A three day weekend…this should be made compulsory.
Oh, if only I could have a bank holiday every weekend.
We have taken walks along woodland trails,
and enjoyed some down time
I have made slow progress on my hotel of bees shawl #hobcal
but, I am enjoying the pattern, even if I do have to concentrate really hard. I really enjoyed hooking those sweet little bees.
I have also been finishing up my Baby Wilmer blanket, I just have a few more rows to add now before I border.
I hope what ever you have been doing has been just as fun.
And a little bit of that…
and a little bit all over the place really.
I am feeling most unsettled and have a severe case of startitis as a result!
The unfortunate side of this has meant (for the purposes of treatment) I have had to place a yarn order; which has not arrived yet, so I can not report if this treatment has been successful or not. I will let you know how the treatment goes in due course!
What I can show you is what I have on my hooks as a consequence of this starting infliction.
This is the start of my new shawl, the Sunday shawl by Alia Bland. I am totally in love with it.
This is the start of my latest tea cosy I am designing for The Grandma Collection. I am pleased to have got off the blocks with this one as I have been meaning to start this for a wee while now.
Finally, I am still hooking this baby blanket too, which is looking mighty fine and is super squidgy.
So, as you can see I am hooking like a goodun’ and will have a pattern release very soon…subject to successful treatment.
Now, where is that postman?
Day 28 of
and this is the final day!!
The theme for today is ‘favourite thing I’ve made’.
Now really…do I have to choose?
Ok…well just for today this is my favourite hook up,
because I adore the colours and that bobble edge border is just sooo super cute, and possibly the most addictive thing ever to hook. Seriously, it should come with a warning!
Day 25 of
and it’s still not too late join in.
The theme for today is ‘routine’.
It has to be having a mug of coffee whilst doing a little hooking…bliss!
Day 12 of
and it’s still not too late join in.
The theme for today is ‘progress’. So here’s mine, progress that is!
Day 3 of
it’s not too late join in.
A baby blanket using magnificent interlocking stitches.
Thank you for your lovely comments about my latest blanket off the hook…the ‘Very V’ blanket.
It really is very simple to hook, so I thought I would put together a little tutorial, as I have not done one for a while and because I have some rare time off on my own.
So, clearly this is not an original pattern. I say that from the offset because of copyright and all of that. Lets be honest…the humble ‘v stitch’ has been around for years. But this is my tutorial in case you want to have a crack for yourself and you have never done a ‘v stitch’ and you are a visual kinda gal or guy.
Here we go!
Final measurements: 132cms x 120cms / 52″ x47″
I used Stylecraft special dk , for it’s durability, softness and price! The colorway I used:
Lipstick x 1 ball
Meadow x1 ball
Saffron x 1 ball
Violet x 1 ball
Spice x 1 ball
Lobelia x 1 ball
Storm blue x 1 ball
Cream x 3 balls
You will also need a 4mm hook and a darning needle to weave in those ends!
Of course if you are using different yarn then you may need to use the recommended hook size for your chosen yarn; and of course you can alter the finished size by hooking more or less chains to start.
Your hooking tension (we are all different) may also mean you need more or less chains to start with.
Lets start, are you ready?
Abbreviations used are below and are English terminology.
Ch = chain stitch
Chs = chains
Tr = treble stitch (double crochet in US terminology!)
St = stitch
Slst = slip stitch
Sp = space
Pattern order I used:
Row 1: Cream Row 2: Lobelia Row 3: Violet
Row 4: Cream Row 5: Storm blue Row 6: Meadow
Row 7: Cream Row 8: Saffron Row 9: Spice
Row 10: Cream Row 11: Lipstick Row 12: Indigo
Row 13: Cream Row 14: Violet Row 15: Storm blue
Row 16: Cream Row 17: Meadow Row 18: Saffron
Row 19: Cream Row 20: Spice Row 21: Lipstick
Row 22: Cream
NB/ the first and last row form the edging for the top and bottom of the blanket so use the colour you wish to edge the blanket in, for row 1.
Chain 175 in cream
(This gave me about a 1m 15cm /42″ length of Ch. But any odd number of Chs will work to suit the size blanket you are wishing to hook!).
2tr in 5th ch from hook,
miss a ch, 2tr in next ch
miss a ch, 2tr in next ch
*miss a ch, 2tr in next ch*
Repeat * – * across the row.
Finishing with 1tr in last ch. Change colour. As shown I change colour by completing half of the process for the last tr (ie/ leave two loops on the hook). Complete last part of tr in new colour as shown.
I find this makes colour changes more secure. These ends should be tied to secure further. Top tip! leave the ends long (approx. 10cms) so that weaving in is easier.
Turn. Ch3 (counts as 1tr)
2tr in the middle of set of tr’s of previous row
Continue along the row.
finishing with 1tr in top of 3rd ch on previous row.
Change colour. Turn.
And that’s it!
Top Tip!! Weave in the ends every few rows.
Repeat rows 1-22 x5 times.
Then repeat rows 1 – 13 to finish body of blanket. And if you did not adhere to the top tip above…now is the time to weave in those ends!
I’ve gone all minimalistic for the edging because the blanket itself is simply stunning in this colourway and I did not feel like it needed something fussy to detract from its beauty.
This is what I did.
The first and last row (in cream if you have been following this colourway) form the edging for the top and bottom of this blanket. In cream / your chosen edging colour join in the space at the bottom right of your blanket as shown.
Ch 3 and slst into the top st of the first tr/ch3 of 1st row.
Ch1, 2tr in same sp
2tr in next sp (the sp is the gap between the side of the first sts of each row), 2tr in next sp.
Continue along the edge until you come to the top corner. 2tr in last sp, ch 1, 1tr in same sp.
Then slst into the top st of the first tr/ch3 of last row as shown. Fasten off. Repeat for the other side of the blanket.
Finally, in Lobelia (or your chosen colour) join in any st of edge with a slst.
Slst in each st around edge of blanket. Fasten off and weave in loose ends. And that is it, you should now have one of these to snuggle under…or reluctantly gift.
Well done if you got this far.
I really hope you have found this tutorial easy to follow. I welcome feedback, so let me know how you got on and if you want to share your picture of your finished make you can in the comment section below.
I would love to see what you have made.
This is my latest finish.
I’ve called it the ‘Very V’ blanket, as it uses the very beautiful and very simple ‘v’ stitch throughout.
The yarn is stylecraft special dk and the colourway…
It reminds me very much of the Happy Ripple blanket I hooked a few years ago.
This blanket was a thank you gift for someone that has helped me enormously this year and each stitch, like the Happy Ripple before was hooked with love and prayer.
It makes my heart sing when I am able to gift something like this and know that it is appreciated.
I received a card in the post just this week from the owner of the Happy Ripple telling me of the enormous comfort the blanket has brought to both her and her family in the midst of heartbreak recently…
well that just blows me away.