Monday, 10 February 2014

Stash Blanket Project - Blanket Number 4 - Beryl

Hi and welcome to the Wool Nest. It's been super frantic here over the last week, and I'm not really sure how I managed to whip up blanket number 4, called "Beryl" - meaning Green Jewel. But thanks to Sunday night TV - Call the Midwife/The Muskateers/Mr. Selfridge - I gave it a final push during my 3 hour TV marathon last night to finish off the green stripes and weave in the ends. Perfect for easy TV viewing.

It's a granny ripple which I first saw on Emma Varnam's blog here. Emma is a talented designer, with a variety of crochet books under her belt and as we've met in person I can say that she's a very lovely lady too. I admired Emma's gorgeous granny ripple blanket and she kindly shared the link to the website tutorial, which you can find here.

I set off with great guns but I have to admit that once I'd started, I wasn't that keen on this pattern. I think I gradually became bored of just crocheting rows. I think I much prefer to make smaller granny squares and especially enjoy the process of creating colourful squares and joining them together to make a larger square. However, the end product is rather lovely and I love both the deeper shades of green as well as the lighter ones.

Here's how I made it:
Step 1:
Choose your colours. I chose 14 shades of green from my stash, most of which were small 20-21g balls of yarn that come free with Let's Get Crafting Magazine. Each month, Let's Get Crafting Magazine comes with 6 free balls of yarn so that you can whip up your own cute creations from the designs in that issue. These were the perfect size for my granny ripple blanket as each small ball worked 3 rows of pattern. 8 of the 14 shades of green were from Let's Get Crafting yarns.

Step 2:
Choose your granny. I chose a the granny ripple stitch, inspired by Emma Varnam's blanket here. Isn't it gorgeous!! The full tutorial for the granny ripple stitch is here and I made an initial chain of 131 with a 4mm hook, which made my blanket approximately 25.5 inches wide. I worked the first 4 rows in the lightest shade followed by 3 rows of each graduating shade of green, up the the darkest. I worked 4 rows in the final shade which made my blanket approx. 26 inches long.

And that's it really - quite simple yet very effective with the graduating shades of green. I'd love to hear your thoughts, and I hope I've inspired you to make something for charity too - even if it's something small like a teddy bear or preemie hat. There are lots of free patterns on Knit for Peace website  here  to help get you started. I'm not sure how I'll get on with next week's blanket as I have lots of commissions to finish and some mittens for my daughter to knit. But fingers crossed I'll find the time. 
Happy crafting, Lynne x


  1. It's beautiful :-) Straight ripples can get boring quickly, but they look great when they're done.

  2. Thanks for your lovely comment :) x