I love crochet in all it's forms but I love the modern look. There's definitely a place for granny squares but my personal taste is more contemporary so when a customer said he'd like a modern, crisp style of blanket in greys and mustard I just knew the chevron could fit the bill nicely! We did discuss a couple of other styles too, namely diagonal stripes and solid squares, however I was secretly pleased he went with the chevron :)
I love to use Cygnet DK yarn, Cygnet are a bit of a hidden gem really. They have some great ranges at half the price of some of the competitors and the quality is fab. I chose to use white, grey mix and light grey and would have used my favourite cygnet shade, barley, but this time I needed a more yellow mustard so used Stylecraft Special DK in mustard instead this time.
There are lots of chevron style patterns about and after a bit of googling I came across this one by Rescued Paw Designs It's a very simple pattern using Uk double crochets all the way along, you just need to remember to count. Very simple and very effective it really does look more complicated than it is, perfect for the beginner who wants something other than a ripple or a granny square. I found going up a hook size from my usual one gave a better overall drape for this blanket as double crochets can work up tightly. I used a 4.5mm but you might like to experiment to find what works best for your own tension.
I planned to do this blanket exactly as the pattern with no border/edging however I found that the nature of the pattern made the long edges curl slightly and this really bothered me. Once finished I gave it a wash and a cool tumble dry as that often relaxes the stitches and helps it all to lay nice and flat but I still had slightly curled edges and to me it just didn't leave a professional finish so it was time to try a little bit of blocking. I just put a clean teatowel over the top of the blanket and used a bit of steam from my iron to manipulate it to lay flat. This definitely helped but I still wasn't overly happy about leaving raw edges so I decided to do a row of double crochets down each long edge and then crab stitch in light grey and this finished it off nicely
I loved making this blanket and can definitely see more in my future!