With Autumn sneaking in…well here in the UK anyway, I thought I would take a little look back at some of my favourite blankets that I have hooked over the years.
I rather think there is nothing as good to hook as a blanket, the process is satisfying and restful and of course it always involves that lovely stage of playing with colour and almost always buying new yarn!
Here is my yarny autumn blanket round – up…pattern details can be found in the links below or on my Ravelry page just here.
This is my favourite camping granny square blanket. Strictly speaking I did not hook this one as the squares were made for me from all around the world. In return I sent squares all across the world too. You can read more about this blanket here .
This beautiful apartment lapghan in this stunning alpine colourway, was a fabulous hook. It challenged me at the time with the starting chain in the middle of the blanket ! I finished hooking this in the sunshine and I was thrilled with the end result…a perfect gift.
I loved the alpine colourway so much that I used the scraps from the lapghan to make this simple granny square blanket. I love to hook a traditional granny square and always return to this pattern every now and then! I couldn’t resist a fringed edge for this one and it didn’t disappoint.
This happy ripple was another perfect gift…and just had to have a happy bobble edging to crown it. This was a very, very happy hook…and I wished I could have kept it for myself!!!
Gorgeously cushy and in chilli pepper red. This basket weave baby blanket nearly tipped me over the edge, to read why click here. I’m glad I have done basket weave, but it is my least favourite stitch and I think you get very similar results and much more joy from a C2C (corner to corner) technique. I did not follow a pattern as such, I followed a you tube clip on basket weave stitch (I cant remember which one!) but my ravelry page for this blanket is just here, it might give an idea of amount of yarn used etc
Another Lucy blanket and a dash to the finish line. A simple hook but a mammoth project. I love this blanket and still get to snuggle under it even though it was a gift…as I gave it to my Mom!
Pattern details just here
Once I had the pattern repeat in my head, I was able to hook this beautifully understated baby blanket on auto pilot. I adore the popcorn stitches, and the alternating texture of this blanket. This blanket draped well, felt soft and squishy and I remember thinking any baby would feel cherished snuggled in this blanket. For pattern details click here.
Another great stash buster and great for crocheting whilst watching a box set…A giant granny square blanket. Going back to my roots with this blanket as it was one of the first patterns I taught myself to hook…so the pattern is in my head…but youtube traditional granny square and you will be certain to find a tutorial for sure.
I kept this 100 patch mini granny square blanket after learning sometimes smaller is better! I couldn’t resist another bobble edge again, but this time in duck egg. I joined the squares using a double crochet technique which frames each square beautifully. Pattern details are here.
A rainbow lovely.
This simple v stitch blanket proved to be nothing but joyous from the moment the yarn arrived in its lovely balls all bagged up together. Hooking this merry delight was rhythmically therapeutic and soothed me whenever I picked it up…needless to say I couldn’t put it down!
Pattern details just here.
An interlocking stitch on this Baby Wilmer blanket, gave a dense squishy feel and a reversible fabric, ideal for putting in the pram. Using just 3 colours also meant I could work the yarn threads up the sides of the blanket without getting in a tangle; meaning colour changes were a doddle and the number of ends to be woven in at the end were reduced by a gazillion!
And finally, the blanket on my hook at the moment, a real stunner and a keeper…this C2C heart blanket which I am smitten with. Pattern details just here and yes… it is still awaiting a border.
So, there you have it; my yarny autumn roundup of blankets I have made over the years. I will never tire of hooking such beauties and I still have so many on my to do list.
I hope if you have the blanket bug this may help in your happy, hooky deliberating.
If you have got this far and read all of this and you don’t have the blanket bug, just know that you may well have caught it by now…look out for symptoms over the coming week!
15000 riders came past the bottom of our street yesterday, on a 100 mile ride on closed roads. I made a coffee and took the very short walk in the early morning sunshine with the boys.
I sat with my neighbours as we watched all sorts of people from all walks of life zoom past.
They rode so fast it made me a little dizzy, but they were so inspiring. I guess all of them having different motives to complete the challenge.
A lot of folk had been moaning about the extensive road closures…but I was excited, a few hours of something completely different and a rare chance for our community to come together and drink coffee on the pavement together and chat.
I can’t tell you what 15000 riders looked like, I just know that for hours they poured down our hill, determined and pumped and probably a little exhausted, but exhilarated and achieving.
I returned home, empty mug in hand
I made a fresh coffee and settled down with new yarn and began to hook my newest project
a new blanket…
a masculine and handsome edition to the blankets I have hooked in the past. I’m 13 rows in and loving it!
