Well I am pretty chuffed with myself this week. I finished my first ever crochet project, and it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. A project like this ripple blanket is the perfect way to start, because the pattern just keeps repeating the whole way up the blanket. Once I got started, I could just keep doing the same thing over and over. I aimed to do one colour stripe (or 2 rows) each day. Of course some days this just didn’t happen – particularly when student reports were due at work, but I tried to make up for this on the weekends! I popped a photo on facebook and instagram, and there were lots of requests for details, so here they are:
I used wool from Bendigo Woolen Mills‘ classic range in 8 ply. I bought one 200g ball each of pumpkin, celery, maize (it is sounding more like a soup!), smoke, and midnight blue. I have about 30g left of each colour after I finished. My hook was a 4.5mm hook. I have had lots of people ask me about the pattern. It’s by Pip from Meet Me At Mikes. I loved how easy it was to follow, and the photos are really helpful for a beginner like myself. I’ve ordered some more wool to make another one – this time for a little niece or nephew who is due to arrive later this year.
The final size of the blanket was 94cm by 110cm. Of course I could have made it longer by just adding some more stripes, but I was just wanting to make a lap blanket.
The hardest part (for me) was making sure I didn’t accidentally add an extra stitch at the end of each row, which is surprisingly easy to do. Counting at this point is really important to do. Luckily, if you do miscount, it isn’t too hard to undo (providing you notice fairly quickly). I did occasionally forget to put in the ripple in a single layer… don’t look too closely. Fortunately it didn’t seem to stuff the pattern up too much. I just fixed it up in the next row… just don’t tell anyone.
Toby has decided that he would like this blanket though, and it is perfect for snuggling under on these frosty winters mornings. I might have to make one for the girls too!
If you want to learn to crochet (it really is so easy -I can’t believe that it took me this long to learn!), check out this post of mine which has all the resources I used to get started.
Can you crochet? What have you made? What should I try next?