You may remember my Attic 24 Cosy stripe blanket from this post a couple of weeks ago? Well, I’m so excited to say that I have finally finished it…ends, borders and all! What a work of love! It is too big to be able to photograph from above without some serious balance issues on a chair and having to turn the corner in!
I am so in love with the final product – massive thank you to Lucy over at Attic24 for putting together such a beautiful pattern and colour scheme.
I veered away from the colour scheme for the final border. This blanket is for my son, so given the pinks and purples that feature in it, I really wanted to use more ‘boyish’ colours to highlight those ones. I talked with my son, and we agreed on the following colour scheme (all Stylecraft DK colours):
- First round (innermost round) – Denim
- Second round – Spice
- Third round – Claret
- Fourth round – Khaki
Now I would probably use a more contrasting colour for round 1 if I were doing it again. However we were down to only having tiny amounts of yarn left and so I was also using colours that I knew I had more of (although I did have to order another ball of khaki). My son loves orange (he’s a Wolverhampton Wanderers fan!) but I was a little worried about using such a strong, dominant colour on the border. However the way that Lucy puts the border pattern together, I actually really like it. You can see that rounds 2 & 3 are actually quite small rounds, so it really adds a punch without dominating.
I love love love the final round stitch…it looks amazing and is so so simple, which is hugely appealing as a beginner!
On the subject of yarn, I would just say that if you complete the all the rows, you may well get quite low on yarn for the border. Lucy mentions this in her blog and she suggests that you can leave out the final (the sixth) set of colours. It is large enough to do that; I like the bigger size personally and we had already worked out border colours and that I had enough from my yarn stash to cover it (except for the khaki, but hey, after all that work I wasn’t going to scrimp on the finally round!). I just thought I’d highlight it again here. If I wanted to do it within the 15 balls of wool in future without ordering more, I wouldn’t hesitate to miss out some of the sixth set of colours.
So I sewed in my ends and lay the blanket on my sofa to photograph it to share with you. I popped out of the room and when I came back with my camera, a certain cheeky chops had made herself at home:
So it got Daisy’s seal of approval!
I was left with a box of yarns ends and I came up with the idea to learn a solid granny square and make my son a matching cushion! I then discovered the amazing Attic 24 had a whole tutorial on solid granny squares, and with very similar colours!
(You’ll notice I hadn’t quite finished the border on my blanket when I started this. I needed a project I could dip in and out of, and a good ol’ granny square fits that bill perfectly!)
I am going to write a separate post on my cushion. I have learned a few tips about solid granny squares and joining them from various sites, so will pull that together and share with you. In the meantime the pattern and tutorial can be found on the Attic 24 site (link above).