Friday, October 4, 2013
Sherbet Waves Blanket
The last time I posted it was back to school time - now it's full on Autumn (tho. today seems more like summer weather and my fall/winter clothes are still packed away in the attic).
At the end of the summer (and right before my vacation) I started a baby blanket project for my cousin. Her baby shower is this weekend. She is having her first baby, a girl. I could not attend the shower but my gift is somewhere riding in the back of a brown truck en route to the shower location.
The blanket is NOT a pattern of my own creation. I found the pattern on pinterest and saved it in my blankets and pillows board. You can follow me on Pinterest or just some of my boards if you'd like.
I didn't take many photos of the making along the way - not sure why. But it was a fun and easy pattern with a lot of color and texture and it was a joy to create. The name of the original pattern is: Wavy Baby Blanket and I found it here on Carina's Blog. The blog has the pattern in a non-English pattern but also a translation is included. I had no trouble following the translated version.
Here are the specs on MY version of the blanket which I have named Sherbet Waves. This Sherbet Waves blanket is of the girl variety as I would have chosen other colors for a boy. As recommended on the blog, I opted to use an odd number of colors in my pattern repeat. My pattern was an 11-color repeat.
The yarn I used is Red Heart Creme de la Creme. Although it is a worsted weight, I would consider it a light worsted. I used a G Hook (4mm).
I chose soft and bright girl colors and mixed those in with a variety of off whites and a khaki color. Though I cannot find my order form from the yarn and I have misplaced some of the skein wraps, my color repeat was:
off white (pink hue)
off white (yellow hue)
off white (ivory)
khaki (the only color I repeated because I wanted more of this color)
I didn't use an entire skein of any color, but almost. I used a bit more than one skein of the khaki ( I had 2 of those). I don't know the number of yards in the skein as it's not listed on the label but the skein is 70.9 grams and is a light-weight worsted, not quite as small as a dk or sport.
The yarn is 100% cotton, and though the finished product it a bit stiff, I think it will be less so after washing.
I'd suggest weaving in the ends as you go - the pattern calls for a color change at the end of each row. I didn't and had SO many to weave in at the end. UGH.
The reason this blanket isn't just a shell stitch blanket is because it has a row of single crochet in between each shell row. The pattern has a 4 row repeat which is easy to memorize after just a few stints thru. My finished blanket was about 32" long and 26" wide. I chained 142 stitches to start. You can do any length because the pattern is listed as groups of 14 + 2. The finished blanket had about 150 rows.
I love it when patterns list all their data like yarn and hook size and patter repeats, etc... it makes for SO much easier math if I want to change size or use different yarn so thanks to all of your who give lots of pattern data on your blogs. I find that when I add pattern data to my blogs, it gives me a great record to remember what I myself have done if I ever want to go back and use a pattern again.
I hope you enjoy this pattern - I will probably post a link to it on Ravely (follow me here) as well.