I was merrily hooking away at my blanket. I was pleased that the squares were joining together quite quickly. And I loved how it looked when it was spread out across the floor.
The problem came when I properly looked at it when it wasn’t stretched out. The squares looked bumpy and misshapen and just not right.
I’m not entirely sure why either. They looked fine when I practised on a few squares. The problem may have been that I changed hooks. The one I started with (a boring grey looking 4mm one) disappeared, so I picked up my shiny pink 4mm hook instead. But the pink hook isn’t quite as rounded on the end, so I had to hold it slightly differently to get it smoothly through my loops. I’m wondering if this made me change the tension in some way?
Anyway, I decided to have a proper look for the boring grey hook. I’d had a bit of a rummage around in my bag without finding it, so this time I just tipped out the whole lot on the floor. As I was sorting through, checking each ball of yarn (I often tuck my hook inside a ball so it doesn’t get lost!) I found another colour I wanted to include in my blanket, a warm yellow called Saffron. Eventually, in the last ball I checked, I found my grey hook – hurrah!
But what to do now? Should I pick up where I left off? Or start again?
I decided to start again. I pulled apart all the squares I’d joined (but kept the white wool already attached to each one).
I also whipped up 8 Saffron yellow squares and worked them into my pattern (with one or two other slight changes).
I’ve now got the first row joined. I’ve done it differently and it’s working much better. Hurrah!
Let’s hope I don’t spot any more problems…