On Friday I finally started the “Lost Garden” blanket. Partly because I had some workmen turn up to do a job that I had asked for but had not expected that day. Thus I missed my normal Crafty Coffee get together and thought that a bit of interesting crochet would be a good way to occupy myself while they were here.
This is how far I have got now – Monday.
Although my colour arrangement has been inspired by that of “Wild Daffodil” I have already departed from her exact sequence and will do so more in future rounds.
I have used cream for rows 1-11
and then changed to Sage for row 12.
15 : Empire
16 – 17: Sherbet
The pattern suggests a 4mm hook but, as I normally find that I get the same tension with a 4.5mm hook as that that is normally indicated by a 4mm hook, that is what I have used. This gives the part of the blanket I have made thus far a soft fluid feel which I like for a blanket so I decided to stay with it.
I am finding that the cream Stylecraft yarn has the same rather fuzzy finish that I complained about when making the poppies (https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/poppies/) with a similar texture red yarn. Not sure if this is the new style or just an aberration.
Another gripe I have with Stylecraft is that I had almost got to the end of round 8 and I found a knot and not one that was tied so as to be almost invisible.
So I had to undo the whole round and for the reason I describe below I also undid the previous round and ended up with this little ball of unused yarn.
The pattern changes colour much more frequently than I have done and often a round starts a few stitches away from the end of the previous one, so as not to have to cut the yarn, I have been slip stitching right or left or starting the round in a different place to accommodate this. When I came to the knot I was almost at the end of a two round colour sequence and it made sense to start the new length of yarn at the beginning of that sequence so as to be able to start in the right place. It was a real pain though!
I am enjoying making this blanket, though all the front post and back post stitches are a bit of a strain on my wrists, so I have to be careful not to go on for too long at a time on those rounds. This has been made worse by the fact that I kept making mistakes and I didn’t get those rounds finished until I sat in a very good light and checked the stitches frequently.
It is also amazing how many stitches are fitted into one stitch on a previous row. Quite a new experience. Trouble is quite a lot of the stitches required for this blanket are putting a strain on my wrists so I am finding it a bit frustrating when I have to revert to my knitting to give my hands a rest.
Where I need to finish a colour I am sewing the ends as I go so as to be able to give a perfect edge for the next round; as I show how to do at the end of my perfect circle tutorial. https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/how-to-crochet-a-perfect-circle/ Though I am also not cutting the yarn if I need it again in a couple of rows and can continue in a nearby place.
For anyone who is interested: this pattern designed by Helen Shrimpton can be bought on Ravelry here – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-lost-garden