I really enjoyed the crochet that I did around the neckline of Annette and I was intrigued to see if I could manage to do anything more complicated than a single/double crochet (depending which country you’re in!). I’ve loved the look of the ripple blankets that have been popping up all over blogland so I went on a hunt for a free pattern and ended up here.
Not only has Lucy from Attic 24 written out great plain and simple instructions but she’s also included a ton of photos showing you where you should make a stitch and what it should all look like when you’ve done it.
So, off I set to my favourite online supplier (my stash has grown hugely since I found this site so I am not to be held responsible for any purchases you may make!) and bought 6 balls of Patons DK 100% cotton. I just grabbed the first 6 colours they had and I’ll go back and pick up 1 of each of the others that they have there as and when I’m ready for more. I then found a shop with cheap postage and purchased 2 of the mulitcoloured Knitpro crochet hooks as I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use a 4mm or a 4.5mm one (I refuse to pay huge postage for needles, and now hooks, I think it’s a total rip off, this shop has a flat rate of £1 so I will be using them again).
This morning the postman handed me my two packages and I sat down to have a play and see if the Annette neck finishing was just a fluke. About 10 minutes after I Twittered that I wished my Happy Hooker book had arrived from Amazon a courier brought it to me! After the school run I played about but kept making mistakes that I couldn’t figure out.
Once the boys were in bed I tried again and on my third attempt I managed to get the pattern into my head (it’s not hard, you only have to count to 4, but sometimes simple things are beyond me!) and I am now the proud producer of 3 small ripples as so
Sorry about the flash, it’s late and dark here and ignore the odd hole in the middle of the first ripple!
So, tomorrow I will rip out what I’ve done and attempt to do it again about 6 times as wide! I’m not quite sure what size I want to make, I would love a double bed sized blanket but the amount of yarn needed for that is pretty staggering (about 4,500 m plus), although now I do the math on that it’s only 14 balls of this yarn and I already have 6 so……
Anyway, I’m pretty happy with myself, I still need to work on my tension a little bit and how to hold the yarn, the wrapping it around my fingers thing just isn’t natural to me at all, but I’m sure I’ll get there in the end! Obviously this is yet another long term project but hopefully it will be fun and I will get my crocheting confidence so I can try a few of the other patterns from The Happy Hooker!