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26 May 2017

Flower Garden CAL part 3

Hello and welcome to part 3 of

If you have only just found this CAL you can read back
to find everything you need to know to join in.

This week you are going to make 20 sunburst granny squares,
 5 of each colour pair.

You will find the 3rd installment of the pattern

The colour pairings are the same as last week

fondant with pomegranate
spice with lipstick
lemon with meadow
magenta with plum

Sew the ends in from rounds 2 and 3

I chose to leave the ends from round 4
till after the cream had been added

Now you have the full set of squares!
Eek its getting very exciting isn't it!

So now you have 4 flower squares
12 circle squares and
20 sunburst granny squares

Again I leave the last cream end to sew in later,
 after joining, as I find this easier,
 but its your choice you can do them now if you wish!

It works like a formal garden
flowers in the middle
then a round of circles
then a round of sunburst grannies.
You will be told in detail how to lay them out in part 4.

Have lots of fun my friends and do share you photos on
It is so good to see you all chatting and helping each other there!

Have a great week hookin
 and come back next Friday for the final part 4,
 when we will be joining and making the border!


19 May 2017

Flower garden CAL part 2

 Welcome to part 2 of The Knitting Network CAL.
Last week you made the 4 centre squares of flowers.
This week you will make 12 squares with circles
 to surround the 4 flower squares.

If you missed week 1 you can find it
It contains all you need to get started.

The colour pairings I have used are the same as last week
lemon with meadow
magenta with plum
spice with lipstick
and fondant with pomegranate

You will find the 2nd installment of the pattern

You are going to make 3 squares in each colourway.
As always I prefer to work in batches,
 as your fingers and brain remember the pattern
 and this makes it quicker, easier and neater.
So begin with the circle
 and make 3 each of lemon, spice, magenta and fondant.

Sew the ends in when the circles are made.

You are now ready to use the 2nd colour and make them into squares.
lemon with meadow
spice with lipstick
magenta with plum
and fondant with pomegranate.
Sew the ends in to complete the squares.

When all 12 squares are made
 they are ready to be edged in cream.

Sew the ends in and
 there you have 12 circle squares
 ready to surround your 4 flowers.

It is going to look like this in the centre of the blanket.

I love the layout of this blanket.
 It reminds me of a formal garden,
 the type you see in a National Trust House,
 where there are beds of roses and box hedges.

So there you have completed week 2.
You have 4 flower squares
 and 12 circle squares all edged in cream.
Come back next Friday for week 3
 when we will make another batch of squares.

It's been so good to see you all having fun.
 Do keep sharing your photos in the 
 It has really warmed my heart to see you all helping each other
 and the community developing.
keep up the good work ladies
 and have lots of colourful fun!


16 May 2017

The Beginners Blanket

If you would like to make your first blanket,
 then carry on reading, 
I will take you through the process of all you need to know!

To begin with most people learn how to make a granny square.
I have a tutorial to teach you with step by step photos to help.
When you have a pile of squares come back for the joining
 and then for the border.

For this beautiful vintage style granny blanket 
I have used 8 shades of Stylecraft Special DK.
You can buy this colour pack
You can of course use your own colours
 or any of my other colour packs.

This yarn pack has enough to make
 49 granny squares of 7 rounds,
 so you can choose
 a square blanket 7 by 7 or a rectangular blanket 8 by 6.

I made a rectangular blanket so needed 48 squares. 
This works out nicely at 6 centres of each of the 8 colours.

You can learn how to make a granny square

Organisation is very important to me.

It makes the process quicker and ensures an even balance of colour.

You can read about how I plan colours 

I would encourage you to start good habits now
and sew the ends in as you go!

Once the granny squares have 7 rounds,
 they are ready to edge in mushroom for joining.

I use the bed for this next step, to save bending down on the floor!
Lay the squares out in your desired arrangement,
 trying to ensure an even distribution of colour.

I then number each row using a scrap of paper
 and store the piles in a basket ready for joining.

There are many joining methods available.
My favourite is to crochet the squares together to give a strong join.
For beginners I recommend
crocheting together from the back, using UK dc, through both loops.
You can read how to do this

The join is made in rows of 1 direction first,
 then repeated in the opposite direction.
This makes a strong flat join with a ridge on the back.

Every blanket needs a border,
 just like a picture needs a frame!

I recommend the book
"Around The Corner" by Edie Eckman.
You can buy this on Amazon
(Please note this book is written in US terms.)
I have used border 27 for this blanket.

The final things I do for every blanket is to wash it.
This has the effect of blocking and helps to settle the joins.
Follow the instructions on the ball band.
For Stylecraft Special DK I wash in the machine
 at 30 degrees using my regular soap powder and softener.
 I then tumble dry on LOW HEAT.

So now the fun begins! Go and choose your yarn.
I have many colour packs available
to help if you are not sure about colour choosing.

If you have any questions not explained in my tutorials,
 please email me at
 and I will try to help.

have fun blanket making

I wish you many happy hours of hooking!


