So here is my latest design all finished.
Update and links are at the bottom of the page.
I was commissioned by Willow Yarns in the USA to produce a design, and write the pattern, for a throw/afghan with textured stitches.
So this was not going to be just a simple pattern repeat, and as I just love working with texture I was raring to go!
As is my way… I waited for some inspiration, and sure enough within a couple of days, I had so many dreams about the sun and the eclipses that were coming up earlier this year. I knew the Solar theme was very important and as the Sun is our Star, the idea of an eight pointed star was born.
The photo below was my “draft” and I have now made it into a wall hanging as I did not complete this one to full size.
The colours I started with, red, orange, yellow, white were all very fiery colours and a touch of the earth in brown and stone.
Starting with a central “sun” and radiating out, hence the name “Radiance”.
I have used front post stitches, popcorns, folding single crochet and a round of fan stitch within the central star. Then clusters fan out like solar flares, until the design becomes square.
The outer rounds are made up of crossed double crochet, star stitch and starburst stitch.
I finished this with an extra round of treble crochet and folding single crochet to give a border and then looped it to a frame of Beech wood.
Here in Buckinghamshire UK we are surrounded by beautiful woods full of these amazing trees, so it felt right to use 🙂
This is the finished, and now winging it’s way to the States, throw.
The photo is taken at the amazingly beautiful and tranquil Lyde Gardens in Bledlow Bucks.
However the lovely folks at Willow Yarns wanted this design for their 2016 Spring/Summer catalogue and so wanted really bright colours. Though they love the “fall” colours of the draft it was time to choose bright summery colours.
So for the full throw I chose:
Yarn: Willow wash, you can see the full range here.
Colours: 2 Buttercup, 2 Spearmint, 2 Blueberry, 2 Clear Water, 2 Celestial, 2 Sapphire, 2 Lavender, 3 Hyacinth, 2 Azalea, 2 Cooked Quince, and 2 Lurid.
Hook: 5mm H
The finished throw is just over 60 inches square.
The Willow Wash is an amazing yarn to work with, so soft and squishy and it just glides off the hook. It is 100% acrylic and is non pilling so it will wash and wash and wash 🙂
Willow yarns do ship to anywhere and I highly recommend this yarn and they are a great bunch of people, so please do check them out and let me know what you think if you try any of their yarns.
And finally I would love to see your completed Radiance throws next year.
Willow Yarns have now released the pattern and this gorgeous photo is on the back cover of their Spring/Summer catalogue.
Here is the link for the yarn pack.
and here is the link for the pattern.
Remember I would love to see your finished throws, so please hop on over to my facebook page, Crystals and Crochet, hit like and share your photo’s.