Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Mollie Makes blanket

 Remember this blanket from issue three of Mollie Makes? Remember how I was inspired to have a go at making my own? Remember that I'd made a few blocks in my chosen colours and laid them out on the not suitable for close ups lounge rug? (Really must get it cleaned.) As below -
Remember how I wasn't happy with the distribution of colour compared to the inspirational blanket. There was just too much colour and I wanted to tone it down with a few more blocks of the paler colours, namely parchment and silver (Stylecraft Special DK). Well, I made a few more blocks in just these colours, ordered more yarn to make sure I had enough, and yesterday I decided it was time to lay it all out and see how it was looking - and also to see how big this blanket was getting.

It's starting to look like a nice lap blanket size. I was thinking it would probably live on my small grey sofa, which is a very small 2 seater. It would be ideal if it were wide enough to span the back of the sofa. I think I just need to make a few more blocks to make it big enough, bearing in mind that it will grow a bit once it is joined together by double (UK) crochet. My only problem now though is that I think I have overdone it with the paler colours. Looking back at the magazine photo, there seem to be more pops of colour than the above photo. I am therefore going to make a few more of each colour, a few more silver and no more parchment. Then I hope I will have enough to start joining. I am quite excited and nervous about the joining bit - excited as it will be one step closer to finishing this blanket, which I know I will love, but nervous as I am not good with keeping blocks in the right order and joining long rows of them will cause me major headaches.

But before all this happens, I really need to finish a blanket I started a while ago - the one with the Patons Eco chunky wool that I got for Mothers Day. It's half finished and very quick to make up but as it has grown, it has just been too warm to crochet with it draped over my lap. I need to finish it as a certain little mister has taken to sitting on the back of the sofa, which is already covered in claw marks from our old cat. We need to protect the sofa from further damage. BTW, no more clawing from Gerard (yes, an r has disappeared from his name all of a sudden, at the request of my husband - he wanted no relevance to the footballer!) since we let him out, but that's another story entirely. The name Houdini has been mentioned more than once.

I'm sorry to say that I haven't even got any photos of this blanket yet. Really must drag it out, take some photos and start work on it again.

So it would seem I am fairly behind with posts - more updates on Gerard, my birthday (a 40th no less), crochet and a little something that popped through the post today. Oooh, the excitement. xx


  1. I love both the before parchment and silver and the after. Both winners in my eyes!


  2. I love the all of the colours, i know what you mean, it is scary as you know you will be looking at it for many years to come, but i know it will stunning.
    Ooooh happy birthday!
    love j x

  3. I love these colours in your blanket- it is going to look stunning.
    I'm the same with choosing colour- I find it a bit daunting, especially if you're trying to recreate a look.
    Can't wait to see it finished.
    Enjoy your week.

  4. The blanket is going to look awesome when it's done, the colours are really nice together... I keep seeing new projects which inspire me to start another project and this would have to be another one to add to the list!

  5. Hi Julia
    It all looks lovely - such a pretty pattern for the little squares. I never block the pieces for blankets or cushions, but then I am a bit of a lazy swine!
    Hope you're managing to soak up the sun a bit
    Emily x

  6. That blanket looks like it is going to be gorgeous. And I am very curious to know what you are making with the other yarn.
    xXx Helen