Having decided to learn to crochet I needed a project to work on, and what better excuse that a friend’s new baby (who’ll be arriving any day now). My requirements were fairly simple: the design needed to be relatively easy as I really had no clue what I was doing. After wasting more than a little time on Ravelry I narrowed down my options to a waffle stitch blanket, learning the stitch from a Bella Coco tutorial.
Having chosen my design the next thing to consider was the yarn. I decided that I wanted more than one colour in the blanket (or at least multiple tones) but given my novice status the best way to achieve that would be an ombre yarn. I opted for Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream Swimming Pool Ombre and purchased four skeins. If only I’d known!
Once I’d crocheted the first few rows and had gotten into a rhythm the blanket began to build up quickly. So quickly, in fact, that I soon realised those four skeins would be nowhere near enough. I ordered another eight skeins but couldn’t match the dye lot. Luckily the slight change in tone blended reasonably well with the yarn’s natural change in tone. 12 skeins still wasn’t enough and I ended up ordering another six skeins. I had about half a skein left by the time I’d finished the blanket so 18 was definitely the right number.
To finish the design I went for a simple border as I didn’t want to disturb the waffle pattern: double crochet all around. I’m proud of my first piece of work and know that it’s gone to a good home.
I do have to write a small note about the yarn: I hated it. The yarn is 100% cotton and I’d hoped that it would be soft. Unfortunately it was stiff and in much need of fabric softener. The colour also bled all over my hands. The pads of my fingers (where I was gripping my work) ended up blue every time I picked the blanket up and the fingers that I wound the yarn around were stained. It was a disappointing first yarn experience and I can’t see myself using the brand again.