Bohemian Blooms Crocheted Blanket by Janie Crow
At this point Janie Crow is a household name amongst fibrecrafters, and for good reason. Janie knows exactly how to make textures and patterns and colours just work together, without the pattern seeming overcrowded or lost in itself. This particular blanket began as a crochet-along, and the structure of the formatting has transferred over into this book with multiple photos and descriptions helping you along the way. This means that while this is definitely for an adventurous crocheter, you will have help the whole way through, and if you're more to the beginner end of the spectrum you're going to learn a lot of fabulous techniques from this book.
Janie's written all about the design process and the inspirations for this blanket in the introduction (the English countryside and cottages and the arts-and-crafts movement), inspiring you in turn to create something truly beautiful. She gives you a recommended colour scheme, too, but try mixing and matching your own colours to make it 100% yours. Reach out if you need help, there's nothing we love more than colour planning.
We don't stock any of the yarns in the originals, but to get you started on your own unique blanket we recommend:
King Cole Pricewise DK - our basic acrylic with the largest range of colours in the shop.
King Cole Majestic DK - A great wool/acrylic blend made with colourwork in mind.
King Cole Cottonsoft DK - Cotton gives great stitch definition, so all your work will really be on display.
All of these large ranges can be supplemented with our smaller ranges of solid colour yarns. We'd avoid self stripers and flecks as the colours are worked in such small individual sections that it wouldn't scan as well.
You'll need a 3.5mm, 4mm, and 4.5mm hook. You might benefit from some stitch markers, too!