Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Happy Belated Mother's Day

Oh, the things you can do with a crochet hook and some string!  For Mother's Day I made a wrap for my mom with Noro Silk Garden (colour 84, one of my faves), a 5mm crochet hook, and a Simple Crochet Ripple Baby Blanket pattern (start with a chain 58).  I used 8 skeins of yarn, but for each I cut out one shade from the colourway (black, it just didn't work the way I wanted) - so lets estimate about 755m were used (the finished wrap weighs 376g). 

It relaxed quite a bit after blocking. I washed it in Eucalan, gave it a tug widthwise, and hung it on a laundry rack to dry. When i finished crocheting it was a bit tight, but now it has a really lovely drape. If you don't want as much drape, try washing in Soak instead of Eucalan.

For a more spring/summery version, try using Noro Taiyo (4 skeins). They don't make the Noro in the same  fiery colourway, but they have some great options:

  • 20: "Stylin' Autumn" - brown, black, teal, grey, green, wheat, rust
  • 30: "Girlie Fantasy" - pinks, purples, fuchisa, teal, wheat, navy
  • 24: "Autumn in Paris" - yellows, greens, magenta, cream, rust, wine
  • 1: "Neutral in Pink" - pink, black, brown, grey, cream
  • 31: "Double Rainbow" - yellow, moss green, pink, fuchsia, magenta, sky blue, apple green, orange, cream, grey, royal blue
  • 23: "Starry Night" - blues, greens, brown, touch of mauve
  • 29: "Fiesty Fire" - pinks, oranges, peach, fuchsia, violet, brown, black

For a lighter version, try using 4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden Sock  (or when it arrives, Noro Taiyo Sock), and a 3.5mm hook, and more sts (like a number from the actual pattern):

  • 269: "Au natural" - cream, beige, grey
  • 241: "Purple Fantasy" - purples, olives, browns
  • 313: "North by Northwest" - spruce, azure, rust, yellow, black, brown
  • 322: "Lake Tahoe" - greens, black, bronze, turquoise, white
  • 264: "Spring Cleaning" - turquoise, blue, apple green, purple,  aqua, pink, brown, dark blue

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