I am really excited and honoured to kick off the 2016 Stylecraft Blogtour. There are so many fabulous blogs that you can visit in the next few weeks. So many crafty places to inspire your making.
Back in the summer Stylecraft asked me to road test their new shades of their Special Aran and Chunky range. They have added some new shades to the range including; Empire, Pistachio, Storm Blue, Sage, Saffron and Pale Rose. I chose the Silver collection of yarns to create a design and I cannot lie that amongst my favourites are Storm Blue and Pale Rose.
The Great Outdoors
If you visit this blog regularly you will have spotted that I took this project with me on our early summer glamping holiday in the Lake District. I knew the softness of the yarn would make a cosy blanket. For as long as we can during the summer and autumn Big B and I love to sit outside in the evening. The ever growing pile and crochet blankets make this much more comfortable. The ideal scenario is to have a blanket on your knee, a shawl across your back and be creating a new blanket heirloom on your lap.
The shades of the Silver pack collection were a perfect match for our Lake District holiday. The soft blues and greens which are so very pastoral and British, with the added pinks of foxgloves and campion.
For the pattern I have used a very simple open ‘V’ stitch repeat. I wanted to make a larger blanket than I usually work up. I went for the dimensions of a single bed blanket. This means you need two balls of yarn in each shade. However the thickness of the yarn and the larger gauge makes this project a little less daunting.
I know many of you already love the Special range from Stylecraft. What I can’t get over is how do they make it so soft? The aran weight is particularly squiggy. Now I have edged this blanket, it has migrated to our living room for a cosy autumn snuggle on the sofa. Our son, Little B has now chosen this blanket as his new living room favourite. Apparently it is even more cuddly than the faux fur which has previously been his preference.
Getting hold of some yarn
For those of you who fancy making your own version of the Blencathra Blanket you can download the pattern for free here. I would love it if you would subscribe to my monthly newsletter as well.
If you would like to win a pack of the yarn then please do go to the Stylecraft Competition page and enter **here**. I should hear who has won the prize tomorrow!
Congratulations to Julie Abbott from Kent who won the yarn for my competition!
There are twelve designers and bloggers involved in the blogtour who have used the news shades of Special Aran and Chunky as their inspiration. That means twelve chances for you to win a pack of yarn and get a unique free pattern. Tomorrow please visit the awesome Jane Crowfoot on her blog to see what she has created.
Other bloggers involved include my lovely blogstar friends; Crafternoon Treats, The Twisted Yarn, Patchwork Heart, Le Monde de Sucrette, Hand knitted Things, Cherry Heart, Sue Pinner, Annaboo’s House and Keep Calm and Crochet on