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13 May 2018

Geometric Granny Blankets


Granny square blankets hold a wonderful attraction for me.
The simplicity of the square allows the colours to triumph
 and enables different square sizes to be combined.


It's all about Maths using factors and multiples!
For this single size blanket
 I have used granny squares made with 8 rounds
 surrounded my smaller squares of 4 rounds.

I have joined my squares as I add the last round of colour.
This is called the Join As You Go (JAYG) method
and there is a good tutorial on Attic 24 blog


As you all know I'm a lover of Cath Kidston
 and for this colour recipe I took inspiration from my china.


If you are a beginner you can read how I make a granny square
I am often asked how I make my grannies so perfectly square
and many people say they find a large square twists.
 Read my tutorial and you will learn a few tricks!


I worked in batches making a set of squares first, then joining them all later,
 as this was a more productive method.


Be careful to use all your 8 colours equally
 so that the final blanket looks balanced
 and also to ensure you don't run out of yarn!
 If you don't plan, you will find that you have a natural preference
 for putting certain colours together and these may dominate the blanket.
 You can read a blog post about how I plan colours 

Be sure to sew in your ends as you go, then its not a huge task at the end.
Beginners may like to read my tutorial on how I deal with ends


Here are the facts and figures that you will need to know to make this blanket.

Finished blanket weight 750g
size 100x125cm
Yarn needed 8 x 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK for the squares
PLUS 1 more ball for border in the colour of your choice.

Make 20 granny squares of 8 rounds (7 rounds for JAYG)
and 74 granny squares of 4 rounds (3 rounds for JAYG)

I used a 3.5mm hook with Stylecraft Special DK as this suits my tension.
 You should use a hook that suits your own tension.


So in the single size blanket I combined 8s and 4s,
you can easily see that 2 4s will sit along side an 8.

For the King size blanket I started with much larger squares
and have combined 12s 6s and 3s.


This time I worked from the centre of the blanket out,
starting with 9 granny squares of 12 rounds each.
This means you need to make 9 squares of 11 rounds,
 then the 12th round is added as you join the squares, using join as you go.
If you want to use another joining method,
 then make 12 round squares in the beginning.


Here my colour palette has been insipired by Orla Kiely
 using colours again from my mugs.
This colour recipe has 12 shades
 but I must make it clear that this was
 NOT ENOUGH
 for the king size blanket
 and I needed a little more than 100g of each colour
 and more for the border.


Again I worked in batches, making 64 grannies of 5 rounds.
These were then added using the join as you go method
 and they become 6 round grannies.


Finally a batch of 176, 2 round grannies were made,
 to be joined and become 3 round grannies.
This blanket is a labour of love,
 dont make it if you dont like dealing with ends!!!


This is a huge blanket to cover the top of a king sized bed,
so at the end it becomes quite heavy and difficult to work on
 and very warm to sit under!


But I'm sure you will agree it is fascinating
and these colours are truly wonderful.


Here are the facts and figures that you will need to know to make this blanket.

Finished blanket weight 1650g
size 150cm square

Make 9 granny squares of 12 rounds (11 rounds for JAYG)
 64 granny squares of 6 rounds (5 rounds for JAYG)
and 176 granny squares of 3 rounds (2 rounds for JAYG)

I used a 3.5mm hook with Stylecraft Special DK as this suits my tension.
 You should use a hook that suits your own tension.


Finally a blanket deserves a border just as a picture has a frame.
I have used number 27 from the book
It has written instructions in US terms
 with clear charts and photographs





So to help you all out
 there are 4 new colour packs
 available in my shop now.

There are 2  packs inspired by Cath Kidston, bright or pale
and 2 packs inspired by Orla Kiely, orange or grey.


Each pack has 8 balls which is enough to make a single size blanket.
You will need to buy 1 extra ball,
 in the colour of your choice, for the border.

For a king size blanket you need 1600g
 so buy 2 packs the same 
 PLUS 2 more for the border.


