Turquoise and coral

Turquoise and coral

“What is your favorite color?” I asked my friend.

“Turquoise and coral,” she said with decision.

“Turquoise and coral?” I asked.” Not blue and pink? Or teal and orange?”

“Nope. Turquoise and coral,” she said.

And so I knew what colors of yarn to hunt down for my next project.

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Both this and the red blanket were fun because I worked with colors I would not have picked myself, but ended up enjoying. This was actually the pattern I had originally attempted with the red yarn, desperate to branch out beyond double crochets, but failed miserably. After a few weeks of working the red blanket, my skills were better, and I was able to pull this one off. I think each set of colors ended up with the right pattern. In this pattern, these colors look (completely accidentally) like dizzying waves at a sunny beach.

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Once again I used instructions from Very Pink, which were based on a pattern by the same crafter who designed the red blanket’s pattern, also available for download from Ravelry. And, once again, I used “I Love This Yarn!” yarn. The dark blue shade is called Peacock (#310), the light blue shade is called Turquoise (#110), and the coral shade is called Mango (#113). I used about 2.25 skeins of each color. The length of yarn in each skein varied wildly, but if labels are to be believed, each skein contained 355 yards.

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Like with the red blanket, I worked a foundation chain of 156+3 and used an I hook. When this blanket turned out slightly wider than the red blanket (this one is about 41.5″ x 63″), I was shocked, until I remembered that the red blanket has scalloped edges and this blanket’s edges are straight (duh!) Also, like with the red blanket, I didn’t have a plan for this blanket’s length. Every once in a while, I would lay it out on the bed and ask the dogs and cats, “Do you think that’s long enough?” until finally they said yes. The first and last rows combine to make a complete, short-edged, dark blue row. I endured only half the pain of weaving in ends on this one because, when starting a new row, I brought the tail with me. Overall I’m not sure it looks as nice as when I individually weave in each end. I’m also not sure it’s as sturdy as the method I used on the red blanket. I was a happier crafter, though.

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To be honest, Mona actually did a significant portion of the work on this project. Here she is taking a well-deserved break from crochet. Between her contributions and the time I spent sick in bed (yay, SIBO!) we finished this one around St. Patrick’s Day.