I have a crush on granny squares... I love that they inspire infinite possibilities of colour play, and shape and size combinations, to create something unique every time. It's the staple pattern that so many of us always come back to when the enthusiasm of a new pattern has been satisfied; and it is the basis of the pattern that I share with you today.
Now something that I am not quite so keen on are variegated yarns; they look so appealing in the shop with some lovely combinations of colours, and I've succumbed to the colourful lure of them more times then I care to remember. But I have almost always been disappointed with them once I work something up - it must be the control freak in me that just can't give control to the wool! I saw a blanket made by someone on the internet this week that was absolutely stunning; it had been worked up in lots of different shades of blue and the creator described how she put all of her various blue shades into a bag and randomly took one for each round. And it looked really, really great. I must do that, I thought to myself; and then I thought hang on, that is just impossible for me - there is no way that I can just pull a ball out of a bag and not have a heated debate with myself deciding if I like how this is going to look. This will inevitably be followed by me having another delve until I find something that I like better... hmm, it is no wonder I have a problem with variegated yarn! Give me gorgeous, solid colours any day.
What I do like about variegated yarns is the blending of one colour into another, and so I decided to play around with using multiple strands of different solid colours together to produce different effects - and it is quite addictive! And exciting as you never know what new, blended yarn you are going to create on each round - endless possibilities... And you can decide where a colour change will occur on your work... AND as you are using multiple strands, as well as a big chunky hook, your work grows incredibly fast - as well as using up a wool stash quicker than you can say "honey........ my wool basket is empty...... I need to buy some more..." Everyone's a winner!
So, I give you, the Graduated Granny Blanket -
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One rainbow graduated granny. I do hope I have inspired you to try some yarn blending and maybe a graduated granny of your own.
The colours blend so beautifully together...
I hope you have a wonderful, colourful week.