Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Ta Dah! All The Colours Ripple Blanket - Finished!!

I am so pleased to be able to report that my All The Colours Ripple Blanket is FINISHED!!!  Yay!!  Yes, I am shouting!! 


I have had a love hate relationship with this blanket.  I loved it when I started, then I went off and did other things and wasn't so keen to come back to it.  The colours didn't seem right to me.  They are much much brighter than I would normally use, especially in such a big way as a whole blanket.  I don't think that I have owned something so bright since the 70's! 



Although I have small items that are bright, home accessories, all those mandala's!, scarves and so on, this is big and bright for me.



The more that I worked on it though, the more I liked it, gradually, as the combinations of different colours came through I fell more and more in love.



Then, last week, disaster struck again and we fell right out of love.  I wasn't in love with my ripple any more!  After finishing working all the rows of ripples, and straightening the end, I folded it up for the night and the end I had just finished was narrower than the other end - agghhh!  Disaster!  We were not in love in anymore.



Of course, I couldn't really give up on it.  Apart from anything else I am not a quitter.  I decided to sew in the ends and call it good.  No border, no finishing.  Nothing.  That would be it.  This was just meant to be a blanket for outside use - on my hammock in fact - and what did it matter if there was a border or not.



I sewed in the ends and gave the narrow end a good few tugs and somehow it seemed to come nearer to the width of the other end.  So I thought that perhaps a row of trebles around the whole thing might just hold it in shape.  After one row, I added another.  And another.  Then it seemed like a border.  That would need a finish around it of course!  So I added a row of DC's and then the final edging, DC's with a picot edge - I love picot's!



There you have it, Ta Dah! a finished All The Colours Ripple Blanket and we are back in love again!!



In fact, I am not sure that I can bear for this to go outside after all that we have been through.  That is alright though because it is winter now and so I can use it inside for now and then see what happens when summer comes can't I!


We have been through a lot this blanket and I.  I will definitely be making more blankets - I already have the yarn for the next one! - and I will make another ripple at some point too I am sure.  I thoroughly recommend them to anyone.  Have a go!

For the "techies" amongst us, here are some specifications in case you are interested.

The finished blanket measures 127 cms or 50 inches wide by 191 cms or 76 inches long.

It is made using this pattern from Attic 24.  However, I added my own border.  This included straightening the rippley ends.  Then a row of trebles down the two straight edges.  Then all around, two more rows of trebles, one row of DC and then one row of DC with a picot every 5 stitches.

The yarn is all Stylecraft Special DK using this pack of yarn, but remember you can just buy the colours individually elsewhere.  I am not promoting anyone here!

All stitch references in this post and in the pattern are in UK terms.

The colours are not true in these pictures.  It is the light!  They are much brighter than they appear, and actually much nicer!  The pictures have come out very "blue".

It took - oh, ages!

I have a lot of yarn left over.  I could have made the blanket considerably wider with all that I had, or longer.  I used some for mandala's and will use the rest for other things.  I have already used bits and pieces here and there for other things.  You will be seeing more of these colours!

The colours of the different stripes make for a very long list that I won't give here because it isn't very thrilling.  I did make sure that I had no two colours next to each other more than once though and tried to be as random as possible.  It didn't always work out to be that random though!  Basically I used each colour four times for the ripples.


This picture is the best representation of the colours, I think!  It also shows how this blanket will be most of its life.  Screwed up and in use!  Just as it should be.

So, that is it.  All done.  Another thing off my list and I can move on to the next thing!  Next up is a little valentines project, a crochet hat and working on that quilt!

Oh, and in case you are wondering, no pictures of the snow because there isn't any here.  I hope that those of you with snow are safe and warm though!

Amy

79 comments:

  1. It's lovely. Well done you :o) You've done a brilliant job and I think bright colours at this time of year are a wonderfully good idea, cheerful and cheering. Funny how you go through these ups and downs with things you make isn't it? My first knitted blanket took two years because I only worked on it over winter. All sorts of memories are knitted into it, which is one of the things I most love about handmade items xx

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  2. It's fabulous, I do love a ripple. I have the same yarn pack waiting to be made up in to a blanket. I was going to make a granny stripe but I'm not sure now, I might use a different pattern. We wasn't forecast any snow but we've had a little flurry this morning.

