It’s just a quick blog today, I don’t seem to have had much time on my hands this last week or so. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track as the days fly by…
If you have read any of my most recent blogs, you will know that both of the woolly winter ear warmers I made were greedily poached by my two daughters. That wasn’t really a part of the plan. My ears were still cold and getting colder.
My eldest seems to be getting more cunning as she gets older though and decided to bargain with me. She told me, that what she would really like was a more decorative headband, something she could wear to look pretty, rather than a winter one and that if I made one just for her then I could have my woolly one back! The cheek!
But of course, what did I do…?
Naturally I got to work straight away. I found some nice dark pink cotton in my stash which I thought would suit her and had a bit of a play around. Nothing too complicated, I was thinking maybe some sort of cross between medieval and Greek. I am not sure that I hit the mark that well but she liked it. A lot.
She was even willing to model it for me.
It’s not a difficult or long pattern, it only took me one evening to make it. The two ends are held together with a piece of elastic round the back of the head, which means you can adjust the size to suit almost anybody too.
There’s not much more to say about it really, other than it is a nice little side project for if you fancy a change from whatever you are doing. I think it would look lovely on most little girls, or ladies, or even gents if that’s your thing!
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A little while ago one of my close friends decided to use up all her oddments and leftovers to make a blanket. She didn’t make the usual granny blanket though, she just made a really simple blanket in rows, it turned out to be a really lovely blanket. She decided not to keep it though and sent it to the refugees in Syria. I thought it was a lovely gesture and very generous.
It got me thinking, (as most things seem to).
It was a really quick blanket, really easy and a great way to either use up loads of leftover yarn, or to create a blanket with a multitude of different textures. So I created a pattern, similar to what I thought my friend had created. The beauty of it being that it is a great pattern for a beginner, fast to finish (for a blanket) and also really, really relaxing to make. Plus, you don’t get bored as you change yarn and colour every row!
So, if you fancy giving it a try, then go and find yourself a whole heap of random yarns. You can colour co-ordinate them or just use a complete mixture of colours, it’s up to you. You will need at least 1500g OF YARN. The more wool and natural fibres you include, the more warm and heavy your blanket will be, but also the more yarn you will need. Try and stick to a mixture of DK, aran and chunky weight if you can, but with a mixture of different textures, fluffy, shiny, cotton, smooth, wool etc. etc. The DK is worked using 2 strands together to create the thickness required to work with the other yarns. You can always use 2 different strands together to create different effects if you wish.
You’re also gonna NEED a 5.5mm crochet hook.
Your TENSION should be approximately 9 or 10 treble stitches per 10cm using a 5.5mm hook. The tension is not crucial for this blanket, it will still work fine if you are a bit loose or a bit tight, but it will end up a slightly different size to what is stated.
The FINISHED SIZE of the blanket should be approximately 120cm wide and 150cm long, but it’s not an exact science. It will vary according to your tension and the type of yarns your use. The width can very easily be changed by increasing or decreasing the number of starting chains. To create the length you want simply keep working the rows until you reach the size you want.
Let’s have a look at the pattern.
FOUNDATION ROW Using a 5.5mm hook, make 142 chains.
It is absolutely essential that you do not make your chains too tight or the edge of the blanket will be tighter than the rest and look pulled. Your chains should look nice and loose. Don’t worry if you don’t have the exact number it will not affect the pattern, just the size of the blanket.
SET UP ROW
Working back along your foundation row, miss the first 2 chains, then do a treble crochet into the third chain. Follow this with 1 treble stitch into each chain to the end of the row.
Change to a different yarn. I picked my yarns blindly from my bag to make sure my blanket had a certain amount of randomness to it, but you can choose your yarns however you like. Bear in mind that because your yarns are all different some will go further than others and you may run out of some well before others too.
Using your new yarn, work 2 chain stitches, then turn your work. These will count as a treble stitch at the beginning of the row.
Work 1 treble stitch between the posts of the first and second stitches on the row below.
If you are worried that you are going to have lots and lots of yarn ends to sew in after you have finished your blanket then you can work the ends in as you go. Hold the end of the yarns you need to work in above the row of stitches that you are about to work. As you crochet a stitch make sure that you work around these strands and that they are incorporated inside the stitch.
Continue along the row, working 1 treble stitch between the posts of each stitch on the row below, to the end of the row.
The ends of the yarn you are working in will disappear into the centre of your stitches as you go.
Repeat Row 1 for every row of your blanket, changing to a different yarn for each row and preferably working the ends in as you go.
When you have finished your blanket it is up to you whether you put an edge on your blanket or not. If you do want to edge your blanket I think the easiest way is to do a round of double crochet stitches all the way around.
Choose a yarn, join your yarn to one corner of your blanket, do 2 double crochet stitches into the corner then double crochet stitches evenly all along the edge. When you get to the next corner do 2 double crochet stitches again and then double crochets down the next side. Continue in this way until you have worked all the way around the blanket then slip stitch to join the end of the round and fasten off your yarn. You’ll have to sew the end in this time though.
So, then the only remaining question is what to do with your finished blanket?
Did you make it with a purpose, for a friend or relative? Or just to use up your oddments?
I wrote the pattern and have made it freely available in the hope that people might decide to use up their oddments for a good cause, but if you make it for yourself that is perfectly ok by me.
If you don’t really have a use for it and just made it for the sake of making it, then why not donate it to a worthy cause? Refugees, homeless, elderly, orphans – there are lots of people out there in need of warm blankets and it’s a little bit like giving a complete stranger a massive hug. It’ll make you feel all warm and cosy inside too knowing you’ve done something nice. Either way, get in touch and show us your finished blankets, it’s always nice to see what folks have created.