Orla Kiely Inspired Blanket

Don’t you just love it when flashes of inspiration come at you from different directions and combine to make something lovely?

For the last couple of weeks I’d been mulling over the idea of making a blanket for a friend, but couldn’t decide what pattern or colours to use. All the different combinations I looked at just didn’t seem right. Being indecisive was ok as I was still occupied with my Seaside Stash Busting Blanket.

As I was working on the long wave* sections of the blanket, it crossed my mind that a long wave blanket would look really good. It wasn’t much more than a fleeting thought, and I carried on with the next few rows of stitches.

Later that evening I was browsing Pinterest for colour inspiration and came across the Orla Kiely colour pack by Lusciously Loopy. Something zinged in my mind and the idea of the long wave stitch paired up with these gorgeous retro colours took hold!

I substituted a couple of the colours to make use of yarn that was already on my shelves, so I’m using Lincoln instead of Pistachio and Vintage Peach instead of Soft Peach, but think the colours all look great together!

I’m planning to use each colour four times, with a row of cream between each colour. The first block of colours will be worked in this order…

Tomato, Lincoln, Mocha, Silver, Meadow, Vintage Peach, Mustard, Duck Egg Blue, Spice. All yarn is stylecraft Special DK.

The first few rows are looking so very retro! I’m loving it and can’t wait to see how it looks when all the colours get involved! I’ll be posting updates on Instagram, but will be sure to share my next block of colours when I’ve worked out what they will be!

*You can find the tutorial for the long wave stitch on week 4 of Coastal Crochet’s CAL. There’s even a useful video!

2 thoughts on “Orla Kiely Inspired Blanket

    1. Thank you Eleonora! I’ve loved working on this blanket so much – I can’t wait to see which stitches you’ll use next! 🙂

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