Do you know, it's almost five years since I made my Granny Stripe blanket, inspired by the purchase of our beloved caravan on 1st May 2010. By the end of that same month, I was beginning this colourful blanket journey using 17 shades of Stylecraft Special DK which I bought from my local yarn shop. I remember it all so clearly, the joy of these bright, jolly colours and this easy pattern, mixed up with a huge dose of caravan induced excitement. Happy times indeed.
I have so many memories wrapped up in the making of this blanket, memories of a wonderful seaside holiday when the Little People were still oh-so-little (Little Man and Little Lady were 7 and 6, and Little B, awwww Little B was a weeny 5 month old baby!) Oh the emotion of it!! Just look at Little B's fingers and toes in this post!!
Crochet blankets are such terrific guardians of memories, which is one of the reasons I love making them so much. Of course, the memories which attach themselves to the making of a blanket are really only the beginning, because blankets are made to be used. This happy stripy blanket has now given us five years of layered holiday memories, oh I treasure our caravan holidays so much, they are an incredibly precious part of our family archives.
It's funny looking back at the history of this particular blanket now - at the time I made it I had absolutely NO idea that these seventeen colours (chosen in less than 10 minutes in a rather badly lit corner of my local yarn shop) would become so well loved by so many people around the world. To me, they are my "happy colours". They are colours which remind me of sunshine and camping and seaside jollies, of picnics and happy little children playing, of star-gazing and dewy early morning grass, of the joys associated with simple outdoor summer living. The fact that this collection has become known as "The Attic24 Colour Pack" really pleases me enormously, and I honestly love seeing these colours together as much today as I did five years ago. Simply put - they make my heart happy ♥
Over the years since I shared my blanket I've been meaning to write up a proper tutorial for it. I wrote out the basic pattern for working the Granny Stripe (find it here), but never got round to making a proper blanket-making tutorial. I'd really like to find time to do this during the next few months if possible, I'll keep you posted on that. In the meantime, in response to frequent requests I thought it would be helpful to share my colour order for those of you who are wishing to make your own Happy Blanket. I used 17 colours of Stylecraft Special DK, and worked up sixty stripes in total (two rows for each stripe).
1. Pomegranate 21. Shrimp 41. Lipstick
2. Plum 22. Lavender 42. Aspen
3. Fondant 23. Turquoise 43. Meadow Green
4. Lavender 24. Magenta 44. Lavender
5. Aspen 25. Lipstick 45. Magenta
6. Spring Green 26. Meadow 46. Plum
7. Aster 27. Aspen 47. Cloud Blue
8. Turquoise 28. Spring Green 48. Spring Green
9. Lipstick 29. Saffron 49. Turquoise
10. Shrimp 30. Cloud Blue 50. Clematis
11. Saffron 31. Wisteria 51. Pomegranate
12. Meadow 32. Plum 52. Shrimp
13. Magenta 33. Aster 53. Saffron
14. Clematis 34. Pomegranate 54. Sherbet
15. Sherbet 35. Turquoise 55. Fondant
16. Spring Green 36. Sherbet 56. Lipstick
17. Wisteria 37. Clematis 57. Aster
18. Aster 38. Shrimp 58. Meadow
19. Pomegranate 39. Fondant 59. Plum
20. Fondant 40. Saffron 60. Pomegranate
The border was made in six rounds as follows ::
1. Lavender :: granny clusters
2. Aster :: treble crochet
3. Aspen :: treble crochet
4. Clematis :: double crochet
5. Sherbet (two rows) :: double crochet + soft wave edging*
* The edging pattern is written up in the Ta-dah post here.
EDIT TO ADD :: A few of you have written to say you've lost your yarn labels and can't remember what the colours are called. So here is a colour-map for the stripes. I've split it into five sections - remember to read each image from the bottom up to the top!
Above photo shows the beginning of the blanket. 1st stripe is Pomegranate, 15th stripe is Sherbet.
Above photo shows part 2 of the blanket. 16th stripe is Spring Green, 27th stripe is Aspen.
Above photo shows part 3 of the blanket. 28th stripe is Spring Green, 39th stripe is Fondant.
Above photo shows part 4 of the blanket. 40th stripe is Saffron, 52nd stripe is Shrimp.
Above photo shows the final part of the blanket. 53rd stripe is Saffron, 60th stripe is Pomegranate.
At the end of last Summer, we took Connievan up to the coast of Northumberland. We had a terrific week away and I realised just now whilst searching in my archives that I never shared that holiday on my blog. How very slack of me!! I'll try and find time to show you some "postcards" from that holiday, I'm quite fancying a bit of a virtual seaside pootle.
USEFUL LINKS ::
Granny Stripe Ta-dah (includes pattern for the edging)