I have been asked so many times about the colour combo for this African flower blanket! Trouble is I was stashbusting at the time and didn't think I'd written the colours down anywhere so couldn't remember exactly what I'd used. The good news is that I happened to be scrolling through my social media posts recently looking for something else when I found a post about this blanket from 24th April 2021 detailing all the colours! Yay!
It's quite a mix because as I said I was stashbusting and was using small bits of leftover or part balls of yarn. Here's the list.....
Scheepjes Colour Crafter
- Weert (joining colour)
- Washed Teal
- Dusty Lilac
- Dusty Rose
- Vintage Pink
Hayfield Bonus DK
Stylecraft Special DK
- Powder Pink
I did warn you it was a big mixture! For a baby sized blanket like I made you only need a little of each colour, hence this is a great motif for stash busting. I can't remember if I managed to get the joining and border out of one 100g ball of Weert, I think I may have used a little over 100g.
I paired the 12 flower colours up to include a darker and lighter version of each shade. I used the lighter yarn for the centre of the flower and the darker yarn for the petals.
Here are my pairs
- Washed Teal and Goes
- Venlo and Powder Pink
- Coevordon and Buttermilk
- Lincoln and Apple
- Vintage Pink and Apricot
- Dusty Lilac and Dusty Rose
So there were 6 flower combinations in total. I can't remember how many African flowers I made and I no longer have the blanket so can't check unfortunately. I use the join as you go method to join my flowers.
I've added a video tutorial for African flowers to my You Tube channel here
I squared my blanket edges off but I know some people make their blanket hexagon shaped so they don't need to do this. I'm afraid I can't tell you how to straighten the edges as I'm terrible for not writing it down and every time I make one of these blankets I go through a headache inducing trial and error process until I get it right whilst cursing myself for not writing it down last time....then I repeat the cycle! Maybe next time I'll be more organised and write it down as I do it although knowing me probably not!
I finished my blanket off with Attic24's bobble shell edging. I've called this combo Florence as it meaning flowering or blooming so fits perfectly with these flowers
I hope you have found this combo inspiring and I'd love to see how you use it! If you want you can use the hashtag #littledovecolourcombos on social media to share your creations
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