Friday, 10 February 2012

Blanket progress

As promised, I'm just popping by to show you the progress that I've made so far with my Little Boy Blue Granny Stripe Blanket. Admittedly there has not been as much progress made with this blanket as I would have liked ~ but that is purely down to me doing my usual thing and letting myself be completely sidetracked with other projects such as knitting socks. Oh!! ~ and running out of a crucial component to hooking a blanket called yarn didn't help me much either!

When I first started planning to make this blanket I wasn't quite sure if I was going to just stick with using blue tones ~ I had been toying with the idea of adding red and cream into the mix. But when I tried the colours out together I wasn't completely convinced that they really worked and decided to follow my instincts and stay with my all time most favourite colour spectrum of blue. And I must say that I am very happy indeed with my final choice.

The yarn that I am using to hook this blanket is good old dependable ~ and very reasonably priced ~ Stylecraft Special Double Knitting. In the following colours :: Denim, Aster,Cloud Blue, Sherbet, Royal and Turquoise.

Each colourful blue stripe of the Little Boy Blue Blanket is made up of two rows of treble clusters, and there are 74 treble clusters in each row. At a rough guess I think that it usually takes me about 15 minutes to work one row of treble clusters, which means it takes me around half an hour to complete each blue stripe. Not too bad! I have managed to get six repeats of each colour from my first six balls of yarn.

I did think that I would manage to get seven repeats ~ but no amount of finger crossing and silent hooky praying would make the last little amount of yarn stretch to complete another stripe. Almost but not quite! I only had another few little treble clusters to go until I reached the end of the stripe! But the yarn totally refused to play ball! Still it gave me a great excuse to go online and indulge in a little bit of yarn shopping ~

Not that many of us normally need an excuse! I ordered another six balls of blue loveliness and then took the liberty of adding a few more colours to my stash for some future projects that I have already lined up in my little head!

We have now broken up for our Half Term holidays, so I am looking forward to spending a lazy week at home with my two small people. I hope that you all a lovely weekend and I'll stop by again sometime early next week :O)xx


faith76 said...

Your blanket is beautiful - love the choice of blues. You have inspired me to grab my hook and to some hookin this afternoon.

Leah x

Sucrette said...

I love your blanket Jacquie! It reminds me the sea and the summer days :) It is beautiful...It made me want to make a granny stripe again :)

Jane said...

Love your colour choices. The Stylecraft is nice to work with, isn't it? Whenever I see it, I'm always surprised that the "sherbet" colour is a blue shade though, as to me, "sherbet" says pink!
Jane x

Bee happy said...

The colours are just gorgeous and it is looking great :) well done you, have a great weekend sweetie :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

YarnRoundHook said...

It's lovely and something to bear in mind for when my little boy demands a bigger blanket. Blue is his favourite colour. Well, at the moment it is!

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Hawthorn said...

Gorgeous - I love the colours!

Country Girl said...

Great blanket so far - I love the blues, my favourite colour.

French Knots said...

The blues look fab together, love it!

Annaboo said...

This is so perfect- the colours work really well together.
Clever you!

Catherine said...

It's looking lovely! Have a lovely, relaxing week! Cx

Highland Monkey's said...

I know what you mean about being sidetracked! Your blues are lovely and the blanket is taking shape nicely. Will have to look into Stylecraft.

Amy said...

I love the colors of blue you are using.

Julia said...

Hi Jackie

Thanks for your comment.

Loving the blues in this blanket. It makes me think of the seaside, blue skies and summer holidays.

Best regards


Gillian said...

What lovely shades of blue, it's very beautiful. It's going to be like a gorgeous ripply sea when it's done. Gillian x