One big satisfying taaadaaaaahhhh moment: my first real full sized crochet blanket is done! I can hardly believe how pretty this turned out, how much I loved working with the
cheap economic acrylic Stylecraft Special DK yarn and how utterly relaxing the whole process has been.
Originally I had planned to follow Lucy’s original Cozy Stripe Blanket colors. After seeing the yarn in real life I found them a bit too autumny for my taste. I wanted them brighter, more colorful, less warm tones and fall leaves. A bit of color substitution later I had found my Cozy colors:
Camel Citron # Gold # Lime # Khaki # Denim # Meadow Turquoise # Petrol # Spice # Copper Lipstick # Claret # Pale Rose Fondant # Raspberry Pomegranate # Magenta # Plum # Violet
The edging is worked over 5 rounds and basically done in the same way as described for the Interlocking Color Ripple Blanket.
Turned out the most surprising part about this project would be the yarn. I freely admit to being somewhat of a yarn snob. It’s not that I buy ridiculously expensive yarn on a daily basis, it’s more that I’m very much into natural fibers – cotton, linen, wool, camel, alpaca. You name it, I’ve tried it. As a hand-spinner I can even discern and appreciate the characteristics of different breeds of sheep and the different yarn they produce. Well, there is nothing natural about Stylecraft Special DK. But the color range, people, the color range! It’s endlessly fascinating how the colors work together, enhance or tone down and how tasteful some combinations look. There are definitely some colors that SCREEM cheap acrylic. Anyone tried ‘Fiesta’? What a mean color. And what exactly did Stylecraft think of by creating ‘Saffron’? Aside from that, this yarn crochets nicely, has very generous yardage, is soft and lofty and delivers an overall pleasing crafting experience. Kudos to Stylecraft for this. And thanks to Lucy for setting my sights onto this yarn. Would never have thought to look for something like that. With Wollplatz.de I even found a German shop who carries it for a reasonable price. But Woolwarehouse.co.uk – the original Attic24 shop – has excellent shipping costs to continental Europe, too and delivery got here quickly and packed in a lovely organza bag.
Yarn: 15 skeins of Stylecraft Special DK and the beginning of one extra skein Plum for the border
Needle: 4.5 mm Clover Amour – Great hook!
> Project page on Ravelry