Wow!! I have been so surprised and delighted by your response to the introduction to my crochet along- thank you so much to everyone who has commented, shared and shown an interest in joining!
This week I have had lots of questions about choosing yarn and colours for the CAL so I thought I’d put together a quick blog post to discuss options.The first decision you will need to make is which material you would like to work with: wool, acrylic, cotton, or something else?! There are advantages and disadvantages to all of these:
- Acrylic is soft, washable and comes in bright shades but can have a bit of a shiny look and is obviously plastic based.
- Cotton creates more definition to your stitches and tends to be available in lovely pastel shades, it’s also hard wearing and washable but can be more difficult to work with because it splits.
- Wool is a natural product and tends to have more depth to the colour, but is often handwash only and can also be a bit more challenging to work with.
I have chosen to work with acrylic yarn because I like the brighter shades that are available, plus it’s a cheaper option and in a house with 4 young children it’s useful to be able to throw it in the washing machine!! The brand I’ll be using is Stylecraft Special DK.
In the introduction last week I shared the 15 colours that I have chosen for my blanket- anyone who knows me will be aware that I love bright colours, which is one of the reasons why I love spring flowers – they are bright, colourful and cheerful and I have chosen my colours to reflect that. I like to roll off my yarn into mini balls to see how the shades will look together and I’ve stored mine in an old kilner jar that I found in my cupboard. They are sitting on the coffee table as a reminder of my choices and I find it a really useful way to choose my next colour- just shake it up like a magic 8 ball and see what looks good together!!!
Another way of comparing colours is the way that Lucy from attic 24 uses- just roll a small amount of yarn onto a peg and put your yarn pegs together. Here are my yarns displayed like that:
You can really get a feel for the bright, contrasting spring colours from these pegs.
Lots of you have also asked me about the more muted blanket sample that I showed you on last week’s live, so I have put together some yarn pegs to give you an idea of more muted, vintage shades that you could use:
Left to right, top to bottom:
camel, sherbet, shrimp, storm blue, saffron, cypress, spice, cloud blue, duck egg, pale rose, mustard, meadow, mushroom, stone, blush
I have spoken to several people this week who are keen to use cotton for their blanket. Debs, who has very kindly offered to pattern test for me, has chosen to work with King Cole Cotton Soft and has sent us a photo of her colour choices to help anyone who would like to try cotton. The photo is taken so that if you zoom in you can see the colour codes.
So those are just a few examples for you to consider. It would also be a brilliant stash buster so you may like to just work through using random samples from your stash.
Finally I would really like to encourage you to be open minded and CREATIVE with your colour choices!! I have been busy making the sample blanket and pattern writing using my colour choices but one of the best things about this crochet along will be the opportunity to be flexible and to reflect the changes in nature as they occur. I am going to be making another blanket as we go so that I can demonstrate stitches to you and for that one I will be choosing colours to reflect what is happening in my garden each week! It may well be a very snowy looking blanket to start with if the weather predictions are right!!
So that’s colours discussed! I’d also like to remind you that this will be a work in progress for me too, so although I have suggested 15 x 100g balls, there may be a need to order more yarn as we go along, for example if we use a lot of green. Please, please do bare with me!! For anyone who is local I am happy to make big yarn orders when necessary to avoid having to pay postage.
When you’ve chosen your colours I’d love to see them: perhaps in a jar or on pegs, do send me photos and I’ll share them on my fb page, also don’t forget to share on social media yourself and use the hastag #springblanketcal
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