Rainbow Granny Crochet

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As you know I recently finished the last granny square blanket I’d been working on for Kye, so it’s time to start another.  Rather surprisingly, I have quite a bit of yarn to try and work my way through, so I’ve been thinking of ways to use more of it and quicker.

It’s Dina’s turn next to get a blanket, so it can be bright and colourful.  Bearing this in mind I rifled through my stash – well that’s not strictly true.  When your stash is as large as mine, it’s more like looked ‘I looked at the yarn on the shelves in the old stock room’.

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I settled on these colours and considered using each held doubled, but a brainwave hit and….

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Having looked at what I’d picked, I drew this rough sketch, very rough I know 😦

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I’m still using two colours held together, which means I get to use my 6mm crochet hook so the blanket will grow much quicker and it’s going to be so warm and cosy when it’s finished.

The colours will run as follows

  • Red & Pink
  • Pink & Orange
  • Orange & Yellow
  • Yellow & Green
  • Green & Turquoise
  • Turquoise & Blue
  • Blue & Purple
  • Purple & Red

8 colour changes in total

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I’m pretty pleased with how it’s looking so far.  As it’s my knitting group project I’m not really expecting to fly through it, they just make a lovely, easy project to work on whilst chatting and laughing.

 

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There’s test knitting happening for the next issue already, but I’m afraid I can’t tell you too much.  I can let you know that it’s going to be the beginning of something exciting for Olann and ♥ ♥ ♥ if all goes to plan.

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Last but not least, our friends are expecting their first grandchild in about 5 weeks, so I get to knit baby things.

Having cast on a Kelly Brooker Beyond Puerperium last night I just want to keep knitting.  The yarn I’m using is Stylecraft Alpaca DK, which I absolutely love.  I know I’ve said it before, but it really is surprising how lovely and natural looking this yarn is, given it’s high acrylic content.

It knits up beautifully 🙂

Back to my knitting now as I think we’ve been separated from each other for far too long.

Happy Crafting!

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More Baby Knits

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I’ve been so busy trying to plan for our refurbishment that it’s ended up being a couple of weeks since I wrote my last post, despite having tonnes to tell you all about.

My needles and hooks have come close to combusting with all the use they’ve been getting.  I’m currently mid way into at least two projects for the shop and I’ve just started another.  I’ve been baby knitting for my friends first grandchild and another friend has just had a baby too :-0 and then I was trying to crochet up a few bits for The Craft Club Yarnbomb, oh and I’ve been crocheting for the shop too.   (I’m so excited about the refurb, sad I know)

I thought you might like to see the little cardi I knitted up for baby Sean as it’s one of my all time favourite patterns.

Beyond Puerperium by Kelly Brooker is going to set you back about €4.20 via Ravelry here  and it’s worth every cent.  The pattern includes sizes newborn to 2 years with options for using 4ply, double knit or aran weight yarn.  If you have time I recommend looking at what other knitters have made on the project pages as there are some great colour combinations and pattern modifications.

There is a free double knit version of the pattern available too in newborn size, if you want to try before you buy, but I guarantee you’ll be hooked.

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I’ve used a lovely vintage green Sirdar Snuggly DK with multicoloured buttons from Rico this time but I’ve made several of them now and am happy to report Dina has too, she’s actually making a lovely candy pink one at the moment (we’re sharing the buttons, I used the boyish ones she’s using the girlie ones).  I’ll see if I can persuade her to let me post a photo or two here when she’s finished.

I’ve just sent all the yarn bomb goodies off so my next post will be a photo explosion of crochet creativity.

Happy Knitting!