As promised here is the 5th square in the series of 6 for this CAL.    This is another large one:

Square number 5

Square number 5

Look closely and you will see the first 4 rounds are a normal granny square, so this should be a quick one for you to make.

ABBREVIATIONS
The pattern is written in English crochet terms.
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space
I made my squares from one colour throughout, but if you want to change colours then simply join your new colour at the point you do a ss on each new round.
Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss
Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, 2tr into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch) into each of the next three 2ch-sps, 2tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, *(3tr, 1 ch) into the next 1ch-sp, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch) into the next 2ch-sp; repeat from * twice more, (3tr, 1ch) in next 1ch-sp, 2tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5 ch with a ss.
Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, *(3tr, 1 ch) into each of the next 2 1ch-sps, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch) into the next 2ch-sp; repeat from * twice more, (3tr, 1ch) into each of the next 2 1ch-sps, 2tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5 ch with a ss.
Round 5: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in next 1ch-sp, 1ch) 3 times, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, miss 1 st, 1ch, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * twice more, (miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in next 1ch-sp, 1ch) 3 times, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, miss 1 st, 1tr in first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Round 6: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *1tr in next st, 1ch, (1tr, 1ch) in each 1ch-sp up to the 2tr just before the next corner, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * twice more, 1tr in next st, 1ch, (1tr, 1ch) in each 1ch-sp up to the 2tr just before the next corner, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, 1tr in first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Round 7: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1ch, (1tr, 1ch) in each 1ch-sp up to the 3tr just before the next corner, miss 1 st, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * twice more, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1ch, (1tr, 1ch) in each 1ch-sp up to the 3tr just before the next corner, miss 1 st, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Round 8: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp,  join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of about 6m for sewing or crocheting together later.

You should have 31tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.
I made 3 of these in different colours, but you could do 4 or 5 if you prefer.

Please keep sharing progress on my Ravelry forum.

Next weekend is Easter, and many of you will have some spare time. So I will publish the last square and give you 2 layouts, so if you do have the time you can crochet away for the whole weekend! And as it is Easter maybe I will post it a day early :-)

Happy crocheting xxx

Last week I promised you something a little different, well maybe it is different but then again maybe it isn’t!

Here it is:

Number 4

Number 4

Firstly, you will have noticed it is bigger.  It is designed to be 4 times the size of squares 1 to 3, or twice the width and depth.  This will make the design more interesting, as you need to fit both sizes of square into your blanket.

Second is is very similar to square number 3, but it has more rounds.

This is the pattern:

ABBREVIATIONS
The pattern is written in English crochet terms.
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space

Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss

Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, (1tr, 1ch) into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *1tr in next st, 1tr in 1ch-sp, 1tr in next st, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, 1tr in next st, 1tr in 1ch-sp, 1tr in next st, 1tr into first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 4 times, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 4 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 5: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 8 times, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 8 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 6: as Round 4.

Round 7: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 12 times, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 12 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 8: as Round 4.

Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of about 6m for sewing or crocheting together later.

You should have 31tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.

I made a total of 5 of these in various colours.  If you want to add some multi coloured squares into your blanket this would be a good choice – I recommend changing colour every 2 rounds

I love this square; it has a regularity that pleases my eye and it has lots of possibilities.  You can carry on increasing the rounds until you make one huge blanket or you could stop at a cushion size (maybe you could make a cushion to match your final blanket?).  However, for this blanket I stopped at 8 rounds – just enough to make the design a little more challenging without being difficult to crochet :-)

Thinking ahead, some of you may think this larger square could pose a few joining problems, because if you join with a wide seam you may find 4 joined smaller squares end up a little bigger than one larger square.  But do not worry I have 2 layouts for you and a solution if you want wide seams.

Tune in next week for another large square!

Happy crocheting xxx

Today is Friday and that means a new motif!   So here is square no 3:

Number 3

Number 3

First a quick reminder on the abbreviations:
ABBREVIATIONS
The pattern is written in English crochet terms.
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space

And here’s the pattern:

Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss

Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, (1tr, 1ch) into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *1tr in next st, 1 tr in 1ch-sp, 1 tr in next st, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, 1tr in next st, 1 tr in 1ch-sp, 1 tr in next st 1tr into first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 4 times; (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 4 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of about 3m for sewing or crocheting together later.

You should have 15tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.

I made 16 of these in various colours.

Please keep sharing progress on my Ravelry forum.

Next week there will be a different sort of square….so stay tuned :-)

Happy crocheting xxx

PS if you love crochet you will love this new online yarn store.   It’s the same company as LoveKnitting with the same excellent service, just more of a focus on all things crochet.

