Well... I took my sweet time in getting back to you, didn't I??? But I'm ready to tell you all about that neapolitan icecream project. Click here to refresh your memory, if you have no idea what I'm talking about...
So... All up-to-date now?
Okay. I've been working on an event plaid blanket. It's a really fun concept, where use use the NUMBERS from a SPECIAL EVENT to determine the colour repeats within your project.
Well. I made this blanket as a gift for my mother-in-law... for her seventieth birthday. So I used the numbers in her date of birth... 1/3/39... there's my numbers... easy... 1 3 3 9
So, what that means is that I choose four colours, and work in stripes
I worked one row of my first colour, cream
I worked three rows of my second colour, brown
I worked three rows of my third colour, pink
and then nine rows of my fourth colour, burgundy
1... 3... 3... 9... see?
and here is a photo:
By this stage I was getting pretty fed up with the project. The crochet was complete, and yet it wasn't looking anything like I had hoped it would. I guess the thing is, that you are creating a plaid effect... so at this stage you have only created the 'bones' of the piece.
Basically, you crochet the horizontal stripes, and then weave in the vertical stripes... creating the plaid effect. For the weaving, I used three strands held together. Following the same stripe sequence as before... 1... 3... 3... 9... easy!
Then it's just a matter of tying off the ends. I added a little bit extra to bulk the tassel up a bit.
So... if you are interested... click here for the link to the original pattern I used.
So glad I stuck with this project! The crochet section is mindless... a good simple project for while you watch a movie, or gossip with your craft buddies. The weaving section is slow and fiddly... and you HAVE to get it right. The finished effect is stunning... but the progress looks crappy all the way along. Honestly. It's not until you tie that last knot, and sit back and look at it... that it feels worthwhile.