Choosing Colors

A tip for choosing colors, especially colors for stripes or other types of patterns, that I learned in either my color theory class or my first photoshop class: take a picture and desaturate it to black and white.

Five skeins of neon yarn on a light wooden table: blue, pink, green, magenta, and purple from left to right. A speckled black skein sit above them.
Black and white version of the photo above with five skeins of yarn lined up with a sixth, smaller skein above them. The five skeins of yarn are in order of medium, medium, light, dark, dark

A bit easier to do now than it was back then when it involved actually getting out a digital camera, taking a picture, importing it to photoshop, and then changing the color. And I acknowledge that I was lucky to be able to do that a bit over a decade ago. Imagine that same process with black and white film and having to either develop it or take it to Walgreens. Yeah, pretty sure no one would do that.

Five skeins of neon yarn on a light wooden table: blue, magenta, pink, purple, and magenta from left to right. A speckled black skein sit above them.
Black and white version of the photo above with five skeins of yarn lined up with a sixth, smaller skein above them. The five skeins of yarn are in order of dark, dark, medium, dark, light

I was able to make each of these pictures in a matter of seconds right on my phone, and it makes all the difference. This shows you which ones are similar tones and can help you get whatever effect you are going for.

Five skeins of neon yarn on a light wooden table: purple, pink, magenta, green, and blue from left to right. A speckled black skein sit above them.
Black and white version of the photo above with five skeins of yarn lined up with a sixth, smaller skein above them. The five skeins of yarn are in order of dark, medium, dark, light, dark

I wanted contrast in my stripes, so I chose this order. If I had wanted more of a gradient, even with the bright colors, I could’ve rearranged the first group to pull the lightest out of the center and place it to the end.


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Crochet Bobble Patchwork Blanket Pattern Release!

I am finally ready to release the crocheted version of my Patchwork Throw Blanket, the Crochet Bobble Patchwork Banket. I’ve been meaning to release this for quite some time, but I just kept putting off taking the pictures

This version works up just as quickly as the original, and can easily be customized to whatever length you need.

The bobbles provide great texture, and the suggested Lion Brand Heartland yarn makes the blanket super cozy and soft. Plus, it’s machine wash and dry friendly making it super easy to take care of.

Here is the info from the front page of the pattern:

Wrap up in this super cozy lap throw blanket with a textured pattern for a subtle flair. This blanket features alternating squares of flat and textured crochet worked first with a flat border worked around once the body is finished. 

This pattern, written in US crochet terms, uses single and half double crochet stitches along with a bobble stitch. Links to video tutorials for the bobble stitch are included. This project is great both for those who have never done a bobble stitch (because there will be lots of practice), or those who are already comfortable with the stitch.

I have made versions of this blanket in Lion Brand Heartland Tweed (black) and regular Heartland (red).

I am so excited to finally be releasing a new pattern, and I have several more on the way. You can find this pattern in my Ko-Fi Shop, Ribblr, and on LoveCrafts!


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