Sunday, January 3, 2016

Henri Blanket 2016

2nd Jan 2016

2016 starts with good intentions, get my Henri blanket finished and written up, also delivered to the recipient, I think he has been waiting long enough!

The majority of this blanket has been completed and I am delighted with the colour combinations, so much so I have made two and am contemplating a third.  Although having toyed with edging ideas, I wanted it to be fairly masculine, most of my attempts were frilly and feminine, hence the delay and that irritating feeling of "No that doesn't feel quite right".  Pattern writing has been fun, (written roughly for Amy, my lovely crochet sampler, who makes up the large expanse of the design) revisiting my notes was a challenge, but once I started working on some of the corner pieces and colour sections it all came flooding back, giving me renewed vigour and the thought of starting to explore edgings is begin to excite me again.

Inspiration: Little Henry who lives on our street bonny little chap, smiley and happy, hence the sunny colour included in the design. Henry is also the recipient.  We are a family of Arsenal supporters as are some of Henry's family so couldn't resist changing the name of the blanket to 'Henri'
Yarn:  Stylecraft Special DK, 'a throw in the washing machine yarn', ideal for a kiddies blanket.
Design Idea:  Four colour design, I wanted a pattern edge top and bottom so it looks almost like a fold back on a blanket.  The plain square has a lacy effect so I wanted to feature that too hence a large block of single colour.
Difficulty:  Proficient Beginners/Intermediate.

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