Now you have all you need to know
 to make a geometric granny blanket.
There are oodles of possible combinations.
 Have lots of fun creating
and be sure to share your photos in the


If you have been inspired by my work
and would like to make a donation for this free pattern,
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Thank you for all the lovely comments on Facebook and Instagram
 it is truly wonderful to know that my work is appreciated.
 Because of my loyal followers,
 my crochet has grown to fill a void in my life
 from having to give up teaching and for this I'm truly thankful. 

Happy hookin friends

Heather

x x x



















24 April 2018

The Sweetheart Blanket


This beautiful stitch
 creates the fabulous effect of tiny hearts in rows
 and it has become a firm favourite of mine, as it is so easy!


I first came across this on the blog of my friend Angie at
where there is a fantastic free chart.
You can read this 
it is clearly drawn and explained in a key
 and I think it is very simple to follow.


The blanket is worked from the same side each time
 and when you look at your work upside down
 it looks like rows of tiny hearts!


I have used
Stylecraft Bambino and a 4mm hook.
This yarn has a very special look and feel.
I used 2 x 100g balls of 6 colours for my large blanket,
 which measured 120cm square and there was enough leftover
 to make a baby blanket 55cm square.

The baby blanket is now for sale in my

My shades are
white, vintage blue, sage, soft pink, heather and clotted cream.
You can buy it here at


It is acrylic yarn manufactured with a different process,
 giving a pearly finish and satin like quality.
The blanket is oh so soft and squishy with a wonderful drape.


Sadly it seems many people are unable to read charts
and since I have been using this stitch,
 both Angie and I have been weighed down with pleas for help with it!
 So it is with Angie's permission
 that I am writing this tutorial to help out.



Tutorial in (UK crochet terms)

Make a chain the desired width of your blanket.

To begin make a half treble in the 3rd chain from the hook.

You now have 2 half trebles on your hook, the first one is made of 2 chain.

Pull the yarn through both, which creates a treble 2 together.

Chain 2.

In the same space make another 2 half trebles (3 loops on hook)

miss 2 chain and make 2 more half trebles in the next chain. 

You now have 4 half trebles on your hook and the first one so 5 stitches.

Pull the yarn through all 5, leaving 1 stitch,
 so you have done a treble 4 together.
This makes a double V stitch
 which when viewed upside down resembles a heart.

Chain 2.

In the same space make 2 more half trebles.

Miss 2 chain and make another 2 half trebles
 in the next chain space. (5 loops on hook).

Pull the yarn through to treble 4 together then chain 2.
Repeat to the end of your chain.

At the end of your row,
 end with 2 chain and 2 half treble together.

I suggest you remeasure at this point to see where you want to stop,
 as the first row is often longer than your original chain was!
Don't worry about the spare chain left over. 
They can easily be unpicked with a needle and the tail sewn in later.

Cut yarn with a good tail,
 about 4 inches/10cm should be left,
 to sew in securely later with a darning needle.

My original chain was 50cm

yet when the first row was worked it measured 55cm.
I was happy with this for a baby blanket.
Don't worry about row 1 curling up,
 it will straighten out when the blanket gets more rows added.

Each new colour is worked from the same side or the front as we may call it.
Attach new colour and make a dc and 1 chain to replace first half treble

then make a half treble

pull yarn through to make treble 2 together

chain 2.

In same space make 2 half trebles

in next space make another 2 half trebles (5 loops on hook now)

pull yarn through to treble 4 together.

Chain 2 and repeat along the row.

Now 2 colours have been used
 we can start to look for the hearts,

Turn your work upside down to see them!

The ends at the start and finish of each row,
 need to be securely woven in to the same coloured stripe,
 using a darning needle.

My blankets have been edged with 1 round of dc,
 then with a narrow edging which is very simple.

Start with 3 chain, dc in same stitch.
Miss a stitch slip stitch in next.
Repeat.


It is my pleasure to share this tutorial with you,
 in the hope that you too can enjoy using this lovely heart stitch.
Behind the scenes this has taken weeks of work,
 to crochet, photograph, edit and write,
 time when I am not able to crochet.

If you have been inspired by my work and enjoyed my tutorial,
 please consider making a donation,
 to support the making of further free tutorials.
You will find the DONATE button on the sidebar of my blog.

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I'd love to see your successes!

Happy Hooking!
Heather
x x x










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