By next Monday I will have finished enough of my latest blanket to start to share it with you. Only about halfway in terms of the whole thing but the main design finished.
When I create a blanket I like to calculate how much yarn I will need first. The ideal is to have the blanket use almost all the yarn but that is not always possible. However with this blanket I needed equal amounts of the four main colours and had plans for the residue.
Imagine my horror therefore, when I was getting towards the end of the part I will be showing you, to find a massive discrepancy between the amounts of yarn left of the four colours.
Three of the them had about 20g left out of the 100g in the ball but there was next to nothing left of the fourth colour.
As you can see here.
(I made a mistake with the blue which is why there is a small extra ball from the bit I had to redo.)
I had a close look at the yarn to see if you could see how they differ and although to the eye there is not much in it, when I feel the parts made with the green yarn they do feel that bit more substantial somehow.
Now I admit that my tension is not always consistent but I cannot believe that I have crocheted consistently looser with just one colour.
One thing I did notice is that the three yarns that have worked up similarly have four digit Dye Lot Numbers and the green has a six figure one.
Interestingly. last time I had a problem with Stylecraft yarn, because the green (again! but different shade) was thinner than the other colours, that too had a six figure Dye Lot number.
So maybe whoever puts a six figure number on their product is just inconsistent. Or did my complaint make Stylecraft tell them to make the yarn thicker and did they overshoot?
I am not going to complain to Stylecraft again but I am going to investigate other yarns. Maybe even move away from cheap acrylic yarn altogether.