I’m sorry it’s been a week, I’ve been acclimatizing myself to the changes that have sort of swept into our lives. I know life has slowed down and gotten a little smaller for a lot of you and you’ve finally got time to MAKE things! I think this is an excellent time to take on a large project. Many people have been buying yarn to make throws and afghans. Plus spring is in the air and it’s time for colour! All of the patterns below are FREE and available online.
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Colourful Crochet for Spring
I’ve always liked the free crochet blanket patterns by Attic24, she’s having a love affair with colour! The patterns. are usually straightforward and make use of lots of different colours. They are designed with a DK weight yarn like Berroco Vintage DK, but if you want to move into a broader colour selection you can easily upsize to Berroco Vintage or Cascade 220 Superwash. If you choose to use the latter two yarn options I recommend going up to a 4.5mm/7 hook. One note: Attic24 is British and therefore written in British crochet terms – here’s a glossary to convert them to the North American vernacular.
Blankets for Beginner Knitters
Purl Soho always comes up with stylish beginner friendly throws.
Log Cabin & Basic Garter, Top row:
- Half Log Cabin Ombre Blanket: I love the softness of this blanket, try Drops Air for a light, fluffy throw you’ll never want to leave.
- Super Easy Lap Blanket: a great blanket for newbies, beginners, and those coming back to knitting after a very long stint (ie. 20+ years). A machine wasahble, worsted weight yarn like Berroco Vintage or Cascade 220 Superwash are perfect, or if you want to level up try hand painted Malabrigo Rios.
Bias Blankets: Bottom Row:
These two blankets are worked on the bias (the diagonal) so you can use any thickness of yarn you like, just be sure to adjust your needle size to suit the yarn. For basic machine washable yarns go for Berroco Vintage or Cascade 220 Superwash, if you want something thicker that goes faster try Berroco Vintage Chunky, or hold two strands of Drops Air (use 7mm/US10.75 to 8mm/US11 needles). The Drops Air is also stunning held single and would be a joy to work with and snuggle under! If you’re interested in a thinner fabric and a summer weight yarn I’d go for BC Garn Bio Balance, Cascade Ultra Pima, or the super luxe Fibre Company Road to China Light.
I’ve seen this blanket knitted up several times and I promise you, it’s STUNNING, you won’t regret it. Make it with Berroco Vintage Chunky (15 skeins) – I especially like the neutrals and heathered colours. (Because this pattern uses so much yarn in a single colour we may need to place a special order with our distributor to make sure you get the same dye-lot)
Cedar River Blanket
I love the contrast between crisp white and bold, graphic colours in this blanket. I also love that this pattern comes in different sizes:
- Small Throw (Large Throw, Single Bed, Double Bed)
- 110 x 110cm (110 x 165cm, 165 x 215cm, 215 x 260cm)
Use Berroco Vintage DK in colours:
- 2100 Snow Day or 2101 Mochi (white/off white): 3(5, 9, 15)
- 2143 Dark Denim (navy): 1(1, 2, 4)
- 2123 Blush (pink): 1(1, 2, 3)
- 2192 Chana Dal (yellow): 1(1, 2, 4)
- 2132 Sky Blue: 1(1, 2, 3)