25.3.17

Dot - free blanket pattern and tutorial

Hello! Today I'm going to talk through the making of Dot step by step. It's a nice and easy pattern for beginners and experienced hookers alike. 
If you don't need step by step help, please feel free to skip to end where there's a written motif pattern for you 😊



It's made from Scheepjes Colour Crafter which is 100% premium acrylic and is available in 100g balls. A blanket designed to be easy care. My blanket is a cot sized blanket (34"x48") but you can easily make more squares to increase the size.
Ok let's get started!

Ingredients

Scheepjes Colour Crafter in the following colours:
Sint Niklaas x 2 balls
Malmedy x 1 ball
Den Helder x 1 ball
Bastogne x 1 ball
Terneuzen x 1 ball
Wilnis x 1 ball
Knokke x 1 ball
Charleroi x 1 ball
4mm crochet hook
Scissors
Darning needle to weave in ends
Blocking board and pins

How To

(We are working in UK English crochet terms)
Please bear in mind that I am left handed when looking at the photos 😉

Begin with your chosen coloured yarn. 


Make a magic circle (I always wrap my yarn around my fingers twice to make a secure circle)
Round 1. Working into the circle, chain 3 to make your first stitch and then work another treble crochet and chain 1. Next work 2 treble crochet stitches and chain 1, repeat this 6 more times so that you end up with 8 sets of 2 treble crochets separated by a chain stitch. 


Join with a slip stitch into the third chain of your first stitch. Now pull the tail of your magic circle tight. 


Round 2. Slip stitch into the next chain space to get you into the starting position for this round. Now we are going to make some treble clusters into the chain spaces made in the previous round. The first cluster is made slightly differently as we need to make the first stitch. Chain 2 to make the first stitch, yarn over hook and insert into the chain space, pull through 2 loops, repeat this twice more (you should have 4 loops on your hook) yarn over hook and pull through all 4 loops and chain 3. Yarn over hook and insert your hook into the next chain space, pull through 2 loops. Repeat this 3 times. You will have 5 loops on your hook (see photo above). Yarn over hook and pull through all 5 loops, chain 3. Repeat this 6 more times.


Join with a slip stitch to the first cluster.


Round 3. In this round we are going to make some puff stitches. A little fiddly but effective!
Slip stitch into the next 3 chain space. Yarn over hook, insert into the chain space and pull through, repeat 4 times so you will have 11 loops on your hook (as in photo above),  yarn over hook and pull through all 11 loops....this is the tricky bit!


It should like the photo above!


Now secure this by chaining 2. Work a double crochet into the top of the next cluster and chain 2. Make another puff stitch into the next chain space, chain 2 and double crochet into the top of the next cluster, chain 2. Repeat this for the rest of the round.


Join with a slip stitch.
Fasten off yarn. 
Don't worry if your circle curls up a bit at the edges, that will settle when we work the next round. 


Round 4. With the grey yarn, join in any 2 chain space. Chain 2 (counts as first half treble crochet) and work 2 more half treble crochets into the same chain space. Into the next 2 chain space work 3 half treble crochets. It should look something like the photo above. 


To  make the corner, into the next chain space work 1 half treble, 1 treble and 1 double treble, chain 1 and move onto the next chain space. Into that space work 1 double treble, 1 treble and 1 half treble. Your corner should look like the photo above!


So continue to work 3 half trebles into the next 2 sets of chain spaces and then make a corner as before. 


It should look like this! Fasten off and weave in the ends. 

So that's how you make the squares. 
For a cot sized blanket measuring approximately 34"x48" I made a total of 117 squares which when blocked measured 4" each. 
I made 17 squares in each of 5 colours and then 16 in the last 2 colours. 


Next step is to block your squares. I pinned mine to my blocking board and then gave them a good soaking with the spray gun!

Joining


Lay your squares in the order that want them to be joined. 
(Mine are unblocked for this tutorial!)


Next place right sides together and work a double crochet in the corner chain space. Chain 3 and work a double crochet in the space between the next set of 3 stitches. Repeat this to corner space. Instead of fastening of pick up your next pair of squares and repeat the process.


You should end up with a row of sets of squares joined like this although yours will be longer!
Continue joining your squares like this. So on the next row you will be adding 1 square at a time to the 2 already joined if that makes sense?