12 May 2017

Flower Garden CAL Part 1

Welcome to The Knitting Network CAL
 to make this stunning flower garden blanket.
The pattern, written by Lynne Rowe,
 is being released in 4 weekly installments on
You will find part 1

It contains the first installment of the pattern and a helpful how to video.
 The remainder of the pattern will be released weekly on the next 3 Fridays.

I'm so thrilled to have you join me
 along with hundreds of others all around the world!
Make sure you join the Facebook group
 and share pictures of your makes as you go!
 If you have any questions
 please ask them in the Facebook group
 where there will be lots of help available!

You will need

in spice lipstick magenta plum lemon meadow fondant and pomegranate
and 4 balls of cream and a 5mm hook.
(This is the recommended size on the ball band.
 However this can be adjusted to suit your tension.
 If you have tight stitches you may wish to try 5.5mm or 6mm
 or of you have loose stitches you can try 4.5 or 4mm)

The yarn pack can be purchased
here for UK residents
here for overseas residents

or if you are making this from your stash
 and just need a few colours to top up you can buy the Stylecraft Aran

Don't worry if you haven't got your yarn yet, you will soon catch up.
 The first week has only a small amount of crochet to do!
So go ahead and order now!

These gorgeous colours were inspired by
 a hot summers day, in a beautiful garden.

The first week of the CAL is making the 4 Daisy Squares.

I like to work in a production line system.
 This makes it quicker as your brain and fingers remember the pattern.
 So I began by making the 4 flowers,
 using lemon fondant spice and magenta
 for the first round of the pattern.

When each flower is completed
 sew in the ends on the back of your work
 using  a darning needle.

The 4 flowers are then going to be
 surrounded by the next colour using rounds 2 & 3 as follows

spice - lipstick
lemon - meadow
magenta - plum
fondant - pomegranate 

These daisies are really quite easy to make and have a stunning 3D effect.
 The addition of rounds 2 & 3 makes them really stand out.

On completion of each square
sew in the ends on the back of your work using a darning needle.
(Train yourself into good habits! Its always best to do the ends
 as you go, to avoid a marathon task at the end!) 

Then your finished squares are ready for the cream border. 

Follow round 4 using cream on each square

then sew in these ends.

You have now completed week 1 of the CAL
 and have 4 daisy squares edged in cream.
 These will be the centre of the blanket.

Come back next week for part 2 of the pattern
 which will be released on Friday 19th May.

I look forward to seeing you again



10 May 2017

CAL yarn packs

Have you got your yarn ready?

Its getting very exciting as the CAL
 organised by The Knitting Network starts in 2 days!

Have you got your yarn pack?
It would be lovely to know where in the world you are taking part!
I am so excited at the prospect of a crochet community
 all making the same blanket together all round the world!
 Its going to be huge fun and I'm really looking forward
 to chatting with you all in the
 as we make.

Don't worry if you've only just heard about this,
 there is still plenty of time for you to get organised and join in.

Yarn packs are back in stock and are available

The first week is only a small amount of crochet
 so don't worry at all about getting started later as you will soon catch up!

I look forward to working on this with you all over the next 4 weeks



6 May 2017

The Patchwork Heart Colour Packs

 It brings me great joy to share with you all,
 a new development here at The Patchwork Heart.

 Over the years I have become known for my mug shots,
 my daily post of colourful crochet and
 of course my colour recipes.

Many of you write and say,
 that you have no confidence putting colours together
 and although you can crochet this sadly holds you back.
 I am always so happy when I see posts in the Facebook group
from people who have been inspired by my colour recipes
 and it gives me great pleasure to share them with you.

Colour makes my heart sing!
Where ever I am, whatever I see, my brain translates it into yarn!
It may be beautiful china, colourful sweets or a pretty flower bed
but before I know it I'm imagining a blanket,
writing a colour recipe and 
am planning what pattern to make!

Well today I am delighted to announce
 that you can now buy my colour packs

I have put together a collection of the most popular colour recipes.
This brings you a fantastic saving buying a pack
 and of course saves you lots of trouble,
 searching for the list and selecting them all individually for your basket.
They are being sold by Deramores
who ship worldwide.

There are small packs
 of 6 colours ideal for baby size
or to top up your stash!

There are also larger packs for big colourful blankets
 and my hope is there is something for everyone.

The pack does not contain a pattern,
 it is a colour recipe.
You can use it for any pattern you wish.

 all of these blankets can be found on my blog,
 with helpful hints and links to the patterns I have used
 should you wish to recreate them.
You will also find many
which will help you with blanket making.

Its been such fun over the years
 naming my colour recipes and I have enjoyed asking you for help!
This will be happening more from now on
 as my work moves in a new direction.

I am moving away from taking orders and selling in my Etsy shop,
 as the designer in me needs that freedom to create!
 I do hope you will understand and I am sorry if this disappoints.
 (Orders that have already been accepted will be honoured, 
please be patient I am working through the list!)

So you can look forward to
 more colour recipes from me,
regular daily posts of colour to inspire you
and new colour packs frequently being added to the 

Pop on over to the
and see what there is!
Have a browse and do let me know
 if there are any favourites missing that you would like to see!
You can email me at


and I will be very pleased to hear from you.

Wishing you all a colourful weekend!
Make time for crochet
and enjoy the colour therapy!

x x x

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