I am happy to say that I have finally finished the blanket. The last rounds were few but took longer of course.
The two rows for the flowers took an hour or so per side to complete so I took it easy and just enjoyed the ride. There were times when I decided that marking the blanket at frequent intervals would help me not get too muddled counting but as I had lots of yarn ends on my work/meal table that was no problem.
So here it is finished.
I am really pleased at how it has turned out.
And another view.
I used 13 balls of yarn. Sherbet (5), Empire (2), Cream (2), Sage (3), Green (1). Since I bought 17 this means that I have 4 left over Sherbet (3), Cream (1) plus a few smaller amounts.
Now the original estimate of yarn necessary for the blanket ( when sold as a pack) is 17 balls of Stylecraft Special DK so I don’t know if that is erring on the safe side or if it is because my blanket is about 48 inches and the expected size was supposed to be about 57 inches. I used a larger hook too. (4.5mm)
I used 19 balls for my Spectrum blanket and there was not a lot left of each ball. The blanket came out about 4.5ft x 6ft so needing 17 balls for one that was about 5ft square and more densely patterned seemed reasonable.
Luckily I can use up the excess for my new Sacred Space blanket. It gives me 10 balls plus a half ball of Lipstick to start off.
I have to admit there were a few times when I corrected a mistake by fudging things rather than undoing but only when that was possible to do without it being obvious. Life is too short to be absolutely perfect I have decided!
Just a last quick aside. (And I did create this rather quickly.)
I like the way certain things repeat in the blanket as shown below.
And for anyone who is interested here are the colours I used by row.
1-11:Cream, 12:Sage, 13:Empire, 14:Sherbet, 15:Empire, 16-17:Sherbet, 18:Sage, 19:Green, 20-21:Cream, 22-23:Sage, 24-26:Sherbet, 27:Empire, 28:Cream, 29-34:Sherbet, 35-36:Empire, 37:Sherbet, 38:Sage, 39:Sherbet, 40:Sage, 41:Cream, 42:Sage, 43:Cream, 44-50:Sherbet.
Then the Corners.
50-53:Sherbet, 54-55:Green, 56:Sage, 57:Cream, 58:Empire, 59-61:Sherbet, 62:Green, 63:Sherbet
Then the outer Rounds (or should I say Squares!)
64-66:Sherbet, 67:Empire, 68:Sherbet, 69-70:Sage, 71:Cream, 72-74:Sage, 75:Sherbet, 76:Empire, 77-79:Sherbet, 80:Green, 81-82:Empire, 83-84:Sage, 85-89:Sherbet, 90:Sage, 91-92:Cream, 93-94:Green.