I have a new obsession. Variegated yarn.
When I first began crocheting, I never liked it much. It had its purpose, but being on my hook was not one.
Well, over the last six months or so, our relationship began to change. I had an idea to add some variegated to a chevron blanket that a client ordered. Thankfully, she was willing to take the chance with me. It turned out beautiful.
As I said in my last post, I have a lot of friends having babies this winter. This has given the opportunity to test my skills, try new patterns, and check some patterns off my blanket bucket list.
A pattern that I've always loved and never tried is Bavarian Crochet. I saw some posts by Bhooked on Instagram, and I was inspired by her beautiful work done in Lion Brand’s Ice Cream Yarn for her Warm Up America Challenge. Unable to get my hands on the specific yarn the challenge called for, I decided to use Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn to make a blanket for a friend’s baby.
I have scoured Pinterest and Google looking for different tutorials on Bavarian Crochet, and Bhooked’s is the best I have found.
Due to the amazing response I received from posting my progress on the Repeat Crafter Me Crochet group on Facebook, I decided to write this post with a couple of tips on how I succeeded.
First off, I didn’t follow the pattern to a tee. Like I said before, I use Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn. I used about four skeins of the beautiful Painted Canyon colorway. The next thing I changed was hook size. I tend to crochet a little loose so I used my Bates H (5.00mm) hook.
I did 24 rounds in Painted Canyon. I had a little bit of my last skein left over, but not enough to do two more full rounds. (This is probably because my twelve-year-old sister was at my house for the weekend and begged for an earwarmer with the yarn and I obliged.) I did two more rounds in I Love This Yarn in ivory. I thought this ground the blanket quite well.
I also did the border rounds in the ivory. I contemplated doing the final sc round in a contrasting color but didn’t have enough of any of the colors in the variegated in my stash.
My final blanket measure about 31.5” on each side. It’s not quite as big as I originally planned, but I figure it’ll make a great car seat blanket.
I love this pattern so much that I started another blanket in I Love This Yarn in Oasis Beat. Yay for having a lot of pregnant friends!
The biggest tip I can give you is to make sure you count every stitch extremely carefully. There were countless times I had to frog a row I was almost finished with because I hadn’t counted correctly on the previous one. Also, I slip stitched around the slip stitches from the previous row rather than into the top of them. It created less of a gap between my rows.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment or send me an email. I would love to hear from you. I would also love to see any pictures you have of your project like this. Email me or tag me on Instagram (@viewfrommyhook) or use #viewfrommyhook.
As always, Happy Hooking!