I’ve finally finished the Lacy Round Ripple Blanket!
I’m so happy with how it’s turned out. The yarn self-stripes beautifully, even though they aren’t full stripes all the way around I really like how the colors contrast and join in different places.
Three balls of Lion Brand BabySoft yarn in the color Circus ended up making this 44 inches point to point which should be just perfect for a baby size.
I can’t take credit for the design or the idea. Louise Gallagher has a Facebook page called Loobys Loops and she comes up with some wonderful designs and color combinations. There isn’t anything she does that isn’t wonderfully beautiful.
The link to the Lacy Round Ripple Blanket pattern is here. Also check out Ravelry for pictures of other completed blankets.
First of all, let me just say how much I love self-striping yarn. It’s so pretty and takes the work out of weaving in all the ends. It’s kinda lame that the best self-striping yarns all seem to be available in the UK and not in the US. Yes, I know you can pay to have them shipped here, but the shipping literally costs more than the yarn itself and I just can’t bring myself to pay for it. I’m in love with the Ice Yarns Magic Light yarn. One of these days I’m going to splurge, just not today.
I follow Loobys Loops on Facebook. She always has the best color combinations and designs. Recently she posted her version of the Lacy Round Ripple Blanket using a self-striping yarn and I was hooked….literally.
I set out to find a yarn that would be comparable. It wasn’t an easy task. Of course it doesn’t help that the only craft store I have close is a Joann’s Fabrics and it’s not a full store, just a small version of what the larger stores are. I did come across something I thought might work though and so far I have to say I’m loving it. I found Lion Brand Baby Soft in Circus Print.
I’ve just finished the first of the three balls of yarn I bought and I really like the effect it’s making. I wish the lengths of color were longer, but it’s still making a nice effect.
So, one ball done and it’s measuring 24 inches from point to point.
I’ve never made a circular blanket before but I kinda like it!
Oh, one last thing. I attempted this patter first just by reading the pattern, which I’m pretty good at and I struggled. This is not a pattern for beginners at all. I was lucky to find a youtube video showing how to get started. Once you get the hang of it this blanket works up really easily. Here’s a link to the video!
I’m a glutton for new projects! I’ve just not been feeling the mojo for the full size twin (with overlap) blankets. I’ve been setting a self-imposed deadline of Christmas to have all three done and I just don’t see that happening. I crochet because I enjoy it and because it’s relaxing. When I start feeling stressed out about it I tend to avoid it because it starts to feel like work. That being said I’ve decided to do a “quick” project!
Here’s a little sneak peek!
This is my first experience using Stylecraft yarn, which is normally found in the UK. Here is the US we tend to use a size 4 worsted yarn more often than anything and in the UK it seems to be common to us a size 3 DK weight. The weight difference is taking a bit to get used to but the yarn itself is very soft and pretty.
It’s tough to find a supplier in the US that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg. Luckily I discovered Texas Yarn Farm! I’m pretty sure I’ll have to order more yarn to complete this blanket but I also have a variegated blue that I have an idea for too. Enough to keep me busy while I’m waiting for yarn mail.
The pink variegated yarn in this project is called Wondersoft Merry Go Round in color Strawberry. I happen to know someone expecting a baby soon, but don’t know if it’s going to be a boy or girl. Maybe I’ll get lucky and have started with the right color.
Here are some more pictures to give you a better idea of the colors. I just love it! Makes me a happy hooker 🙂
And here are all the other circles I have ready waiting to be made into squares!
In case you’re wondering about the pattern, I’ve modified the Three Beans in a Pod pattern called Retro Circles. Check out Adele’s page and show her some love!