocking session, but there’s really no need.
I’ve just realised I didn’t post my Stylecraft Special Dk colour choices for part 5, so I’ll do that now and for my repeats as I choose to make a larger blanket. Here are the pattern posts by Sandra of Cherry Heart blog in case you now fancy crocheting a Spice of Life blanket too.
Part 5 – repeating some rows
Stacked Grannies: stone, clematis, raspberry, silver
Trebles: Storm blue
Big Zipper: parchment, denim
Trebles: Parma violet
Stacked Shells: grape, grey x2, sage x2, lavender x2, stone, silver
Fill the Gap: clematis, grey,raspberry,silver,denim,sage x2
Tulips: (I accidentally missed row 1- trebles) grape, stone, parma violet
Waves: storm blue, raspberry
Puffs: silver, lavender, clematis, stone
Trebles: (remember no row 8 for repeats in pattern) grape, denim x2
Grannies: sage, silver and repeat
Trebles: lavender, stone, raspberry, grey, storm blue
My choice of repeats
Stacked Grannies: silver, grape and repeat
Trebles: Parma violet x2
Big Zipper: clematis x2, parchment x2
Trebles: grape x2
Border: (design as written in the pattern) silver
Yarn: One of each of Stylecraft Special DK: parchment, clematis, grey, denim, silver (2 as it’s also for the border), lime, storm blue, stone, grape, sage, parma violet, lavender, raspberry
Hook sizes: I swapped to 4.5 mm for stacked shells and the DC rows. You’ll have to experiment and see how your tension is coming out for the tighter stitches. I always used a 4mm for treble rows. For the border set up row I used a 3mm as I just found it easier to use when crocheting into the middle of the stitches. I aimed to pick up 2 strands on my hook, leaving 1 behind. It looks fair less gappy than crocheting over the end stitch, though it is a fiddle.
Starting chain: 217 (a multiple of 12 + 1) I aimed for a square 4’x4′ blanket for snuggling in on cold evenings.
Size: 4′ X 4′ before border. Border is approx an inch.
Weight: 850g approx
And now onwards with another blanket which is half finished. It was requested by my cousin for Christmas. That’s one never-seen-here-before colour combination, just you wait…