Start of the rainbow jumper

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 1st June 2015 “Why don’t you make a jumper?” the kids said. And I thought, there’s an idea… I decided on a simple design – nothing fancy for a first go – with the front and back panels being shorter versions of the small blanket, just made with single-crochet stitch rather …

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Single crochet stitch

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 11th May 2015 The blankets had all been made using a double-crochet stitch, which was perfect for large pieces, and would work well for a proper shawl once I came to make one, but I didn’t feel it would be best for the hats and scarves that sat next on my …

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Project planning

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 20th April 2015 The rainbow blankets had given me ideas, and I started to plan of range of rainbow-themed woollies: bobble hats, tassel hats, scarves with bobbles, tassels, and/or pockets… I should probably make gloves or mittens too, and what about other clothing…? The list went on, and I found myself …

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Mini rainbow blanket

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 13th April 2015 I’d caught the bug for multi-coloured crochet, and the next thing to appear was a mini rainbow-blanket, which spent the last months of winter on our sofa, being extremely handy for covering shoulders, laps, and feet whenever it was needed, which was often (we don’t have central heating). …

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End of the Rainbow

After three weeks, and with a huge cheer from the kids, I finally reached the end of the rainbow blanket! And, having a bit of a head for numbers, I couldn’t help working out a few stats: like how many stitches I’d done (21,000); how much it weighed (1.8kg); and how much yarn it had …

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Start of the Rainbow

Back in the world of finger-crochet, I still determined to get the tension right. I realised my problem lay in always allowing the yarn to tighten as I went along. I obviously had some kind of fear of it getting too loose (perhaps some deep memory of my previous “floppiness” issues). Bored with experimenting, I …

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Charcoal blanket

Having decided on a more colourful theme, I ordered a load of charcoal-coloured wool, which confused the kids completely! But my initial vision called for a charcoal-coloured blanket, threaded with rainbow-colour strands. I made good progress, improving my general technique as I went, and I felt I’d got the idea of coloured threads spot on. …

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