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Large Blanket for the Lounge

large-lounge-blanket-2Back in 2013 I made a lovely blanket for our lounge, in rich red, browns and cream.  The colours suited our house perfectly.  One evening, in winter last year, we had friends over for dinner.  Afterwards we were relaxing and chatting on the sofa.  One of our friends said she was a little chilly and grabbed the blanket to put over her knee…and her husband took the opportunity to cuddle up.  Then ensued a raft of complaints that the blanket wasn’t anywhere near large enough to put over two people’s knees.  Crisis!  Or as I like to think of it….and opportunity to make another one.

So, over the course of this winter (no chance of course of me getting my act together over summer) I embarked on making a larger blanket.  I ended up using the same colours as the smaller blanket, with the addition of an oat colour.  This was somewhat driven by the limitation of wool available in little ole New Zealand.

I began in mid-May (the beginning of winter here) and have only just today finished it….in time for spring!  The pattern is a DROPS Design and was easy to follow (130-6 Like a Wildflower) which you can find easily on Ravelry.  The pattern calls for cotton, but as mentioned, we are somewhat limited here and I didn’t want to buy over the internet and risk the colours being wrong.  When I had “finished” crocheting all the squares together I thought that it looked too long and thin, so added an addition column.  I finished with a Treble Scallop edging.

I am very pleased with the final result, and love that the cream flowers are raised (I did steam iron flat to a certain extent as they were curled inwards).

And, the blanket is definitely large enough for two people to cuddle up together and keep warm with!

large-lounge-blanket-1

Joining Granny Squares

I had some 4 ply merino wool that I wanted to use up.  The easiest way seemed to just make a bunch of granny squares.  Easy peasy.

Lounge Blanket 3Then it came to joining them.  In the past I have either sewn them together, or used a single crochet stitch.  Sewing them together gives a nice flat finish on both sides, whereas crocheting them together leaves a ridge on either the front or the back depending on which you choose.  On the blanket shown to the left, I used it as part of the detail of the blanket.  Both are nice, so it just depends on the look you are after.  Some say that it should be on the wrong side, but I figure it’s all about what you like the look of.

For this latest blanket I thought I’d try something new, since the squares themselves were pretty plain.  I had seen a lovely style in the past when looking on the internet, so after a little bit of Googling, I worked out it was called “Flat Braid Crochet Join”.  I found this really good tutorial that uses different coloured wool so it was easy to follow.  The link is here.  I used chains of 5 on the sides, and 7 on the corners because the 3/5 combo was a bit tight and I got curling of the corners.  I haven’t quite finished my blanket yet, but here is a photo of what I have done so far:

4 Ply Blanket 1

Whilst I was doing my investigation about what type of method I wanted to use, I also found this great tutorial on the “Zipper” method which is flat.  I will definitely give that a go in the future.

I also found this video for the “Grafting” method which also looks really interesting.

Of course the worst part of doing all of this internet searching is that my brain is now overloaded with so many inspirational ideas!  I’ll have to hurry up and finish the blanket I’m working on so that I can get onto the next project!!

Cotton Christening Blanket

Cotton Blanket 1I had only ever crocheted using wool as the yarn, and wanted to give Cotton a try.  It seemed to me that the detail of the stitches was more apparently with cotton so presented quite a different look to wool.

I decided to go with a Granny Square blanket so toyed with some ideas and finally settled on a pattern which I blogged about a short while ago.  That in itself was an new experience because I had somewhat ‘winged’ the pattern and when I drew it out it was complex enough that I wasn’t confident that someone else would be able to follow it.  Thanks to AmigurumiBB who trialed it for me, I ironed out the awkward bits and posted the final version:  “Stunning Cotton Granny Square

Cotton Blanket 3Well, several months later (Yip!  It took me that long!) I have finished the blanket.  What a mission!  The granny square was so detailed that on average I only made 1 per evening.  Mind you, I did make some other bits and pieces in between, such as the gorgeous baby blanket for a friend of mind and Minon hats.

I stitched the squares together, rather than crochet them.  I really like the border that I went for…but that’s probably another post sometime later……

I hope you like the blanket.  My next issue is wondering what to do with it……..

A Granny Square Blanket for the living room

Lounge Blanket 2Back in May I had finished making a large granny square blanket for a friend, and decided that it was about time I made one for us!  I was about 20% through this blanket when my beloved started bringing in a heap of orders for Angry Bird Hats….BirdsPigs….and more Pigs….. So our blanket went into hibernation!

In the last 2 weeks I have refused to make any hats and so have finally managed to finish our blanket.  I’m very pleased with it, as the colors go perfectly with our colour scheme……reds, browns, creams….lovely warm colors for this wintery time of year.

