I recently had a commission for a baby blanket and the chance to play with some new colours for the Bertie baby blanket pattern. The request was for a green blanket and yes, the baby has an Irish mum so perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised. Anyway this is what I came up with:
Made in Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino mint (03), Ella Rae cashmerino sport fern (14) and Ivory (13) and Scheepjes merino soft Michelangelo (603). Although I have mixed three different yarn types they are remarkably compatible, with very similar yardage and just the hint of a sheen on the merino soft.
The yarn is lovely, and it is a shame that the baby cashmerino is discontinued, but the Ella Rae colours actually match some of the old Debbie Bliss ones, and this is certainly a combination I would use again.
Now for the technical bit. I made it on a 4.5mm hook and it is 9 motifs wide by 28 motifs long. The finished blanket measures 73 x 52 cm and weighs 305g. It took 2 balls each of the green and grey colours and 3 balls of ivory. And it is the squishiest blanket I have made yet!
I have been meaning to have a go at a three colour neck warmer for a while, and have finally found the yarn and time to do it:
It is made in linen stitch on a 6mm hook using Scheepjeswol stonewashed XL in Blue Apatite, Amazonite and Pink Quartzite. As it is effectively a three colour stripe there were hardly any ends to sew in, and it worked up very quickly. The buttons are vintage, and I think they set it off quite nicely.
This is the second in a series of cowls I have made in variegated yarn:
It is in Scheepjes Sokkenwol colour 969, using the pattern here and a 6mm hook. The colour progression is much more subtle than the turquoise colourway, and I am particularly pleased with it. It took two 100g balls to make the cowl, which is 10 ‘bobbles’ wide.
You might remember my first foray into multi-coloured moss stitch here, and wonder what that led to next. Well like all the best projects that one spawned another idea even before I had finished it. So today I present to you my first three coloured moss stitch:
Hugely simpler to make than the two coloured version, as it involves no sewing in of ends.
I really like the tweed effect too.
Made in Scheepjeswol XL Moonstone, Deep amethyst, and Lilac quartz on a 6mm hook.
Does it ever happen to you that you get your hands on a new yarn and you get carried away with it’s possibilities? Well I have a yarn crush on Scheepjes Stone washed XL….
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The pattern is from byhaafner who I was introduced to by Lucie at lovelucie who is also making a byhaafner project.
There must be a typo on the pattern as the written version says to chain 120 stitches, and the diagram says to chain 200. So just in-case you are thinking of doing one yourself 120 stitches will give you a neck warmer, and 200 may well give you a cowl. Either way I love the moss stitch in two colours, and will certainly make something with this super soft and cuddly yarn again.
Made in Scheepjes Stone washed XL Moon Stone and Deep Amethyst, on a 5.5mm hook. The neck-warmer took 1 ball of each colour, and the cowl takes 2 balls of each. Next time I think I would use a 6mm hook to get a bit more drape.