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May challenge – Ric rac blanket

I came across this lovely stitch pattern on the Happy in Red blog, and then found the pattern for sale by Yummy Yarn and co.

It is a very simple but effective two row repeat, and I think it would lend itself to a lot of different colourways. Mine is 13 motifs wide (I think I started with a chain of 107) and 16 coloured stripes long. The finished blanket is 64 x 53cm and weighs 270g.

Made in Drops cotton merino off white (01), Wendy merino DK corn (2406) and fennel (2382), and Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Apricot (088). It took one ball of each of the three colours and three balls of the off white.

I did have major problems keeping my tension the same – which I can only put down to learning a new stitch. But a little light blocking saved the day!

Charity blanket no. 19: Orla again?

Another stash busting blanket – this time from a lovely friend who is a fellow colour-enthusiast. The bag of yarn that she gave me produced this lovely palette:

There is a definite nursery feel to it, and I spent ages wondering what the colours reminded me of. Iced gems? Party rings? Mini eggs?

But I think it might be good old Orla Kielly again:

What do you think?

Charity blanket no. 12: down to earth

When I was younger I wished that I had a sister so I could go ‘shopping’ in her wardrobe. Now I have the chance to go shopping in my mother’s yarn stash, and I am enjoying it just as much as I imagined!

Made in King Cole Panache, 2068 (Biscuit), Sirdar Harrap tweed 0101 (Gallop), Patons Diploma Gold 06200 (Gold) and Rowan Silkstones 827 (Olive grey). There is a lot of variation in the thicknesses of these four different yarns, but they are accommodated easily by the Granny Rectangle pattern without distorting the blanket at all. I think it illustrates how versatile the pattern is.

Apple blossom blanket

I thought I would never be able to make another of these blankets, as the lovely Rowan ‘purelife’ organic cotton has been discontinued, but I have managed to find substitutes for most of the colours, and have come up with this:

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I think the muted pinks and creams look lovely with the apple blossom which is out just now, and I am pleased that I will be able to make this particular blanket again. Of course now I want to work one up in blues……..

Ripple blanket

This is a work in progress, but I have been wanting to try ripples for ages and I like the colours so far:

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Made in Rico baby classic dk blue, ice blue, turquoise and light grey on a 4.5mm hook. It is not my favourite yarn – 50% polyamide 50% acrylic but some colours feel like cotton and some are soft and wool-like so you get different textures even using one yarn.
I used Lucy from Attic 24’s tutorial on how to ripple (see below) and started off with the colour combination from Little Tin Bird’s baby ripple blanket no.3, and the rest has been plain sailing….

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/neat-ripple-pattern.html
http://www.littletinbird.co.uk/2010/05/08/baby-ripple-number-three/