Sea and Sand blanket – Final Details

Whole blanket The pattern used for this blanket is now available on Ravelry –

It was designed as a shoulder or lap blanket for when sitting on my bedroom chair. blanket on bedroom chair

It took me almost exactly a year to complete but during that time it was put aside quite often as I regarded it as a relaxing in-between project.

I copied the colour arrangement of part of an earlier blanket that I had made for my younger daughter.original sea and sand blanket

I used the same fourteen colours.

My favourite Stylecraft Special DK acrylic yarn in white, silver, parchment, camel, mocha, turquoise, sherbet, aspen, teal, royal, bluebell, denim, aster, cloud blue.

yarn for blanket

I had enough of all the colours except the white.

The main body of the blanket uses less than 40g of each of the fourteen colours.

It measures about 2ft x 4ft (60 x 120cm)

I used a 5mm hook.

The blanket had four ripples of my “Smooth Granny Ripple” pattern which was a more symmetrical version of my original “Soft Granny Ripple” pattern.

My brief for the colour arrangement had been to use all fourteen colours in four blocks, with the stipulation each colour should be found next to different colours each time they appeared as far as possible.

As I chose the order of the colours for each block I had tried to simulate different types of sea and sand.

So I started out with a ‘picture book’ sea. picture book sea

Later I tried to recreate a Greek sea.Greek seaI also chose colours for a British sea. British seaThe light has been appalling lately and unfortunately, the day I had time to take the above three photographs it was especially bad.


Finished blanket – Choosing an edge

I showed you the finished body of my ‘sea and sand’ ripple blanket. body of 'sea and sand' ripple blanketThen there was the edging to create.

When I made the multi-coloured snuggle blanket coloured ripples blanketI just wanted one that would not upstage the body of the blanket blanket edgeand chose one from this book,Borders bookUsing fairly neutral colours.

But for my other blankets I worked up my own edging to fit in with the theme of the blanket.

So for the “Cottage Garden” blanket CAL blanket on the bedI made one that looked like leaves. CAL blanket edgingFor the “Spectrum” blanket Spectrum blanketAs you can see I just repeated all the colours in rows so as to create a rainbow round the edge.

And for the previous “sea and sand” blanket. Completed sea and sand blanketI used a very simple ripply edge. closer look at edgingTo continue the ripply design of the blanket.

With granny blankets I like to make the first row using trebles (US – dcs) continuing the pattern along the top and bottom and using groups along the side, so as to form a uniform basis for subsequent rows.

I decided with this latest blanket to use one of the brownish coloured yarns from the blanket for this as a neutral background against which the main body of the blanket would stand out. However this soon evolved into the idea of using the ‘camel colour to represent dry sand and the ‘mocha’ colour, wet sand First two rows of edgethen to surround with a row of white for sea foam. white row addedI chose to use htrs (US- hdcs) here as dcs might get lost. I also decided to turn over the blanket to work this so as not to have a ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ side.

I had already decided, that as the first and last rows were ‘royal’ and ‘aspen’ respectively, it might be a good idea to incorporate these into the border to tie the whole thing together and so I finished off with using both in a way that gives a slightly corded look. This is the waves of the sea.corded final row

This pattern is actually part of a border in the book I showed you above, though I would not have recognised it.

Here is the border turned over so you can see how similar they are. corded edge other way up

I rather like the corded look and had used ‘crab stitch’ crab stitch edging

to edge my first ‘hexagon’ blanket.

Hexagon blanket

Next week I will give you a final update on the whole of my finished ‘sea and sand’ blanket.

Socks and a Blanket

This is all I have for you this morning, I am afraid.

Still doing less knitting and crochet than normal but have managed to do the small amount of knitting and crochet to finish the socks for my granddaughter and complete the main body of my Symmetrical Granny Ripple blanket.

I am going to add the pattern for the blanket to Ravelry when I have finished it but am not sure what to call it. My original Granny Ripple blanket is called “Soft Granny Ripple” though that name was not chosen by me but the lady who persuaded me to let her put it on Ravelry.

So here are the sock for my granddaughter. Short ones, as requested. socksThe yarn is Regia (One of my favourite makes of sock yarn). Nothing much on the ball band. Colour 0525 which I have found on-line called Papillion. I think I must have picked it up in Hobbycraft as my other sock yarns seemed a bit dingy for a teenager.

