There are lots of things I love about knitting and crocheting, and this blanket speaks to a few of them specifically. First, I love the use of color in all fiber arts. I was never great and drawing, but I always felt I had an eye for color. Knitting and crocheting solve this problem by providing a structure (the fabric) that leaves me free to play around with color. Another thing I love is that when I pick up one of my finished objects, I remember where I was and whom I was with when I created it. Well, this blanket is not only the boldest and most colorful creation of mine to date, but it also brings up fond memories of watching the World Cup this summer with friends and family!
This pattern came out of “Noro Flowers: Book 4″ by Jenny Watson Designs. It calls for 10 skeins of Noro Kureyon Sock, a self-striping 100% wool sock yarn, and a size G crochet hook. The catch is that all 10 skeins of the yarn are different colorways, which I picked out according my whim as I crocheted the blanket up. The blanket is essentially one big granny square; the bigger the perimeter of the blanket gets, the less far the color segments of the yarn go around. Because all the skeins were different, each corner of the blanket has different colors. After getting the hang of the double crochet stitch (thanks Christy!), I got going…
…and before I knew it, I was crocheting through a 500-yard skein of Kureyon Sock in a day! This project was so fun to crochet that I literally couldn’t stop, and the result is a blanket I’ll cherish for years. Hopefully this is the first of many brightly-colored crocheted afghans that I get to make! I can’t think of a more appropriate top blanket for my bed–the colors really brighten my room and my mood.
This project is suitable for both the novice and the veteran crocheter. It’s a good project to learn on, although you won’t get bored if you’ve made lots of granny squares before: it’s the Noro colorways are that keep the repetition of the granny square engaging. Although the self-striping quality of the Kureyon sock yarn make the color planning of this afghan a no-brainer, you could also use any bright-colored sock yarn for this project. Come by our shop to check out our painter’s palette of sock yarns and begin dreaming up your own!