This Cosy blanket is proving to be one huge, big, happy pleasure ride for me, delivering exactly the right amount of relaxation, comfort and joy as I grow these delicious rows of colour. Thank you so, so much for your wonderful response to my Crochet-a-long idea, I am honestly thrilled that so many of you are going to be joining me with your own creations. It makes me incredibly happy to imagine all of us around the world making our rows of treble stitches together, creating beautiful blankets for our homes and loved ones. That collective hooky feel-good is just wonderful to imagine, isn't it?
Thank you so much for telling me of your own hooky plans too, I really love to read how you are planning your own blankets. I know many of you are choosing to play alongside me using the same cosy colours, and I'm excited to tell you that the more the blanket grows, the more the colours are singing, you're going to love it. I am also delighted to hear that many of you are diving into your stash and creating your very own cosy palette, which is wonderful. Many of you are using the cosy stripe pattern, while some of you are using the cosy colours but with the neat ripple pattern (would love to see that!). I am really excited to see the collective cosy blankets unfold in all their colourful glory.
So hopefully those of you who have jumped in and made a start have managed OK? I've picked up on a few minor troubles with stitch counts and tension/size, but mostly I think this pattern is easy enough not to cause too much scratching of heads and raised eyebrows. The tension issue is interesting....obviously this is not a garment and the tension is not critical in terms of fit or style, but at the same time it's helpful to know that 1500g yarn will indeed produce the blanket. On the tutorial page I've advised folks to check the measurements after working row 1. You are aiming to produce roughly 120cm width, so if after row 1 you have ended up with a lot more than that, you know you will probably run out of yarn! You can either stick with it and use more yarn, or reduce your starting chain (keep to multiples of 3) to make it roughly the correct width. I'll leave that up to you :)
I was working Part 2 of my own blanket during Half Term when I was down in Dorset. It proved to be a blessed thing indeed, given that for much my time away I was battling with a huge amount of nervous tension and anxiety combined with long hours sitting with my Mum. I sat beside her in front of her beautiful wood burning stove, drinking endless cups of tea in floral bone china mugs, talking gently and hooking. Sometimes not talking at all, but just sitting, thinking, working my hands in that familiar rhythm to ease away the tension. Mum loved the colours, they are perhaps a little bright for her, but I think she enjoyed their cheerfulness and appreciated the Autumnal thing.
When I had completed part 2 (30 stripes) I laid the blanket out on the decking in the back garden of my Dad's house and thought : WOW. I really, really love these colours, and I really, really love the effect of this stripe. I love the series of little arches/holes created in rows 3, 7, 11 etc, they please me enormously and remind me of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorskhire Dales!
So here are the colours for Part 2, working from the bottom upwards. I'm going to start numbering them in terms of stripes now so we can count/keep track more easily.
29. Pale Rose
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Wishing you a glorious week of happy hooky, I'll be back with Part 3 next Sunday 16th November.
ps just a gentle reminder that this is a relaxed, casual Crochet-a-long, so please don't feel pressured about being behind or catching up or starting late. Work at your own pace and enjoy the whole experience as it fits in with your life and other projects etc, this is all about cosy pleasure remember :)xxxxx