I posted about the completion of the throw and it resulted in a customer asking if I was able to create a match in the Stylecraft special DK which would create a cost effective alternative.
I was able to do so with a surprisingly good match of the colours. The Stylecraft colours I used are, claret, spice, aspen, cream, lime, pale rose and parchment. The pink is slightly pinker than the dusky pink of the magic + and the orange is slightly brighter than the magic + but all in all a very good match. Working out the amount I used in the Magic+ I would say that you would need 2 cream and 2 parchment ( if you use my colour combo you need slightly more of this than the other colours) and one of each of the other colours. I made my throw approx 103cm x 81cm. Whatever colour way you choose 9 balls of the Stylecraft dk will give you a good sized throw/cot size blanket using the vstitch.
Stylecraft is out of stock of the claret at the moment but I've put an order in and hope that I will be able to get more in stock.
The magic plus is an aran weight so the DK will give a lighter weight throw. Stylecraft do a Special Aran . The aran range doesn't have all the colours available to make it in the same palette as this throw but aran would be perfect as a thicker option and I do have 22 colour options available.
It took me hours to work it out. I know! How on earth it finally sunk in I don't actually know but somehow all the trying and frogging and trying again and it finally began to take shape. You can obviously use the chart but If, like me, you have never attempted a chart I have decided to show you in images what I have done, which of course may not even be what the chart is actually showing ;)
First you need your starting chain.
Here is my method for calculating the chains you need for the width of your finished throw/blanket.
It works for any size hook, yarn or tension as you are in effect creating your own little tension swatch.
As I learnt to crochet mainly through using you tube I seem to naturally use american terms. It comes easiest to me but I have put UK terms in brackets.
Double crochet ( DC ) which is UK treble crochet ( TC )
Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (two loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops.
DC TOG (TC TOG) for this pattern
yarn over and go into specified chain
yarn over and pull through (3 loops on hook)
yarn over pull through two loops (2 loops left on hook)
yarn over and miss one chain yarn over and pull through(4 loops on hook)
yarn over and pull through two loops (3 loops left on hook)
yarn over and pull through 3 loops left on hook.
I have tried to be as clear as I can be in the images and hope you understand the steps needed to make this. It has been an enjoyable experience but very lengthy and has been done over a number of weeks. Any spelling mistakes or use of incorrect terminology can be put down to my foggy M.E Brain ;))
Normally, when I write on here I can take my time and edit as many times as I need to if I spot a mistake...no spell check on photoscape.
Oh, the other thing has been the laptop that is playing up dreadfully and when I need to go into photoscape to edit images I lose chrome and all my tabs and have to start again. Also I decided to write on the images. I thought that is something I would find useful as I have often been very confused having to scroll up and down to text above or below images on tutorials..however, the fact that I didn't save the original images correctly once I had put the text on meant I was unable to go back and rectify mistakes.
So you see, I have had a lot to contend with and have learnt many things that I will do differently next time..Being a perfectionist I would normally re do it all but it has already taken soooo long to do that I have given in to the less perfectionist side and decided that life's too short ;)
There, enough of the excuses...Feel pity when you spot the mistakes ;))
If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to contact me and I will help you in any way I can.
I love the start of a new project. Everyone is inspired in different ways. For me it seems the inspiration for each new project comes to me by choosing colours. I knew I wanted a fresh and modern look and I planned the colours for this one by choosing the yarn I wanted to work with and I put the balls of yarn together in pile on a chair in the living room. I lived with them for quite a while to make sure I was happy with them as I wanted them to coordinate with another throw I had made and the new living room decor I had planned but not yet started, so lots of imagining what it all might look like :)
In the end the initial colour selection from Bergere magic+ worked but I took out a blue to add in the turquoise which was a Bergere Sport.
I have still to add the turquoise and lipstick to add to the swatch I am making but you can see already that the colours are a good match. It will end up being a beautiful light, bright throw or blanket that will hold up to the rigour of daily life.
I wanted a light and modern feel to this throw and had decided that there would be a lot of the beige and white in to lift all the other colours. I chose a colour for each row at random just picking a colour from the bag and holding it to check worked with what I had done so far. Here is the order I did them in (using the stylecraft colours).
Pink, white, parchment, lime, spice, turquoise, white, lipstick, parchment, spice, white, pink, turquoise, lime, lipstick,white, spice, parchment, lime, turquoise, white, lime, pink, spice, white, lipstick, parchment, lime, turquoise, white, pink, spice, lime, parchment, white, lipstick, turquoise, white, parchment, pink, white, lime, turquoise, spice, parchment, white, lipstick, pink, lime, parcment, white, lipstick, turquiose, white, lime, orange, pink, white, parchment, lime, lipstick, parchment, white, pink, spice, turquoise, lipstick, lime, parchment, white, turquoise, pink, spice, white, turquoise, lime, parchment, lipstick, pink, white, spice, turquoise, lime, lipstick.
Now you can carry on and grow your throw/blanket to the desired length and I will be back soon with the edging details.