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  3. well done on getting it finished, what a great feeling. The edging you have put on looks great and finishes it off.
    You are get through your projects a lot faster than me :-)

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  4. Love it, love it, love it! Beautiful colours and so cosy looking. Well done you on finally finishing it. we've no snow here either, more's the pity. Wrap up and take care out there if you do get any. P x

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  5. I love it! Been meaning to make a ripple myself for AGES, I think 2015 might be my ripple year! ;)
    Greetings from Austria
    Emma

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  6. One of my goals this year is to learn how to crochet. I've been a knitter since childhood, but crochet has always eluded me. I would love to be able to make a big blanket like this. I'm glad it came right for you in the end.
    We were expecting snow last night but only got a light sprinkling. At least you have a lovely new blanket to keep your cosy. x

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  7. Oh Amy, it's beautiful! I love the bright colors! I can't imagine making anything like that. You should be proud of your hard work.

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  8. So glad you ended on a LOVE note!! It is gorgeous, Amy, and I love the edging you did! Finished it off perfectly! Well done! blessings ~ tanna

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  9. It's lovely - I love the bright colours.
    I recently did a blanket in Stylecraft chunky and the edges were not at all straight. I did a border to try to sort them and one side had way more stitches than the other so it was all frilly at one side. I ended up ripping back that side and completely doing it again - way more ends to darn it but I was much happier with it. It was a gift for my step-daughter so I wanted it to be as good as I could get it. However after that I'm going back to knitting for a bit - I'm all crocheted out!

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  10. It looks lovely - I've been wanting to make a ripple blanket for ages! I love the bright colours too - I think they are so colourful and cheery. Bright happy and snuggle - perfect!
    Maria x

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  11. It's a great feeling finally finishing a blanket isn't it? ~ I've just finished one which has been a three year marathon, but it's done now. I love your colours and I particularly love the colour combination you have used for the edge. Well Done ~ it's a beauty! :O)xx

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  12. Dear Amy
    Fantastic! The colours are so cheerful and I'm so pleased it worked out for you in the end. Beautiful land useful - perfect!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  13. It's beautiful! I think all your hard work paid off in the end. It definitely doesn't deserve to go outside. I wish I had the skill and patience to make a blanket. I only know how do crochet one stitch type and usually only make infinity scarves!

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  14. Amy I think your blanket is gorgeous! It's not colours I would use in my decor but if I had all white inside - walls and sofa etc. - it would be a gorgeous pop of colour. It reminds me of sunny warm Carribean places. I also like the edging you made for it. It's lovely and I'm sure very cozy on these cold winter days. Do enjoy it! It's an accomplishment that I'd never attain. It's -27 here this morning. Oh my! And I'm going out for breakfast in it.

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  15. Wow Amy your blanket is beautiful and I do love the colors of the yarn you chose. A ripple blanket is hard to do and this must of taken you a long time to make. I do hope you love it now and what an accomplishment! Julie

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  16. Amazing, I love it. And I completely understand the patience required to complete such a big project. Well done, I love it x

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  17. Whoopeeeee. I'm so glad you love it. It certainly deserves to be loved. I love the final border, it is perfect. Ripples are such fun. I forgot to take a picture of my ripple I made as a gift for my mum. for xmas. It took me a year as I too fell out of love with the colours whilst making it .In the end I really had to knuckle down and finish it ,with gritted teeth I hated the colours that much. However, once I finished it I was so pleased. To see her smile made me so happy I persisted. Yours is stunning .Well done Amy.

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  18. Bravo Amy.....
    Lucy would be proud!
    Enjoy your day...I could use that cosy afghan! Brrrrrrr....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  19. It's a great blanket Amy, well done. I'd love to start a ripple blanket but it all seems so complicated to me. Lord knows I have enough wool to make several.

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  20. You finished it! Well done. I do love a ripple blanket but wouldn't have a clue where to start.