You'll end up with rows of horizontal joins. Joining by using this method cuts down on joining and fastening off and ultimately doesn't have so many ends to weave in which is always a bonus!!!


Once you have made all of your horizontal joins you can start on the vertical joins using the same method.


It should end up something like this on the reverse..... 


And this on the right side! I don't weave my ends in at this point as I find it much neater to weave them into the border stitches but it's entirely up to you. 

Border


I have opted for a very simple border of linen stitch. Using the grey yarn, start by joining into a corner chain space, work a double crochet, chain 3, double crochet into the corner space, chain 1 miss 1 stitch and double into the top of the next stitch. Continue along each edge in this pattern and work a double, chain 3 double into each corner space. Join with a slip stitch. You may have to fudge a little for the first round 😉
On the next round you are going to make your double crochets into the chain spaces and a double, chain 3 double crochet into the corner spaces. Work another round in the grey and finish by working the final round in one of the colours. Fasten off and weave in your ends. 

TADA!!! Your blanket is finished!


Motif Pattern

UK English terms.

Using one of the coloured yarns, make a magic circle.
Round 1. Ch3 (counts as first tr) tr into circle, ch1, *2tr, ch1. Rep from * 6 times. Join with slst in 3rd ch of 1st st. 
Round 2. Slst into ch-sp. Ch3, 3trcl, ch3, *4trcl, ch3, rep from * 7 times. Join with slst.
Round 3. Slst into next ch-sp. *Puff st in ch-sp , ch2, dc in top of cluster, ch2. Rep from * 7 times. Join with a slst. Fasten off yarn. 
Round 4.  Using grey yarn join into any ch-sp. Ch2 (counts as htr for this group of htr only) 2htr into ch-sp, 3htr into next ch-sp, (htr, tr, dtr) in next ch-sp, (dtr, tr, htr) in next ch-sp (corner made) Rep around motif. Join with slst. Fasten off yarn. 
Weave in ends and block to 4" square. 

Joining and border made as above. 

Hope you find my instructions useful. 
Enjoy!

Til next time x

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23.2.17

Tassel Scarf Reveal

Ok it's not exactly the most original of names...but it's a scarf and it has tassels! Lots of tassels lol
So here it is....



TADAAA!!!! 
If you remember from THIS post I chose a rather luxurious yarn for this project. A Scheepjes white label yarn. The white label yarns are the premium range. Not for everyday projects, but definitely worth it for a special make!
Alpaca Rhythm is a lace weight yarn that has 80% Alpaca/20% Extra fine wool content.
It's so very, very skin soft! Which is why I chose it for a scarf.



The sun even managed to make an appearance while I was taking a photo of the finished tassel laden scarf.




I did go a little crazy with the tassels!




But I love how it turned out and it's had lots of wear already. I have a bright green coat that it looks wonderful with!




I added tassels to each end and also at the ends of each colour stripes to give the impression that the colour stripes had been woven into the scarf.




It's a very easy pattern to follow, a perfect TV project! Not much concentration required!!!
I'll be sharing how to make it very soon.

Til next time x

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20.2.17

Squeee.....have you seen what is coming???!!!!

Ok it's not very often I get this excited about a new yarn....but this time it's with due cause!
I'm sure you've heard me say this a million times...but I just LOVE colour change yarns. 
It's like some kind of magic enfolding in front of your eyes....
I'm waffling. I'll shut up and show you what I'm drooling over...


 I give you Whirl by Scheepjes
Isn't that just bloody gorgeous???!!!
And it gets better....have you seen all of the colours it will come in?


So what's so special about this yarn I hear you ask? There are gradient yarns already out there!
Ok well yes that's true. But do they come in 1000m cakes? Yup...1km of yarn!!!
Easily enough to make a shawl/scarf/wrap/other random project
Oh and the other pretty unique thing about this yarn is that it's NOT SPLITTY!!!!
Some gradient yarns are very splitty to work with. Splitty enough to make me swear and give up. 

