What shall I make next? I ask myself this question far too often, and not just when I have finished the project I'm currently working on. Like lots of crafters, I have a mental list of items I'd like to make, and I often start a new project before the current one is finished. Sometimes I persuade myself that there is a reason for starting a new one, as was the case with the round ripple blanket.
On Monday nights I go to my local craft club, and due to the chatting and cake eating that goes on, concentration levels are not high, and so I need a fairly simple project to do while I am there. I'd been taking small, quick items like these knitted ventilator bonnets.
About 6 weeks ago I decided I would have a go at a round ripple crochet blanket as a craft club project. I've made a straight ripple lap blanket before, about 4 years ago, and I enjoyed doing it.
The pattern I decided on was a Beginners Round Ripple from Ravelry, and I chose 3 dk colours from my (not inconsiderable) stash. Two were Stylecraft special, and the third was some "mill end" James C Brett baby yarn that I bought online.
I found the ripple pattern really relaxing to do, and it didn't take much concentration. The only difficulty was in deciding how big to make the blanket - I've never done a circular one before. In the end I stopped when it was 44 inches across at the points.
I tried several different borders because I needed something that wouldn't detract from the shape of the blanket. In the end I decided on a simple picot edging that finishes it neatly:
This blanket will go to a charity, Chemogiftbags, which gives a goodie bag, a heart cushion and a lap blanket to women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.