Friday, 6 May 2022
Friday, 22 April 2022
I'm trying the Magic Knot in a few projects just lately, always been very fearful of these teeny tiny knots coming apart so I've resisted using them. This blanket is quite a loose stitch and ends tend to reappear so thought it was time I gave Magic knots a go....fingers crossed they work.
I'm also going to show you a new method of using a start chain....often a tight row that makes your start tight and often your work curve a bit.
THE FLAMING STRIPE THOW
Black for the border only. 100g
Gold for the border 100g
2 Strands dk worked as one
1: A short dye spaced yarn 300g [from Home Bargains]
2: A longer dye spaced yarn of similar colouring 300g [Ice yarn rainbow shade]
I'm always buying short dye space yarns and then don't like how they crochet. Working a short dye space yarn with a similar coloured long dye spaced yarn or a plain colour from the first yarn helps to give a smoother transition through the colours.
Very simple hdc stitch worked into the spaces NOT THE STITCHES. This will give you the look of moss stitch without doing the chain stitches between.
ROW 1: hdc in the 2nd ch, from hook, hdc in the next ch, miss the 3rd, repeat hdc in next 2 sts, miss the next ch, repeat to end of row finishing with hdc, in last 2sts. [60hdc]
ROW 2: WORK INTO THE SPACES only
ch1 turn, hdc in the first and every sp, to the end of the row. [60hdc]
ROW 3 - 100: Repeat Row 2. [60hdc, each row]
ROUND 1 & 2: IN BLACK, hdc in every sp, hdc ch2 hdc in each corner
ROUND 3: PLAIN COLOUR FROM YOUR CHOSEN SPACE DYED YARN:
hdc in every sp, hdc, ch2 hdc in each corner.
ROUND 4 & 5: IN BLACK, hdc in every st, hdc, ch2, hdc in each corner.
You could leave this throw without a border, it would be the usual to do so. Most multi stranded throws don't have borders, the edges are quite neat and straight.
GIANT POPCORN FLOWERS
I am also adding giant flowers to this blanket, the pattern for these will be added next week, when I've completed the throw and decided exactly where they will go...
ROUND 3: 1popcorn sts, of 5dc, ch2, second popcorn st, in same ch2 sp, ch2, repeat in each ch2 sp. of round below. [12popcorns of 5dc, ch2 between each]
ROUND 4:1 popcorn, ch2, 1popcorn, in the middle ch2 sp, of pairs of popcorn ch2, 1 popcorn, ch2, between pairs of popcorn. [18 popcorn, of 5dc, ch2 between each]
ROUND 5: 1popcorn ch2, 1popcorn in each sp, between pairs, ch2, 1popcorn in next 2 sps, repeat, to end [24 popcorn of 5dc, ch2 between]
ROUND 6: Att. CHARCOAL, for petals.
sc, in first sp, 2sc, in next sp, sc, ch9, sc in next sp, *2sc in next 3sps, sc, ch9 sc, in next sp, repeat from * to end finish with the 2nd sc, in first sp, sl st to complete [2sc in every st, with ch9 in every 4th st]
ROUND 7: cont. in charcoal. 8dc, into the ch9 loop, ch3 picot at the point, 8dc in same loop, sl st, in the sp between 3rd and 4th sc, repeat to end [6 petals of 16 dc, with a ch3 picot at point]
Sunday, 10 April 2022
RAINBOW MOSS STITCH SAMPLER BLANKET /WRAP
Tuesday, 8 February 2022
SUE PINNER'S VERSION OF THE GRANNY SQUARE:
There are several versions of the Granny Square on the internet, some good and some not so good. The design of a granny square has holes, that do not need to be made bigger bye adding chain stitches between granny shell, unless extra stitches are required.
Starting with the granny shell first then completing the second granny shell and corner chain stitches means the join on each round moves across the side of the square...not good practice.
If you use more chain stitches than pull throughs you will have a line through your square that is ugly to look at. And also means a different start to each round, not good for a beginner.
My version is beginner friendly, easy, neat and starts and finishes in the same place every round. I also prefer a slightly padded centre circle for neatness and look.
SUE'S BEGINNERS GRANNY: US Terms, USING ONE COLOUR CONTINUED.
A finger wrap of 6 wraps, slide off finger carefully and work all stitches into circle.
ROUND 2: Sl st, into the corner sp, and repeat, ch5, 3dc into first corner sp, 3dc, ch3, 3dc, into next corner sp, 3dc, ch3, 3dc into the next 2 corners, complete the round with 2dc, sl st, into the 2nd ch of first 5ch.
ROUND 3: Sl st, into the corner sp, and repeat, with 3dc, granny shell in the side sp,
again start in the corner, ch5, 3dc into same corner sp, 3dc into side sp, 3dc, ch3, 3dc, 3dc in the side sp, repeat for remaining sides, complete with 2dc, sl st, into 2nd ch, of first 5ch.
ROUND 4+: REPEAT ROUND 3. Each round with have another side sp to add a granny shell of 3dc in that too.
IF YOU WANT A VERY LARGE GRANNY SQUARE THROW:
Change direction every round, so that it dopant start to 'spin', crochet has a tendency to spin when worked continuously in the same direction. So by changing the directions each round, it stays perfectly Square, and also becomes double sided, no right or wrong side. Win, win.
Its my kitchen floor, my feet from under my dressing gown and the leg of the chair, my dinning chairs....BUT, I had no recollection of making this blanket for several minutes.
TO THE POINT, I had to enlarge the picture and look at the floor and my feet first, before realising I did recognise it. Maybe I've got arthritis in my brain too?
How very strange and no idea where I've put it either?
Quite like it though, let's hope I can find it some where in the creative piles of work.
SICK AGAIN...not covid, I did a test although not sure how accurate these home tests are?