My Yarny Autumn Blanket Round up…

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.

Granny square camping blanket
already a firm favourite!

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 .

crochet blanket
design by Katherine Eng

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.

granny square blanket
Using up scraps!

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.

ripple crochet blanket
ripple so far…Attic 24 pattern

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!!!

crochet blanket, basket weave
basket weave baby blanket

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

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Cosy Cottage Blanket by Attic 24

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

crochet baby blanket, popcorn stitch
rows of popcorn stitches

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.

crochet blanket, traditional giant granny square

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.

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100 patch granny

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.

crochet v stitch blanket, rainbow blanket
Very V blanket

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.

crochet baby blanket

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!

C2C crochet blanket, afghan, corner to corner technique,crochet love heart squares, totally smitten
C2C Totally Smitten blanket

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!

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Top 5 things to crochet when it’s hot

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. 

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Heavenly blue skies

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.

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Ironically, top of the list is …..gloves!

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zingtastic mitts by Sandra at Cherryheart

  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.

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A cute little square like this one

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Robins nest square free pattern

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.

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Granny Mabel Tea Cosy free pattern

Top 5 things to crochet when it’s hot…#4

How about a little inspiration from the outdoors… a yarny little leaf.

Top 5 things to crochet when it's hot and number 1 is ironic!
A yarny little leaf…free pattern

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

Top 5 things to crochet when it's hot and number 1 is ironic!
May rose keyrings…. pattern by Attic 24

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

crochet barefoot sandals - Corfu designed by ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com, summer feet
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?

Top 5 things to crochet when it's hot and number 1 is ironic!
Hooking al fresco…

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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!

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Blocking…

Day 27 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and we are almost at the end now. 

The theme for today is ‘blocking’.  

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pinning to block…

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

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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!

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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’.

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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.

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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

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‘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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