As part of our decluttering, I am trying to use up some of my yarn stash, including a very pretty one that I have had for over 4 years. I bought enough (when my daughter was a baby) to make her a cardigan, which never appeared. There isn’t enough to make her one now, at least not a very substantial one, so I decided to use it to make a blanket as I have some white yarn that can be used to make a border and therefore make it big enough.
I bought and downloaded a really beautiful lace baby blanket pattern, which I have seen made successfully using yarn cakes and so I thought my yarn, which has long colour changes, would work. However, this pattern is worked in the round and it became apparent after a few rounds that the colour changes in the middle of rounds didn’t work, and the colours and pattern were almost fighting each other rather than working together.
It is a really pretty yarn, and a stunning pattern, but they just don’t go! It’s not the end of the world-it was only an evening’s work, the square frogged back ok so I could save the yarn, and I still have the pattern in my Ravelry library for when I do have the right yarn.
The question still remained, though, about what I could make. Fellow crocheters on a Facebook group suggested a pattern worked in rows, so I found a corner to corner granny square pattern that I hadn’t tried before. So far, the results are far more pleasing to the eye. The colours are flowing in stripes quite nicely and the pretty pastel shades get to shine in their own right. It makes me think of Easter, mini eggs and spring flowers!
If I’ve learned anything in the last two days, it’s that your yarn and pattern have to complement each other. Variegated yarn seems to be particularly tricky to find patterns to suit it-I made a cardigan using this yarn in a different colourway when my daughter was little and it drove me crackers trying to match the stripes of colour on the sleeves and the two front panels!
Have you ever had a yarn/pattern mismatch (or disaster!)? What did you do about it?