For this pattern I used:
Yarn & Amounts: One 50g ball each of Three Bears Cotton Yarn in 14 different shades.
Three Bears Affection Cotton Aran (100% cotton, 85m per 50g).
I used one ball each of Cuddles and Cream, Primula, Nautical Blue, Mermaid Cove, Poppy Red, Palm, Bonfire Orange, Flamingo Pink, Imperial Purple, Sunglow Yellow, Gentle Green, Shamrock Green, Baby Blue and Brunette Brown.
Metres/Yardage for 14 shades: 85m/92yds.
Total Metres/Yardage: 1190m/1301yds.
Tension: 20 stitches and 26 rows to 10cm square over pattern using 4mm needles.
Skill Level: ♦ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊
Size: Each square measures 13.5cm x 13.5cm. The finished blanket is approximately 81cm x 94cm.
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).
My design ideas and advice: The cotton I used is called Creative Aran, however it isn’t a true aran and is in fact knitted on 4mm needles and has a thick double knit tension. If this seems confusing, do ask me to explain more if you pop into the Studio, however it’s quite common with cotton yarns.
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, click here to see it!