One Lesson I Learned as a Newbie Crocheter (And What Will be a Cube Blanket … Eventually)

This will be a beautiful cube blanket ... eventually www.yarnya.co (2)Hey again, last week I shared my WIP (Work in Progress) pile with you and today I really want to show you one of those WIPs. Thankfully I don’t have too many projects on the go, but some of these poor pieces have been a long time in the making.

Today’s example of a long-term WIP is currently a Cube Foot Cover, but it will eventually be a beautiful and magnificent Cube Blanket. This is a gorgeous pattern that I found over on Ravelry by Mrs Purple (Click the link for the pattern) and was the first large scale project I started, and re-started, at some point back in 2013

This will be a beautiful cube blanket ... eventually www.yarnya.co.uk

Back then, as a newbie crocheter I didn’t know anything about how many balls of yarn were needed for a blanket. I was too excited to start, so I just grabbed three gorgeous purple shades, ripped the labels off and got cracking. Big mistake!

One huge tip I’ll give out to any one starting to do anything with yarn and lesson number one that I most definitely learned the hard way – write down where you got the yarn from, as well as the make and its colour code (usually found on the side of the paper wrapped around the ball). Then if you need to get more, you can. Sounds simple enough, but new project excitement can take over … just hold onto those yarn labels. Trust me.

A peep into my WIP pile www.yarnya.co.uk Cube Blanket (1)

I knew where I’d got the yarn from and I even remembered the make of it (Robin DK if you’re interested). However, my local yarn shop no longer stocked the brand and after a bit of research I discovered they have a few more than the three shades of purple that I chose in stock. Damn.

This meant I would either have a teeny tiny blanket, or would have to get a little inventive. If I had kids, then a teeny blanket could easily become a dolls new cosy cover, but I don’t, so this wasn’t an option. I then considered using the pattern as a base to make a cushion, or a bag, but I didn’t even have enough parts to do that. Argh! That left having to get inventive. So, I made up as many components as my three balls would allow and stitched them together to be one part of my final blanket – and that became the cube foot cover you see today.

My plan is to have each segment of this blanket in three shades of different colours. I love it! Here’s a rough plan:

A peep into my WIP pile www.yarnya.co.uk Cube Blanket Sketch

I may use different colours or have more segments, but for now this project is on hold. Phase 1 is complete and so it’s time to get some other WIPs finished. Have you ever had to get inventive with a project because you rushed in too hastily? I’d love to hear your stories – just comment below 🙂

This will be a beautiful cube blanket ... eventually www.yarnya.co (1)

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13 comments on “One Lesson I Learned as a Newbie Crocheter (And What Will be a Cube Blanket … Eventually)
  1. […] still have a few other WIPs on the go … my summer filet crochet top and my cube blanket. They’re at a standstill right now. I’ll get back to them eventually. Next up though […]

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  2. […] a sucker for this type of pattern, they look so precise and crisp. I’m making my very own Cube Blanket at the moment, but here are a few other gorgeous geometric […]

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  3. […] up,  is a purple delight that will one day become a Cube Blanket … right now it’s more of a Cube Foot Cover […]

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  4. Anita Jayne says:

    The blanket looks great so far; I imagine it’ll look even better when it’s all finished!

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    • yarnya says:

      Thank you 🙂 It’s gone to the back of the project pile for now though as I need to buy more yarn for it … none of my stash is right 😛

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  5. Lily Lau says:

    What a fantastic idea you had there! 🙂

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  6. Bekki Hill says:

    Forcing yourself to be inventive is at least good for the brain!

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  7. PeachPod says:

    I like the idea of making the blanket in multiple colors. Good save! 😉

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  8. powergirl559 says:

    Absolutely lovely and wonderful plan. Once I made a doll with what I thought was single crochet turned out way to big then I found out that I had been using Half double crochet. The yarn problem has happened to me as well. Being inventive has always come in handy for me.

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    • yarnya says:

      Thank you. Oh no! Hope the doll was able to be saved. Every project brings with it a new lesson for me. The uk/us double crochet is the one that gets me most.

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