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The colour wheel blanket is a festivity of colour! You can choose your own colour scheme or go wild with all the leftovers you still have, either way you’ll have a wonderful blanket to show for all the hard work.
- Scheepjes Colour Crafter (available at Wool Warehouse and other Scheepjes retailers)
- 1x Maastricht (1246)
- 1x Tilburg (1083)
- 1x Leek (1132)
- 1x Leeuwarden (1711)
- 1x Gouda (1081)
- 1x Leerdam (1263)
- 1x Almelo (1316)
- 1x Enschede (1824)
- 1x Eelde (1422)
- 1x Bastogne (2015)
- 1x Den Helder (1068)
- 1x Middelburg (1003)
- 1x Zwolle (1082)
- 1x Rhenen (1188)
- 1x Heerlen (1432)
- 1x Amstelveen (1277)
- 1x Meppel (1061)
- 1x Hengelo (1084)
- 1x Kortrijk (2009)
- 1x Luik (2006)
- 1x Den Bosch (1241)
- 1x Amersfoort (1390)
- 1x Tiel (1023)
- 1x Roermond (1123)
- 5x Barneveld (1005)
- 5.0mm crochet needle (US size H/8)
One motif measures 10 cm (4in) in diameter with a 5.0mm crochet needle.
The blanket measures 1.30m by 1.50m (51in by 60in). With the listed skeins you can easily make more motifs, I used approximately 50g of each 100g skein. You will need more of the Barneveld colour to join all those motifs though.
Colour Sequence of blanket
I’ve used a set sequence of colours to create a a random rainbow effect. I kept track of my sequence by using small pegs on a string as in the next picture, I suggest you do the same. Arrange your pegs in rainbow sequence. When you’re creating a motif, start with a colour and either pick the 3 colours to the left, or 3 colours to the right to make the subsequent motif rows. For example:
- Colour 1: 2015
- Colour 2: 1068
- Colour 3: 1003
- Colour 4: 1082
Or another example:
- Colour 1: 2009
- Colour 2: 1084
- Colour 3: 1061
- Colour 4: 1277
- bobble st: bobble stitch (*yo, pull up loop* 3 times, yo, pull through all loops on hook).
- ch: chain
- dc: double crochet
- dc4tog: (yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook) 4 times, yo, pull through all loops on hook.
- ss: slip stitch
- tr: treble
- yo: yarn over
Colour wheel blanket pattern (US terms)
With your first colour make a magic ring.
Round 1 ch3 (counts as first dc), 15dc in magic ring, join with ss in first dc, cut yarn. (16 dc)
Round 2 With your second colour, join with ss in space between dc, ch2, yo,pull up loop in same space, yo, pull up loop in same space, yo, pull through all loops on hook (counts as first bobble st), ch1, (1 bobble st, ch1) in every dc space, join with ss in first bobble st, cut yarn. (16 bobble st)
Round 3 With your third colour, join in space between bobble st, ch3, (yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook) 3 times, yo, pull through all loops on hook (counts as first dc4tog), ch1, (dc4tog, ch1) in each bobble space, join with ss in first dc4tog, cut yarn. (16 dc4tog)
Round 4 With your fourth colour, join in space between dc4tog, ch3, (yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook) 3 times, yo, pull through all loops on hook (counts as first dc4tog), ch1, dc4tog in same space, ch1, *dc4tog, ch1, (dc4tog, ch1, dc4tog) in same space, ch1; repeat from * another 6 times, join with ss in first dc4tog. Cut yarn and fasten off. (24 dc4tog)
Colour sequence of blanket
For this blanket I came up with a semi-randomized way to get that great rainbow feel. This method might seem a bit weird at first but it worked for me! First I made a batch of motifs, completely random (but following the rainbow sequence I made at the start!). So I had a couple of green squares, a couple of blue/purple, pink, yellows etc.
I divided these motifs into two stacks: ‘intensely’ coloured motifs (with intense colours such as the bright red or the deep purple) and ‘others’. Next I laid them out in rows. To prevent pats of the blanket being too strong in colour I avoided having 2 intense motifs next to each other, I made sure to have at least 3 or 4 other motifs in between. To see if I liked the colour distribution I squinted with my eyes and just checked if I felt like a certain colour was missing in a part of the blanket. If I liked it, I joined the rows. Then I repeated the whole process over again.
I highly recommend trying this method with your own colours. If you rather have an example of my blanket, have a look at the picture below. Because I have a lot of blue and purple shades, those colours are more present. More sparingly used shades are yellow, for example. I tried to distribute the yellow a bit more evenly and used the blue and purples as filler motifs.
I made 11 x 9 = 99 motifs.
Joining of motifs
With white, join in any dc4tog space, ch3, 2dc in same space (counts as first dc3cluster), dc3cluster in each of next 4 spaces, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next space, *dc3cluster in each of next 5 spaces, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next space; repeat from * another 2 times, join with ss in first dc3cluster. Cut yarn.
Pick your subsequent square and work the joining round, attach the square with a ss in each dc3cluster space and in the ch2 of the 3tr-corners of adjacent squares.
Edging of blanket
Row 1 With Barneveld, join in corner of blanket, (dc3cluster, ch2, dc3cluster) in corner space, *dc3cluster in each of next 6 spaces, (yo, pull up loop in last space of square, yo, pull through first 2 loops) 2 times, (yo, pull up loop in next square’s first space, yo, pull through first 2 loops) 2 times, yo, pull through all loops on hook; repeat from * for all squares until the next corner. Continue with (dc3cluster, ch2, dc3cluster) in each corner space, repeat between * and ; for each side. join with ss in first dc3tog, cut yarn.
Row 2 Join in any space, dc3cluster in each space (treating the dctog-clusters for the corners of each motif as one cluster), (dc3cluster, ch2, dc3cluster) in each corner. Join with ss in first dc3cluster, cut yarn.
Row 3 Repeat row 2.
Row 4 Join with ss in corner space, ch3, *dc in next space, ch3, 3dc around the post of the dc you made in the space; repeat from * around the blanket and make two blocks in each corner. Join with ss in 3th ch. Fasten off.
For more clarification on row 4, see this link: Block edging
Crochet diagram for motif