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Talavera Blanket

Finally I can show you the project I worked on from the mid December last year until mid January: Talavera!

Talavera is a design by my friend Ana Morais Soares from One Skein of Love. She was asked by the Simply Crochet Magazine to design a blanket for a Cal.
The Cal has just started and part 1 is published. For further information either have a look at issue 122 of the Simply Crochet Magazine, their Ravelry page or website.

It was quite a challenge to finish this beauty in more or less 4 weeks! But so worth the effort!

For her design Ana used Caron Simply Soft, an Aran weight. As you might know Aran is not my favorite yarn weight. So I went for Stylecraft Special DK.

I already showed my colour scheme a few days ago, which – again- was inspired by a mood board of Pipin Poppycrock.

I mainly followed Ana’s colour placement but – partly by accident and partly on purpose – I have made some colour changes. So here my notes:

Pattern

Talavera Blanket

Designer

Ana Morais Soares

Technique

regular crochet, UK terms

Test Phase

12. December 2021 – 15. January 2022

Finished

14. January 2022

Yarn and Colours

Stylecraft Special DK (295 m / 100 g)

Soft Peach
Apricot
Vintage Peach
Silver
Grey

4 balls
2 balls
2 balls
2 balls
2 balls

Replacement of
Colours

C1
C2
C3
C4
C5

Vintage Peach
Silver
Soft Peach
Grey
Apricot

Changes

Round 19, 27, 37
Round 40
Round 73
Round 74
Round 78
Round 79
Round 85
Round 86

Silver instead of C5
Apricot instead of C2
Grey instead of C5
Vintage Peach instead of C4
Soft Peach instead of C2
Silver instead of C3
Grey instead of C5
Apricot instead of C4

Hook

Clover Soft Touch, 3,75 mm

Finished Size

140 x 140 cm

I am very happy with the result!
It will be a gift for my mother in law and I hope she will like it as much as I do!

Hello Spring – Round up

Here a brief summary of my test for the Hello Spring Cal:

Hello Spring Cal

21. March – 25. April 2022

Pattern

Hello Spring Cal
available on Ravelry and Etsy

Designer

Ana Morais Soares from One Skein of Love

Technique

Overlay Mosaic crochet

Test Phase

08. February – 21. March 2022

Finished

21. March 2022

Yarn and Colours

Stylecraft Special DK (295 m / 100 g)

White
Pistachio
Khaki
Saffron
Tomato

3 balls
3 balls
2 balls
1 ball
1 ball

Hook

Clover Soft Touch, 4 mm

Gauge

?

Repeats

5 Repeats, 93 stitches

Rows / Patterns

261 rows, patterns 1 to 12, following the Cal pattern

Border

Double border

Finished Size

57 x 149 cm


As always it was a lot of fun to test one of Ana‘s pattern. If you missed any parts just have a look at my older posts.

Related Posts to Hello Spring Cal

Intro
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Hello Spring – Part 6

Hello Spring Cal comes to an end now, only the border to be done.

If you follow my blog you already know that I made a wall hanging working over 5 pattern repeats. When it came to the border I finally had to decide how I wanted to hang it up.
I have seen quite complicated looking constructions for hanging wall decorations but I had no idea how to make them. At first I thought about attaching loops to it like you would for a quilt but there too I was unsure how best to attach them. Then I had another idea, a very easy one:

I worked the border as normal. In the final joining round I left a piece open on the upper side edges. On the last 7 stitches on both upper sides I worked the slip stitches only on the front layer without joining the two layers. The corner is worked as normal.
This has created a kind of tunnel through which you can push a rod. It works perfectly!

My colours for the border

Tomorrow I will write a short summary with all details of my test. Stay tuned!

Hello Spring – Part 4

Week 4 of the Hello Spring Cal starts, now it is already half done. Only one more part will follow next week and then it will be ready for the border.

I must apologize – again – for the poorly lit photos! The colors I chose are hard to capture anyway but on top of that we had a prolonged period of bad weather! Sorry!

And here my colours

Have fun 💕

Hello Spring – Part 3

It is already week 3 of the Hello Spring Cal. The time flies! However, I just felt thrown back a few weeks. We haven’t had that much snow for years. This is our old pine tree on Saturday morning, 02.April 2022. Hello Spring!

But I don’t want to miss to share

My colours Part 3

Have a lovely week 💕

Hello Spring Cal – Part 2

Just in time for the start of the second part of the Hello Spring Cal I would like to show you my part 2 and share my colours.

But at first …

… I‘d like to show you my finished wall hanging.

I worked over 5 repeats and it is about 60 cm (24 inch) wide.

It will be a decoration in our hall. Unfortunately it is too dark there to take a good photo. The colours are hard to capture anyway!

My colours part 2

Part 2 was the moment when I decided that I needed a fifth colour after all. This was my first attempt and I thought it might be a bit too much Khaki.

