Rosslyn and Atlanticus (or Setting Challenges when you Don’t Need Them!)

Hello fellow fibre fanatics! It has been a while, I know, but I just wanted to share this with you all. We all need a challenge from time to time, and although I’m not in desperate need of a challenge at the moment, I thought I’d set myself one just for fun. In fact, two. What the hell: why not?!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve been crocheting a lot of Helen Shrimpton‘s blankets and blocks lately. Or maybe you haven’t noticed, but I’m telling you; I have. This year I have made her Heart of Friendship blanket and her Dream Weaver blanket and started on the Sweet Caroline CAL as well. Can you guess where this is going?!

Completed Heart of Friendship blanket (I’m not very tall, so I can’t take the photo square-on)
Completed Dream Weaver blanket
My start on Sweet Caroline – completed part one, but didn’t get much further…

So that is the first part of my challenge: as I am so enamoured by Helen Shrimpton’s designs, I have challenged myself to crochet all of her blankets, and to make blankets out of her individual block designs as well. Although I have started Sweet Caroline – and Radiance in fact – they have had to be put on the back burner while I work on Christmas presents.

Radiance as far as round 24

The second part of my challenge is along the same line: to crochet as much of Rosslyn as I can before the next part of Atlanticus is released on Monday (more of Atlanticus shortly).

Atlanticus – part eleven

As I finished part eleven of Atlanticus (pictured above) last Saturday, this effectively gave me eight days to work on Rosslyn. Here are my progress photos so far:

Rosslyn – up to round 25
Completed Rosslyn Mandala (up to round 45)
Rosslyn – baby blanket size

Up to round 61 – if I was stopping at baby blanket size, I would add a round of dc (US sc) here, but I’m making the whole thing. I’m using the Sacred Wisdom colourway, and it will be a Christmas gift for someone I know who isn’t very internet-savvy, so I think I’m fairly safe sharing this here. If not, ah well. They don’t know it’s for them and they’ll still appreciate it.


I started working on this crochet along run by Ness from Hooked on Sunshine when it started a few months ago. To say I was enchanted by the pre-CAL photos would be an understatement, but let’s say just that for now. Ness says the pattern will remain free on her blog forever, so if you want to make a start, head over hereto check out the requirements et cetera, and here for each downloadable part. Make sure you read the story of Atlanticus and Liliana!

I love this blanket so much, and I am overjoyed (to say the least) that there will be an accompanying Liliana blanket CAL soon! I can’t wait to start on this one, as it looks even more beautiful than Atlanticus did when he hooked me in, but alas I will have to wait until after Christmas to start on this beauty.

I am using Stylecraft Special DK for all of these blankets except for Radiance, for which I am using Stylecraft Life DK. When I pick it up again, I will write more about Radiance.

Hook sizes

Having worked Atlanticus with a 4mm hook and having to change to a 4.5mm during parts ten (I think) and eleven, I have decided to use my trusty 4.5mm hook for Radiance, even though the pattern suggests using a 4mm with the Stylecraft Special DK yarn. This is because the blanket (and so I guess the yarn as well) is much softer when crocheted with the larger hook. That’s not to say it isn’t soft with the smaller hook, because it is, it’s just soft-er with the larger hook. That is my personal preference, and I am in no way telling you that you should follow suit. Swatch and see which you prefer. Be warned though, that if you do use the larger hook, you will definitely need more yarn. I can’t crochet as tight as Helen Shrimpton does, so I inevitably need more yarn than stated in the pattern anyway.


I have really enjoyed writing this blog post today, and I hope you have enjoyed reading it as well. I am definitely going to get back to blogging, but I’m not promising frequency: I don’t see the point in writing a post for the sake of it if I don’t actually have anything to share, so don’t be surprised if I leave it a while before I post again. Also, I have really enjoyed crocheting with no need to blog about it: just crochet for crochet’s sake. So I might forget. Even though I have two more posts planned…

Well, that’s all for now, so keep crocheting and be good to yourself.

Shelly xx