I love wool, but unfortunately wool doesn’t love me. When it comes to sensitivity I could give the Princess and the Pea a good run for her money. Everything seems to make me itch, which is bad enough when it affects what fibres I can wear next to my skin, but when itchy hands force me to put down my crochet hook I’m doubly grumpy! Thankfully there are some amazing varieties of yarn out there that don’t make me want to take a cheese grater to my hands, and my favourites are all cotton.
I love the bright, intense colours that are available with cotton yarn, and although I’ve tried a few different brands, I keep going back to Drops Muskat (dk) and Safran (4ply). It comes in so many beautiful colours! I know I’m starting to sound dangerously like I’m on the payroll for Drops yarn but I feel there was a real turning point in my crochet when I started using it. It has a lovely weight to it that makes it feel quite substantial and an absolute pleasure to hold.
I made my first crochet blanket last year, using granny squares in single colours made from various acrylic double knit. I was (understandably!) very pleased with myself, but equally keen to start another blanket, only this time in cotton.
There was never really any doubt what pattern I would use for my cotton blanket, not after I saw this crochet-along blanket design on notyouraveragecrochet.com – it was love at first sight! All I had to do was to find the right yarn.
Muskat does have quite a high sheen which is great for stitch definition but isn’t necessarily particularly snugglesome, so I knew I’d have to find an alternative that was soft, affordable and available in a good range of colours. After much shameless stroking and squeezing of yarn in various shops, I decided on Stylecraft Classique Cotton. It’s only available in 17 shades compared to Muskat’s 48, but it does have the advantage of coming in 100g balls instead of 50g.
I was a bit nervous about starting the blanket, especially as there were quite a few stitches I’d never tried before, but when my yarn arrived on Saturday there was no stopping me! I’m on row 13 now and this is what I’ve got so far:
I’m really looking forward to the point at which it’s big enough to huddle under whilst I’m still working on it!
Right, time to pop in to Handmade Harbour. It’s the first Handmade Monday of the New Year!