“Lost Garden” blanket

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. blanket to date

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 central motif

and then changed to Sage for row 12.

13: Empire

14: Sherbet

15 : Empire

16 – 17: Sherbet

18: Sage

19: Green

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. knot in yarn

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. small ball of 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

11 thoughts on ““Lost Garden” blanket

  1. I’m loving the look of it so far Jane. I too slip stitch quite a bit to get to the right place to start a new round. If it is too far away, I work out where in the pattern I am and start there.
    I’m looking forward to seeing how this one progresses. 🙂

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      1. Thanks. Getting there, just another 30 or so rounds. I pull the ends through a stitch a few away from my starting point so they are tight to the row, then it’s easier to crochet over. It’s always the starting end that a challenge because the other end you can hold the ends tight in the left hand as you crochet with the right. Unless your a left handed crocheted, then it’s the reverse I guess 🙂

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        1. I have found that the best way for my ends not to come out is to sew them in in one direction and then, making sure I start in a different spot than where the yarn came out, I reverse direction often going through the yarn. But whatever works for you I suppose.

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