Red and denim and white and green

I love, love, love this pram blanket and everyone who’s seen it whilst in progress have loved it too – well at least that’s what they’ve said and maybe the ones that didn’t love it just didn’t say anything!  Four friends at Armchair Yoga wanted to know where the pattern came from and two friends last night described it as striking.

Although I selected the yarn I didn’t as such pick the colours – if you know what I mean. No? Well, its for the impending grandson of a lady who works at the Royal and the pram that’s been bought for him is denim outside with the lining white, red, lime green and denim so she gave me the list of colours and I went and shopped for the actual shades.

Now I’m not going to even pretend that given the whole of the Sirdar Bonus DK colour range that I would have selected these four colours to go into one blanket but I’m truly in love with it – surprisingly smitten actually since although they went together okay when still on the balls it was only when combined in the pattern that I started feeling a growing affection but only after  I’d changed the colour order.

I initially started following the order the colours were written down in on the basis that if you were listing the colours on something you might note them down in the order you saw them (apparently they hadn’t done this anyway).   However the red and denim together just looked too heavy.  So I undid it back to the denim set up row and re-ordered it along the lines of light and dark which I think works much better.

Then there was the issue of the number of colours.  Did I work each strip separately ie, cut the yarn at the end of its current use or did I carry the yarns up the side.  I thought it would be easier to cut the colours, knot them and crochet the edging over it.

Then one of the Armchair Yoga ladies queried this as she wasn’t at all envious of all those ends to deal with and I explained that I didn’t want to spend ages un-tangling the four balls but since I had about a third to go I decided to give it a go.

I have to say the later was the better option.  Not only was it neater but it was way easier to edge over.  Fortunately I’d already decided to edge in denim but had I chosen the green or white I would have had to change my mind as the stronger colours would have peeked through.

The edging was the single crochet (US double crochet) first round and a second round of sc (dc) worked backwards – it’s so simple and every time I’ve used it I’m always pleased with the result.

I’d done the six rows I didn’t like by Sunday morning and this was when I undid five of them and started again from the set-up row and I finished edging it today – which shows it’s quite an easy pattern that grows quickly.  Mind you it’s not like I’ve been doing tons of other stuff although if I hadn’t gone out for my tea yesterday I could have had it finished then.  (I didn’t go out with B by the way but two friends one of whom was a bit worried about me going as B told her I’d been sick yesterday – which I had but apparently the way B told her she thought I’d literally just up-chucked but it had been in the morning.  As it turned out I was fine and really enjoyed the food – I had stilton and garlic mushrooms and then lamb shank with mash and green beans- sometimes anti-sickness meds are just wonderful.)

The blanket measures 75 cm (29.5″) x 95cm (37.5″) and the pattern is Greenway from Comfort Knitting and Crochet Afghans – again!  It’s a good job I don’t have to pay royalties – I’ve never had such use out of a book of afghans.

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9 responses to “Red and denim and white and green

  1. I love all the pram / cot blankets you have been crocheting. Luckily(?) I don’t know anyone who would want one and as I tend to craft to order (well good reason or urgent birthday works wonders) I hopefully won’t be needing the pattern for many years to come.

    Keep your fingers crossed for me. 😉

  2. I love this stitch and the colors too.. I hope soon I can crochet again… Hope all is well… Hugs

  3. I love it Paula … not sure how you didn’t get the balls tangled carrying the yarn up the side like that, but the edging is very effective and I hadn’t thought about doing that to cover the carried yarn. That’s one lucky baby!!

  4. So right about splitting the red and blue apart. It is much more balanced and it is a really nice blanket. You are a crocheting wizard, Miss P!!! And, exactly what are these anti-sickness meds you use? I’m feeling a little peptic just reading what you ate!

  5. This is splendid! I also agree about separating the red and blue. You’ve really made those colours work!
    I’ve been wanting to make a blanket with this pattern, but I haven’t really had time. Your post has inspired me to nudge it up my to do list a few places 🙂

    • I can’t recommend this pattern enough – I do just love it in any colour and the one I crochet for my sister in law for Christmas in aran weight actually inspired here to learn to crochet. Its an easy stitch and works up real quick. 😀

  6. I wonder if things wouldn’t be easier for us all if there were one set of terms that meant the same thing EVERYwhere. But then, I realize crafting would lose part of its charm.

  7. Wow! That looks really fab! You are the baby blanket whizz-kid!

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