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Pastel Rainbow Baby Blanket

It’s stash-busting time. How did my stash of yarn get so big?!

To use up some Stylecraft Special DK, I made a baby blanket in one of the most relaxing patterns to crochet –  Attic24’s Neat Ripple .

Neat Ripple, crochet

It was easy to carry around and do in any odd moment – I always have one such project on the go. It lives in the car.pastel rainbows

I used a 4.5mm hook

The final measurement is 40″ x 30″  which is  1m x 85cm

Pastel rainbow baby blanket

Choosing soft colours, with pinks as the starting point, I arranged the colours in rainbow order.

A friend saw the blanket on Instagram and said she thought they look like Unicorn Colours – what do you think?

The colours: Sherbert, Cloud Blue, Wisteria, Clematis, Soft Peach, Candy Floss, Fondant, Shrimp, Blush, Buttermilk, Lincoln, Spearmint, Duck Egg, Spice,  Powder Pink,

The foundation chain was 140 + 3

Most of this blanket was made with two rows for each colour.

The colour order:

Sherbert, Cloud Blue, Wisteria, Clematis, Soft Peach, Candy Floss,

Fondant, Shrimp, Blush, Buttermilk, Lincoln, Spearmint,

Duck Egg, Sherbert, Cloud Blue, Wisteria, Clematis, Soft Peach,

Candy Floss, Fondant, one row of Spice and one row of Shrimp,

Buttermilk, Lincoln, Spearmint, Sherbert, Cloud Blue, Wisteria,

Powder Pink, Soft Peach, Candy Floss, Fondant, Spice, Buttermilk,

Lincoln, Duck Egg, Spearmint, Sherbert.

Edging

Row 1, filling in the ripples: Spearmint

Row 2, in Double Crochet (US) Treble Crochet (UK): Powder Pink

Row 3, in SC (US), DC (UK)

Row 4, shell stitch in Spearmint.

crochet, corner, shell stitch

I did not have a recipient in mind when I started it, but as often happens, someone sees what I am making, says they love it and Ta Dah! it finds it’s home.

A friend saw me making this one and would like to give it to a new baby due to arrive in January. Perfect!

Ripple, Ripple, Ripple

My mind is awash with ripple combinations as I go through the design stage for my lovely new project.

The ripple pattern is so relaxing and satisfying to crochet – as I go up and down along the row I’m wondering what the elements of this pattern are that makes it so soothing.

I think it is the combination of sections of plain sailing and then a little bit of concentration, so the mind can wander for a while, but is interrupted before getting into troublesome thoughts.

And then there is the interest of seeing how one colour plays against the next; do they lie quietly together side by side snoozing; or do they zing together and bounce off each other in a jive rhythm; or glide along to a gentle waltz.

Lucy’s wonderful ripple bedspread – what a joy to behold! is worked in a 2, 4, 2, 2, 4, 2 repeat – I tried that out (the sample on the left)

ripples

But when I put that  against ‘Summer Flight’  the swirls of the painting and the crocheted ripples looked too frenzied together – not cosy and relaxing. Do you agree?

So I tried a 2, 8, 2,2,8,2 repeat (the sample on the right)

This did not seem quite right either

Next experiment was with a 2, 7, 2,2, 7,2 repeat with some wider bands of colour to keep the energy of the pattern calmer – I think I’m getting close to the effect I’m after.

7ripple

Just look at those neon colours leaping about on a dull day. (I won’t be using this colour combination for the throw, this will be a cushion cover)

Next I thought I would try out the wider bands in the 2, 8, 2, 2, 8, 2 repeat, for another cushion cover.

Multiples of 22 + 3.          3 times 22 + 3 = 69

ripples22

 

I think 0f Aztec or Guatemala when I see this colour combo.

Crumbs – I still want to try out another combo now – 2, 10, 2, 2, 10, 2 with the wide bands 3 rows wide rather than 4.

For this combination, x 3 is too big for a cushion cover, so I’m gonna go for it and make it throw size:

Multiples of 26 + 3.  6 times 26 + 3 = 159

So I will Ch 159 for the foundation row in the pale turquoise (aqua), exactly the same colour as the ‘frame’.

I will be on a train for nearly 3 hours tomorrow – perfect!!! I’ll be able to make a good start.

Buzzing with excitement!!!

And then I made another throw with the same ripple size in pinks and turquoise which you can see by clicking here.

Zing!

zing waves

 

I just could not wait to try out this zingy colour combination.