Hello and welcome to Patchwork House . . . . .
my little corner of the world in South Yorkshire, England, where you will find me addicted to colour and playing with yarn!


10 September 2017

Moroccan Tiles


Here as promised is my full blog post
 about how I made this stunning
 Moroccan Tiles blanket.


The Colour pack and books needed to make this
 are available in my Colour Pack Shop at Deramores
 HERE

I have used 8 colours for the tiles
dark brown, mocha, camel, parchment,
 copper, tomato, spice and gold.
(I apologise if some of you think the parchment
 looks like duck egg in the photos, it is not!)
The joining and border colour will be walnut.

I have used a 3.5mm hook as this suits my tension.
 Some poeple use 4 or 4.5mm.
 It is recommended that you make a sample squares first to test your tension.

I have chosen to make 49 squares and arrange them in a 7x7 square,
 but you could also use 48 and make a 6x8 rectangular blanket.

I made 1 test square at the start, to familarise myself with the pattern,
 so I then needed to make 48 more.
 This works very nicely with 8 colours so I made 6 middles of each shade.


I am using the Willow Block from the book
200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton.
She explains very clearly how to make it.


As usual I worked in a production line system.
 This organised method helps ensure
 an even balance of colour in the blanket.
 If you are not familiar with this method
 you can read an earlier post about how I plan colours


So when I sit down to crochet
 I grab 1 ball of yarn and 6 middles to be used.
This also makes it very portable and easy to pack in a bag for going out.


The 3rd colours are planned in the same way,
allowing 6 of each.


Each square will be unique using this method. 


They grow really fast and 
its easy to sew the ends in as you go.


Planning is my favourite part!
I love lining them all up on the table and choosing the next colours.
If you don't have the space to leave them out,
 then simply put each ball and pile of squares
 in separate plastic bags to keep them organised.


The addition of the 4th colour
 really makes them look like tiles.


The final task is to add an extra round in the joining colour walnut.
I did uk dc in each stitch with 3 in the corner. 


Choosing mugs to match my crochet is a pleasure of mine and
 has become my trademark, its something I do automatically!


The next part of the process is to
 lay them out on the bed for the joining arrangement.
 People always write and ask how I do it.
 Well there no secret really, 
I start with 1 of each colour in each row
and just use my eye to make sure neighboring squares are not too similar.


To join my squares I have crocheted them together
 from the back using UK dc through both loops.
 If you are not familiar with this method 
you can read my step by step tutorial


this creates a strong join
 which is smooth and flat on the front


 and has a ridge on the back.


Once the blanket is in 1 piece I add a foundation row to prepare it for the border.
For this I do a round of UK trebles.This makes the border deeper, 
but more than that, it allows me to straighten out the blanket edge.
 I always find that where 2 squares meet there is slight dip in the edge. 
When I make this foundation row I use a longer stitch at this point. 
So in the 2 corners of the squares I make double trebles,
 but I do half a double treble in the first corner and keep it on the hook, 
then half a double treble in the second corner,
 then pull the yarn through both together making 1 stitch.
 This removes a few stitches from the border helping it to lie flat.


My border is number 93 from the book
Around the Corner by Edie Eckman.
This is available in my shop


Don't worry if you don't have the exact number of stitches,
 needed for the border its very easy to adapt it.
 Crochet is very forgiving and you can easily add or remove a stitch,
 in the gaps in several patterns on the first row of the border.


I always wash my blankets when complete to help settle the joins.
 This has the same effect as blocking.
 Follow the instructions on the ball band.
 I was mine in the machine with my normal soap powder
 and fabric softener at 30 degrees.
 Then I tumble dry on LOW heat. 
This makes the yarn even softer and your blanket is ready to snuggle!
My finished blanket is 130cm /51 inches square.
 

I hope you have lots of fun making this blanket.
remember to share your photos as you make in the 
we all love to see what you are doing!


My blanket is now stored ready to gift
and I'm off to start something new!

