For the last ten weeks I’ve been making the Stylecraft Carousel crochet along (CAL) blanket designed by Sue Pinner and I have enjoyed it so much. I’ve tackled a new joining method and added some new octagon, pentagon and hexagon patterns to my repertoire.
You may remember that I chose a palette of yellow, gold, orange, brown and various greens (Stylecraft Special DK yarn in Meadow, Cream, Mustard, Claret, Tomato, Stone, Lime, Spice, Saffron, Citron, Pistachio, Gold and Copper) inspired by the beautiful colours of the countryside we’ve had this autumn.
Sue’s pattern is easy to follow and although the blanket looks complicated it isn’t. The only part I had any problem with was the joining method which was new to me but even this, once I’d read Sue’s instructions carefully, turned out to be easy.
The blanket isn’t quite finished yet as I want to add a few more rows of the colour change ripple before crocheting the final border but I thought I’d share my progress now as it was awhile ago that I posted about starting it.
The first part is the central octagon which got me hooked on this CAL as it looks great on its own and I ended up making five of these octagons, I’m planning on using the spare ones to make a small blanket.
The next stage is to make the carousel bands, join them together and then join in the octagon in the centre. I found this the hardest part, I don’t know why but the joining method just didn’t click with me at first.
Next it was onto making sixteen pentagons and joining them onto the carousel bands, I really love these pentagons and think the centre design a brilliant idea.
Having completed the pentagon round it was then a round of eye catching hexagons before adding rows of multicoloured ripples.
My blanket isn’t quite finished as I need to finish off the ripple rounds, add the border and then block it but am so pleased with what I have done this far.