Those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook will know that I’ve been working on two blankets over the past few months, and they seem to have struck a chord with a lot of you, so much so that I promised I would try to produce a pattern for them to share.
That is still a work in progress, but hopefully soon I’ll have it ready. Let’s just say I have PLENTY of time to work on it in these strange weeks and months ahead.
However, perhaps it might be a good idea now, to publish the list of yarn colours I’m using, so that you can stock up ahead of time. Both blankets follow the same actual pattern, so you can choose whichever of the two colour ranges you want.
When I made the first blanket, the Autumn Gold one, I wasn’t thinking about publishing a pattern, so I went my merry old way, picking yarn colours from all over my stash and mixing different yarn brands as well, if one brand didn’t quite have the right shade.
That’s the way I tend to work – using the yarns in my collection like paints, a little of something here, a dash of something there. I think that makes my blankets come alive but it does mean that pattern writing becomes, shall I say “interesting”!
Now when I made a start on the second one, the May Blossom Blanket it was with writing a pattern in mind, so I have been strict with myself and kept all the colours to one brand. How good was that!
Of course, these colours are suggestions. If you have something in your stash which is almost the same as one of those listed, by all means use it, but remember all the yarns I’ve used are 100% acrylic in DK, apart that is, from the Stylecraft Batik in the Autumn Gold Blanket. It is an 80%/20% mix of acrylic and wool, but works in very well with the other acrylics. I wouldn’t recommend mixing some acrylic with some 100% wool yarns, as their washing instructions are different, as well as the handle.
So I’ll start with AUTUMN GOLD BLANKET
Stylecraft Batik in: BISCUIT – 5 x 50g balls. OLD GOLD – 2 balls. CREAM and PISTACHIO – 1 ball each.
Stylecraft Special DK in: MOCHA – 2 x 100g balls, 1 ball each WALNUT, CAMEL, MUSTARD, KHAKI, CYPRESS (oops missed that out in the pic), COPPER, TOMATO, SPICE, LIME, BUTTERMILK, PISTACHIO, MEADOW, CREAM
Deramores Studio DK in: GREEN TEA and BUTTERSCOTCH – 2 x 100g balls of each colour.
And next the MAY BLOSSOM BLANKET
All Stylecraft Special DK: 2 balls each of LINCOLN, DUCK EGG, PISTACHIO, SAGE and MEADOW. 1 each of: POWDER, FONDANT, POMEGRANATE, WISTERIA, LAVENDER, VIOLET, STORM BLUE, SHERBERT, CLOUD BLUE, CREAM, BUTTERMILK, SAFFRON, MUSTARD, LIME, CYPRESS, ASPEN and LEMON (not in pic).
This looks like a LOT of colours, and it’s likely you will not use up a whole ball of many of them, but I was going for a floral effect of little spring flowers appearing through the fresh greens, so I wanted a range of different pretty colours. You may well have some already in your stash and if you have less than a full ball of a colour that should be OK.
Now, all I need to do is press on and get the second blanket finished, photographed and a pattern written! As I said, lucky I’m not going anywhere in the foreseeable future!!
See you later…..