And here is the body of my “sea and sand” colour blanket body of blanketbased on the four times fourteen rows that form almost half of the blanket I made for my daughter. Completed sea and sand blanket

Stylecraft Special DK in the following fourteen colours:-

White, silver, parchment, camel, mocha, turquoise, sherbet, aspen, teal, royal, bluebell, denim, aster, cloud blue.

selection of yarnsAs with my other sea and sand blanket, I am not going to fill in the ripples, but have not finally decided on the edging.

Recent makes and WIPs

I have been working on quite a few odds and ends before and after my holiday, apart from the coasters I showed you recently.

I thought that it seemed a shame to waste the place mat I had made just to show it could be done,Placemat and coasterand I remembered that I had a cushion that could do with a new cover. Old cushion coverSo I worked out a way to make a surround and thought I could turn the placemat into a cushion cover. Half a cushion coverThe only question was what should I do for the other side? I found a pattern for a Celtic style weave using front post and back post crochet stitches but didn’t really enjoy working it and thought it was a bit too holey, so I am not sure what to do for the reverse.

Until I do this will remain a WIP.

I have a local crafting friend who has been making some of my cross and angel bookmarks to give to children who are about to be baptised. She said that she had worked the angel one in #20 thread. Now I have always made the angels in #10 thread so I thought here was an interesting challenge. Could I see well enough to make the angel in #20 thread? The only thread I had enough of was my Anchor Artiste multicolour one. After the first row or two I found it easier than I expected! Crochet angelOf course this is larger than life size. (Unless it is on a small screen!)

I have also been making a couple of cross bookmarks, to maybe give away some time. Cross bookmarkThis one is finished, though neither the cross or angel has been stiffened and ironed yet.

I have also gone back to working on my sea-and-sand blanket that has been a bit neglected of late. I feel I am on the home straight now as I am working the last repeat of the colours.


Granny Ripple Blanket great reveal!

I have finally finished my ‘random’ granny ripple blanket.

Here it is. Blanket completedThe light here when I had finished it and wanted to take a photograph was absolutely awful but I found that with the bright celing light I now have in the sitting room I managed to get these photographs! and more evenly lit than if I had only used the light from the patio door!

The only slight issue I have with it is the edging.

Now my instincts (or should I say simple maths) made me wonder how a border that inserted four or five stitches every three was going to lay flat but I wanted a border that repeated every three stitches and the picture in the book looked flat Edging pictureand it was a professionally produced pattern so I was confident it would all work out in the end.

But no, it is not completely flat. Of course this is in part down to the way I fudged it round the ripples and the fact that I used four trebles per double row down the sides (though that is the correct number).

Perhaps you can see this here Blanket straight borderand here. Blanket scallop borderIt is almost flat and can be locally flat.

So do I rip it all out and see if changing the way I worked round the ripples and working three wide-topped trebles down the side will give it that perfect flat look or do I leave it?

It never has to lie flat and it isn’t really a problem but I just can’t decide.

Here it is lying on the settee, Blanket on the setteedraped over a chair Blanket drapped over a chairand here is a ‘selfie’ (I can’t say I like the term) that I took with my tablet. Blanket selfie

And just a few statistics

I started the blanket when I came home from the Danube cruise in September so it has only taken a little over four months to complete. Much quicker than earlier blankets but it has been my main project in that time.

I was aiming for 3ft x 6ft but it has turned out more like 3ft 6ins x 7ft. This is more to do with the length than the width since that was the aim before the border.

More than enough yarn for the body

I used sixteen 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK in the following colours

Plum, Lipstick, Pomegranate, Shrimp, Spice, Saffron, Citron, Spring Green, Meadow, Sage, Aspen, Turquoise, Cloud Blue, Aster, Violet, Wisteria for the body of the blanket.Yarn for blanket and edging

I repeated each colour set six times which gave 96 double rows. I had enough left over to realise that fourteen balls would have been enough (repeated seven times) but I am using the leftover yarn for a cushion cover.

Not enough for the border

I bought two balls of the same yarn in Silver and Lavender for the border but that was based on a very rough estimate of going round twice with each colour.

After the first round of Silver I decided a row of dcs (US – scs) would make a firmer basis for the edging and so I was not entirely surprised when I ran out a couple of feet before the end of the last Silver row. Luckily I had a small leftover ball from an earlier blanket and could finish with that.

With the Lavender I ran out a couple of inches before the end of the second round and had to buy another ball to finish that and do the final dc round. Though after what happened with the Silver I was not surprised.

I know I blew a bit hot and cold about it during the making but now I love it and there is enough winter left to get in some good snuggling before summer comes.

