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Rainbow Cotton-Eater Blanket by colormist Rainbow Cotton-Eater Blanket by colormist
Crocheted Cotton-Eater Rainbow-colored blanket.

This blanket took five months (approx. 100 hours) to create and used up 36 balls of Lily Sugar 'n Cream Cotton yarn.

It will be the last time I ever use cotton yarn for a blanket, but the end result is quite fabulous (both visually and tactually).

The pattern is called Catherine's Wheel Stitch.
The specific pattern I used: [link]
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PinkyShini Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
That is amazingly beautiful.
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Eagle07 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Going to go add this pattern to library. :}
:+fav: This is beautiful! What size hook did you use?
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colormist Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I think I used G/H--or thereabouts. I usually use whatever size is required on the yarn. 
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Eagle07 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah okay. Thanks!
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LilPKCreations Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow that's beautiful! Since you used cotton, I was wondering if it is as soft and warm as acrylic yarn?
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colormist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
The blanket is a bit cooler than acrylic and wool. It seems to breath better. I haven't gathered up the gumption to actually use it as a blanket, so I'm not sure how it would do keeping me warm. It does remind me a bit of the cheap cotton throws that most people have on their beds under the comforter and above their sheets and those always do a good job at keeping me warm.

It has an amazing weight to it that acrylic and wool don't carry. And due to the thick stitch, it's twice as thick and heavy as a typical cotton blanket. Using it is like being hugged. It's fabulous. If I hadn't gone through so much pain to create it, I would probably be less timid about using it.
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
wow this is so beautiful! It makes me want to learn more than singles lol =D
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colormist Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. It wasn't too difficult. I actually found that it's damned near impossible for me to read written crochet instructions and much, much, much easier to read a crochet chart. If I hadn't discovered crochet charts, I'd probably still being doing chains and single crochet, too. ;)
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I have the same problem lol I go wild making amigurimi catnip toys but don't hand me a pattern lol ^_^; Maybe I'll look for a chart, thank you!
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MichiTheThird Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I LOVE that blanket
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colormist Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks Michi!
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Starfirechelle Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super wonderful!!!! Great job!!!!
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Sheeeva Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's wonderful! Well done!
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colormist Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you!
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LadyGoggles Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks so thick and soft!
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colormist Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It's cotton, so it's thick, soft, heavy, and cool/warm. ^_^
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ghostxofxmew Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooh, I love this pattern! It came out looking very nice, and the colours are lovely. It all ties together very nicely. :)
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colormist Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I saw that bernat has the same pattern up on their site (as of yesterday). They used some nice color combos as well, but showed the opposite site of the blanket. The wool they used was acrylic, so less stress on the hands, less expensive to make, and easier progress.
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the-carolyn-michelle Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Delightful!!
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colormist Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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the-carolyn-michelle Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are so welcome!
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KnitLizzy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely beautiful! Love all the colors and the pattern's beautiful!
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colormist Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I loved the pattern a lot. I actually took a photo of the reverse side of the blanket. The correct side looks like little wheels.
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KnitLizzy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice, do you have picture of the right side aswell?
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colormist Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I don't. :( I never thought anyone would want to see the other side (it doesn't look as nifty to me), however others have posted images. Here's another blanket by another person. [link]
My stitching looks similar to that. The reverse side it suppose to look quilted or puffy.
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KnitLizzy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww, well, it's your decision on what side you think looks the best ^^ But I think it looks just as nice on the front as the back.
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fmoscuro Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
muy bueno!!
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colormist Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
gracias!
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xayide2 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
That's a fantastic colored "eater" blanket. And I don't like using cotton yarn either, makes my fingers raw working with it too long. I like using the Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn, and it's not that expensive.

I wondered what a catherine wheel stitch would look like in a bigger pattern, it's rather pretty. I see that you did a back post stitch to get the ridges on the top. I think that gives it nice texture instead of working in the "trebles" stitches.
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colormist Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
The reason I was drawn to the pattern was because it had those pretty ridges. I don't think I would have ever event attempted this pattern had it been worked the other way.

And, yeah, the cotton destroyed my hands. I would never ever recommend working with cotton during the cold months. They required a lot of moisturizer and if I worked the pattern for more than an hour at a time, I'd have to take several days off from crocheting so my hands could recover from the pain. Cotton weighs so much more than acrylic and is a lot more difficult to get to cooperate (splitting, stiffness, etc.)

I'm just happy it's done. :)
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