I’m so excited to write this blog post. I love crafting to give to others, in fact most of my makes are for other people, but there has also been something special for me in making my own blanket. I think it helped that I loved the Lazy Waves Blanket pattern by Dedri Uys soooo much. I know I’m repeating myself, but I just cannot say enough how quick and easy the pattern is, yet still fun and interesting. And I do love most yarn, to be fair, but the Drops Nepal Yarn is particularly lovely. I really am in love with the colours and they just all seemed to look great together in any combination. I am really pleased with the finished effect.
I am going to keep this blog post quite short (we have had an ill household again. I mean really, who knew you could get flu twice in less than a year?!, although I am now pretty experter at being a flu nurse.) If you missed my last blog post on the blanket planning and colours I used, please have a look here for all the information. And as always, if there is anything I’ve missed out that you would be interested to know, please do ask in the comments.
And in that last blog post, I told you that I was going to use the 12 colour repeat, 8 times (4 rows from each 50g ball). Well, despite having an A grade in A-level maths, my maths sucked! In all my calculations, I failed to take into account the fact that some of the colours had already been used in the cardigan… Also, my tension obviously varied a bit, and by half way, I was horrified to find that some of my colours had run out way before I was expecting them to. After some stress and prayer, I decided to see how it went and make a call after my 7th repeat as to what I would do.
When I had finished my 7th repeat, the blanket was measuring 125cm (length) by 145cm (width) (or 49 by 57 inches) which made the perfect size for a lap blanket, so I decided to finish up there. I did a simple border from my Edie book, just double crochet (US single crochet) and chain stitches – Around the Corner Crochet Borders. I only actually did a foundation row of double crochet (US single crochet) on the sides of the blanket. On the end sections, I worked the pattern directly into the wave pattern stitches [I have to ‘fess up that I was a bit lazy/ scared of working out how to do the double crochet (US single crochet) foundation row on the wave sections, without it ending up far too wavy, hence why I tried the edging straight on to the pattern and liked it, so it stayed that way!] The edge on the sides is not ideal, as the Lazy Waves pattern is stretchy and the double crochet is not as stretchy, but if I had put more stitches in, I would have ended up with an overly ruffled effect at the edge and you probably know by now, I like my edge to lie flat, unless it is supposed to be ruffled. [Edit: July 2015: The border is working beautifully, it has not been a problem that it is not as stretchy as the stitch pattern, it is not noticeable at all when I’m using the blanket]
I will definitely use this pattern again soon, it was so simple and quick – a lap-sized blanket in just over 2 weeks (and that was with not being able to crochet every day due to the illness in the house). I have a lot of blues and greens sat in my yarn stash (from the Lily Pond blanket I never made) so I am thinking of doing a sea blanket for Miss G, who loves blues and the sea – win-win. However, to avoid too many raised eyebrows from Mr T, I am going to tackle that pile of other WIPs (works in progress) first! I definitely want to finish the Happy Days blanket before the summer holidays, as I just have wonderful visions of the girls using it in the back garden over the summer. Hope you are enjoying the sun and that maybe you feel inspired to have a try with the lazy waves pattern 🙂