Today I'll be showing you some more of my Summer Harmony blanket progress, I can't tell you how much pleasure this blanket is bringing me every single day, I'm loving it so much! Obviously I'm enjoying the crochet a huge amount (as always) but I'm finding that the photographing and writing is just as fun as the actual making. These little squares just love the camera and are very photogenic, so I've spent rather a lot of time stacking and arranging them just so I can take photos. I'm very easily pleased, which is no bad thing.
So in Summer Harmony Part 3 I shared my colour choices for round 4, and the above photo shows you how the one hundred and two squares looked with four rounds of colour. No two squares are the same, and no two colours appear in any one square which has been quite a challenge, but in a really great way. I have love love loved getting my eyes and heart to talk to my brain in order to create so many happy colour combos.
Round 5 will be the last round working on individual single squares before I contemplate the joining process.
I found it easiest to take the whole thing down to floor level so that I could lay out the squares then regularly stand back from them to see how they were looking.
Interestingly, I've just had a quick look at the time stamps on the photos I took whilst doing this, and I can tell you that it took me 27 minutes to work out round 5. Not sure if this is something to celebrate, but I feel like it came together pretty quickly considering there were one hundred and two decisions (plus a kitty cat) involved!
The following photographs show the Round-5 colours chosen for each of the squares. This is just for general reference and a bit of visual fun really - there is link to an information table at the end....
So here's what you have to do to prepare for round 5 ::
- download or print a copy of the Summer Harmony Part 4 table (link above)
- lay all 17 balls out on a flat surface (floor or table)
- get your 4-round squares and sort them out into groups according to the 4th/outer round - there will be 6 squares in each group. This will make it easier for you to find the squares you're looking for.
- use the table (and the above photos for guidance) and place each square with the ball that you'll use to crochet round 5. There will be six squares with each ball.
- you can then use my method of looping all six squares together with a length of yarn to indicate the colour needed for the next round (explained in part 1).
- Get hooking!
Please take care with colours that look very similar (eg Lavender and Wisteria, also Cloud Blue and Sherbet) as it's easy to make mistakes with these colours.
I carried on using the same method for storing my squares for this round, keeping them held together with a length of yarn to remind me which colour comes next.
I find it fascinating how the look of each square changes once another colour is added into the mix, it's such an emotional process somehow, and I really love that you get used to "feeling" the colours rather than just seeing them.
I confess I didn't put a tremendous amount of effort into all these colour-coded decisions - it honestly seems to work out better if there isn't too much over-thinking. It's my best kind of fun, and I am really quite addicted to colour-play like this.
So that's round 5 done and dusted, and oh those stacks are looking mighty fine, if I do say so myself.
The next round (round 6) will be the final round and will include the joining process where I begin to turn these beautiful piles of squares into an actual blanket. I can tell you that working out how to organise the colours for round 6 took me waaaaaaaaay longer than 27 minutes. It was the best part of a day, and at this time I still don't quite know if I managed to get it right or not.....................I'll give you an update very soon I promise.