Thank you Corfu…
Thank you for sundrenched days
Thank you for time with my brood, for rest and relaxation and time just to breathe a new rhythm for a while
Thank you for tequilla sunrise and Corfu beer
Thank you that I was able to create x1 barefoot sandal
well, I was just too busy doing not a lot! See…
Thank you for time spent in your Old Town, where the streets came alive after dusk with the chatter of the swifts overhead and where the street sellers appeared from nowhere with their wares.
For your cobbled alley ways crammed with unique gems and treasures.
Thank you for fun, lots of fun…
Thank you Corfu for helping our healing and for new memories. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
It seems quite a while back now that I dipped my toe into the world of C2C (corner to corner) crochet. It is safe to report that I am totally hooked, if you pardon the pun!
It was actually only in July that this C2C journey of mine began, inspired by the very talented lemonadesucrette who had posted a series of updates on Instagram of a beautiful heart baby blanket. In my soul I had decided I too must create my own, but also had a yearning to learn C2C… you can read more about my inspiration for this project just here.
I feel like my progress has been slow and steady. I don’t have a lot of crochet time lately, but I am hoping that will change as the Autumn approaches as I have taken the decision to reduce my hours at work to restore some balance.
I can’t tell you how ridiculously excited I am to be able to take a non working day in the week. It means I get to take and fetch my smallest Robin from school once a week; something which my heart has ached to do for far too long now.
I am hoping it will give me some more time with my hook also!
I have finally got to the stage in my C2C sojourn, where I am sewing the squares together. I am so in love with this blanket that I am not going to part with it. I am going to treasure it and use it here at the nest.
I just have the decision to make about the border. I will decide on a colour and keep it simple I think, but it looks like this will have to wait until September now….
and a non working, taking to school, type of happy hooky day!xxxxx
Just a very short post to share the newest thing on my hook.
I have had this beautiful basket of yarn for a little while now…and although it has been screaming at me to get my hook out everyday since I have had it; I have been patiently waiting for inspiration to fall. You see this yarn is gorgeous and deserves to be hooked into something just as lovely.
I have been wooed by #lemondesucrette’s beautiful heart baby blanket and have admired her progress from afar. I have also had an overwhelming desire to attempt C2C (corner to corner) crochet.
So, I have combined these two desires and am now addicted to hooking my own love heart blanket….
I found the pattern on Ravelry by MA Santos and it’s free! If you have not done C2C before there are some good links to video tutorials within the pattern that are worth a watch.
It’s quite addictive and I am totally smitten!
We are not used to a long spell of hot weather here in the UK, but this week has seen our temperatures soar way above 30 degrees.
And oh how lovely it has been, it has meant an exodus into the outdoors, picnics and walks and a lot of sunscreen!
But, I found myself unprepared in the crochet stakes…it was just too hot to be sitting under a half made blanket or to be half draped in a shawl; sweltering under a wool blend.
So, I have compiled my yarny list of the top 5 things to crochet when the temperature starts rising.
Top 5 things to crochet when it’s hot…#1
Ironically, top of the list is …..gloves!
It is not as mad as it sounds.
Small, picnic portable, quick to hook… and you will have a lovely pair of mitts ready for when the sun disappears and the colder weather brings a chill.
Top 5 things to crochet when it’s hot…#2
A cute little square like this one
Hook one, or two, or three or more..you can always join them in the autumn when the warm weather is a distant memory…and between you and me…what’s another PHD!
Top 5 things to crochet when it’s hot…#3
A splendid little tea cosy…the perfect finishing touch to a sunny afternoon tea…. al fresco of course.
Top 5 things to crochet when it’s hot…#4
How about a little inspiration from the outdoors… a yarny little leaf.
Embellish until your heart is content. I think these would look great in bright hot colours…don’t you?
Top 5 things to crochet when it’s hot…#5
How about spreading the love
Hook these lovely little flowers and add a key chain then give them away or leave them around your community and spread a little yarny H.U.G
#Bonus Summer Hook
Corfu barefoot sandals
Hook these cute barefoot sandals for the perfect summer look!
So, whether you are currently in the middle of a scorcher or if it has been a while since the sun shone down on you, I hope I have inspired you to grab your hook and get outside.
What are your hot hooking tips?
I have spent a lot of my time recently walking my dogs across the field that is behind our house.
I used to do this often when I worked less, so to be able to have space to do this again has been refreshing. However, this has been bothering me…
This gate opens onto a very busy road. You can just about see that some kind soul has taken a sharpie pen to ask that folk shut the gate…but, it was still bothering me.
It bothered me for two reasons. The first, the gate is still left open and the second reason, the sharpie pen instruction just didn’t look pretty!
So, I got out my stash and my hook
and began hooking a simple but very happy double crochet striped affair.
I added a sweet little sewn request
and a cute little ladybird
Then I headed off with a pocket full of yarn and a darning needle to complete this yarny gate installation.