This past week seems to have speeded by in a whirl of everything and nothing, and I can't believe it's already a week since the Moorland CAL began. This time last week I was a bundle of nervous energy, checking through my tutorial a gazillion times, hoping that all would be ok and that there would be no glaring mistakes. Thanks to one or two of you getting in touch, I discovered a few small errors (mainly numbering mistakes) but all was quickly put right and I've been thrilled and relieved to see so many gorgeous wavy blankets beginning to take shape in your hands. I know the first few rows can be a real chew, and I've hoped and wished for a good many of you as I've seen and read about your initial struggles to conquer a new pattern.
These rows do get easier as the blanket goes on, I promise you that. In the beginning, I found myself often frustrated with my own messed up counting and rows that didn't end up as they should. I frogged my fair share of stitches in the early stages, and I know first hand the irritation and disappointment it causes. Please believe me, it DOES get easier! The more rows you work, the more you begin to feel the pattern working. You feel the beautiful rhythm, the counting becomes second nature, you notice the way each stitch fits in and lines up, you spot the mistakes quickly. It really does grow on you this blanket, it creeps gently in, takes root and brings satisfaction, happiness and peace.
I also had to laugh when I read about how many of you have been getting fed up with the Lime!! Hahaha, I know, I know! The way I've carefully planned the overall design means there is a lot of Lime in these bottom rows - this is the foreground of the landscape and it needed to be brighter than the rest. The heather is coming in part 2, you will really LOVE the purples!
I want to show a few photos that have been shared on my Facebook page during this past week, in the hope they might help and inspire. Many of you who have been struggling to nail the counting of this pattern have found that marking the pattern repeats with life lines or stitch markers has saved the day. The above blanket belongs to Heather, and her running life lines placed every 10 stitches helped keep her on track.
Stitch markers (here used by Rosalba) are also very helpful if you are struggling with the pattern repeat. Here they are placed every 10 stitches, but you could place them every 20 or 30 if you wished - it means that if you spot a mistake, you only need to pull back a small amount rather than the whole row. You might find you only need to do this for the first set of stripes - I am confident that as your blanket grows, so will your confidence!
I also thought you might like to see some alternative patterns being worked with my Moorland colours - I've been so happy to see people taking these shades and using them in their own way.....
This is an Eyelet Ripple by Naomi...
Marie is using a Block Stitch to work her stripes in a beautiful repeating order....
Katie has opted for Granny stripes....
Yvonne has used the Cosy Stripe to work her Moorland colours....
Jo is making a really beautiful shawl....
...and just look at all this gorgeous texture in these stripes hooked by Nicky.
And lastly, a real feast for the eyes - Jennifer is using the Moorland colours to make a Sophie's Universe blanket, which is just stunning.
Part 2 of the Moorland blanket will see the greens and browns gradually make way for more of the purple heather colours. The shift in colours is very subtle, but oh so beautiful.....
....I'm hoping that as you work through part 2 you'll be starting to get a good feel of the colour journey, and that you'll enjoy it as much as I am!
Whilst I've been working these rows, I've had a continuous stream of images and memories flowing through my mind as I recall the many walks we've made on the moors amongst the heather. It's so energising and peaceful being surrounded by a landscape stretching out before you, all those layers of texture and colour and light to make your heart sing.
So your last stripe from Part 1 should be Mocha - that was stripe number 20.
And here is the colour information for Part 2 : stripes 21-40, working from the bottom upwards.
Remember each stripe is worked in two rows, so 20 stripes = 40 rows of crochet.
*Please note - stripes written in *red text* are additional stripes to be worked only if you have 2 yarn packs and are making a double bed size blanket. If you have one yarn pack, please ignore the red!
*Pistachio* (optional for large size)
*Cypress* (optional for large size)
*Khaki* (optional for large size)
After part 2 (40 stripes), your blanket should be measuring approximately 60 cm in height. It should also be starting to keep your knees warm as you work, which is a bonus for us shivering here in the cold of a Northern hemisphere Winter!
I just wanted to reassure you that all CAL posts will stay on my blog for you to access and dip into for always, so please don't worry if you can't begin just yet, the pattern and colour information will be here waiting for when you are ready.
And for those of you who have made a start, please, please feel comfortable working at your own pace. It's fabulous that we are all taking this journey together, but it really isn't a race - I so very much want you to enjoy every part of this blanket you are making, no matter how slow those stitches might be.
Here are the links you might need - Part 3 (stripes 41-60) will be here on Friday 20th January.
Happy Hooking! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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