Last Christmas I asked my husband for what he thought was a very strange present. I asked him to get me one ball of each colour of a certain type of yarn. I wanted to be able to play with the colours and to put together a blanket design based on all the colours available. The yarn I had picked was Drops Paris. I chose this because I wanted to work in heavy cotton and this yarn is so inexpensive it made the project affordable. Apparently ordering the yarn one ball at a time was quite a lengthy process so my husband called the online retailer and some very helpful people processed his order by phone!
I designed a pattern for a small square and produced one of every colour except black. I decided to use black to edge all the squares so didn’t want a black square. Here is a picture of my finished set of one of every colour sample squares 🙂
I designed the blanket by laying these all out on the kitchen table and moving them around until I saw the design I wanted. I then worked out how many more squares of each colour I needed and calculated my yarn requirement based on that. I have placed a yarn order and I am now waiting for delivery. Whilst waiting for the yarn to arrive, I used the single ball of black yarn that I did have to edge a few of the squares. I am never sure whether I want to edge in black or white but I do think black is more practical.
When the yarn arrives I will be able to make up the rest of the blanket and will be sharing photos here. I will put the pattern and the finished product up on my Etsy shop. I have found this method of designing very quick and easy once I had made all the small squares. It did take quite a long time to make up the sample squares though and I have ended up with a few that I will not be using. I wouldn’t want to do this with a more expensive yarn.
This is the final theme for my project. I have arranged the squares in a rainbow with a pastel, muted and bright row of each colour. This is only possible because of the large range of colours in this particular yarn. I hope you like the idea 🙂
If anyone would like the pattern for the coloured square it is available in the patterns section of my blog. The blanket would be a great stash busting project if you have a lot of oddments of yarn of similar weight. I would recommend using one colour for the edging of each square to pull the blanket into one design.
That’s all from me for now. On to the next design…..