September 25, 2014
We are just days away from Rowan’s Kaffe Fassett knit along — a mystery KAL to make a cushion cover or a full afghan! The clues (each of which is the pattern for a square) don’t start coming out until Oct. 1, but Kaffe Fassett and Rowan have helpfully provided a shopping list of yarn amounts and suggested colourways so you can get ready in advance. Kaffee Fassett is a master of colour, so his suggestions are sure to be glorious, but the blanket will have to live in your home, so if you want to switch up the colours you should feel free! Whatever you choose, we have all the colours of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in stock.
If the idea of starting a cozy blanket is appealing to you (the evenings are definitely getting cool) but you’re not sure you can handle the mystery aspect, there are lots of other great patterns out there. Rowan Pure Wool Worsted has great stitch definition and knits (and crochets) up into a dense, soft fabric, which works equally well with heavily textured designs or more open patterns. Here are some of our top blanket pattern picks to see you through to the cold weather.
1. Pure Wool Worsted Mystery Afghan by Martin Storey — Yes yes, mystery is in the title, but this KAL ended in June, so there are lots of finished afghans on Ravelry that let you know what you’re in for. Like the Kaffe Fassett KAL, this blanket is like a sampler, with each square showing off just one stitch pattern, then repeated in different colours (or all in the same colour, depending on the look you want). This is a fun way to try out different designs, and in the end, you can arrange them following Storey’s arrangement or your own, almost like piecing a quilt.
2. Vivid by tincanknits — Hands down one of our favourite blanket patterns. Each square uses the same design, which makes it easy to memorize (and thus, very portable), and you can get very different looks depending on your choice of colour. We love both the original, which uses a different colour for every square, and the more modern version, which uses different colours for the squares’ centres and then a unified colour for the garter stitch borders.
3. Neat Ripple by Lucy of Attic24 — Sometimes simple is best, and we love this crochet blanket for that very reason. Whether you want go wild with colour like the sample or create a subtle ombre (like Laura Chau’s blanket), this pattern offers you endless possibility for customizing size and colour while keeping the overall blanket simple.
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