Monday, August 1, 2011

Planned Random

Sarah over at Shabby Chic Sarah asked me last week if I was randomly choosing my colors for my Granny Stripe blanket.  I must admit, I can't handle true random.  What if I pulled the bright red to go right nest to the bright pink?!  So I do what I call a "Planned Random."

When I did my Ribbon Afghan that only had 8 different colors, I planned each color repeat as I went. 

Sorry for bad picture quality
With my Granny Stripe I have 26 colors.  Before I started I set them out in the order I wanted them.  There were a couple edits along the way, but this order pretty much held.

You can see the bright red in the middle of the bottom row (where I started) and the bright pink in the middle of the middle row.

After I finished those 26 stripes, I sat down on my floor, layed the blanket out and sorted the yarn until I chose my next order.  Voila!  Color repeat number 2! 

That might make the blanket wide enough.  I might have to add about 5 or 6 stripes after this color repeat.  If I do, it'll probably be my favorites that get a 3rd stripe.

This surprisingly took me a while.  I was sitting there (you can see my water bottle under the coffee table) and boy was I was indecisive.  I am doing rows of 2 and rows of 3 for my granny stripe.  If a color was a 3 row color in the first repeat, I was trying to make it a 2 row color, with a few exceptions.

Is this close to how you did your "random" granny stripe?


  1. It's really interesting to see how you chose your colours, I have a striped crochet bag I did truly randomly (just put my hand in the yarn basket and used whatever I pulled out) and I am not loving how it turned out, so I think your "planned random" approach is the way to go!!

    S x

  2. I think your random striping is going well. My brain isn't suited for random colors so I ended up rainbow-ing my stuff. LOL I am choosing different colors for my Japanese Flower shawl and it drives my brain cuckoo!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Thanks for sharing how you chose your color scheme. I have been toying with the idea of a granny stripe blanket, but have been hesitant about color choice. That gave me some courage for the task! Thanks! =)

  4. Love your random choices, it looks great, i'm a pretty pot luck choice person with colors, always seems to work :D

  5. I really like the colors you chose. I tried to make a random colored blanket but it didn't turn out so well. I think "planned random" may be the way to go.