 

 

A week has passed since I published the first square and I know some of you have already made plenty of them in varying colour schemes.   So I know you are ready for number 2 – here it is:

Number 2

Number 2

This is all one colour, but I have made another in pastel colours so you can see what each round looks like a little more clearly:

Number 2 in pastels

Number 2 in pastels

A reminder of the ABBREVIATIONS
The pattern is written in English crochet terms.
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space

Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss

Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, (1tr, 1ch) into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (2tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, *(1tr, 1ch) into next 1ch-sp, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr, 1ch) into the next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times,  (1tr, 1ch) into next 1ch-sp, 1tr into first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *(1tr, 1ch) in next st, (1tr, 1ch) in each of next two 1ch-sps, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st**, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 3 times but on the last repeat finish at **, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp,  join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of about 3m for sewing or crocheting together later.

You should have 15tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.

Make as many as you like of these but I made a total of 16, 1 each in Purple Mix and Olive Mix, 2 each in Forget-me-not and Orange Mix, 3 each in Blue and Red and 4 in Goldenrod.

Please join in the discussion and share your progress on my Ravelry forum here.

And tune in next week for square number 3.

Happy crocheting xx

 

Hello and welcome to the first part of the Blog Blanket CAL 2015 – this is the pattern for the first granny style square.

I love this little square, it starts out like a granny square but after the first 2 rounds it changes a  little.

First just a reminder about what I am using: I’m making my blanket in an aran weight yarn and I’m using a 4.5mm hook, but you may choose any yarn you like as long as you use a suitable hook.   My Yarn is DROPS Nepal (65% wool/35% alpaca, 50g/75m per ball) and I used 7 colours in all – Forget-me-not (8783), Red (3620), Goldenrod (2923), Purple Mix (4434), Olive Mix (7238), Medium Blue (6220) and Orange Mix (2920).  I am using 3 balls of each colour but I know I will need more for the border.   My finished blanket will be a little over 1.2m (4ft) square.

So here’s the pattern:

ABBREVIATIONS
The pattern is written in English crochet terms.
St(s) = stitch(es)
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp(s) = space(s)
Ch-sp(s) =chain space

I made each of my squares in the same colour each round, but if you want to change colours then simply join your new colour at the point you do a ss on each new round.   The square below has a different colour each round, to give you a clear idea of how the pattern works (and yes Judy, although this is in pastel shades, this is for you!).

Square no 1

Square no 1

Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss

Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, 2tr into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch) into each of the next three 2ch-sps, 2tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (2tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, *miss 1 st, (1tr, 1ch) into the next st, miss 1 st, (1tr, 1ch) into the next 1ch-sp, miss 1 st, (1tr, 1ch) into the next st, miss 1 st**, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr, 1ch) into the next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 3 times but on the last repeat end at **, 1tr into first 2ch-sp and join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp,  join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing or crocheting together later.

You should have 15tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.

This was my first square:

Drops Nepal square no 1

Drops Nepal square no 1

Using aran weight yarn and a 4.5mm crochet hook, my square came out at 12cm (about 4.5″) square before blocking.  If you were using double knit yarn and a 4mm hook, then your square will be about 10cm (4″).

You may make as many as you like of these but I made a total of 16, 3 in Purple Mix, 1 in Goldenrod, 4 in Olive Mix and 2 each of the other 4 colours.

I hope you enjoy making this motif and I would love to see what you make, so
please join in the discussion and share your progress on my Ravelry forum here.

Next week I will publish the second square in my blanket.

Happy crocheting xx

 

 

 

 

Last week I posted a few photos from the Christmas Blanket CAL with a hint of a new CAL to come.   Today I am launching that CAL.

This is the Blog Blanket CAL 2015, and I’m launching it now because I know some people have decided to have a ‘stash down’ for Lent, using yarn in their stash for the whole of Lent.   This blanket is a great stash buster, if you join in you will find that your stash diminishes quickly – freeing up space in your yarn cupboard for when you next go shopping!

So what type of blanket is it?

It’s made of square motifs, variations on the granny square.    If you can make a granny square then you can make this blanket and if you are an experienced crocheter you will find it a quick and relaxing make.  (If you want something challenging, then maybe this isn’t for you.)

There are no complicated stitches – it uses chain, treble (US double crochet) and slip stitch, and for the border maybe a few other stitches like double crochet and half treble.

There are 6 styles of square – each will be published at weekly intervals.  You can use as many of the styles as you like.

I am making mine in one colour per square, but you can use lots of colours if you like.

I will publish 2 types of layout towards the end of the CAL, but you can follow any layout you like and make it as big or small as you like.

I am using aran weight yarn but you can use any yarn provided you use a suitable hook size.

The finished size of mine will be about 1.2m (4ft) square but I haven’t decided what I will be doing for the border yet, so it may be a bit bigger.

