Every year over winter I knit.
Now while I love knitting, I’ve always been fascinated with crocheting.
I could only ever crochet a chain and nothing else.
So I consulted a friend who crochet’s as her business and got her to tutor me in crocheting the basics.
The first was to learn how to double crochet.
Once I got the hang of that it was then onto a granny square.
Now that I knew the basics, I could attempt a major project.
The idea came from the 365 temperature blanket.
Each day of the year you would crochet according to the temperature. The end result would be a gradient-style blanket.
I decided that instead of temperature I would do a training blanket instead. Where each day would be the workout I did on that day.
At first, I decided to do a different colour for each type of run and workout.
With 8 different types of runs and 7 other workouts, I knew I wasn’t going to get 15 different colours, that just seem ridiculous.
I then narrowed it down to the following;
- HIIT & Weights
- Run (but not races)
- Walking & Hiking
Choosing colours was easy, but deciding on a pattern, was a little more challenging.
I really like the Chevron pattern, so I consulted two of my crocheting friends, and neither had done this pattern before. After watching a few youtube videos I realised while this pattern is lovely it is too advanced for this crochet beginner.
So onto Pinterest, I go to find a pattern that I like. That is where I discovered the crochet stitch called Shell Stitch.
I tested this stitch on some old wool before attempting it with the wool that I purchased from Bendigo Woollen Mills.
Once I understood the stitch it was then a matter of starting the project.
- I grossly underestimated how much wool I would actually need. (More has been ordered, it has yet to arrive.)
- That it’s not wide enough (I changed 250, but should have gone 300)
- That it will be 3.12m in length!
Things I have decided;
- That I need to do 3-4 rows a day to finish by the end of the year (did I mention I only started this after I got back from holidays?)
- That I will do a border
- That it will be 2 blankets, 6 months to a blanket. (This way it’s 156cm, and not 3.12 long).
Right now this project is stalled while I wait on more wool.
January is complete, and to be honest, the colours are a bit boring, but the fun stuff will happen in months to come.
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