For a long time now I have been chasing rainbows!
Always in search of that perfect blend of colours
and the perfect number of rows
to fit my hot water bottle and baby blankets.
This week I think I have found that pot of gold!
I have been oh so happy
with my 14 shades for a hot water bottle cover
and 15 shades for my baby blanket.
At last I have perfected (to my eye)
that gentle flow of colours blending from
red - orange - yellow - green - blue - indigo - violet.
is available in over 80 shades.
It is a wonderful palette for us crochet artists and colour addicts
and the recent new additions
of tomato, sage, storm blue and mustard,
have made my rainbow making perfect!
To make a 60cm square baby blanket I have used 15 shades
with parchment as the neutral in between.
This of course is personal choice
and it would work equally well
with silver, white or cream as the background colour.
I use a 3.5mm hook as this suits my tension, use whatever is best for you!
To make a perfect granny square,
which is square and does not twist, follow the instructions in my
I chose to make 60cm square,
as this is a good size baby blanket for use in a car seat or pram.
However if you wish to make a larger blanket
just keep repeating the colours, the recipe is designed to keep on flowing.
So start with claret and work through to raspberry,
than repeat from claret again till you reach your desired blanket size.
Every blanket needs an edging, just as a picture needs a frame.
This time I used a simple edging, you can read about how to do this
For my 2L hot water bottle cover I needed 1 stripe less,
so I made the same rainbow without the sage.
I'm sorry I do not have a pattern for the hot water bottle cover,
I make it up as I go!
You will find a great tutorial for the granny stripe pattern on
To buy all 16 shades at once would be rather expensive,
so if you are a beginner
I would suggest a simple rainbow of 7 shades,
to make a more affordable option.
For a vintage look try
claret tomato mustard meadow aster violet and raspberry on parchment.
For a brighter look try
lipstick spice saffron kelly green aster magenta and fondant on cream.
This morning as I write
there is a distinct smell of autumn in the air which fills me with delight.
There is nothing better than to layer up with cosy scarves,
socks and boots and snuggle by the fire
with blankets and hot water bottles!
If you have been inspired by my colour recipes please feel free to use them.
Post photos of your work on Facebook or on Instagram and tag your work with #inspiredbythepatchworkheart
for a chance to be featured on my page in my Sunday spot.
So its back to my hook now for me.
Watch out next week for my Batik Blanket and a
with chance to win some amazing
Happy Hookin friends
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