The inspiration for the colour scheme is explained in this post.
It is made with v-stitch, which is a great stitch. This is my method, although the v-stitch pattern isn't mine. I just want to have a reference in case I'd like to remember what I did in future!
V-Stitch = [dc, ch, dc] into same space/stitch
- Chainless foundation of 113, plus 3 ch.
- V-stitch into top of last chainless foundation st you made, *skip 2 st, v-stitch* until there is one st remaining, dc into last st, ch 3 and turn.
- v-stitch into each ch space of previous row (into the middle of the v-stitch), dc into top of ch 3, ch 3 and turn.
Order: 2 rows white, 6 rows colour, ending on 2 rows white and a row of sc to mirror the sc row which is automatically part of the chainless foundation row to start.
- sc in white along both edges - 2 sc over each final/starting dc/ch 3 of the rows. This gave a neat straight finish. Because the v-stitch is a holey design, you can sc over the side stitches, rather than try to sc into them, as there are gaps there anyway, so you are not creating unsightly gaps.
- 2 rows of v-stitch in white.
- 1 row of sc in white.
This is the first time I've tried crab stitch, and I love it! It is basically sc working backwards, instead of working into the stitch to your left, you work into the stitch to your right. It feels a bit awkward to do, but the effect is great. It's got a bit of substance and really finishes the blanket off nicely - it seems like a real edge.
The reason I picked green, was that the green bands of colour were the only ones which were equidistant from each end of the blanket. I considered going for blue, as I love blue, but I thought it might look odd on the edge of the blanket which starts with a blue stripe. The colour looks more evenly distributed with the green.
Paintbox Simply Aran:
Sky Blue (238)
Daffodil Yellow (221)
Spearmint Green (225)
Mandarin Orange (217)
Paper White (200) - x 2
Stylecraft Special Aran:
approx: 26.5 inches x 37.5 inches
approx: 67cm x 95cm
What I'd do differently:
I'd start and end with colour, instead of the white. This way I could work the white v-stitch edging all the way round the blanket, rather than adding just the two side edges afterwards.
I'd also make it a bit wider, as it may look a little too thin for the length.