Favourite thing I’ve made…

Day 28 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

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,

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100 patch granny

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!

xxxxx

 

Blocking…

Day 27 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and we are almost at the end now. 

The theme for today is ‘blocking’.  

pinning to block...
pinning to block…

Not my favourite part of the process, but certainly worthwhile.  These are my robin nest squares in the blocking phase.

xxxxx

Routine…

Day 25 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and it’s still not too late join in. 

The theme for today is ‘routine’.

 100 patch granny
100 patch granny

It has to be having a mug of coffee whilst doing a little hooking…bliss!

xxxxx

Community

Day 5 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

it’s not too late join in. 

Community…

already a firm favourite!
already a firm favourite!

The global square exchange on ravelry is a fabulous group of folk to share  love of yarn with.  This is the result of international swapping….my blanket ‘around the world in 64 squares’.

xxxxx

joining with a double crochet

 

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I’ve been asked several times to put together a tutorial about how I joined my 100 patch granny square blanket… so here it is…

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I love joining squares with a double crochet (dc) English terminology that is…single crochet if you use American speak!  The reason is that lovely little ridge which just frames each square.

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The hard, but fun part is deciding upon the placement of each tiny square, but once you have made your mind up the joining together is quick and easy.

To download the pdf version click here, otherwise full instructions are below:

 

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To join two rows take 2 squares, and place them together so that the corners align.  The front of squares should be facing outwards….(the back of one square should be facing the back of the other square)

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With the joining yarn, pull through a loop.  Leave a long tail (for weaving in later!) and for now just hold securely behind your work, until you have made a few stitches.

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Ch1, then dc in the same space.  Taking the hook through both squares, as shown.

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taking the hook through both squares stitches; dc in each of the next 4sts, then dc in space,

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dc in next 4sts, then dc in space.

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your squares are now joined, but do not fasten off.  If you open your squares out you will notice that there is a little ridge along the one side….this is the front side of your work.  

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The back of your work will look like this.

Top  tip, always note the front and back of your work…it is soul destroying to find out that you have some ridges on the front and some on the back of your work; then spending ages having to unpick all that hard work!!

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Taking two more squares, align corners as before… front sides facing out, and ridge of previous squares facing up!  Dc in corner space, then dc in next 4sts, dc in space, dc in next 4 sts.

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Repeat this process until you have joined two rows of squares. Fasten off at the end and leave a long tail again! 

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For the 100 patch granny blanket there were 10 squares per row.  

As you can see, the squares are just joined along one side.

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Put to one side and repeat the process x 4 more times, so that you end up with x5 lots of joined double rows.

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Next lay out the double rows adjacent to each other.  The next stage is to join the double rows together horizontally.  With right sides facing up (ridge side up), align the squares adjacent to one another. 

On the right edge, pull through a loop in the corner space with your joining yarn, ch1, dc in same space.  Dc in next 4sts, dc in space, dc in next 4 sts.

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Continue along the row, making sure 1dc is placed in each st and in each space.  Fasten off as before at the end of the row, remembering to leave a long tail for weaving in purposes.  Repeat until all 10 rows are joined horizontally.

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You should now have a 100 squares all joined horizontally.  

 

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Your next task is to join the squares vertically.  I found this easier to do by flipping the work around and hooking the verticals, horizontally…if that makes sense!!  As in the picture above… the completed joining ridge you can see is the horizontal join previously completed.

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The process is the same… with chosen joining yarn (leaving a long tail, ch1 in edge corner space, dc in same space, 1dc in next 4 sts, dc in space, 1 dc in next 4sts, dc in corner space…as above.

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Taking hook over the top of horizontal ridge, dc in next corner space as shown and repeat.  Making a dc in each space and in each st along.  Making sure to take the hook over any horizontal ridges before placing a dc in the following corner space.

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Repeat process for each vertical run.

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Then weave in those ends, ready to border.

xxxxx

 

 

Robin’s nest square

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   How can x2 part completed quilts just get mislaid????  That is the question I am pondering this week.  Several years ago I started on two lovely quilts and I cant find them anywhere.  However I did find this…

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A square I hooked several years ago… along with my scribbled notes on the pattern.  So I hooked up a new one and thought I’d share.  

As always I’m using English crochet terminology.

Ch – chain

Slst – slip stitch

dc – double crochet  

tr – treble crochet  

ch3 – counts as a treble unless otherwise stated.  

I’m using drops muskat cotton 

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and I’m using the colours listed below

red

old pink

white

vanilla yellow

dark orange

sky blue

apple green

and a 4mm crochet hook. This lovely yarny square measures 7″ x 7″ or 18cm x 18cm once blocked.  To download a pdf version click here, otherwise full instructions are below. 

