Continuum 2

Back in August I finished my first Continuum blanket following Helen Shrimpton’s Continuum pattern. I decided I would like to make it again in multiple colours. After gazing at a lot of colour boards and with plenty of advice from my daughter and daughter-in-law we came up with this colour scheme:

Which is made with Stylecraft DK in these colours:

  1. Citron
  2. Sunshine
  3. Lemon
  4. Cream
  5. Copper
  6. Spice
  7. Jaffa

I used Helen’s colour placement sheet numbering for her Coral Reef Yarn pack (which has seven colours). I started a second ball of colour 1 (Citron) but less than 100g of all other colours. The Cream was Stylecraft Wondersoft (left over from my Call the Midwife blanket). All the others where Stylecraft Special DK.

I followed the pattern up to Round 53, and then did the last two rounds (89 and 90 patterns) in Sunshine.

The blanket weighs about 515g and measures ~94cm square.

The Midwife Blanket

I had heard people talking of the pattern the Midwife Blanket and wanted to try it. The pattern was inspired by the programme “Call the Midwife” and a blanket one of the babies is wrapped in.

I used Stylecraft Wonder Soft DK in Double cream, with a 4mm hook. I chose to make the blanket 7 pattern repeats wide by 12 long. With an edging this gave me a blanket 65 x 85 cms a good size for a crib, or a car seat. The blanket weighed 250g.

Granny Square Blanket

Having finished the Star Blanket I had some Stylecraft Candy Swirl Very Berry left so I decided to make a simple blanket based on the Granny Square. I took two decisions when I started:

  • To turn the work at the end of the round – this is supposed to stop the work curling;
  • To only change colours at the start of a round, even if that meant joining mid round to match the colour.

The final blanket measured some 1 metre square and weighed 415g, and used up most of my yarn.

Star Blanket

I was given some Stylecraft Candy Swirl Very Berry DK yarn. I had wanted to try a star blanket for a while and so decided to use this yarn for it. I looked at quite a few patterns and chose Lulu Loves Crochet’s Granny Star Blanket.

The pattern was easy to follow once I got going, and it was easy to do in odd moment when on holiday or at home. The Candy Swirl yarn changes colour suddenly, there is no gradual change as with some yarns. I thought this may distract from the star but it didn’t appear to. In the final rounds of each colour I did join the yarn to ensure that there was sufficient yarn of one colour to make at least a full round.

The finished blanket measured over a metre from start tip to tip, and weighted 384g.

Continuum

Having completed the Cosmic CAL I wanted to try another of Helen Shrimpton’s patterns. I chose Continuum as it was designed to be flexible in the size that was made and I was aiming for a 1 metre square blanket. I decided to use only a single colour, and I chose Stylecraft Special Double Knit in Sherbet as it looks so lovely on the shade card.

Once again I followed the picture tutorial, some of the stitches were the same as ones in the Cosmic and others were new. I enjoyed the making process and it definitely gave me a feeling of achievement.

I followed the pattern to round 55, and then adapted the final two rounds of the pattern to finish off. The finished blanket measured 100cm square and weighed some 600g. I did start the 7th ball of yarn to ensure no joins in the final round.

Cosmic CAL

I chose to make Helen Shrimpton’s COSMIC CAL for my eldest son and his wife for their 7th wedding anniversary. The CAL (crochet along) had run in 2018, but the pattern is still available and their are plenty of people on the FaceBook group Helen’s Hookaholics who are happy to give advice.

I chose to follow a suggested colour way called Love and Light using Stylecraft babe Aran in: Baby Mint, Baby Lemon, Baby Blue, Baby Denim and Baby Cream. I mostly followed the picture tutorials that were provided, and resorted to watching the videos when I couldn’t get a stitch to work. I spent some 5 or so hours a week on this, and the whole project took about 4 months. A lot of the stitches were too challenging to do while watching TV, and so I had some little projects to do in that time. the finished size was ample to cover a king size bed (about 2m long x 175cm wide). The whole thing weighed some 3kg.

on a king size bed

I really enjoyed making this blanket, it was challenging, but with an excellent tutorial style it was achievable.