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  21. Brilliant Amy, well done! I said I would start doing this blanket and failed!! Maybe February?? That crochet hook keeps beckoning me over :-)

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  22. Look beautiful Amy!! ! Especially I love the colours!
    Well done :)

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  23. Oh Wow Amy!
    Your ripple blanket is really beautiful - I love the colours and the fabulous border.
    Hope you continue to keep falling in love with it - over and over again!
    Ali x

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  24. My ripple blanket is the same wild mix of colours - it's like wrapping myself up in a rainbow! I'm glad you finished it and you've fallen back in love with it; after all that work it would be a shame for it to end up in a cupboard xx

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  25. If you did have snow that blanket would certainly keep you very cosy and warm. I'm glad you love it again as it is very loveable. You must be thrilled with it:)

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  26. Hello Amy,

    Your blanket is beautiful, and gorgeous, and I'm so pleased you l love it. The colours are stunning, a lot of hard work but definately worth it.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  27. Well I do like this blanket, I know what you mean about falling out of love with your project, I have so many unfinished crochet blankets, I even have a few were I can not remember how to do the pattern I started, as I tend to make it up as I go along. At the moment I am working on a African flower blanket (full of colour) still not to sure about it.. but this year I made a promise I would finish projects before I start a new one. I love the ripple pattern but for some reason can not get this stitch right, I have followed Atic 24 pattern and even watched Youtube but still keep going wrong !!!
    Look forward to seeing what you make next..
    Amanda xx

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  28. Welcome to the Bright Side!! The blanket is gorgeous. I love the ripple pattern. Great job!!

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  29. It's wonderful, just what's needed for these cold days! No snow here but I'm pleased, we had loads at Christmas! :) xxx

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  30. I think because yo have some darker colors in the blanket it balances it all out, it isn't too bright but just perfect. I love it. And the border really finishes it off perfectly. I would not let that baby outside for anything, it is way too special. Well done my friend,
    Meredith

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  31. I love your finish! and the pretty bright colors brings in some sunshine during the winter. It does feel good to just go with it-for a finish-a sense of accomplishment-enjoy!

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  32. Amy, it's gorgeous! I love the colours and am glad you came to love them too. Funny, as I get older I seem to be preferring colours that sing rather than their subtler cousins. I'm still in two minds about whether to make a ripple but the more I see, the more tempted I am! x

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  33. That is exactly how I am with blankets. I am still holding talks with my BIG Elmer blanket. But, I love yours xxx
    That us an interesting thought to never put the same two colours next to each other xx

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  34. Amy, nice job on this afghan....I can see some use for the excess yarn I have. I'm sure this one will do lots of warming in the days ahead.

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  35. Amy, the blanket is so lovely, bright colours great for a dull winter day!xx

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  36. The feeling when you have finished a large project is great, isn't it :-)...
    And I really like those bright colours - not everything has to be in soft pastel tints or in variations of beige/grey/taupe !!

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  37. That is an awesome blanket!! I love the bright colours, and I'm sure it will cheer you up all winter both when you use it and when you simply look at it. It really makes me wish I knew how to crochet. Well done!

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  38. I think it turned out beautiful, I love the picot trim.

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  39. Amy your blanket is wonderful. I have never attemped a ripple blanket and would not know where to start...
    Now enjoy all your hard work .
    Rosezeeta

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  40. I can see why you're in love and I think the edging is beautiful!

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  41. Love it, Amy. There's nothing like a good ripple to make your heart sing! :o)

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  42. It is stunning, a real delight with all those beautiful bright colours.

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  43. It turned out beautifully Amy! I'm glad you didn't give up!! I love the colors and I really love how you finished the edging. Give yourself a pat on the back. xoxo

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  44. Love your blanket! Beautifully bright for dull winter days!! I made a ripple blanket in 'seaside' colours for our caravan, thoroughly enjoyed making it! Am planning another blanket, but can't de ide on a pattern yet!! X

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  45. Very pretty! Way to go! I love all your turquoise!

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  46. Hey Amy,
    Well I for one think it's rather fabulous. All that time and effort, and the end result is so lovely. Perfect for hammock weather! I loved how you described your relationship with it, and can well imagine falling in and out of love with such a big project. But really I'm just in awe of anyone that can produce something like this at all.
    Much love,
    Leanne xx

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  47. :) A great blanket and I'm sure it will be loved and used a great deal. You are putting me to shame with the amount you are finishing already!
    Have fun.
    x

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  48. Amy, you outdid yourself!!! It is so beautiful! I love the bright, happy colors, especially since I see white, brown, and gray outside my windows these days. :) I'm so glad you finished it in love! The picots are my favorite. :)

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  49. It's beautiful Amy a real stunner you should be proud! bright is beautiful I think and I just love ripples both to make and to look at. :) xx

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  50. Well done Amy! My three year old ripple remains unfinished - I just can't summon up any enthusiasm for it at all! Love the picot edging too, perfect for snuggling up in and brightening up these dark days x Jane

