Can I share a secret? I can't actually chain properly ~ it's the reverse of what it's suppose to be! I chained 240 stitches using size 5 hook, casted off, and started from the other end which is handy because if I mess up the pattern, I don't need to re-count the chains. I used a size 4 hook to crochet the rest of the pattern which suits me as my stitches are tight.
I started off with two lots of 100g Vera Moda yarn ~ dark, medium and light purple, and dark, medium and light pink, but ending up buying additional balls of the medium and light shades. I had plenty of the dark yarns left so I was able to crochet three rows for the side borders.
There are sixty-six rows of colour with three rows for each colour so that a total of one hundred and ninety eight rows! The completed blanket measures 145cm (W) x 147cm (L).
I haven't decided on my next crochet project yet but I'm keen to use the Stylecraft Special DK yarns I ordered from the UK over a year ago so stay tuned...