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.

crochet granny squareblanket with bobble edging
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!

xxxxx

 

 

 

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‘Very V’…a very happy blanket.

This is my latest finish.

WP_20160811_20_01_00_Pro I’ve called it the ‘Very V’ blanket, as it uses the very beautiful and very simple ‘v’ stitch throughout. 

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The yarn is stylecraft special dk and the colourway…

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It reminds me very much of the Happy Ripple blanket I hooked a few years ago. 

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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. 

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It makes my heart sing when I am able to gift something like this and know that it is appreciated. 

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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…

and that…

well that just blows me away.

xxxxx

 

Alpaca All the Way

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So if you are a regular here you will know that I didn’t have much to show you in terms of photo’s of progress last week, but had things in the pipeline as it were.  Well, this week has seen the completion of the Happy Ripple which I was really pleased with… and actually had a hard time parting with it, but part with it I did on Thursday, when I gifted it to my friend who had been made redundant.  My friend immediately burst in to tears and said that she would cherish it forever and would cuddle under it even when she was 80 years old, to which I replied that she would be the envy of the nursing home!

happy ripple 3

 

I also completed my first ever tutorial, the bobble edge tutorial which is a step by step photo heavy, how to.  I do not know who to attribute the technique to, I wish I was that clever to have come up with the design myself, I had so much fun hooking it though, that I just had to show you guys how to hook it to!  If you have a go, let me know what you think of the tutorial, as I say it’s my first… On my original list I wanted to make a tutorial for broomstick crochet and now I have completed 1 tutorial, I am feeling more confident about the process… so watch out for that in the near future!

alpaca yarn - Louisa Harding yarns - Orielle
alpaca yarn – Louisa Harding yarns – Orielle

I took the alpaca yarn down from my bed post and started my summer scarf… a rare project that I’m making just for me and one that I think will occupy me for the rest of August.   The yarn is divine and has little flecks of gold metallic running through it, which gives it a very subtle shimmer

 

glorious alpaca yarn
glorious alpaca yarn

Here is my progress so far

infinity cowl
infinity cowl

 This gorgeous  8 row repeat geometric pattern is working up with an almost Argyle look.  The pattern is by the Queen of lace… Anniken Allis.

So, that’s my progress… slow but steady.

xxx

It’s all in the ripple…

Rippley, colourful, squishy, gorgeous, playful, bright, fun…

all of the above could be used to describe my Happy Ripple.

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neat ripple by Lucy – Attic 24

I am so thrilled with it!  I don’t want to gift it.

wish I could keep it!

happy ripple in progress
happy ripple in progress

it was so much fun to hook

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bobble edging makes this blanket fun

and the bobble edging just gives it that extra special something!

happy ripple
such a rhythmic pattern to hook

all of the pattern details can be found here and here is the link for the bobble tutorial.

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Messing about on the River

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Well, not much done this week in terms of anything to show you guys, but there has been some work in the background that shall bear fruit very soon.

Instead this week has seen a lot of this

sun cream
sun cream

and lots of this

and lots of ice cream!
and lots of ice cream!

and some messing about on the river with friends…

lazy days with friends
lazy days with friends

We spent the day in a gorgeous little place called Hampton Loade, not too far away and splashed the whole sunny day away!

serene
serene

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how far do you think I can throw it!
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boys, boys, boys!
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Mr R
 

I so nearly completed the Happy ripple… honest I did, just gotta weave those ends in!  I cant wait to show you… It’s such a playful blanket and has the most amazing edging on it, that was so much fun to hook.  I have learnt a new technique with this edging and am putting a tutorial together for it, because I think I need to share the joy I had hooking it with you all… so watch this space, I will pull it together over the next few days!  So for now I will leave you with a picture of my al fresco crochet corner…

crochet corner
my little spot!

and the yummy alpaca yarn that I have for my next project… a summer scarf

too lovely to hide away while it waits to be hooked!
too lovely to hide away while it waits to be hooked!

xxx

 

Roses and Posies tea cosy

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Roses and posies tea cosy

 

So this week has seen the start of the Roses and Posies tea cosy by Nicki Trench.  It is the tea cosy that you can see on the front of this book….

Nicki Trench book
Nicki Trench book

So here is my progress this week…

components for roses and posies tea cosy designed by Nicki Trench
components for roses and posies tea cosy designed by Nicki Trench

I really enjoyed whipping up these roses and hooked them all over the place this week, mostly in the car, whilst waiting for one or more of my Little Robins (as their social life is so much better than mine!!).  

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naked tea cosy

 

these little roses are gorgeous to hook
these little roses are gorgeous to hook

 

 and here it is my second Finished Object

 

roses and posies tea cosy by Nicki Trench

 

If you knew my friend, then you would know that she is just going to love this tea cosy!!

Tea Time x

 

 I have also made a start on my scrappy afghan… I want this to be huge at least big enough for Mr R and I to snuggle under together, so I’m not even going to do the maths and work out how many squares… as that may be rather disheartening to know!  But, this is the width and I’m x3 rows in, so I’m a happy Robin.  It’s a long term project always in the back ground, but always a joy to hook.  It’s a bit like having an old friend that you get excited to see, you know you can always pick up where you left off from, easy and relaxing and just a pleasure to be with, well that’s this blanket!!

 

tiny little granny squares
tiny little granny squares

 

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

 

The happy ripple is almost done too, no pictures this week, but there will be some next week… About x5 more rows and a border and it will be done ready to gift at the end of this month.

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A Happy Ripple

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A Happy Ripple

Progress this week has been good… despite a trapped nerve!  I have started the ripple afghan, which I am making for a friend at work who has just been made redundant… that bit sucks!

I have chosen happy colours, so that she can snuggle under a rainbow and remember that she will be missed greatly, but also that their is a bright future ahead of her.  So with out any further ado here is the proof of my progress!

happy ripple in progress
happy ripple in progress

 

ripple so far
ripple so far

I have also made a start on the headbands for bowdazzling a charity for young girls undergoing chemotherapy….

basket of headbands
basket of headbands
Nicky Trench flower
Nicky Trench flower
circle headband
one dot headband
pastel band
dotty headband
bow headband
bow headband
small bow headband
small bow headband
turban style headband
turban style headband

So there you have it week 2 wrapped up x