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Gecko
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Gecko

By Robynn Weldon
BeginnerOrganic

This is a lovely baby gift (quick! pretty! useful!) and a great stashbuster, too. I made it using one of my favourite yarns, a hand-dyed, slubby, super-soft organic cotton/bamboo blend that comes in a huge range of colours, but as you only need a small amount of each colour, it’s perfect for using up scraps of worsted-weight yarn. It can also easily be expanded to a cot blanket size if that is required. The waving stitch pattern was inspired by the famous Lizard Ridge knitted afghan, hence the name Gecko.

 

Size

22 inches square

Materials

Vinni’s Colours Bambi [70% organic cotton, 30% bamboo; 96 yards/88 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram ball];

862 coral; 1 ball
821 dark peach; 1 ball
870 peach; 1 ball
819 jacaranda; 1 ball
803 baby jacaranda; 1 ball
846 lavender; 1 ball
868 teal; 1 ball
867 baby teal; 1 ball
847 robin’s egg; 1 ball

Note: If fewer colors are used, less yarn will be required. Six balls should be ample. See notes on alternative color schemes.

Recommended hook size

US H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook

Notions

Darning needle

Gauge

In pattern, 15 sts and 15 rows = 4 inches square. It can be hard to count the waving rows, but, you know, it’s a blanket. Don’t worry about it!

Pattern Notes

COLOR SUBSTITUTIONS

There’s really no limit on what you can do with color combinations – make it as wild or as subtle as you like, use three or more colors and arrange them in any way that pleases you! However, to achieve a similar effect to mine using a different palette, consider these principles. The pattern stitch is made up of three rows (repeated twice) – the third, waving row has the strongest visual impact. Regardless of how many colors you use, I would recommend paying careful attention to what ends up in this row on each repeat, to achieve harmony and balance overall.

I chose nine colors in total – three contrasting groups, each comprising three toning shades. I arranged the colors in bands: three rows of shades of lilac, followed by three shades of coral, then three shades of teal. At the outer edges of the blanket I placed the lightest shades of each band in the waving rows, but towards the center, I worked the darkest shades in the waving rows.  

SUGGESTED COLOR ARRANGEMENT

In order of darkest to lightest within each band:

Color A: jacaranda, Color B: baby jacaranda, Color C: lavender
Color L: coral, Color M: dark peach, Color N: peach
Color X: teal, Color Y: robin’s egg, Color Z: baby teal 
Rows 1-3: A B C
Rows 4-6: L M N
Rows 7-9: Y X Z 
Rows 10-12: C A B
Rows 13-15: N L M
Rows 16-18: X Z Y 
Rows 19-21: B C A
Rows 22-24:  M N L
Rows 25-27: Z Y X 
Rows 28-30: A C B
Rows 31-33: L N M
Rows 34-36: Z X Y 

Row 36 marks the center point; from here, the color arrangement is worked in reverse, with the first row in every set being the waving one. 

Rows 37-38: X Z
Rows 39-41: M N L
Rows 42-44: B C A 
Rows 45-47: X Y Z
Rows 48-50: L N M
Rows 51-53: A C B 
Rows 54-56: Y Z X
Rows 57-59: M L N
Rows 60-62: B A C 
Rows 63-65: Z X Y
Rows 66-68: N M L
Rows 69-70: C B A 
Border color: L 

To change the size of the blanket, increase the beginning ch in increments of 10 chs. Each group of ten additional chains will add 2.75 inches to the width of your blanket. 

One more note: I strongly recommend working ends in as you go, by crocheting over them at the start and end of every row.

Skills Required

Basic stitches, changing color


INSTRUCTIONS

Ch 82.

Row 1: Sc in third ch from hook and in each ch across. Change color (see color arrangement table above).

Row 2: Ch 1, turn (counts as first sc); sc in each sc across, sc in next ch. Change color: 81 sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn; skip first sc, sc in next sc, hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, tr in next 3 sc, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, * sc in next 3 sc, hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, tr in next 3 sc, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc; repeat from * across to last 2 sc, sc in last 2 sc. Change color.

Rows 4 and 5: Ch 1, turn; sc in each st across.

Row 6: Ch 3, turn (counts as first tr); skip first sc, tr in next sc, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, * tr in next 3 sc, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, hdc in next sc, dc in next sc; repeat from * across to last sc, tr in last 2 sc. Change color.

GeckoRepeat Rows 1-6 until your blanket is square, ending by working Row 2 or Row 5. Change to your border color.

 FINISHING

Ch 1, turn; (sc, ch 1, sc) in first sc, sc in each sc across to last sc, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last sc; working in end of rows, sc evenly across to beginning ch (you should find 3 sc into side of every tr and 1 sc into all other rows works best); working in free loops of beginning ch, (sc, ch 1, sc) in first ch, sc in each ch across to last ch, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch; working in end of rows, sc evenly across; join with slip st to first sc, fasten off. 

Work in and trim any remaining ends

 

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Robynn Weldon

Robynn lives in London, UK, with her husband, Elfbaby, cat and a large amount of yarn, some of which she sells. She blogs about knitting (and crochet), and about Elfbaby. She is offering a rich reward (in yarn) to anyone able to clone her for purposes of increased knitting time, since other time management strategies seem to have failed.

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