This is what I am using:

Yummy yarn!

Yummy yarn!

For the main blanket I am using 21 balls of Drops Nepal, 75% wool/25% alpaca, 50g/75m per ball in 7 different colours.  The border will need more yarn – maybe another 3 balls.

And I am using a 4.5mm crochet hook.

Next week I will publish the first square, I hope this gives you enough time to gather your thoughts and your stash!

Happy crocheting xxx

Just popping by to give you an update on the Zodiac Crochet Blanket Club 2015.  This is February complete:

February

February

I am addicted to this club, and the pattern includes details of all motifs in the design so I can make them in advance of receiving the monthly layout plan.

The club is closed for those who want the whole package, but you can join the pattern only club and buy your own yarn.  Have a look at Amanda’s shop here where she has the crochet blanket and knitted blanket pattern clubs to buy.

 

Happy knitting and crocheting xxx

Do you remember the Christmas CAL 2014? It was a spontaneous CAL, I did not plan it in advance it just happened. And I enjoyed it so much!

My mind is now turning to blanket CALs again, and I am planning another. But before I share my plans with you I thought it would be good to show you some of the blankets that were made in the last CAL.

Here is Charita’s blanket. I love the subtle blue colour scheme. I love also the flower embellishments!

Charita's blanket

Charita’s blanket

And this is Nona’s blanket. I love the bright zingy colours, and I was astonished to discover this was her first blanket!

Nona's blanket

Nona’s blanket

This is Jen’s blanket. Some lovely soft colours in this one and she made it in only 9 days! Well done Jen!

Jen's blanket

Jen’s blanket

And this one is Vicky’s. She chose lovely autumnal colours.

Vicky's blanket

Vicky’s blanket

And remember I did a very simple edging on my blanket? Well Vicky chose to do something prettier. Here’s her edge.

Vicky's edge

Vicky’s edge

What I love the most about this sort of CAL is, even though we all start with the same design,  the colours, layouts and all types of variations mean no-one has an identical blanket. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone’s progress and final blankets. And I look forward to a similar experience soon!

Thank you Charita, Nona, Jen and Vicky for letting me share your photos.

Happy crocheting xxxx

Heart2Heart – a lovely crochet scarf with 2 hearts running through it.  A straightforward make using only 400m of 4ply/fingering weight yarn.

Heart2Heart

Heart2Heart

A perfect gift for your Valentine!   Pattern available here

Happy crocheting

Last weekend I decided it was time for another tidy up in my ‘yarn room’.  I have an addiction to yarn; when I see something I like I tend to buy it even if I have no particular use in mind.  A beautiful skein of 4 ply yarn could make a shawl, so it doesn’t matter if I have no use in mind, as a use will come to me one day, won’t it?!

You can imagine that this addiction means I have a large stash of yarn. However, I am quite organised – I keep a list of what I have on a spreadsheet and I store it all in large plastic tubs in a large cupboard.

When the cupboard starts to strain at the hinges, I know it is time for a tidy up!   Last weekend’s tidy up meant I found about 15 balls of yarn that I do not think I will use.  So I bagged it up and took it to knitgroup to give to any friends who wanted it (in return for a small donation to charity), and the small remaining amount went to the charity shop.  3 balls of yarn that were bagged up came straight out again when I realised they were red aran, and perfect for a little Valentine!  You see even at the point of giving away yarn, I can still find a use for it!

So out came my hook and I made this:

Valentine Heart

Valentine Heart

It’s a simple design, and I thought I’d share it with you.  A little Valentine gift for you.

I used Aran weight yarn and a 5mm hook.  
This is written in English crochet terms:
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Htr = half treble (US hdc)
Dtr = double treble (US tr)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space

Foundation chain
Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss.

Round 1 
3ch (counts as 1tr), 2tr in ring, 2ch, (3tr, 1ch) in ring, (3tr, 2ch) in ring, (3tr, 1ch) in ring, ss into 3rd ch from start to join.

Round 2
1ch (does not count as st), (1dc, 1htr) in top of 3ch, (1tr, 2dtr) in next st, (2dtr, 1tr) in next st, 1dc in 2ch-sp, (1tr, 2dtr) in next st, (2dtr, 1tr) in next st, (1htr, 1dc) in next st, 1dc in 1ch-sp, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, (1htr, 1ch, 1htr) in 2ch-sp, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, 1dc in 1ch-sp, ss to 1st dc to join.  Break yarn, fasten off and sew in ends.

Mine came out at 7cm tall by 7cm at the widest point.  And it is destined for bunting.  I also made a larger heart, which will be added to a pattern in due course.

Happy Valentines Day (yes a little early, but you need the time to make some Valentine hearts!) xxx

 

 

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