For this pattern I used:
Yarn & Amounts: One 50g ball each of dk weight yarn (85m per 50g) in 14 different shades.
Metres for 14 shades: 85m.
My Alternative Yarn Suggestions & Amounts: to knit a natural shade version then we used two 100g hanks in three different shades, the choices are WYS Bluefaced Leicester DK – Undyed or WYS Illustrious Naturals DK.
I also had fun picking colours with a knitter from the Mohair Tweed colours, here we used two 50g balls in five shades.
Gauge (tension): 20 stitches and 26 rows to 10cm square over pattern using 4mm needles.
Size: Each square measures 13.5cm x 13.5cm. The finished blanket is approximately 81cm x 94cm.
My design ideas and advice: The original yarn used in this pattern has been discontinued now so I’ve been having fun choosing colours for knitters to knit their own unique Love Hearts Blanket. One of my favourites was a natural shade version, where we picked just the 3 shades of grey in the WYS Illustrious Naturals DK, which needed 2 hanks in 3 shades.
I could get quite addicted to this pattern, playing around with different yarns and shades to give to my friends and family to suit their personalities or interiors! I have also designed an Oddments Crochet Cushion which uses the small oddments of yarn that are left when you have finished knitting the Love Hearts Blanket. It’s a free pattern on my blog.
Blog Post: I’ve written about this pattern in a series of posts.
Part 1: Rainbow Joy (Where I introduce the pattern and explain the process of designing it).
Part 2: Rainbow Shades (Where I talk about the joy of knitting the simple garter stitch squares and choosing the colours).
Part 3: Bringing It All Together (Where I talk about the joy of arranging the colourful squares and sewing up the blanket).
Click the following links for my How To videos that may help with this pattern: Learn To Knit videos.