Starting a crochet blanket - how to choose the wool

How to choose the wool and colours for a crochet granny blanket

Choosing the wool is one of the best parts of doing crochet. You can spend hours just standing in a wool shop staring at the colours. I'm drawn to the bold colours straightaway. I pick out the turquoise, dark pinks, navy, and greens. Often times, I walk into a wool shop and think I'm going to do a completely different project but I end up walking out with a mixture of wools that I didn't even intend to buy.

My intention for this project was that it was going to be a knitted green and cream blanket! But, as soon as I walked into the shop and was reminded that I had in fact done a lot of work on crochet "granny" squares previously, I decided to go ahead and make it happen. Why, there was no point in starting out a new project when I had an old one to finish, right?

For this I used a mixture of double-knit acrylic wools. I used the cheap baby wools as they are machine washable which is what you need for this kind of blanket which is going to be thrown over chairs, sofas and beds. Since this was my first crochet blanket I didn't think there was much point in investing in high-end wool that was likely to shrink when washed.

So here's my how to of choosing the wool:

1) Make sure you know what you are making when you walk into the shop

2) Estimate the size of your blanket and chalk it down

3) Consult a colour wheel - this will help you to make sure that your colours compliment each other. 

4) Know what size crochet hook you have. I recommend a 4mm hook to start along with double-knit wool (if you have a different size hook, you might need to use an alternative size wool)

5) Estimate how much wool you will need. The assistant will help you out with this but my advice is to get more rather than less. I've walked out of stores with only one of each colour and then the next time I walk out with a colour that isn't quite the same. Sometimes the artificial lighting in stores make it look much different from how it would in the daylight at home. 

6) Keep a note of all the codes from the wool you've used. It's easy to throw away the labels, but these will really help you if you're searching for a matching wool down the line.

7) Now go enjoy it! It's awesome shopping for wool!