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Published on April 4th, 2015 | by Merion

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Sugar and Spice, and All Things Nice!

If you, like me, are mad for crochet, the thought of colour is never very far away! Inspiration can strike at any moment, which is what happened to me last week, in an old fashioned sweetie shop….

Be inspired by sweeties for your next crochet project! Candy on the LoveCrochet blog

Surrounded by sherbert lemons, cherry drops, sugared almonds and rock candy – I suddenly longed to make a blanket in sweetie colours!  The rainbow of this colour palette takes me flying back to my childhood; zingy fruit drops, lemonade crystals, bobbly licorice and jars of humbugs, aniseed balls and pineapple chunks!

Rock candy - muted tones that send you racing back into an Agatha Christie novel - LoveCrochet blog

1. Vintage Sweet Shop

Muted pastel pinks, lemons, leaf greens and deep cherry reds are what is called for in a vintage sweetie palette.  Rooster Yarns are particularly good at these retro shades, and Rooster Almerino Aran has perfect vintage colours that paint rainbows of nostalgia!

Vintage shades from Rooster Yarns on the LoveCrochet blog

Rooster Almerino Aran is a 50/50 blend of merino wool and alpaca, a super soft, hardwearing yarn that will crochet into something fabulously vintage like a granny blanket or V-stitch cushion.   I love all 24 shades, but I’ve chosen (clockwise) Smoothie (324), Custard (305), Gooseberry (306), Cherry (313) and Sandcastle (322).  These colours will send you spinning into a world of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot – crochet a blanket that you can curl up with in the garden, or fold lovingly at the end of a bed.

2. Neon crazy!

If you have a more modern candy craving, you’ll be bouncing up and down with neon brights!

Candy pit!  Colour matching on the LoveCrochet blog

To recreate this jazzy colour scheme, I’m heading straight for Stylecraft Special DK! With over 60 shades to choose from, this is the kind of palette that works fantastically well as a V-stitch, granny or half treble stripe.   Not for the faint-hearted, I chose (clockwise), Fiesta (1257), Bright Green (1259), Aspen (1422), Sunshine (1114), Jaffa (1256) and Magenta (1084).   A simple grey like Silver (1203) makes a border that would bring the colours popping out – or if you look at the candy stick at the bottom of the photo above, a deep purple does the job too!

Neon stripe colour schemes in Stylecraft on the LoveCrochet blog

3.  Sugared pastels

Perhaps my favourite – sugared pastels are the gentlest sweetie colour theme of all. Sugared almonds are often given as wedding favours – from the age old Italian tradition of giving the happy couple five almonds for fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. These days you can find them in any shade under the sun, including gloriously shiny gold and silver – but purists stick to pastels!

Sugared almonds - the gentlest sweetie of all - colour inspiration on the LoveCrochet blog

Where better to look for a selection of pastels than the fabulous Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran collection. It’s a best selling yarn for good reason – a blend of wool, cashmere and acrylic, it has luscious softness, a gorgeous weight and drape and it’s perfect for any aran weight project.  I love the thought of dreamy ripple blankets for babies in this delicious yarn – who could resist sleep tucked up in those colours?

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran - perfect pastels on the LoveCrochet blog

Above clockwise, Silver (202), Ecru (101), Baby Pink (603), Willow (076), Heather (046) and Primrose (074).   These stunning pastels cry out for something more decorative than a stripe – Cashmerino Aran has gorgeous stitch definition, so think granny squares with puff stitch flower centres, or something more textural, using bobbles, trellis or popcorn stitches.

I have to confess – I had a moment of unfaithfulness when choosing those beautiful pastels, when I fell in love with this quartet of loveliness from crochet goddess Erika Knight.  Erika Knight Vintage Wool is an aran weight 100% British wool yarn, spun in Yorkshire. Not quite pastels but muted jewels – perhaps a more grown up sugared almond blanket palette?  These are (from left to right), Flax (002), Iced Gem (041), Pretty (042) and Wisteria (011).  How could anyone resist the sultry sleepiness of these fathomless shades?

Erika Knight's Vintage Wool - perfect muted shades on the LoveCrochet blog

4. Citrus burst

Now that I’ve lulled you into a pastel dream, I’m going to shake you awake with some citrus brights! Who loves Sherbert Lemons? A very classic English sweet, the Sherbert Lemon is an eye wateringly sharp lemon boiled sweet with a sherbert centre.  Delicious!

Sharp and sweet Sherbert Lemons on the LoveCrochet blog

But where do we go from there?  I thought perhaps an ombré from super sharp lemon to that fizzy white sherbert?  This is quite difficult to find all in one yarn, but I’ve managed it!  The fabulous Cascade 220 is an aran weight, 100% Peruvian Highland wool yarn, perfect for long lasting heirloom crochet projects.  Cascade are famous for their signature palette, and you could choose any colour to ombré, and find three or four shades of that colour to work with.  Here I’ve chosen (from left to right) Goldenrod (7827), Lemon Yellow (4147), Butter (8687) and Natural (8010).

Cascade 220 - Sherbert Lemon ombre!  LoveCrochet blog

Either create ombré squares or circles, or intertwine for hints of lemon and sherbert throughout a striped sequence – the choice is yours but it’ll certainly be a fantastic finished blanket or cushion!

What are your favourite sweets or candies?  Why not are create a new colour theme around them!

We’d love to see your results in our brand new Projects section, where you can inspire other crochet fans, and share your ideas!

 


About the Author

Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.




One Response to Sugar and Spice, and All Things Nice!

  1. Amanda Gaybba says:

    Hi Merion!

    Im also a ‘crochet junki” and enjoy it very much.

    So calming and peaceful to do…..I normaly just look at a lovely picture and crochet it – no pattern needed.
    Matter of fact all my goodies i crochet out of the heart like that..

    Likewise is my crochet hook ALWAYS with me….hahaha and some wool…..>

    Enjoy a lovely day full of crochet fun!
    My favourite colour?….. all the warm colours…..!Galore.

    Regards,
    Amanda

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