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Last blog I told you about my plans to start a random blanket, inspired by Little Woolie. Usually when I crochet I play it safe. I know my grannies, I can dream my grannies. I’ve made my share of granny items. Granny bunting, granny lampshades, granny pillow, granny blankets. But once in a while you have to get out of your comfort zone and start something new. So a year back or so I designed my own wave blanket.
And boy was I excited! My own blanket, made from scratch in my mind! I ensure you, seeing something come together that you personally designed is the BEST feeling! But after that, I stucked to the granny squares (or Garnstudio squares as the last post shows). Now it’s time to face another challenge! I never really tried to incorporate many kinds of stitches in one blanket. So that was my goal for this blanket; to include various patterns and designs in one blanket, which still had to be neat and not too overwhelming when it comes to colour. I want to find out which stitches can inspire me to design other blankets! In the wave blanket it was all about height of the stitches and colourplay, now it’s got to be revolving around the patterns you can make with these stitches. So it’s going to be a very large sampler so to speak. Hence the name, the Sampler blanket.
Because this is going to be a long project, I decided to first draw up my plans. Those of you who peek on my facebook already saw the blueprint!
I’ve incorporated many different things. Some known, such as the granny stripe and the wave of my last pattern. Some unknown (to me), such as the catherine wheel, larksfoot stitch and shell pattern. I’m very excited to start!
I wanted the blanket to be straigt but the various patterns also to come out finished. Therefore I had to find a number of starting stitches that could incorporate complete repeats of a pattern. The catherine wheel for example, is made up out of 10 stitches each (and 6 to start but I’ll find a way around that when I get there). My own wavy design is made up out of 8, but can be adjusted to fit to 10 if necessary. This way I found that 240 chains would accommodate all the different patterns (up front… It remains to be seen whether they really fit but at least it’s an educated guess).
Colourwise, since I like my blankets full of colour I decided to ‘separate’ the various stitch types with rows of grey half double crochets. The separation is because I want each of the types to stand out in their own way instead of getting lost in a busy noisy blanket, and the grey will be a nice neutral colour in between all the bright colours in which the stitches will be worked. The background of stitches that require some additional rows (such as a zigzag) will be done in creamwhite. Ofcourse I will use my stylecraft special DK.. Needless to say, this will be a stashbuster as some of the stitches (such as the puffstitch, or ‘moesje’ in Dutch) will take up much of my yarn. But that’s ok, it’s there to be used anyway. And then I have a neat excuse to order some more!
So off to the 240 starting chains! I don’t have a time schedule for this blanket. It’s just going to be a on-the-side project, I don’t know how large it will be but I can always add some additional stitch types. We’ll see in a year or so!
If any of you want to join in, let me know and I’ll try to write down how I do it as neatly as possible! Maybe if some of you are doing the same and want to show others, email me some pictures (you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Haak maar raak facebook) and I’ll include them in the blogposts! Then it will be a large collection of sampler/random/design-as-you-go blankets. It’s gonna be fun!