I had a real love/hate relationship with this combo at first, I'd been inspired by a quilt I'd seen and the colours looked beautiful together but when I started making the squares something just didn't feel right. I swapped a couple of colours out and that helped but I still didn't 'feel' it, so much so that it almost got cast aside forever!
I pulled it out of my WIP box one afternoon though and once I'd finished making the squares and starting joining them I really started to love it! Sometimes joining is the magic ingredient that can really pull a combo together so it's worth thinking carefully about your joining colour.
There was no method in my colour placement this time, the squares are completely random and there is clashing galore! But I think it works :) Colour clashing is good sometimes!
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These are the colours I used for this blanket
Scheepjes Colour Crafter
- Barneveld (joining colour)
Stylecraft Special DK
- Vintage Peach
- Washed Teal
- Melon Sorbet**
**Unfortunately Paintbox have discontinued Melon sorbet which is a real shame as it's a beautiful soft orange and I use it a lot. I haven't yet been able to find a match for it but if I do I will let you know.
Here's an image that I put together with the Crochet Studio App showing the shades I used. Crochet Studio App is now available to download to your device and it's free! It's a brilliant tool!
While I was making this blanket I was asked a lot about how I sew in my ends. I think sometimes people overthink this process and assume there are some technical methods of doing it but for me it really is as simple as just threading a yarn needle and weaving the yarn tail under and over the stitches on the reverse side until you feel they are secure. I don't crochet over the ends as in my experience it's not the most secure way of dealing with them and if you've spent the time making a beautiful blanket why wouldn't you want to spend the time ensuring it lasts.
For me sewing in ends is all part of the blanket making process........put your feet up, get yourself a cuppa and some snacks, put the telly on and get those ends dealt with!
I joined this blanket using continuous join as you go method, you can find my video tutorial for this method on my You Tube channel. I then finished it off with a scalloped edging
I've called this blanket Elizabeth for no other reason than it was finished in the month we lost our beautiful Queen
I hope you have found this combo inspiring and I'd love to see how you use it! If you want to you can use hashtag #littledovecolourcombo to share your creations on social media.
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