So then I tried again a week ago and found this great video by Jayda. She takes it really slow, and really explains how the square is constructed with double crochet stitches.
I decided for my blanket to do lots of small 3 round squares in coordinating colours, like this beautiful blanket.
I wanted the same kind of random colour effect, but decided to choose just a few colours that go together pretty well. I'm not sure Mr Makes would be a huge fan of a really colourful one either...
So here are all the colours I chose:
The blues are a bit lighter than they look, and I've decided to do extra ivory squares, so the blanket doesn't look too dark. The wool is all acrylic and double knit and I'm using a 4mm hook. And here's how I'm getting on.... this is really only after a couple of hours work, I think it should grow actually pretty quick.
Rather than stitch all the squares together later, I've used the join as you go technique, which is so much easier and means you can decide on the order of the colours as you go too.
I have to admit that I've never been a huge fan of crochet, I prefer the look of lines of knitting rather than crochet, and there is often quite a lot a naff crocheted stuff out there. However since I've started I've found lots of things I can't wait to make, including an oversized clutch from Mollie Makes I'm going to attempt soon!