I think it’s fair to say that I don’t often work in only pastel colours.
My latest blanket, though, has been an exception.
I tried out a ‘new to me’ yarn which I really like.
Although an ‘old’ proprietary name Emu has only recently been reintroduced to the market and is currently only sold by The Knitting Network
The acrylic yarn compares very well with most others on the market and considerably better than a couple I have used.
I used the six colours illustrated with the addition of cream. The design of the blanket is simple and I began it while on my recent holiday.
It will be donated to The Cariad Blanket Project along with another that is also nearing completion.
Let me know if you try the yarn. It is currently £1.50 for a ball of DK yarn. 100 gms is approximately 282 metres (308 yds) The recommended hook size is 4mm (US6) but I chose to work with a 4.5mm which I use for most of my blankets.
This design used approximately 40gms of each colour for the squares, but I needed to break into the third ball of cream to finish the border. The edging had two rounds of cream, if one of these was replaced by another of the colours only two balls would be required.
My last post briefly mentioned this completed blanket.
I have to say that it was great fun to make and came together quickly. I had a deadline – and they always seem to make the hook fly faster!
It isn’t an enormous blanket. It’s 42 squares of 5 rounds plus a border in cream which is also the joining and edging colour. It’s made from Stylecraft Special DK in 15 colours. (plus the cream, of course)
Of course these colours were mixed throughout and rearranged until I was happy with the layout.
The reason for the speed was that I had heard about a charity project I wanted to support and their HQ just happened to be in a place I was planning to visit. THE CARIAD BLANKET PROJECT donates blankets to new mums who have nothing. You can read more about it by clicking any of the pictures in this post, and also by the link above. Maybe you would like to use your skills to give to a new mum. Let me know if you do.
I will make another that isn’t grannies, but they are always such a convenient module when stressed or travelling. I’ve started another; this one is in more gentle colours. I’ll reveal more in a day or two.
I’m also thinking that maybe you would like to be involved but can’t commit to a full blanket. If this idea appeals to you let me know in a comment or via Instagram (see below) I’m thinking ‘donations in multiples of 3 granny squares’.