I don’t know about you but I get excited when I’m choosing colours for a new blanket.
The first factor for colour choice is whether the blanket is going to be for a girl or a boy. Now personally I don’t see a problem with girls having blue colours and boys having pink and purples but I know that their parents might not like it so I try not to offend anyone with my colours. After all you spend hours crocheting a blanket, you don’t want it to hide in a cupboard. Once this is decided then the fun can begin.
I’m going to share with you some methods I use for yarn inspiration.
Ok these have been about for a while, lots of people use this method and I’ve seen it done with spoons, lollypop sticks and parcel tags.
These are my Stylecraft Special DK yarn pegs, I made these up by winding round some of my yarns around some wooden clothes pegs, nothing fancy here. If you can’t be bothered doing this you can actually buy some ready made yarn pegs from sellers on Etsy.
It’s a good way to remind yourself what you actually have in your yarn stash, I’d honestly forgotten some of the colours I had as I kept going back to the same old colours. Seeing the colours set out like this makes me realise I have lots of pinks, purples and blues but not many greens or yellows.
When I get a minute I like to try out different combinations to see which colours go well together, sometimes you can surprise yourself.
I love looking at Design Seeds. For those who don’t know it is a website that that celebrates colour in nature and everyday living. They post the most beautiful photographs that just inspire you and sometimes surprise you with how amazing nature can be. As the colours are found in nature then you just know that the colours complement each other.
I follow it on Facebook so everyday I get a fabulous post come up in my news feed.
I used this design seeds post as inspiration for a blanket I’m working on at the moment.
I’ll do a post on this blanket at a later date.
The Color viewfinder app is a brilliant little app (only Apple not Android) which is very similar to how Design Seeds looks. You use the app to pick colours out of your own photos and you can choose as many colours as you want to pick out.
Here are a couple that I have created.
This app is great for identifying individual colours, I think these combinations would make great blankets.
This is my favourite social media app and because of the hashtags you can pretty much find whatever you want in a photo. It’s a fantastic method of finding like minded people and seeing what they’re working on. For example if I type in #crochetbabyblanket then this is what comes up.
There are 14,938 posts with this hashtag applying to it. Imagine if you had the time to scroll through all these photos! Through Instagram I’ve found some brilliant blanket designs as well as some new friends.
I hope this has given you some ideas that can be used for your own future designs. If you have any other methods of planning blankets I’d love to hear from you.