And here my second attempt, after playing with Tomato


And that’s all for today. Have a wonderful week 💕

Hello Spring Cal – Part 1

Today is the day, Hello Spring Cal starts!

Since some people have asked me about it, I will publish my progress and my single parts here. So let us begin with my

Yarn and colours

I used Stylecraft Special DK and a 4 mm hook. My colours are

  • 1001 White
  • 1822 Pistachio
  • 1027 Khaki
  • 1081 Saffron
  • 1723 Tomato

When I saw Ana‘s pattern I actually had a different colour scheme in mind and my first approach was somewhat different.
But somehow it didn’t work, although I tried two different colour placements. I thought maybe it was too dark for a spring theme and I didn’t know how to go on.
But I still love my swatches so much that I haven’t frogged them yet. And I know for sure that I will use these colours at some point! So I will keep the strips. Even if that means that I cannot determine the exact consumption of Pistachio – I forgot to weigh my yarn :).

What do you think?

In search of other colour combinations I came across a drawing with stylised flowers in two different greens on a white ground. Somehow it said >Spring< to me. To get this look I choose White and Pistachio as main colours and added a little bit of Khaki. Spiced up with a few sprinkles of Saffron and Tomato.

And here are the colours I used for part 1

Oh, I almost forgot! The pattern is available here.

And last but not least, here is a photo showing all the test versions of the One Skein of Love test team.

See you next week!

Hello Spring Cal

The days are not only getting a bit longer but also a bit warmer. The first bushes and trees are sprouting and the sparrows are preparing their nests under our roof. Spring is coming in the northern hemisphere!

Ana from One Skein of Love is celebrating the season with her Hello Spring Cal.
Another project that has kept me busy in the last weeks, between Midnight Snowflakes, sock knitting, a short holiday and „normal” life.

I started testing the Hello Spring Cal in early February. The pattern is designed as a blanket and – similar to Winter Wonderland – consist of different designs that can be combined in various ways. Due to time constraints I only worked 5 repeats this time – it will be a beautiful wall decoration when I am finished.

My colours were inspired by a drawing I found on the internet: flowers in two or three different greens on a white ground. They looked so fresh and airy and reminded me immediately of spring. Unfortunately I cannot share it here due to copyrights but I tried to copy this look using Stylecraft Special DK from my stash.

I used mainly White and Pistachio combined with Khaki and a little bit of Saffron and Tomato.

The Cal will start next Monday, 21. March 2022 and runs for 6 weeks. More information and of course also the pattern are available in Ana’s Ravelry store.

Due to the lovely holiday we had last week I am still working on the border but I hope to show you more next week!

Midnight Snowflakes

Finally!

Finally I was able to start this pattern. I fell in love with it when Ana published the pattern about one year ago. Since then I have promised hubby to make him a blanket with it. When Ana lately announced her MAL I thought it was a good time to start with it.

The colours

It is always hard to choose the right colours for a blanket. At least it is for me. It is very rare that I see a pattern and immediately know which colours I want to make it in. For Midnight Snowflakes I instantly had white combined with a grey tone in mind. White for the background with grey snowflakes! But something made me hesitate. I probably knew instinctively that hubby wouldn’t like it. And so it was!

After he told me that this is much too bright (???) my idea was to switch the colours and do the snowflakes in classic white and the background in a dark grey. Looking for a yarn that might be a bit more special than my standard acrylic yarn I came across Cookie from Järbo. The colour Cloudy was exactly what I was looking for, off white changing to a soft, light grey – and on sale! From what I saw in the photos this would go great with Rotterdam from Scheepjes Colour Crafter. (Rotterdam is a dark grey, very similar to Graphite from Stylecraft Special DK.) So I placed my order.

My disappointment could not have been greater when the yarn arrived. Rotterdam was what I expected, but … You can already see it in my photos. Instead of white with a little bit of grey my Cookie is grey with a little bit of white. Much too dark in combination with Rotterdam – even hubby agreed.

I have to say, the yarn itself is great. Nice and soft with a great stitch definition. I didn’t send it back. It will be used in another project. It would certainly look good in a Winter Wonderland.

Since I did not want to order online again on suspicion I had to find another match with colours I had. Combinations with Stylecraft Special DK in A Hint of Silver or Parma Violet looked nice but were not what I had in mind. I liked the contrast with white, hubby didn’t. I even tried to create a gradient myself but either the contrast between my colours was too low or there was no gradation in between.

Finally I found Duck Egg in my stash. I like the combination of Duck Egg and dark grey and hubby agreed. This is how my choice of colour came about. To be honest, I still don’t know if hubby really likes it or if he was just so annoyed that he said yes.

The MAL runs util 28. February 2022. The pattern is available via Ravelry. Until the end of February there is a 50% discount (code on Ana’s Facebook group).

Midnight Snowflakes pattern by One Skein of Love, hooked by ELeni

Have a nice week!