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I worked my colours randomly, which in actual fact was a lot harder than I had anticipated. It was necessary to carry out some sort of yarn play as I went along though, and I generally planned out about six rows at a time. I did have a few basic rules for working “planned random” ::

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I loved working on it through the late Autumn and into Winter as it became a dream fireside project.

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buy canada goose jacket cheap 2. The next canada goose outlet store toronto row is the row that will “fill in” and make the rippled edge straight (in this case turquoise). I begin at the bottom right corner of the blanket and work up the right hand side (I did Half Trebles for this row). When I get to the top right corner, I work 2 htr chain 2, 2 htr to turn the canada goose outlet online reviews corner. buy canada goose jacket cheap

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At the end of the row, you turn the corner in the same way as you did before by working 2 htr chain 2, 2 htr Then carry on down the left side of the blanket with htr The bottom filling in of the ripple is slightly harder as it worked into the foundation chain. But it the same principle as the top :: basically you work 6 dc to take you over the mountain, then 2 htr to go down Canada Goose Outlet the sides of the valley, 4 tr to fill in the bottom of the valley, 2 htr to go up the sides, then back to 6 dc to go over the mountain again.

So after all that, you should have your blanket with straight edges, and two rows of edging.

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