Created by experienced designer Sue Pinner, the Carousel Blanket is a gorgeous crochet pattern which has been chosen by Stylecraft for their Autumn 2016 CAL (Crochet Along).
Inspired by the sights and sounds of traditional fairgrounds and circuses, Sue has incorporated all the fun of the fair into her beautiful design, and it’s easy to imagine the merry-go-round, helterskelter and coconut shies just waiting to be enjoyed.
The CAL starts on 13th September, and there will be 6 instalments over 3 months, with the final issue on 15th November. Ongoing instructions for the CAL will be available from the Stylecraft website. Once the CAL starts, there will be video instructions to accompany each part, and the written instructions will be available in UK and US crochet terms.
The Carousel CAL Facebook page is available now for you to join. Once the CAL starts, there will be video instructions to accompany each part, and the instructions will be available in UK and US crochet terms.
If you haven’t taken part in a CAL before, it is a friendly, supportive, and very enjoyable way of becoming part of a small crochet community, sharing your progress and getting hints and tips from an online group of fellow crocheters, all creating the same item.
If you prefer, you can create your Carousel Blanket on your own as an ongoing project. It is not necessary to start on the 13th September when the CAL begins, and many people start partway through, or at a later date.
The Carousel Blanket Crochet Along is an ideal opportunity for crocheters who have mastered the basic stitches and would like to improve their skills. It includes a selection of geometric shapes including pentagons, hexagons, octagons and trapezoids. The shapes are crocheted individually from the centre outwards, and then joined together.
For this version of the CAL, Sue has chosen to use the soft multi-tonal shades of Stylecraft Batik DK, a beautifully soft blend of acrylic and wool which is machine washable and can be tumble dried. Stylecraft Batik DK creates a delightful vintage look, as though the fairground has been weathered by decades of sun and wind, and the colours faded with time.
This colour pack contains 30 x 50g balls of Stylecraft Batik DK in the following shades:
3 x Cherry
2 x Cream, Plum, Raspberry, Coral, Biscuit, Old Gold, Pistachio, Olive, Sage, Storm, Teal, and Indigo
1 x Graphite, Heather, and Violet.
When complete, your blanket will measure approximately 152cm (60”) in diameter, and you will need a 4mm crochet hook, locking stitch markers, a tapestry needle, scissors and a tape measure.
The Carousel Blanket CAL colour pack has been created in two versions, and is also available as Stylecraft Carousel Blanket CAL Pack - Special DK, where the soft, faded hues of Stylecraft Batik DK have been replaced with the bold, vibrant shades of Stylecraft Special DK, which reflects the excitement and adventure of a carousel on a bright sunny summer day
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