Granny Ripple blanket – body complete

Here is the main body of my latest granny ripple blanket completed. Body of blanket done (So hard to get a good photograph this weather.)

Keeping to my playing with the colours and trying to have as few sequence repeats as possible while remaining harmonious, I did work towards a certain mirroring for the later part to offset what had seemed to be unbalanced in the first part. if that makes sense!

In the event. I slightly underestimated the size and over estimated the amount of yarn I would need.

So the 3ft x 6ft that I expected at this stage is now more 3ft 3ins x 6ft 3ins and I thought that each ball of yarn would only give me six completed double rows but in fact I think it would have stretched to seven of each colour without any risk of running out.

However that is quite good as I will use the remaining yarn to make a cushion cover.

I am planning a fairly subdued border as I don’t want it to up-stage the body. I am using one of the borders from this book. Crochet edgings book Most of the borders in it are very ornate but this Edgingseemed to echo the main body to a certain extent and in fact I could almost have worked it out for myself. Will have to modify the corners though as I have decided to leave the ripple ends.

I will be using silver and lavender.

Another blanket update!

Up to now my knitting and crochet posts have mostly been on Mondays with extra posts on Thursday or maybe Saturday as well. Now I am taking part in the Photo Challenge. I will be doing that on Mondays and my craft posts will be on Thursdays. I may do the occasional poetry post which could be anytime!

So this is just a quick craft post between Christmas and New Year.

I am getting on well with the blanket.

Maybe I should have finished by now but since I can snuggle under it while I work on it maybe that doesn’t matter!

Almost seven eighths completedI am actually beginning to be pleased with it now it has developed more variety. Just about another nineteen colours to go. That’s about thirty-eight rows.

Quick blanket update

The light hasn’t been good lately so my attempt at a photograph halfway through the making of the main part of the blanket left all the colours looking awful.

I had a brief spell of better light a few days ago so I jumped in and took a photograph.

And here it is. Blanket just over halfway Just a bit over half way. I should have been further ahead but I am having to rest my wrists quite a lot.

Not sure if I should have had more of the darker colours in that mid section but will have to wait to see till it is finished.

I finished my waistcoat! (+ blanket update)

Actually I finished it a while a go but since it is for the winter it seemed appropriate to delay the reveal till the weather was colder.

So here it is finished. Finished waistcoat

And here I am wearing it. Waistcoat being wornIt is far from perfect. I found a few mistakes when I came to pick up stitches for the border, but luckily the mistakes are not obvious. I also think that I should maybe have picked up a few more for the front bands as they are a bit taut but it will do.

Another  thing I am not sure of is the buttons. I like the ones I chose but I might have preferred smaller ones. I followed the pattern but for smaller buttons I should have cast off one stitch not two.

I now have lots of hand-made tops to wear with my jumpers. As I have these too!

Mohair shrugCrochet shrug
It’s definitely cold enough to need them!

I even used what I have finished of my blanket to help keep my legs warm the other day while I worked on another angel.

I have now completed one third of the body of my latest blanket.First third of granny ripple blanketI alternate between loving it and thinking that I chose too many colours and it is much too flaboyant and I should have left out yellow and orange shades. I am reserving final judgement though until it is finished.

Another Ripple Blanket

[This is what I might have shared last Monday but it means I have completed much more of the blanket.]

Now I’m back from holiday I’ve finally started my winter snuggle blanket, using my granny ripple pattern and sixteen different colours of yarn, as I showed you.

Here are the balls for the body of the blanket in my crochet bag.All the yarn for the body of the blanketAnd here are the sticks with the yarn on them laid out as chosen for the first sixteen rows – starting from the bottom up. Colours of first rowsI am going to use the colours sixteen rows at a time in a planned order (as opposed to totaly random!) but I am not going to follow as many lesser rules as I tried to do with my sea and sand ripple blanket.

Of course it wouldn’t be me would it? if I didn’t involve my computer in there somewhere and I wanted to see what the final blanket could be like!

[Well I didn’t use my computer for the sea and sand blanket but there the colour palette was more limited so I just tried to concentrate on emulating beaches I have known and not repeating myself!]

I was worried about not getting a balance between different colour toned areas over the whole blanket and also was so enjoying trying out different colour selections with the sticks.

So here you see a first try at choosing more than one colour set at once. Colour ideas for first three setsand a possible final blanket. [I didn’t try to add the ripples! and no it is not the same as above.]Whole blanket trial planI do reserve the right to change my plan as I go on! 🙂

And here is the blanket so far. Just the first colour mix of sixteen shades.Blanket so far