A few months ago I wrote a blog post explaining how I go about picking colors for my Project Linus blankets. As a quick reminder I ended up going with these colors:
My color guide that I had drawn looked like this:
The Sweet Roll colors are the the multi-colored yarn. It’s actually called Sweet Roll by Premier and the color is Wasabi Pop. I had never used self-striping yarn for a project so I was looking forward to seeing how it would come out on one of my blankets. Are you ready for the finished blanket?
Project Linus Blanket #19
I named this blanket “The Pond” because as I was crocheting the stripes with the Sweet Roll yarn it reminded me of colors in a pond.
You have your brown mud, the green algae, and little spots of blue water.
Let me show you a better picture of the stripes.
(Ignore the ends, I still have to weave them in)
The first roll I only managed to get 10.5 rows out of it, but the next two I did get 13 rows. I then did 9 rows of off-white in between the stripes, and 8 rows between the brown and Sweet Roll stripes. If you scroll back up to my drawing you can see that my size proportions were WAY off. Don’t you feel bad for Jay when he has to decipher my drawings for the projects I ask him to make for me?
I enjoyed working with the self-striping yarn because it gives me the different colors without having to physically change colors. It didn’t upset me that the colors changed in the middle of the blanket because I think it gives it a little bit of character. There are patterns out there that are designed to perfectly use these self-striping yarns so that the colors switch on the edges. If that’s important to you, then you need to be careful when picking out your yarn. You want to get rolls that have the same color starting in the middle and the same colors radiating out from the middle. Let’s take a look at the rolls that I used:
You can kind of see them in this picture. Enlarge the picture if necessary, but notice how the two rolls on the right are a bit different? The one on the left is similar to the middle, but I think that it is slightly different. That’s what causes the striping patterns that develop in your project.
The self-striping cakes can be a bit pricey, so I will only buy them if there is one heck of a sale on them. I have managed to buy a few more colors of this same brand of cake yarn, so it will be interesting to see how those blankets turn out as well.