A few months ago you will remember,
I had the privilege of visiting Stylecraft Mill along with the other blogstars.
We were treated like royalty
and showered with gifts to share with you all!
One of these gifts was a pack of the new
This is a 20% wool 80% acrylic mix with a speckled appearance.
It comes in cute 50g balls and is available in 16 beautiful shades.
So what a pleasure it has been
to design a blanket
that would showcase this new yarn.
I began by trying out a new block to me, from an old favourite book,
you can buy this from Amazon.
(Note the UK version has a pink cover
and the US version has a blue cover!)
I wanted to use a small square
so chose the Wisteria block and just made rounds 1 to 4.
Playing with the colours is my favourite part!
I soon realised that the 16 shades have been created to work well
together, which is a joy for us crochet artists.
I have used 1 50g ball of the shades
10 balls of
biscuit for the joining and border.
I worked with a 3.5mm hook,
So I set about making squares
using 4 rounds of colour
and the 5th round of each square I made in biscuit.
Some balls made 7 squares and others made 8!
This will be due to varying yarn thickness
and differences in my tension.
So I had 99 squares when complete
which I arranged in a rectangle 9 x 11.
I'm frequently asked how do I plan the layout of my blankets
to make them look random. Well my trick is to play crochet Sudoku!
Just using my eye I try to place only 1 of any colour
in each row or column and it works well!
My first layout was a random mix of the squares as seen above,
but this just didn't sing to me! I knew that the Batik yarn
was more special than this so I had a second play!
This time I was happy, very happy indeed!
I chose the layout above blending the colours
from 1 corner of the rectangle to the opposite one.
Joining is my favourite part of blanket making
as you see it come together so fast.
I have crocheted the squares together from the back,
using UK dc through both loops.
This gives a really strong join with a nice simple look.
You will find a tutorial for this method
The first view of the blanket is always so exciting
and here above you can see it with the first direction of joining done.
The second direction of joining
completes the blanket into one piece
and look what a wonderful surprise I found!
As 4 squares meet and are joined
a flower is formed from their 4 corners!
This is made from the pattern of the squares
and nothing to do with the joining method.
What a delight!
When you stand back and view the blanket from a distance
there is another surprise to behold . . .
can you see the diagonal pattern made by the holes?
Oh what a joy, this rainbow blanket of plain squares
has so much to delight in it!
Here's a close up of the join and the formation of the flower.
This joining method creates a ridge on the back of the blanket
and smooth flat finish on the front.
With the blanket complete it was time to choose the border.
I can highly recommend this border book
It is written in US terms and has written instructions and charts.
I have used border number 27
after beginning with a foundation round of trebles first.
So here it is
my Rainbow Batik Blanket
If you would like to try this yarn for yourself
(or treat yourself to any other Stylecraft yarns or patterns)
I am hosting a little
for my UK followers.
You can win yourself a Stylecraft bag of goodies,
filled with some Patchwork Heart treats
and £25 of vouchers!
(The vouchers can be redeemed in UK, at any bricks and mortar yarn shop.)
simply leave me a comment on this blog post,
telling me what you enjoy about my blog.
You must make sure that I can find your email
to contact you in case you are the winner!
A winner will be drawn at random on
Sunday 25th September
so you have 2 weeks to enter!
The fun of this rainbow blanket is that it looks so different
from every direction!
This blanket is a winner and it is a keeper!
A new blanket for Patchwork House!
If you are not a fan of wool, do not despair!
I have had some comments from followers on Facebook and Instagram
who either cannot wear wool or who would prefer a more affordable option.
As you know I listen to all your comments and aim to please!
I have plans to make the same blanket again
in Stylecraft Special DK using the flecked yarns,
so watch this space!
I wish you all a happy hooky weekend
and look forward to reading your comments.
Don't forget to comment here now
to be in with a chance of winning!
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This post was sponsored by Stylecraft Yarns