So here goes…

ch2, join with ss to form a tiny ring

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Row 1: ch3,

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11tr into ring,

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join blue yarn and  slst into 3rd ch

(12tr in total).

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Row 2: ch3,

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1tr in same space, ch1

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2tr in next st, ch1

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*2tr in next st, ch1*, repeat * * x10 times,

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slst into 3rd ch

(12 clusters of 2tr).

Row 3: join white yarn in any ch space, ch3,

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2tr in same sp, ch1

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*3tr in next ch space, ch1*

repeat * * x10 times

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join with slst in ch3

(12 clusters of 3tr).

Row 4: join green yarn in any space and ch3,

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3tr in same sp, ch1

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*4tr in next space, ch1*,

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repeat * * x10 times,  join with slst in ch3

(12 clusters of 4tr)

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Row 5: join yellow yarn in any space and ch3,

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4tr in same sp, ch1

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*5tr in next space, ch1*,

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repeat * * x10 times, join with slst in ch3

(12 clusters of 5tr)

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Row 6: join pink yarn to any space and ch3,

5tr in same sp, ch1,

*6tr in next sp, ch1*,

repeat * * x10 times, join with ss in ch3

(12 clusters of 6tr)

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Row 7: join red yarn in any space, ch3,

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5tr in same space,

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ch3,

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6tr in same space (corner made),

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*6tr in next space, 6tr in next space,

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6tr in next space, ch3,

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6tr in same space*        (2nd corner made),

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repeat * * x2 times

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6tr in next space, 6tr in next space, join with slst in beginning ch3.  Do not fasten off.

Row 8: ch3,

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1tr in next 5sts,

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*6tr in ch3 sp,

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ch2

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6tr in same space (corner made),

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1tr in next 5sts,

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dc in next space (indicated by needle)

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 1tr in next 5sts,

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dc in next space, 1tr in next 5sts,

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dc in next space, 1tr in next 5sts*,

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repeat * * x2times

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6tr in ch3 space, ch2, 6tr in same space (corner made)

1tr in next 5sts,  dc in next space,

1tr in next 5 sts, dc in next space,

1tr in next 5 sts,

 slst to beginning 3rd ch to finish.

Weave in ends.

 

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Pin out to block… this is really worth the extra effort.  I just pinned this square to a clean towel,

then spritz with water and leave to dry.

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blocking really makes the the world of difference…

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A very versatile yarny square.  

Happy hooking

xxxxx

 

 

‘Robins nest square’ designed by Nicola Florence @ ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com…….March 2016

 

The smallest achievement is better than the greatest intention…

Here it is all complete… and I

love, love, love it.  

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Made from scraps, excluding the edging, this little blanket has provided me with the hooky colour therapy that I so needed.  I had made many of these charming squares at the end of other projects, not really being sure of their final purpose.

mini squares made from scraps
mini squares made from scraps

Perhaps a cushion or a giant blanket I thought, big enough for all the robins to snuggle under…yes! that is what I decided upon, a large endeavour of love made from these little, beautiful components and so I started. And so it has remained, unloved at times or loved from afar, but most certainly unfinished and alas my latest commitments made the hooky pleasure of this project impossible.

I love a simple granny!
I love a simple granny!

No, a king sized blanket out of tiny granny squares became a lingering burden…and so with some considerable heaviness, the white yarn was carefully frogged.  I felt a sense of failure as I unravelled those stitches and was once again left with a glut of granny’s

a glut of granny's
a glut of granny’s

So, I counted my granny’s out….97….and thought on a smaller scale…hooked 3 more little ones and decided on this 100 granny patch baby blanket.

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                                                                                               little beauties…

and as I hooked them back together, in a different way and with a different yarn and with a different purpose, the feeling of failure ebbed away and a new joy arose.

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and I discovered that the smallest achievement is always better than the greatest intention… and this little blanket still conveys a large endeavour of love.

 

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weaving in the ends and life….

A couple of days ago…after 3 weeks of working shifts on placement as well as working my regular job and juggling Easter holidays with the robins and studying until the wee small hours…..crazy, absolute crazy…. I had the day off!

this is what sanity looks like!
this is what sanity looks like!

Who would have thought that weaving in ends (millions of the things) could be so therapeutic… but it was.  The warmth of the spring sunshine and the peacefulness of being by myself…the boys went off making all sorts of dens with big branches…close enough so that their laughter made my heart smile, but far enough to just allow me to breathe and weave in ends.

I love these colors
I love these colours
all done....just like my placement!
and the view

A busy few weeks, which explains, my absence here…it is so good to have a hook back in my hand.  This giant granny is a long over due gift for a very special lady…who is patiently waiting.  The colour way is delicate and pretty and of course it’s good old stylecraft special dk.

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So, I need to get this wrapped and mailed, before the second wave of study hits…

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xxx