2020 Blanket CAL – Part 4

It is week 4 of the 2020 Blanket CAL, so Motif D has been added to the pattern on Ravelry.

This is it, the web is spreading!

DSC03840

I love Motif D, I think it would make a beautiful blanket without the other motifs.

Last week, I promised you a sneak peek of the finished blanket – so here it is

DSC03863

This has grown to be my favourite blanket and I know I will use these motifs again and again.  I have seen some lovely blankets emerging on Ravelry and Facebook – please keep you progress photos flowing 🙂

Only 2 more motifs to be released, then the border.  How did we get halfway through so quickly?

Happy crocheting xxx

 

 

 

 

 

International Crochet Month is coming!

March is International Crochet Month and I like to celebrate it in some way.  I have been involved in blog tours, released free patterns and run mini mystery CALs during March in previous years but I have been in a quandary over what to do this year.  My Blanket CAL is still ongoing so I don’t want to run another CAL at the same time.  Oh, decisions can be hard sometimes!

But I finally made my decision and it’s time to share it 🙂

This year I will publish 4 new patterns during March – a set of small mandalas, a bag in T-shirt yarn and 2 different shawls.   These will be published at weekly intervals and each will be available at a discount for a very short time.  So keep watching the blog, Ravelry and Facebook to see when the patterns and discounts go live.

Here’s a bright little preview

DSC03928

Happy crocheting xxx

 

2020 Blanket CAL – Part 3

The third motif of the Honeycomb Web Blanket has been published on Ravelry.  If you purchased the pattern then you should have received an email from Ravelry with a link to the updated pattern.

This is Motif C:

DSC03835

It isn’t very different from Motif B and some of you may have guessed what it would look like!  You have only 6 of these to make this week, which gives people a bit of time to catch up but also gives plenty of time to sew the motifs together.  You must align Motif C in the right direction as you join, as shown in this photograph:

DSC03867

This week I have seen more variations in colours and yarns, some have chosen a ‘honey’ colour scheme, some are soft blends of colours and some are quite random.  They all look lovely and it is a joy to see them, so keep sharing your progress on Ravelry and Facebook.

Would you like a sneak preview of the final blanket?  I’ll share a photo next week when I publish Motif D.

Happy crocheting xxx

2020 Blanket CAL – Part 2

It’s Saturday and I’m so pleased to announce that Part 2 of the blanket CAL has been published.   Here is Motif B

DSC03838

If you are following the layouts in the pattern you will make 12 of these for the 4ply blanket and 6 of these for the DK blanket.    Don’t forget to join them as you finish them to make your work easier later on.

This is how they should look once joined

DSC03869

Please join in the fun and share your makes on Ravelry and Facebook.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

 

 

2020 Blanket CAL – Part 1

The wait is over – Part 1 of the Honeycomb Web Blanket is published on Ravelry.   If you purchased the pattern you should have received an update email from Ravelry and the updated pattern including Part 1 will be in your Ravelry library.

And here it is – Motif A:

DSC03842

This is a hexagon within a hexagon.  If you are following the 4ply layout, then you will make 19 of these and if you are following the DK layout you will make 7.   Although I have made each motif in a single colour, I think this would work well with the centre of the hexagon a different colour, and I would love to see variations of this 🙂

All these are placed in the centre of the blanket, so you can join them as soon as you have made them (or after the first 2!), which would be great management as leaving the joining until the end makes it a daunting task.

Please share your progress on Facebook and Ravelry.

Until next Saturday, happy crocheting xxx

Are you ready?

Are you ready for the Blanket CAL?

The first motif in the Honeycomb Web Blanket CAL will be published on Saturday 1st February, that’s less than 2 days away.  The introduction to the pattern, which includes details of yarn needed, is available now on Ravelry.  So if you haven’t already got your yarn and hook ready you have a little time to hot foot it to your LYS!

DSC03890 (2)

Don’t forget, if you haven’t purchased the pattern yet, the early bird discount of 50% expires at midnight GMT on 31st January – use coupon code EARLY on checkout from Ravelry to obtain the discount.

See you on Saturday (at around noon UK time).

Happy crocheting xxx

 

Eco showers

Two years ago I spent some time designing and testing my perfect shower mitt, which I made of linen.  My ultimate design became the Linen Mitt.

DSC03116

I use these mitts in the shower daily but I also love lots of suds and last year I decided to take a natural sponge and encase it in a linen bag with a hanging loop.  This morning I needed a new one, so as it was a Crochet Club morning I took a sponge and some linen yarn with me to make a new shower sponge.  This is simple and quick to make and was admired, so I decided to share the pattern on here, along with a few photos from this morning!

