Oirthir – East Coast Waves

 

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This pattern looks like the little waves in the Irish sea, off the east coast of the country.

I saw this pattern in Simply Crochet Iss 1 and it was actually my Husband who decided that he wanted it as a throw for the couch. At the time of buying yarn for it, I hadn’t read the pattern properly, and didn’t realise that it was a small baby blanket. I doubled the amount of yarn suggested, adding in extra width by adding in shell repeats but it still ended up pretty small – well it’s a large baby blanket but not big enough for a throw. I have decided to keep it for any baby we may have in the future.

9292098643_7501a0d749It’s a very simple pattern, with a row of sc (US) and then a row of dc (US) shell stitches, so it does get a bit boring after a while. The small sc stitches means that you end up with a very thick, heavy weight fabric with a beautiful rippling texture. It is so warm, making it perfect for the winter. It did open up a bit after blocking but has retained some of the texture from the shell stitches.

9292107459_c3145a713fI used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, in a bright blue for the main body of the blanket and a greyish blue for the inside edging, and used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in Navy for the outer edging. My Husband picked all the colours, and at the time I wasn’t too sure about them. They looked a little too much like the Dublin flag! Now that it’s finished I’m much happier with his choice!

I found the pattern for the edging very confusing so I kind of made it up as I went along and then did the outer edging in a stitch that I found in a book I have called  ‘Around the corner crochet borders’ that uses a repeating 2 x 9 loop stitch.

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I’m happy with the end result and glad to have it finished, blocked and photographed… now on to the next…I’m currently KNITTING! Wool Leaves by Jared Flood (I love it!).

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