Woo hoo! part 6!

Part 6 of the Winter Blanket CAL has just been published.   It includes some texture in the form of raised stitches as well as some openwork.

Here it is:

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There are 4 of this square needed for the blanket, and that means that the centre 25 suqares are now released.  Do you want to see what it looks like?

Well here it is in all the glorious colour:

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One of the 6 published squares isn’t seen on this block, but the other 5 are there.

Only 2 squares and the edging to go before it is all complete!

You can find the pattern here and join in the discussion here.

Happy crocheting xx

 

 

 

Reviewing and updating

I started to publish my designs over 5 years ago (Phew! where did the time go?), and now I have a portfolio of over 150 designs and 10 ebooks.  But 5 years is a long time in the design world and my pattern layout has changed.  Also I didn’t start making crochet charts until September 2012 (when I purchased the software).  So one of my plans for 2016 is to review my oldest patterns and re-vamp if necessary.

I’ve already done my first review and re-vamp (and it’s not yet the end of January!).  I chose a favourite old pattern that I think doesn’t date and is very adaptable.   The Squeeee-easy Crochet Cowl:

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The pattern is re-styled and now includes charts. I also re-made the cowl in some different yarn.  The original was made in lovely soft Mirasol Miski yarn (above), 100% Llama, which is still available but is pricey – the snug version of the cowl would take 2 skeins at a total cost of £13 to £14.

I chose a slightly thicker yarn for the re-make – Lang Sempione, a blend of Wool, Acrylic and Mohair – and I made a slightly larger size, using under 3 balls, and it is more affordable, but just as squishy, at less than £9 total.

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The pattern includes details of how I varied it for size and yarn, as well as suggestions for how to adapt it further in size or for different yarns.

You a find the pattern on Ravelry here.  And as a special offer until midnight tonight, you can purchase it for half price, that’s only £1, if you use coupon code RENEW.

My next re-vamp is a more recent pattern, but I’ll save telling you  about that another day, until then

Happy crocheting xx

Winter Blanket CAL part 5

First an apology.  I didn’t show you my progress on motif no 4, so here it is:

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For my CAL blanket I made all 4 of this motif in the teal colour, bringing a bit more depth to the colour scheme.   So I now have 25 completed motifs out of 49, just over half done!

What next?   Well here is motif no 5:

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I call this ‘Flower and Mesh’ and there are 8 needed in the design.   With the colours of the sample, I had a great time mixing the flower colours on different backgrounds!  Maybe I’ll share a few photos of the completed sample next……..

Motif no 5 has been added to the CAL pattern, which now runs to 11 pages.  You can find it here and you can discuss your progress and ask questions here.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

Winter Blanket CAL part 4

Here’s motif number 4:

Motif no 4
Motif no 4

I call this ‘Openwork’ and it is quick to hook up.  Only 4 of these are needed in the design so, after a mammoth 9 motifs of motif no 3, it should be a welcome relief to complete this week!   And if you are following the exact design, then once these 4 are complete you will have done 25 out of 49 motifs – so roughly halfway 🙂

The pattern has been updated to include this motif and the locations in the blanket, it also includes a chart for motif 4 (for those who prefer charts).

If you want to join in the CAL you can find the pattern here and the Ravelry discussion thread here.

Happy crocheting xxx

Winter Blanket CAL part 3

Happy New Year!

And Happy Motif no 3!

Motif 3 hot of the hook!
Motif 3 hot of the hook!

This is straight from the hook and unblocked.  The next one is blocked and joined into the blanket:

Motif 3
Motif 3

I love this – I called it Four Flowers (for obvious reasons!) and I made 9 of them in random colours to go into the blanket; one in the centre and the other 8 spread out evenly.  I have already put hook to yarn and started the first one for the CAL blanket I am making along with you – I’m using the bright colours as flowers and several background colours.  I will share photos once they are complete.

If you want to join in the CAL you can find the pattern here and the Ravelry discussion thread here.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

Winter Blanket CAL update

Just popping by to give you a quick update on my CAL progress.    I have now completed all 4 of the second motif, and all in the same colour: Fern.

Here’s the progress shot:

Motif 2
Motif 2

I now have 12 motifs complete, and all use Fern as the main colour – so the little balls to the right of the basket are all I have left of Fern.  Just enough for one more motif – which will be one of Motif 3 and which I plan to put in the centre of the blanket.    I am looking forward to Motif 3 – I know what it is and the temptation to start is huge!  But I will resist 🙂

Happy crocheting xx.

Winter Blanket CAL part 2

Well the big day is over, and you’re probably stuffed full of food and wanting some not too strenuous exercise.   So how about tackling square number 2 in the Winter Blanket CAL?  Wielding that hook will get you moving and maybe when you’ve done a motif you’ll gain that sense of achievement which will power you up for a Boxing Day walk 🙂  Or maybe you’ll just prefer to lounge on the sofa and make more motifs!

As a reminder about requirements have a re-read of this post.

Now onto motif number 2:

First a reminder of 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

MOTIF 2 – AGATHI

I call this motif Agathi.  Agathi is a lovely lady called who has a craft shop in Kassiopi, Corfu.   The open filet style design is inspired by one of her motifs, but is not as complex.

This motif is best made in one colour throughout.

Motif 2 - Agathi
Motif 2 – Agathi

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), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st**, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in 2ch-sp on the corner; repeat from * another 2 times and then from * to ** once, finish with 1tr in the first 2ch-sp and join to 3rd ch from start with a ss. 

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

Round 6: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1ch-sp, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 1ch, miss 1 st, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1ch-sp) 3 times, 1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 1ch, miss 1ch-sp, 1tr in next st, 1ch**, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) into the next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, then from * to ** once, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 7: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, (1tr, 1ch) in each tr along each side (missing all the 1ch-sps and the centre tr of each group  of 3tr) and (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in each 2ch-sp on the corner, 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 3m for sewing or crocheting together later.

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

This is where I placed the motifs on my blanket:

Agathi motif is shown as 2
Agathi motif is shown as 2

Today the pattern is published on Ravelry here, including a chart for Agathi.  The next 6 motifs will be added to this pattern on a weekly basis, with photos and progress updates shown here on the blog.

Of course, you may prefer to use just the 2 motifs I have published here on the blog. So here are a couple of possible layouts you may like to try:

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Agathi motif is shown as a cross, solid motifs are shown as shaded squares2
Agathi motif is shown as a cross, solid motifs are shown as shaded squares

There is a discussion thread in my Ravelry group here.  Please join in the fun!

Happy crocheting xxx

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

I wish all my lovely readers a great day, whether you celebrate Christmas or not.

And here for you all is the final reveal of the Soothing Mandala CAL.  I hope it brings light and joy into your lives.

Shell edge
Shell edge
Picot edge
Picot edge

The pattern can be found here (in US terms and English terms) and the Ravelry discussion thread is here.

Happy holidays xxx

Soothing Mandala Part 4

Part 4 is now published.  Today there is one new round, bringing the mandala up to 6 rounds now.

I’ve given you only little peeks so far, but today I thought you’d like to see Part 4 in all it’s glory:

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There’s still time to join in the CAL, so pop along to Ravelry to get the pattern.  Further details here.

Happy crocheting xxx