When the opportunity arose to use Scheepjes *Merino Soft for a Design Wars Challenge, I jumped at the chance! And why is that, you ask?
The COLORS! With 54 colors to choose from in the Merino Soft line, I was struggling to narrow down my color selection and finally managed to settle on “only” 22. The colors are rich, vibrant, on trend, and make me seriously happy.
So you might ask if it is really as soft as the name states. Merino Soft is exactly that—SOFT. It has a delightfully scrumptious hand and fabulous drape.
This yarn is 50% merino wool, 25% microfiber and 25% acrylic. And according to the laundry label it is machine washable which makes it an excellent choice for almost every project. Because it is so gentle on the skin, it is perfect for cowls, scarves, clothing and, yes, blankets!
Now want to see some brilliance in action?
That little easy start tab means no digging around in the center of the skein for the end. And it pulled cleanly for me on every skein. Brilliant, I tell ya!
Because the yarn is not tightly plied, I thought I might have trouble with splitting. But with my Clover Amour hook I had not a bit of trouble, but would be curious if other hooks had different results.
So do you want to see what I made with this heavenly yarn?
I'm calling it Chromatic Cobbles Blanket because it reminds me of a VERY colorful cobblestoned street.
In typical Felted Button style, I designed a blanket with loads of texture and a chromatic flow of rainbow hues. It can be made to any size you wish, too. Since I only used half of the 50g skeins of each of the colors with exception to the border color--of which I used nearly 3 entire skeins—you could increase the size of the sample blanket by 50% by only ordering extra of the border color.
I’m pretty tickled about the colorplay, texture and uniqueness of this blanket. But I especially like how squishy it is because of the added strips of color. The strips are quick and simple to make and weave. Grab a skein and head out with your hook for some on-the-go crocheting of strips, too.
For this Design Wars Challenge, I'm a contestant along with the talented Kirsten of Haak Maar Raak--you really must subscribe to her blog. If you don't follow Design Wars, as well, I suggest doing so on their Facebook page here and blog here.
Today only is voting day for the challenge so hurry and click HERE to vote for your favorite. The pattern is available right now for purchase on Ravelry here, Etsy here, or Craftsy here. If you use the coupon code DWSALE at checkout on Ravelry only, you can get 30% off all patterns in my store through January 23 (PST).
Thanks for joining along on this crazy crochet adventure of mine! I sincerely appreciate you and your kind support. This is so much fun!
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~~Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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