All done, woohoo!.
I started this blanket in the middle of April. It is inspired by Andrea's jewel blanket and I used the same basic pattern.
As I progressed I changed my mind about a few things. Out went the red and gold and in came purple. I abandoned the idea of a single coloured background, instead I used some of the different shades of blue and green which had appeared already in the circles. I was intending to use this blanket in the living room and on the green sofa in particular so hoped these changes would help the blanket fit in better with an exisiting colour scheme.
I wanted to join the squares as I went so I modified the fourth round to allow me to do this, this gave the spider web effect in the last round which I decided I rather liked.
As you can see, the blanket has turned out completely different to Andrea's. This is one of the things I love about crochet - how two people using the same basic pattern can produce such individual end results. And thanks to the internet (specifically blogs, ravelry and flickr) it is so easy to see and share these lovely creations.
So, here it is...
...TaDa! A balancing on one foot whole blanket on the ground photo.
Taking photos whilst it was hung on the whirlygig seemed a good idea.
However, it was a little windy.
Holding a corner with one hand to keep it steady.
Aha, here's someone who might help.
Assistant #1 helpfully grabs both corners, thanks.
On the bench with Pilchard.
Now we're inside and it's carefully positioned on the sofa.
Assistant #2 not too interested at this stage, fortunately!
Yes, I'm rather pleased with it.
In fact I like it very much indeed.
- Almost all of the yarn was left over from my African Flower blanket, and it just any old DK so long as I like the colour. Mostly it's balls of acrylic from the pound shop.
- If anyone wants details of the fourth round I can add this info later (whille I might still remember what I did!)
- The border is very simple, just a row of (UK)dc, a row of (UK)trc and then two rows of chain loops.
- It was N who named it the Turtle Blanket as he liked crawling around on the floor with it on his back and thought it made him look like a turtle.
- Incase you're wondering what happened to the African Flower blanket, I was never really happy with it in the living room, it was too big and too colourful. However, it looks perfect on A's bed and so will be used there once the weather's cold enough (a little thing to look forward to when summer comes to an end)