I began crocheting Clouds at Dawn with a size I hook (5.5 mm) and two strands of dk and baby yarns. It wasn’t long before I recognized that two strands of the purple dk, Bernat’s Softee Baby, (part of this donation) create a far denser, stiffer fabric than two strands of the baby yarns.
Then, remembering that working into the back loop makes a fabric with more drape, I tried working into the back loop on the second row of each purple stripe and on the first row following a purple stripe. I’m pleased to report that this technique worked very well! This is a soft, fluffy ripple.
11,962 stitches – 876,481 stitches donated since Jan. 2011
In the close-up you can really see the ridges that result from working some rows in the back loop. I rather like the interesting texture they create! It would be fun to experiment some more with crocheting in the back loop.
I was surprised to find that even though I was using a larger hook than I usually do, size I instead of H, this blanket was a couple of inches narrower! I think this has something to do with working in the back loop too. Hmmm – if I do that again, I must remember to put eleven stitches, not ten, in each uphill or downhill run of double-crochets.
Clouds at Dawn weighs twenty-eight ounces, four more than my regular aran/worsted weight yarn ripples. If I add that extra stitch to each run, or about 10% more stitches, I’ll need 10% more yarn. That would be another three ounces, for a total of thirty-one. Let’s hope I check these notes and weigh my yarns carefully before I start my next double-strand blanket! I’d hate to run short.
I know that if I crochet another soon, I’ll be more likely to remember. I also know that I need to make many more double-strand blankets, if I’m going to work down my stash of baby and sport charity yarns! I think I still have blue and green Softee Baby, a good place to begin.