I treated myself to the Dune blanket pack when it was the lockdown in early 2021 but at the time I was working on other things! I thought I would be fine with the shell pattern as I had already made a blue, white and grey baby blanket using the pattern. I forgot that I had to frog eight stripes of it because the left edge wasn’t straight and I’d gained a shell each time! Fine if I’d wanted a triangular shawl!
With this in mind I started on the Dune blanket at the beginning of October 2021. I remember sat there working on it and Mr S was cooking the dinner that night. I was reluctant to put the crochet down to go and eat my dinner and was desperate to get back to it. New project enthusiasm!
Last October (2021] I started work on the Attic24 Dune Blanket. I think out of all the Attic24 blankets I’ve made, my favourite colour palette has to be the Dune one. The shell pattern although pretty, is a bit awkward to work on. This is mainly due to miscounting at the ends and you end up with more shells than you started with.
Fast forward to the end of October and I found the Dune pattern was challenging me again with the counting. Several times I ended up frogging the pattern and it just seemed to go on forever. In the end I decided to put it down about halfway through the blanket and to take up another WIP started earlier on in the year, my Northern Lights Blanket.
I was determined to finish the blanket though. I had a plan about working one week on the Northern Lights, then alternating with one week working on the Dune. Mainly to add a bit of variety and then stopping the boredom. This gave me a bit of a push to get them both finished.
When I got to the border on New Year’s Day 2022, I had to substitute the Pale Rose colour for the Sage colour as I had nearly run out of it. I still think the colour works with the others in the border.
Finally, after Christmas and into the New Year I had two more finishes. The Northern Lights blanket was finished first, followed by the Dune on January 3rd!
Although the edges were still not perfect and straight, I was really happy with the blanket. My Mum was impressed with it and this prompted her to ask me to make her a special blanket for herself using some of the Dune colours which are her favourites. I wish I could have given her the Dune but I was ashamed to with the uneven edges! So the Dune is now on my spare bed as it tones in well with the grey and white colour scheme in the room.
Love Sam xx