Posted by Amy Dagger | Posted in Guest Blog | Posted on 29-06-2015
We have an exclusive design to share from the talented blogger and designer – Emma Varnam. This pattern has been designed just for us in Stylecraft Life Dk yarn. The Garden Route blanket is available to purchase as a pack for £29.99.
Emma has kindly written a blog post – the story behind her beautiful blanket design -
“Part of taking a holiday for me is having a good big craft project to get my teeth into. Some years I have used my down time to catch up on my crochet commissions. Other times I like to create a ‘me’ project, simply for the joy of making. As a family it has nearly been a decade since we took a two week holiday and this year we planned to visit a dear friend on South Africa. That is a BIG trip and I knew that I wanted to take a very special project with me to enjoy on our adventure.
When Black Sheep Wools asked me to design a blanket for them, I knew that I wanted to create a design which was inspired by the colours of the Cape and the feeling of Summer. I chose Stylecraft Life DK for my yarn. The colour choice is large and I also wanted to ensure the finished design was affordable and washable.
Lots of people are afraid of making colour choices for their creations. My advice is, ‘Don’t be scared, find a greetings card or illustration from a book which inspires you and taken the colours within it as your cue.’
I started with this stripe design from Cath Kidston, and then added a few more zesty colours to ensure the final look as a tropical vibe. The best way to tie a colourful scheme together is to use a base colour which will frame each motif. In this case I used cream to form the final round on each hexagon.
Although I was eager to start my new project I was unusually disciplined and began the project on the plane. On-line you see lots of worries about the hooks and needle you can fly with. My favourite Clover hooks seemed fine and the only downside was that I couldn’t take any scissors but had to break the yarn with my fingers.
On our two week break I think I broke the back of the blanket. Some days I just made up the colourful centres. Others, I blasted through the rows, joining with the outer cream round as I went. Even though I work on professional design commissions I find silent moments of crochet so relaxing and even found myself adding a few rows on our road-trip along the garden route.
I am so glad that I chose this colour scheme, the bright summer vibe looked so brilliant in the Cape Town light. Some mornings I got up especially early to sit quietly and crochet with the sea view as my backdrop. Eventually my blanket grew and grew as I connected each hexagon. Each morning a little more of the blanket was warming my knees as the sun rose.
The great part of having a holiday project is that when it is finished just looking at this blanket reminds me of the places I made it. What a perfect holiday souvenir; portable, practical and pretty.”