If you follow me regularly you will know I'm a Stylecraft girl. It was a recommended yarn when I first started to crochet and is used by a lot of the crochet artists that I follow myself and admire. It comes in 82 different shades, can be machine washed, tumble dried, is soft and perfect for almost every project. I have quite a stash of it now and there aren't too many colours I'm yet to collect.
There is another yarn that has been tickling my fancy recently. Very similar in texture to Stylecraft, with the same care requirements for washing but it comes in so many beautiful variegated shades and I just had to try it! It's called Ice Yarn and it comes from Turkey- literally, it isn't stocked here in the UK. The problem with that of course is that I couldn't just pick up a ball from the local yarn shop to try it. So after drooling over photos of it being used for a variety of projects over on Pintrest and Instagram I bit the bullet and ordered some through Ebay. You should note that this yarn can be purchased from their website Ice Yarn but I found it was slightly cheaper and quite easy through Ebay.
The next decision was obviously what to make with this gorgeous squishy haul. I always have a little list of projects that I want to try written in my notebook, so after a quick look I decided upon a 12 pointed star- also known as a round ripple. I've never worked this pattern before, and found that there is a written pattern Here by Celeste Young and there is a YouTube video
This design was really easy to master and I was soon able to work it without referring to the pattern. The colours in this yarn are amazing! The bigger it got, the more beautiful it looked.
I actually struggled to put it down, and within just a couple of days it was almost finished.
Then it was time to add a border, I decided to keep it simple, with a row of double crochet and picot's on the top of every point. I originally chose cream for the border, but didn't like how it looked, so I went with Stylecraft in Fuchsia Purple
Then it was time for a wash and I let it line dry. My blankets can be tumble dried on low, but I quite like to see them flapping about on the line having a stretch!
It was at this point I was going to list it for sale in my Etsy shop (after convincing myself not to keep it) but a friend had seen it on my Facebook page and messaged me to ask if she could buy it :)
This has been my fastest turnaround to date, from ball of yarn coming through the post to completed blanket on it way to it's new home in less than a week!
I'm already planning my next one as I really did enjoy making it so much. They make perfect baby blanket's, play mats and even adult lap blankets. I can make to order if you would like one of these lovely's in your life.
See you again soon