Beth’s Rainbow Blanket

Hello! I’m so happy to share this blanket with you today. To be honest, I’m a little giddy about it. It’s been the focus of every spare minute of mine for half of August, all of September, and a little bit of October as well. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ll likely have seen some of my progress photos of this but I’ve kept the full ta-dah for here. I am really excited about this!

A couple of months ago I saw a blanket by The Patchwork Heart and fell in love with it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And then I clicked on the hashtag on Instagram and that was it: I had to make a corner to corner blanket RIGHT NOW! I cast one on there and then. I think that Bellacoco’s video tutorial is excellent.

Coincidentally I had been playing with my yarn pegs (I do this a lot) and had come up with the¬†perfect¬†colour combination for my friend’s daughter. A “My Little Pony” inspired rainbow. Starting with Spice, then Saffron, Citron, Lemon, Spring Green, Aspen, Turquoise, Sherbet, Cloud Blue, Bluebell, Violet, Magenta, Fondant, and ending with Pomegranate. (Stylecraft Special DK of course.) Oh it’s beautiful. It’s bright, very bright, but it just glows and I love it so much. I’m thrilled with the texture of the blanket; this stitch is just divine, so warm and thick but still soft and drapey. I’m really pleased with both the colours and the pattern.

I’d love to do this as a colour pack and team up with a yarn shop (ahhh lofty dreams!) but annoyingly I didn’t start with full balls of yarn. I did start with a full ball of “Lemon”, and I still have a bit left from that so I would estimate that you’d need one ball of each colour but maybe be prepared to top up if you have loose tension, or want a larger blanket. This blanket is just shy of single bed size; it is single bed width but not quite length because the rows were LONG and I felt that if I didn’t start to decrease it soon I would cry.

The decreasing is amazing. I’ve never known sweet, blankety joy like it before. Oh the decreasing! <3

I probably should say that the corner to corner blanket typically works up as a square. On of the most bestest things about it is that you don’t need to calculate how long your foundation chain should be, or indeed even MAKE a foundation chain! You just keep increasing until it is wide enough, and then decrease to make it into a square. Or you can do what I did, and decrease on one side and increase on the other, which will make your blanket rectangular.

For a while I agonised (and made several friends agonise on my behalf) about how many rows I had to do to get the blanket to finish on the pomegranate colour, (once I had already merrily started making it rectangular I mean). I spent so long agonising that I just got fed up and just did what I felt like. It hasn’t ended on pomegranate and I neither care nor think it looks wrong for it. It looks BRILLIANT, even though I do say so myself!

I didn’t put a border on, because I genuinely feel that it doesn’t need one. The way the pattern works in a step fashion means that it pulls itself nice and straight, and with these colours I just felt anything I put around the edge would just spoil it completely.

Would you like to see it in it’s entirety? Of course you would!

I really love it. A few of my friends were a bit surprised that I wasn’t keeping this blanket and it really is quite a large piece of work to give away, I suppose, I mean I spent about 7 or 8 weeks of evenings working on it. But all the while I was thinking of my friend and her daughter (because let’s face it, it’s as much for my friend as it is her little girl) and how much they’d enjoy snuggling in it and the colours and everything. And it’s like being able to give someone a hug that you can just keep! Really, there’s no question of me keeping it. I know it will be loved and used and appreciated and that’s the best thing really. I like working hard on something and giving it way. I don’t keep many things I make nowadays, I made two little blankets for Tiny Tin Girl (one of which has been adopted by her brother) but everything else this year has been for other people. I just like making things and I love seeing them go to good homes :-)

x

33 thoughts on “Beth’s Rainbow Blanket

  1. Katy Cowbelter says:

    Gorgeous. Thank you so much for the colour recipe; have each in my stash so starting immediately!!! (Will be my first c2c, thanks for the inspiration.)