Lounge Blanket 3Below is the pattern that I used.  It is highly modified from a pattern I found on the internet on the Garn Studio site here.  The reason I modified the pattern was that it seemed to have a few errors, but mainly because I don’t cope very well with things that are uneven.  I didn’t like going from stitches dividable by 4 to a pattern dividable by 3.  I also using a different method to join my squares, and came up with my own borders.

So, if you like the original, knock your sock off 🙂  If you’re like me and have to have it ‘mathematically’ even, you can follow as below or download a printable version here: Granny Square Blanket Pattern

Granny Square Blanket

MEASUREMENTS
Width: approx 90 cm / 35½”
Length: approx 110 cm / 43 3/8”

MATERIALS
Moda Vera 8ply DK Wool:
350 g No 08, Cream
200 g No 24, Brown
200 g No 09, Ruby
200 g No 68, Shitake

ABBREVIATIONS
Ch = Chain.
Dc = Double crochet.
Rep = Repeat.
Sc = Single crochet.
Sk = Skip
Sl st = Slip stitch.
Sp = Space.
St(s) = Stitch(es).

INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Ch 3 at beg of round counts as dc.
Use 5mm (H) Hook
US Stitches

COLOR COMBINATION
Square 1:
Round 1-2: Brown
Round 3: Cream
Round 4-5: Shitake
Round 6-8: Cream

Square 2:
Round 1-2: Ruby
Round 3: Shitake
Round 4-5: Brown
Round 6-8: Cream

Square 3:
Round 1-2: Brown
Round 3: Cream
Round 4-5: Ruby
Round 6-8: Cream

Square 4:
Round 1-2: Shitake
Round 3: Brown
Round 4-5: Ruby
Round 6-8: Cream

Square 5:
Round 1-2: Ruby
Round 3: Brown
Round 4-5: Shitake
Round 6-8: Cream

Square 6:
Round 1-2: Shitake
Round 3: Ruby
Round 4-5: Brown
Round 6-8: Cream

BLANKET
Crochet a total of 30 squares, 5 of each color combination – see above.

SQUARE
ROUND 1: Magic Ring, ch 4 (= 1 dc), * 1 dc in ring, ch 1 *, repeat from *-* a total of 5 times, finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round = 6 dc.

ROUND 2: ch 3 (= 1 dc), 1 dc in the first ch, *ch 1, dc2tog in next ch, ch 1, dc2tog in next dc *, rep from *-*, dc2tog in next ch, ch 1 and 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round = 12 dc-groups. Cut the thread.

ROUND 3: Change color. Ch 3, 2 dc in next ch sp, ch 1, * 3 dc in next ch, ch 1 *, rep from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round. Cut the thread.

ROUND 4: Change color. ch 1, 1 sc in first ch, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch, ch 3, 1 sc in the next ch, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch, ch 7, 1 sc in the same ch *, repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in first sc from beg of round.

ROUND 5: ch 1, 1 sc in the same ch, * skip the 3-ch-loop, in the next 3-ch-loop crochet as follows: 1 sc in sc from previous round, 4 dc, ch 1, 4 dc. Skip the next 3-ch-loop, in 7-ch-loop crochet as follows: 1 sc in sc from previous round, 6 dc, ch 2, 6 dc *, repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in first sc from beg of round. Cut the thread.

ROUND 6: Change color. *Dc in the next sc, ch 3, 1 sc in ch in the 8-dc-group, ch 3, 1 dc in next sc, ch 5, in corner (2 ch-loop) crochet as follows: 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc, ch 5 *, repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in dc from beg of round.

ROUND 7: ch 3 (counts as first dc), *4 dc in 3-ch-loop, 4 dc in next 3-ch-loop, 5 dc in 5-ch-loop, in corner (3-ch-loop) crochet as follows: 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, 5 dc in next 5-ch-loop *, repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round.

ROUND 8: ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 16 dc, * in corner (2-ch-loop) crochet as follows: 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc. Then 1 sc in the next 24 dc * repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sc in each of the last 8 sc, 1 sl st in first ch from beg of round. Cut the thread. Fasten all thread ends.

ASSEMBLY
Place the squares as shown below with 5 squares horizontally and 6 squares vertically – see above.  Crochet squares together with Cream and hook size 5 mm / H/8 using SC.

BORDER
Round 1: Using Cream, SC around entire blanket
Round 2: Using Brown, DC around entire blanket
Round 3: Using Ruby, Join at 2nd st left of corner, Ch 3, 2 dc, *(sk 3, 3 dc in sp) to corner.  2 dc in corner sp, ch 2, 2 dc. Rep from *. Sl st to end.
Round 4: Using Shitake, DC around entire blanket.  Every 3rd st in sp between 3 dc groups of previous round.