MY HOOKY TREA­SURE

Top blog­ger and de­signer Kirsten Ballering shares a fab­u­lous di­a­mond blan­ket that she hooked on hol­i­day in Spain.

Simply Crochet - - CONTENTS - Find Kirsten’s blan­ket pat­tern on her blog at www.haak­maar­raak.nl/spicy-di­a­mond-blan­ket

Right now, my Spicy Di­a­mond blan­ket is my favourite cro­chet make. There are a lot of happy mem­o­ries at­tached to this blan­ket. It’s also spe­cial as it is out of my nor­mal pal­ette. Usu­ally I grav­i­tate to­wards projects with lots of colour. For this one I chose a more muted pal­ette – way out of my com­fort zone but I’m so happy with it!

I made this blan­ket on hol­i­day in Spain. The first ‘real’ hol­i­day I took with my then-boyfriend, now hus­band. We just got in the car and drove all the way down to Spain with me cro­chet­ing the mo­tifs. I was work­ing on join­ing this blan­ket on the beach there. It was hot and I was just buried in heaps of blan­ket, join­ing. Peo­ple must have thought I was crazy! Lit­tle did they know it was a linen blend so I was pretty com­fort­able.

The yarn is Scheep­jes Linen Soft. It had the per­fect shade of mus­tard yel­low to match my idea. Yel­low is hard to get right, so I built the other colours around it. And it has a nice tex­ture – a bit coarse at first, but it soft­ens over time and drapes beau­ti­fully. Al­most rus­tic!

I chose the colours based on a pic­ture of bas­kets full of spices in Mum­bai. Think earthy, rich tones. The yel­low was a per­fect fit for mus­tard seeds. The red re­sem­bled hot pep­pers. Pis­ta­chio green, well that one speaks for it­self. I limited my­self to a small num­ber of colours. That’s so much harder to get right!

On hol­i­day I had plenty of time, so the join­ing was fin­ished by the time we ar­rived home. But I started mak­ing mo­tifs long be­fore that. It’s a fair sized blan­ket, 1.20 by 1.80m, so it took me two or three months.

The stitches are tre­bles and half tre­bles. What makes this blan­ket dif­fer­ent is the lace mo­tif in the cen­tre of each di­a­mond. The join­ing en­hances the airy feel but trust me, it’s warm enough in the win­ter too!

I’ve seen gor­geous Spicy Di­a­monds made by crafters, some with the orig­i­nal pal­ette, oth­ers in­cor­po­rated more colours. Peo­ple tell me it’s a nice project to take with you, as it’s made of mo­tifs. It’s eas­ier to carry just a few balls at a time!

I have a box of heir­loom cro­chet pieces made by my great- grandma. She was the cre­ative one in the fam­ily, al­ways thrifty. I never got to see her cro­chet as she passed away while I was young, but I’m sure that’s where my in­ter­est in crafts orig­i­nated. I’ve over­loaded my fam­ily with hand­made items, so I’ll keep this one to my­self. That’s al­lowed ev­ery once in a while, right?

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