  2. Anna says:

    Each time I late night stalk your blog, I think that you are reading my mind. Recently also found the c2c pattern from patchwork heart and gathering my stash to make a lasting ‘hug’. Well done, it’s beautiful. You have also taught my youngest daughter how to do a granny square and I didn’t realise she was following you too until she spotted me reading your blog……stated ‘oh she is so cool and I can understand her instructions’. So you have us both hooked.

  3. Claire says:

    Making things and giving them away is the joy of crochet. This is a beautiful blanket and I’m sure the recipient will love it. Wonderful colour scheme, nice job!

  4. Nic says:

    I have been quietly enjoying your work for quite a while now, and I have to say what you have done, and how far you have come are totally inspiring. You are a wonderful girl and I appreciate everything you do.

  5. Sam says:

    WOW! Just wow. It’s beautiful. This will be added to the list, my little girl needs a decent sized blanket now as her baby ones are too small! It may have to wait until after Christmas though!

  6. mamaSabina says:

    Wonderful colours and looks very modern! If I ever finish this elmer blanket I’ve been making for ages, I will try something like this. If you could possibly find the time, would you mind explaining a bit more how you made it rectangular?

  7. Emma F says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I haven’t tried C2C yet, but am being very strict with myself about finishing my current WIP’s before starting something new. Will definitely look into making it rectangular like yours when I do get round to trying this lovely looking method x

  8. Love, love, love it. The colours are fantastic. I made a corner to corner square for a recent baby, but actually I think I would do the next one as a rectangle, decrease one side, increase the other…. of course. I’m sure it will be loved and appreciated x

  9. I love love this blanket!! I love the colors and the design!!!!!!!! I purchased Lucy’s new yarn pack for her crochet a long (my first time). But I love your blanket even more and I’d sure purchase the pack for this one. Go talk to Wool Warehouse!! I’m going to send them an e-mail about your blanket. IT’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  10. This blanket is absolutely stunning!! I’m sure your friend and her daughter will love it and use it for many years. You could always make one for yourself if you wanted to. I have to admit that I also saw this pattern and had to make one right away! Mine was small and just made using some left over scraps of chunky yarn; t was given away to a charity project and I don’t even have a picture of it. You’re right about the whole process being a really great way to make a blanket.

  11. Selena says:

    It’s absolutely beautiful, the colours blend together so well! I dare not show my 4 year old, she would most certainly want one too!

  12. Selena says:

    It\’s absolutely beautiful, the colours blend together so well! I dare not show my 4 year old, she would most certainly want one too!

  13. The blanket is wonderful, it looks very drapey and soft indeed.

    I’m the same – I like to make and give away, giving handmade things to family and friends is wonderful. I’ve made full size blankets (4′ X 6′) and given them away too, the best thing is going to someone’s house and seeing it on a bed, as part of a den, or spotting it on a Facebook photo. It definitely gives a warm and fuzzy feeling.

  14. The blanket is wonderful, it looks very drapey and soft indeed.

    I\’m the same – I like to make and give away, giving handmade things to family and friends is wonderful. I\’ve made full size blankets (4\’ X 6\’) and given them away too, the best thing is going to someone\’s house and seeing it on a bed, as part of a den, or spotting it on a Facebook photo. It definitely gives a warm and fuzzy feeling.

  15. Did you do three or four rows of each color? I love yours so much that I ordered the yarn from Wool Warehouse and I practiced the stitch with old yarn this morning. I want mine to be as much like this one as possible as I love your color choices. Thanks

    • Heather says:

      Hi Judy! I’m so thrilled to hear you love the blanket so much! I did four rows of each colour. It’s a bit hard to tell I think when you look at it, but if you count along the bottom you will have four clusters in a row of one colour when you do four rows. Hope that helps! x

  16. Ashley says:

    Love this blanket! Quick question, are you sure about violet or magenta being in there? I only see two purpley pink colors in the blanket. I know one is fondant. I’m tempted to say the other is magenta cause it looks dark. I’m not seeing violet. Hmm. It’s a mind puzzle lol.

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