Pick your palette
This week, Emma of Steel & Stitch explores the colours in our newly launched Paintbox yarns and brings you a quick and easy tutorial to crochet a Granny Heart square in your favourite shade of Paintbox!
For someone with a colour obsession as bad as mine, the release of the new Paintbox yarns has been awesome! Do I care that I can’t move around my house because of the 60 different coloured balls of yarn that now cover every possible surface? No. Does it distress me when a little voice from a dark bedroom calls out “Mummy, why is there a ball of wool in my bed?” (true story). No. Because I love it.
“But how did it get so bad?!” I hear you ask. Well, while I was designing the collection for my last book (35 Crocheted Bags by Emma Friedlander-Collins 😉 ) I realised that at least a third of all my designs were neon pink and sparkly. As someone that considers them self a proper, grown-up crochet designer I actually found this mortifying! I wanted to be all Skandi and washed out pastels.
This is where the collecting colour palettes story begins. The more I looked for them, the more I started to notice all sorts of beautiful combinations, right outside my front door, in a huge variety of colours. It made me realise is that I can embrace both the neon and the washed out, and anything else that takes my fancy. It’s all there, in nature, and nature doesn’t have to decide to be one or the other. And as soon as the Paintbox range turned up, I knew we were made for each other. It’s super soft, really forgiving, (I don’t know about you, but I have to rip back stitches all the time) and comes in such a lovely collection of shades, the combinations are almost infinite.
PaintBox in Shades A – 252, and B – 224
Using Yarn A, ch4, ss ends to make loop
1.) ch3, 2tr, *ch3, 3tr* rpt 3 times, ss into 3rd ch
2.) ch4, 3tr in next ch sp, 3ch, 3tr, ch1, *(3tr, ch3, 3tr)* rpt 3 times, 2tr for last cluster and ss into 3rd ch
3.) Yarn B, ss to ch sp, ch3, 2tr. Yarn A, ch1 (3tr, ch3, 3tr), ch1, 3tr. Yarn B, (3tr, ch3, 3tr). Yarn A, ch1, 3tr. Yarn B, (3tr, 3ch, 3tr). Yarn A, ch1, 3tr, ch1, (3tr, ch3, 3tr), ch1, ss into 3rd ch
4.) Yarn B, work a 3tr cluster in each ch sp and (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in corners.
You can add as many rounds as you like.