Ok let me give you facts about this yarn....
It's a bend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic so it will be lightweight and have lovely drape.
As I've said before it's got a generous twist to stop the spiltty factor occurring (YAY!)
Each cake weighs 215-225g and I would say it's a fingering weight. 
The recommended hook size is 3.5-4mm but you can alter that according to the finish you're after.
It will be available to buy from 6th March 😊

I was lucky enough to be sent a sample to play with....I KNOW!!!! 
*happy dances*


Lavenderlicious! I love it! It changes from grey through to deep deep purple 💜
If you look closely you can see how the oh so gentle colour changes happen....it's all in the ply 😉


And this is what the colours look like hooked up. 
I couldn't wait to get hooking and then couldn't put it down!
I can honestly say it's a complete dream to work with 💕💕💕

I chose this free Chevron Lace Wrap pattern by Tamara Kelly and used a 4.5mm hook to give a nice open finish. 


This is where I'm up to. It's finished but yet to be blocked. Even without blocking the drape is lovely so I'm expecting it to get softer again. 
I think this photo shows the colour gradient really well 💕
I'll get it blocked this week and, light permitting, take some photos to share very soon. 

Til next time x
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19.2.17

The Not Yet Named Blanket Reveal

Hi Folks! Ok so today I'm sharing (eventually) the reveal of my blanket with no name (formerly known as the Dotty Blanket lol)

Made from Scheepjes Colour Crafter, it's a snuggly and practical blanket. It needs to be in my house as my kitties like nothing more than a blanket to pad on....oh and occasionally puke on 😂
Because it's 100% premium acrylic I can throw it in the washing machine (40 degree wash)!

Anyways....enough waffle.....here it is!


I have to confess that I'm a little bit in love with this blanket 💙💚💙


I think you can even see the squishy, snuggly loveliness in this photo!


I added a very simple linen stitch border as I felt that was all it needed.


The reverse is quite neat and tidy too so no worries about the wrong side showing!


Amazingly, I managed to get kitty free photos! Although Ziggy was on the blanket as soon as my back was turned lol


Doesn't it look pretty with the sun shining through it? All stained glass window like!
I actually just took this photo as I couldn't quite believe that the sun was shining....it's been dark and grey here of late!

Ok so I hope you like the new blanket....any ideas on a name???!!!
I'm almost finished putting together a step by step tutorial for this blankie and of course a free pattern.
Taking photos at this time of year is VERY challenging!

Til next time x

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1.2.17

Some Alpaca Rhythm.....

Ah...I got me some Alpaca yarn!
Yup....I decided that I deserved a little luxury for my next project so selected the gorgeous Scheepjes Alpaca Rhythm for a cute scarf project. 

Have you seen this yarn?
Utterly scrumptious!
The colours are named after dances....soooo cool!


It's a lace weight yarn. 25g = 200m
80% Alpaca and 20% Extra Fine Wool and is available in 20 colours.

I decided to go with Hip Hop for the main colour of the scarf....I figured it's a warm neutral colour that will work well with my outdoor coats that are both a vibrant green colour (I just love green!!!)


And just because I love colour I chose some contrasting colours to make it POP!


Very "Cath Kidston" on reflection.....

From left to right we have Cha Cha, Merengue, Charleston, Disco and finally Boogie.
The tassels are a clue....this is one funky scarf!

Next time I'll share my progress.
Til then x

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30.1.17

Dotty Blanket Progress

Evening!
Thought it was about time I shared my blanket progress with you all...
If you remember back to this post, I decided to make a smaller than usual blanket using Scheepjes Colour Crafter yarn. The idea being, that this could be an easy care blanket perfectly sized for throwing over knees on a winters day.
It would make a lovely baby blanket too!

I decided to use Colour Crafter as it's soft, snuggly, can be thrown in the washing machine and oh my lord!....the colour range is AMAZING! Over 90 colours to choose from 💙💚💛💜

100% premium acrylic without that nasty squeaky feeling.....100g = 300m and very affordable at £1.99 per ball. You can buy it HERE 😊

So onto the progress.....


If you remember.....I chose a mix of blues and greens with a lovely soft grey.


I ended up using 4 different blue shades and 3 of green


I designed a nice and simple motif and set up a production line!!!
Centres first and then a grey to frame the circle.


Then onto my trusty blocking board!


Next....onto the deciding where to place the colours and some joining! Oh I do love how these colours and this simple design is turning out 💗
Sometimes it's just all about the colours!

Speaking of which....another project is in the making. I'm a roll....catching up and loving being in my creative zone again.

Next time I'll share my colours and yarn for this new project.
Til then x

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