Lacy Round Ripple Blanket

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.

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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!

Happy hooking!

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Fresh Friday

Everyone seems to post Finished Friday projects, but I don’t have anything recently finished.  I do, however, have a new project.  I posted a few days ago that I wasn’t happy with how big my v-stitch blanket was coming out since it was supposed to be a twin.  And, it’s not just a little big for a twin, it’s a little big for a queen.  I haven’t scrapped the project but I have set it to the side to make something actually twin sized.

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This is the new project!  It’s called Entrelac crochet, and it’s the same technique used in Tunisian crochet but the awesome thing is that you can use a regular crochet hook, so no new equipment needed!  This is my first attempt and I actually think it’s coming out pretty good.  This design starts from the middle square and works its way outward to be as big or small as you want it to be.  You can even square off the corners when you’re done.

Here’s a link to the youtube video I watched to learn how to do this.  Mikey of the Crochet Crowd is great at explaining things in an easy to understand way, plus he’s pretty hilarious too.