Well the day has finally dawned and after all the waiting, the crocheting can now begin!
I'm sitting here feeling hugely nervous I must say, but hugely excited to see your blankets start appear too. So let's not linger, let's get straight on with the things you need to know...
Spice of Life CAL
PART TWO - SET-UP ROWS AND GETTING STARTED
Time to start our blankets. So this week we'll be tackling the start chain and pesky first row and then working back and forth in stripes. Here's so help to get you started.
WORKING WITH COLOUR
Rico Yarn Packs
If you are using the Rico yarn as I did for my original blanket, you will find all the colour changes written into the pattern for you so you can follow my colours exactly if you want to.
Stylecraft Yarn Packs
For those of you using the Stylecraft yarn packs, we've realised that you'd like to be able to replicate Sara's blanket too. I'm pleased to say that due to popular demand we have now got this information together for you.
You'll find an extra page at the end of the pdf which gives all the details of the Stylecraft colours that were used for each row. You'll just need to refer to this extra page while following along with the rest of pattern.
Other colours and yarns
Many of you will want to make your own colour choices and are using other yarns.
That's great, I can't wait to see what you come up with!
TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
Written patterns can seem a little confusing when you are starting out. But don't worry, just take your time and work through things step by step and you'll get there.
Remember that this pattern is written in UK terms.
If you are in the US, you'll need to refer to the 'Stitch Terms' section to see which US stitches to use.
You'll also see a section on 'Special Stitches'. Beginners, please don't worry too much about this section just yet. We'll be explaining all these stitches in photo tutorials as we go along.
If you are not sure how to work in rows, change colour or make the stitches used in this download, please see the tutorial links in my post: Spice of Life CAL - Beginners Special
If you get stuck, come and ask the friendly folks in the Spice of Life Facebook Group
Working the starting chain can be daunting when it's one long enough for a blanket. Here's some tips to help you make things a little easier:
✽ Work the starting chain with a larger hook ✽
Then switch back to your normal size to start making stitches
This will make the chains easier to work into and will stop your blanket pulling in tight at the bottom
✽ Keep track of your chains ✽
It's easy to lose count on a long chain so use markers every 20 or 30 stitches to help you
✽ Make your starting chain longer ✽
It's always horrible to work the first row just to realise you've miscounted and don't have enough stitches. To avoid this happening, once you have checked the count of your start chain and you think you have enough chains, add some more. Add 10 more, or 20 even. Then work your first row as normal, you should have chains over. Once you are certain you have the right number of stitches, you can undo the extra chains you don't need.
PART TWO - PATTERN DOWNLOAD
This part contains the start chain and beginning rows and the first pattern section.
We'll be working a total of 18 rows this week.
Written Instructions with Rico Colours
Photo Tutorials for the pattern section
Guide to colours for those using the Stylecraft Colour Pack
Remember that this pattern is written in UK terms
If you are in the US, you'll need to refer to the 'Stitch Terms' in Part 2 to see which US stitches to use.
(Also see the 'Tutorial Links' in the Beginners Special post.)
Download Part Two Now
All pattern parts can also be found on the Black Sheep Wools Spice of Life CAL page
For yarn pack links and more information on the CAL please see my Spice of Life CAL Launch post
JOIN THE FUN
If you want to get social with other CAL members, here's how:
Spice of Life CAL Facebook Group
#spiceoflifeCAL Instagram tag
Spice of Life CAL Thread on Ravelry
Good luck everyone!