I've never crocheted a blanket and I thought it was about time I rectified that. But it can be difficult to decide on a pattern - there's way too many pretty ones to choose from.
I can't remember what I was looking at on Pinterest, but I stumbled upon the work of Magda de Lange and the Milla Magic Blanket pattern she designed for Simply Crochet. I love it.
The alternative yarn is Drops Paris and I've been playing around with colours today. You need 16 - 15 x 2 balls for the squares and 1 x 4 balls for the borders and edging.
Decided to do a bigger blanket and have re-calculated how much yarn I need. Think I'm going for 3 x 14 colours + 6/7 x another colour for the edging & border. 6/7 is probably too much, but I’d rather have more than less! Think I need at least 1 pop of colour - shocking pink for sure, but still mulling over mustard!
Yarn's here! I've done a wee practice square to familiarise myself with the pattern before I crochet for real. It's written in UK terms (I prefer US), it's very simple and I think I'm good to go. Dropping mustard; I just know I'll regret using it!
There's now 13 colours so I'm working on 13 squares at a time, but this is the 1st finished.
And the other 12. I'm going to use the colours quite subtly, with the odd surprise here and there. My squares are crocheting 12cm x 12cm, not 15x15 as the pattern says!
52 squares done and not bored yet!
128 squares crocheted and no two the same! This is the last. Time to start arranging them!
Layout was rather easy. I considered patterns, stripes, diaganols . . . but decided in the end just to do a 13 square repeat so the colours/tones are quite balanced. There are 16 rows with 8 squares in each and I'll start crocheting the shorter sides together.
16 short rows joined. 16 long rows next!
Crocheted the final stitches of the border. Did 3 rows - 1 in dark grey, 1 in smokey berry and then another in dark grey with picots every 10 stitches.
My favourite corner!