WP_20200122_011

Materials

I used a natural sponge about 15cm high and 12cm across, this is probably the largest size I like to use (my last one was slightly smaller).  The linen was linen thread by Namolio.  And I used a 3mm crochet hook.

Abbreviations (UK crochet terms)
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
tr = treble
ss = slip stitch
sp(s) = space(s)

The pattern

Start with 4ch and join into a ring with a ss

Round 1: 4ch (counts as 1tr, 1ch), (1tr in ring, 1ch) 8 times, join to 3rd ch from start with a ss

Round 2: ss into 1ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (1tr, 2ch) in each 1ch-sp around, join to 3rd ch from start with a ss

WP_20200122_001

Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 6ch (counts as 1tr, 3ch), (1tr, 3ch) in each 2ch-sp around, join to 3rd ch from start with a ss

At this point I want to start making bigger loops, so rather than work in tr with ch-sps, I use long ch loops and use dc

Round 4: ss into 3ch-sp, 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in same 3ch-sp, *5ch, 1dc in next 3ch-sp; repeat from * until you have done a dc in the last 3ch-sp, 2ch and work 1tr into the first dc of the round (this forms the last 5ch loop and places your hook in the right position to start the next round)

WP_20200122_004

Now carry on increasing the size of your ch loops to about 12 over the next few rounds

So Round 5: ss into 5ch loop, 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in same 5ch loop, *8ch, 1dc in next 5ch loop; repeat from * until you have done a dc in the last  ch loop, 4ch and work 1tr into the first dc of the round (this forms the last 8ch loop)

Check it against your sponge as you go

WP_20200122_005

I then did 4 more rounds of loops, using 12ch in the loops and checked against the sponge, I found at this point that the linen stretched all around the sponge and I was ready to seal it in.

WP_20200122_006

Now keep your sponge inside the linen ‘bag’ to start sealing it in.

Next round: *1ch, 1dc in next 12ch loop; repeat from * to end of round and ss to 1st ch

Last round: ss in 1st 1ch-sp, *1dc in 1ch-sp, 1ch: repeat from * to end of round, ss to 1st dc

You may wish to repeat the last round, missing out some 1ch-sps to tighten it a bit more

Finally, make about 40ch and ss back to the start of your ch, break yarn, fasten off and sew in all ends.

WP_20200122_010

Voila!  Your new eco shower sponge is ready for use.   These also make perfect gifts with a bar of natural soap.

Happy crocheting xxx

This pattern and photos are copyright.

Breeze

Breeze is my favourite cowl from my book Cowling Around (available as a printed book from my Etsy shop or an ebook from Ravelry) and features as the cover project.  I am pleased to announce that it is now available as an individual pattern, written in both UK and US terms, priced at £4.   It uses 700m of 4ply, fingering or sport weight yarn.

Until midnight GMT on 31st January 2020 you can purchase the individual pattern at a 25% discount on Ravelry if you use coupon code 25OFF at checkout.

LJP_2105

Happy crocheting xxx

It’s here!

DSC03890 (2)

Honeycomb Web Blanket is the name of the 2020 Blanket CAL.  The blanket is made up of hexagonal motifs; there are 5 styles of hexagon and one half hexagon.  The CAL starts on 1st February when the first motif of the blanket will be published.  However, the introduction part of the pattern is available now on Ravelry here.  This includes details of yarn used, how many motifs will be made, abbreviations and hints and tips.  If you purchase the pattern before the CAL starts there are some early bird discounts available – use coupon code SUPEREARLY up until midnight GMT tomorrow (19th January) to obtain a 75% discount (that makes the cost only £1), after that using the coupon code EARLY up until midnight GMT on 31st January will give you a 50% discount.

Updates will be made to the pattern from 1st February on a weekly basis, making 7 parts in total (5 full hexagons, one half hexagon and the border).  The blanket is designed for 4ply yarn but can be made in any yarn and estimates for DK yarn are included in the pattern.

The CAL will be hosted in my Ravelry group and on Facebook.

So come and join the fun!

Happy crocheting xxxx

Imminent…..

Keep your eyes on the blog this weekend as I plan to publish the introduction to the blanket CAL within 48 hours!  As usual, the pattern will be at a deep discount before the CAL starts (on 1st February) – in fact very deep for 48 hours, then not quite as deep until the start.

DSC03889

Happy crocheting xxx