Spice of Life Crochet Along Blanket


The Spice of Life blanket was a pattern that was originally released in six parts as of a Black Sheep Wools crochet along in Autumn 2015.

Although the official crochet along has now finished, the full pattern is still available so you can make a Spice of Life blanket of your own.

You can also make use of all the extra information given out during the CAL to help you make the blanket by referring to the original posts and extra information linked below.


ABOUT THIS PATTERN

I wrote this pattern for crafters who are already familiar with the basics of crochet and want to learn more stitch patterns and progress onto intermediate stitches.

To work this pattern you'll need to know:

• How to work from a written pattern •
• How to work back and forth in rows, keeping the same stitch count •
• How to make double (US- sc) and treble (US - dc) stitches •
• How to change colours and weave in ends •

However, in the end the CAL ended up attracting a loads of lovely beginners and even people who had never crocheted before and so we added more help and links to help those crafters make the blanket too, which you can find in the 'Beginners Guide' post.

Although I probably wouldn't recommend this as your very first project, there are plenty of those that choose to do just that!



PATTERN DOWNLOAD

Spice of Life Blanket Pattern  (6 Parts)

This is a written pattern, that uses UK terms
(For US terms, see 'Translations' below)

...Included in this pattern...

 Full written instructions
 Photo tutorials to help with new patterns and stitches
 All the original Rico pack colour changes are detailed as part of the pattern
 The alternative Stylecraft colour pack changes have been added and are listed in an additional guide

Errata Part 5

Original Rico colours:
Section 3: Rows 1 and 2:  the colour should read CREAM and not white

Stylecraft colour guide:
Section 4: Row 9, the colour should read PALE ROSE and not soft pink




PATTERN TRANSLATIONS

US Terms Spice of Life - With thanks to Analea (PDF download)
Dutch Spice of Life - With thanks to Iris van Meer of Een Mooi Gebaar





YARN PACKS AT BLACK SHEEP WOOLS

My Original Colour Pack (Rico Classic Baby DK)
The colours to make the version of the blanket you can see here on my blog

Sara's Colour Pack (Stylecraft Special DK)
A beautiful second colour selection chosen by Sara of Black Sheep Wools
(Click link above to see the alternative blanket)




POSTS

My original posts gave a lots of hints and tips to help work through each of the blanket sections and are a great place to find answers if you are having any problems.

Part One - The launch, how to join in with the CAL and buy yarn packs

Beginners Guide - Help getting started working in rows and making a swatch

Part Two - Set up rows and starting work on the blanket
(Start Rows and Section 1)

Part Three - Learning new stitch combinations
(Sections 2, 3 and 4)

Part Four - New Stitches and adding texture
(Sections 5, 6, 7, 8)

Part Five - Consolidating our Knowledge
(Blanket Repeat and End rows)

Part Six - The border and blocking



TUTORIALS

Basic Stitches
Double Crochet (US - Single)
Half Treble Crochet Stitch (US - Half Double)
Treble Crochet (US - Double)
Double Treble Crochet Stitch (US - Treble)

Working in Rows
Turning chains
(For clear pictures of the exact position of the first and last stitches on treble rows,
please also see the individual stitch tutorials linked above.)
Working with Colours
Weaving in ends

Intermediate Stitches
3tr Cluster Stitch (US - 3dc Cluster)
3 tr Puff Stitch  (US - 3dc Puff)




VIDEOS

Black Sheep Wools also made a selection of videos to accompany the CAL

Starting Chain
Left Handed / Right Handed

Treble Rows
Left Handed / Right Handed

Grannies (Section 1 - Grannies)
Left Handed / Right Handed

Cluster Stitch (Section 6 - Tulips)
Left Handed / Right Handed

Puff Stitch (Section 8 - Puffs)
Left Handed / Right Handed




CHANGING BLANKET SIZE

Changing Width
The stitch count for the blanket needs to be a multiple of 12 plus 1
So for the starting chain you'll need a multiple of 12 plus 3

Changing Length
The blanket is made up of lots of separate sections, so you can choose to repeat as many of the sections as you wish until you have the blanket length you need




YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS

You'll need 180 yards in 13 colours for the main blanket
You'll also need an extra 180 yards in your chosen border colour
(Yardage requirements based on the original yarn pack: Rico Baby Classic DK)

NOTE: You may need more yardage if you are using a different yarn or if your tension does not match the pattern gauge










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