Linen Stitch Charity Blanket

Sometime ago I made a Charity Blanket using some of my left over yarn. A friend of mine was having a clear out and gave me some of her stash. So I thought I would redo the pattern using the gifted yarn, which mostly seemed to be double knit, and make another charity blanket for theĀ Chemo Gift Bag Charity.

As before I found after a few rows the blanket was about 20% smaller than the starting chain and so I frogged and changed the number stitches. This time I found 50 linen stitches gave me a blanket that was about metre wide (I was doubling the yarn and using a 9mm. As before I mixed up the colours – using two strands of yarn and a 9mm hook, the blanket is quite stretchy – but I kept going until it measured 1 metre long when lying down.

The finished blanket weighs 450g (last time it weighed 625g).

I really like the linen stitch, and once the work is the right width it is easy to work while watching TV – this blanket probably took 8 TV watching evenings. BUT it does seem that the exact width is quite variable so there is bound to be some frogging/redoing if a specific size is needed.

Granny Triangles Afghan

My friends are expecting a new grandchild, so I thought to make a blanket for the baby. I had a lot of yarn left from the Neat Ripple blanket I made my grandson, about a full 100g of each colour. I hunted around for a pattern and found Granny Triangles Afghan from Lion Brand Yarns. It looked fun with the blanket made initially as one triangle, and the second triangle added started from the original triangle’s hypothenuse.

Granny Triangles Blanket

I weighed my yarn, so that I could ensure I got as big a blanket as possible from the yarn I had. using just under a quarter of the yarn for the first half of the first triangle. I judged by eye when to change colours, so the colour change was asymmetric.

Bright Neat Ripple

My 4 year old grandson had asked if I would make him a blanket. He had seen his parent’s Sophie’s Universe and thought he would like his own crocheted blanket. Together we looked at the Stylecraft colour chart and he chose some bright colours, and was persuaded to throw Silver into the mix to give a balance. I chose Attic24’s Neat Ripple Pattern as an easy way to work with his colours.

Bright Neat Ripple Blanket

Charity Blanket

I have just finished this blanket for the Chemo Gift Bag Charity. It has taken a while for me to get the right pattern so I thought I should record it!

Gift Blanket

For this blanket I used two strands of DK throughout (mostly Stylecraft Special). I used yarn left over from other projects, and changed one strand at a time as the yarn ran out, to hopefully get a gradual shade change.

The finished blanket measures about 1 metre square and weighs 625g. I used a 9mm hook.

The blanket is worked in Linen Stitch which I found on the Look What I Made Blog. The instructions on that site are in US terminology, here I re-present them in UK terminology.

  1. With two strands of DK yarn and a 9mm hook: chain 112 stitches. (see below to ensure right width)
  2. dc in the fourth chain from the hook. *ch1, skip 1, dc in next ch* repeat until the end of the chain. ch2 and turn. (56 linen stitches, including the initial turning chain)
  3. dc in first chain space. *ch1, dc in next chain space* repeat until end. ch2 and turn. (56 linen stitches, including the initial turning chain).
  4. Repeat step 3 until the blanket is big enough. Change colour when needed.
  5. Sew in ends.

This blanket can be made with different weights of yarns and hook sizes. I have found the foundation chain and first few rows need to be wider than my target size, after a few rows of linen stitches the width contracts! So I have worked out a way to get this right:

  • Make the foundation chain about 20% wider than the width you need. Making sure the initial chain is loose, as it may need to be unpicked
  • Measure again after step 2, undo any stitches necessary to make the work about 10% wider than you need. Do not worry about excess foundation chains.
  • Do 6 more rows, and re-measure the width:
    • if it is too wide mark in the stitches from step 2 how many are excess. Frog back to the end of step 2, then frog the excess stitches.
    • if it is too narrow mark on the foundation chain how many extra stitches are needed. Frog back to the end of step 2, and make extra stitches in the foundation stitches.
    • if it is about the target size, no frogging is needed.
  • Continue from step 3
  • When you are sure you don’t need to frog and alter the number of stitches in step 2 you can get rid of extra stitches in the foundation row. By carefully unpicking with a needle or pin.
Work the needle into the first chain and loosen the yarn and pull through, to shorten foundation chain