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  51. It's fabulous Amy, well done you. I think this ripple pattern looks great in lots of bright colours and I really like your picot edge. Have a great week xx

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  52. Gorgeous! Well done for finishing it 'properly' with a border. I love picots too, so easy but they do add a bit of pizzazz! X

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  53. It's turned out really lovely! I think the colours work well together and the edging frames it all nicely. So glad you kept going and didn't give up! x

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  54. Amy!!!!!!! You are an inspiring making machine pal!!! This blanket is so gorgeous! And it looks like the perfect cuddle blanket as well!! Glad you fell back in love with this piece because it is so pretty!! And I sent you am email. I dropped my laptop and am extremely concerned with how much it is going to cost for them to fix it as we are on a budget....I am not sure when I will get it back so I can't post this Friday until I get the word. One of those days. Thank you for bringing me sunshine with your blanket!! Happy day you! Nicole xo

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  55. That is absolutely stunning. You definitely have an eye for colour. I can crochet but I can't figure out crochet patterns but it looks a bit complicated for me : )

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  56. It's gorgeous Amy, well done you. I particularly love that edging, well worth doing. No snow here either, although it's madly windy tonight. Fingers crossed for no middle-of-the-night crashes. CJ xx

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  57. It is absolutely stunning Amy!

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  58. Its a lovely blanket Amy - a work of art. Just a scurry of snow here that had gone before I left the house this morning.

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  59. Wow, wow and WOW!!! I love it, I tell you, love it!
    I bought some pink Stylecraft yarn when I was in England, and I really love that yarn. I use it sparingly for little girl gifts and it goes down a treat!

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  60. Lovely Amy and you must be pleased as punch with it. They are great to snuggle under, even in the middle of summer. Hubby had shorts on last night and it cooled down somewhat, so he grabbed his ripple rug and threw it across his legs, so ours are well used. Take care.

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  61. love it, love it, loveit!! Its so pretty so bright so cheerful so wonderful!!! I wouldn't leave it or use it outside, its much too special for that. You have done a beautiful job and I am totally envious!

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  62. I think it turned out so pretty! And I love the edge you used!

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  63. Congratulations on completing your beautiful blanket Amy, they do take time but so worth it, it really looks fabulous.
    Love your edging too.
    Well done, next blanket?
    Helen xx

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  64. Clever duck! Absolutely beautiful Amy, you must be so proud xo

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  65. Oh your blanket is absolutely beautiful Amy. I would be so proud to have made such a work of art. Your eye for colour is really exceptional. Fantastic post!! xx

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  66. Oh my stars!!
    Utterly beautiful...
    Fantastic!!

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  67. How very pleased you must be to be in love with your finished ripple blanket after such a stormy relationship with it. It is very pretty and very bright and cheerful and you can enjoy it in your home and in the garden too. Blankets are wonderful when they're all done but such a long progress to get done, well done for not giving up on this one, it is beautiful x

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  68. I would love to wrap myself up in that pretty blanket right now. What a love almost hate relationship you two have been through! Very much worth it in the end, well done.

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  69. It's beautiful and I am sure it is very warm and cozy. You must be very proud of yourself.

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  70. It's gorgeous, Amy! How on earth did you ever manage to fall OUT of love with this most colourful creation?! I would have kept my eye on it the whole time, have become quite possessive even, as it is just too pretty to put down! Glad you finished it and love its last pose, which is the perfect position for a blanket, and a ripple one, at that!

    xx
    Poppy

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  71. Yes, it's bright. But the colours all go really well together. The combined effect is lovely!!

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  72. Wow that is gorgeous and I'm so happy you fell in love with it again.

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  73. It's beautiful!! The colours are so wonderful and I bet it will be perfect for all this cold weather!! xx

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  74. Your ripple blanket is beautiful and full of personality with those colours. You were concerned about one end seeming shorter than the other. My favourite expression is "blocking hides a multitude of sins" and the addition of the borders will also disguise any minor imperfections. Remember, that only you will know and no one else will notice - they will all be admiring your amazing colours. I wonder how your perception of the colours will change (if at all) as the light changes with the seasons. This is a wonderful blanket, Amy! Well worth the effort. :-) xxx

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  75. It looks lovely!!!!!!!!!! I especially like the edging. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!

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  76. This ripple is really beautiful! Well done you! J9 x

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  77. It's beautiful Amy, well done. I love the border you have added too.
    Marianne x

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