I’m having a rest from corner-to-corner blankets and the lovely James C Brett Marble Chunky yarn I’ve been using. For the whole of May, most DROPS yarns are on sale, so it seemed like a good time to try out something a little different. I opted for the Big Delight, which has turned out to be just gorgeous. I might have ordered more… lots more! The yarn is aran weight 100% wool. The only slight downside is that it’s only hand washable, but blankets tend not to get washed often, so it’s not a huge problem. The biggest upside for me is that I can use a felted join, so there are no ends to deal with.
The completed blanket is actually my second attempt. I decided I wanted to use a v-stitch square pattern to make a huge square, and the first few rounds looked fantastic. So I crocheted and crocheted for hours, then put it down and stepped back. Oh dear 😦 Each round starts and ends in the middle of a side and where the colour moves up, there’s a very obvious step. That’s when I discovered another downside of this lovely yarn – it’s an absolute bitch to frog. The tiny fibres wrap around each other so you have to tug it apart every few stitches, but if you tug too hard the yarn breaks. It’s not a yarn to experiment with.
After a small sample square, where I tried starting my rounds in the corner, I decided to go with rows of v-stitch. The step was a lot less obvious in the corner, but I wasn’t entirely happy with it. In the end, I didn’t get my blanket quite square – it’s ended up 52×56 inches – but I’m really happy with the end result. It’s soft and warm and drapes beautifully. I love the blues and browns. It makes me think of driftwood on the beach. I can’t often think of good names for my blankets, but ‘Beachcomber’ seemed perfect for this one 🙂 Sucrette’s v-stitch was an interesting variation on the way it’s usually done and I preferred it.