Before the Rainbow Flower Circle Blanket was totally finished I was already having thoughts about what the next blanket should look like. That's one of the wonderful things about the internet - there are just SO MANY gorgeous blankets/afghans/& throws out there to inspire!!! So where to start?? Well luckily for this project I had three definite starting points...
Firstly, size. This blanket needs to be big enough to cover a double bed so hubbie & I can snuggle up under it together, it will be the biggest blanket I have made to date. One of my sons wants a ripple blanket & I really want to make a granny stripe blanket at some point, but for this size of blanket I decided to stick with constructing it from squares. But oh boy, what a huge variety of beautiful squares there are out there to choose from!
The second parameter was ease. Thanks to my lovely daughter I have a wonderful selection of 200 crochet blocks in the book she bought me for Mother's Day, but having tried a few of them now I am beginning to appreciate that some of them take a great deal more concentration than others! This project is going to go everywhere with me; I want to be able to work on it in the front room whilst watching tv, to take it to friends' houses to work on while we chat, to work up a few squares in the car waiting outside my daughter's piano lessons, & to bring it out to the garden to enjoy any sunny days we might get! So I don't want to have to be looking at a pattern every few minutes (or trying to stop one blowing away in the breeze outside!). This guideline alone ruled out a lot of potential squares! I'm not saying I will never make blankets like that, one day I probably will because there are just too many beautiful squares that fall into that category for me to resist :) But today is not that day.
However, I have been finding blankets made by combining squares of different sizes very alluring of late, so I thought if I made one along those lines I could make the biggest sized square (which I would only need a few of) a bit more complicated. It was around this time in my thought process that I discovered the free patterns at yarncrazy.com - crochet lovers this site is definitely worth a visit! One design particularly jumped out at me as it resembles the Celtic artwork I love, I just had to give it a try...
For this blanket I'm mainly using the Sirdar Supersoft Aran I blogged about here along with the Robin Aran also mentioned in that post & a couple of balls of the Woolcraft Aran yarn I mentioned here (in case you were wondering that blanket got cancelled because the squares demanded too much concentration!). Altogether I'm using 14 colors - oh did I mention the third parameter was color, as requested by hubbie this blanket is to be Bright!
The first of these squares took me a whole night with some pulling out along the way, but the second was a bit quicker...
I decided I could cope with making four of these squares for the center of the blanket, so only had to pick a medium sized & a small sized square to go with them.
One of the lovely blogs I enjoy reading is Kate's Signed With An Owl blog. Do pop over & visit her if you get the chance! I have been itching to try her Squaring the Big Circle square so decided to work one up & see how the size compared to Waldo's Puzzle. Happily I found it worked out at 8" &, although the first one took me a little concentration to get right, by the time I had made a few of them I could pretty much remember what I was doing without looking at the pattern!For the small square I decided to stick with the flower circle squares I used for the Rainbow Flower Circle Blanket. You would think that having just made 96 of them I would be sick of them, but I was actually missing them!!! You can find the pattern here at Attic 24. Using the Aran yarn they came out at 4" which was absolutely perfect for this project! Oh little flower circle squares how I love thee :-)
Having picked three different sized squares it was time to get out the squared paper & a pencil & play with some different arrangements. I didn't want anything too uniform, have you ever noticed how hard it is to make something random? I think our brains subconsciously impose pattern on our world & when you come back to view your work you see there's a pattern there despite your efforts! Well in the end I found an arrangement I liked & set about making more squares. When we travelled to Northumberland this project went too (I did say it was going to go everywhere with me!) & I managed to complete a nice little pile of squares in the time away. The other day I reached one quarter of the total required so laid them all out on the floor to see what the design looked like in color for the first time! Would you like to see?
The squares will all need blocking before I join them but then this will form the bottom left hand corner of the blanket. What do you think? Now they're all next to each other I'm having second thoughts about the Waldo's Puzzle square. I'm not sure if it "belongs" or if it will look ok once it is joined by it's three friends? I think I will need to make them & see...Well apart from that one little doubt cloud I am loving this project! I am happily anticipating having it on our bed & yet I'm not impatient to get it done in a hurry. I am enjoying the pure indulgence of sitting contentedly hooking small & medium squares in the oh so soft, snuggly, colorful yarn :-) I haven't come up with a name for this blanket yet - any suggestions??
Well it has been a busy day so I'm going off to chill with some squares ;-) Thank you so much for dropping by today, I hope your weekend is lovely!