Have a lovely hooky weekend friends

Heather
X X X


9 July 2017

The Crochet Patchwork Blanket

Here is the story of the crochet patchwork blanket.
I know many of you have been enjoying following this make
 and I promised I would write up all the colours and patterns
 for you to be able to recreate it. 

The exciting news is that this yarn is now available as a
for you in my shop at Deramores!

Buying a colour pack makes it so easy for you
 and provides a good discount!


My aim was to make something new for Patchwork House,
 to fit the king size bed, as all my blankets so far have been single size.
I spend a lot of time resting in the bedroom,
 it is a light, bright, colourful space where I find much peace and rest,
 so this blanket is for me! I chose the shades to match
 my 2 sets of bedding so it will coordinate perfectly each week!


The yarn used is Deramores Studio DK.
This is a favourite of mine as it has a superior fine quality.
 The yarn comes in 100g balls with a beautiful satin look and feel
 and I find that the slightly finer yarn gives fabulous stitch definition.


I worked with my favourite 3.5 mm hook
 but suggest you use whatever suits your tension.
 The hook recommended on the ball band is 4 mm.


The patterns for the blocks are from the book
I really recommend this book as a good buy.
 It has clear written instructions
 and the patterns are written to mix and match together.
I bought the pink/orange cover as this is written in UK terms.
 I believe the blue/green cover is in US terms.


I worked 1 colour at a time
 and made as many squares as possible from 1 ball.
 Depending on the block this varied from 4 to 7.
 I was happy with this as I wanted to create a patchwork effect.


As I made the squares I kept measuring them,
 to make sure they all came out at the same size.
 It is very easy to adapt them by adding or removing a round of dc,
 to either increase or decrease the size.


I chose a mixture of floral blocks
and geometric blocks.
 You can choose any blocks you fancy from this book.
Here are the colours and patterns I used

citrine - 19 lacy cross
mustard - 35 tricolour square
peridot - 113 wisteria
fir - 129 anemone
aqua green - 189 willow
sky - 56 plain granny
blue velvet - 94 gothic square
lapis - 197 fretwork
peony - 16 waterlily
rose - 78 briar rose
blush - 89 spinner
fuschia - 8 popcorn flower
raspberry - 54 framed flower
ruby - 137 criss cross
wine - 46 meadow

you need 81 squares in total.
I used 100g of each of the 15 colours
 and 600g of the topaz for joining and edging.


The frequent change of colour and pattern
 made this a very interesting project,
 which was also very portable.
 When you have made a square a few times,
 the pattern is easily remembered 
and so it was great to pop my hook and yarn in my bag to hook out!


Every day I had much fun playing with my squares
 and looking at the cheerful colour combinations!


The stitch definition of this
 Deramores Studio DK
 is just wonderful.
 It has a fabulous satin feel and is dreamy to work with!
The yarn has an anti pilling finish too,
so I am really looking forward to seeing how it stands up to frequent use.


There's nothing quite like a pile of grannies!
This growing tower of squares on my fireplace was most attractive!


Finally the day came when I had enough squares
 and was ready to join. I made 81 squares for this blanket,
 which is big enough to cover a UK king size bed.
 I have used
topaz
for my joining and border colour.


When planning my layout I like to use a random arrangement.
I play crochet Sudoku and try to get just 1
 of any colour or pattern in each row or column.


First my squares were all edged
 with 1 round of UK dc as a foundation for the joining.
At this point you need to check
 that your squares all have the same number of stitches on each edge.
If they don't, don't panic,
 just use this dc round to increase or decrease as necessary.


I used the continuous flat braid join as my joining method.
It adds a lovely lace dimension to the blanket,
 looks very complex, but is in fact fast and so easy!
You can read my tutorial 


The continuous flat braid join is so fast
 and your blanket soon comes together,
 with only 2 ends from the start and the finish!


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


To prepare for the border I made a foundation row
 of 3 trebles in each loop with 7 in a corner.


I used border 93 from the book
This book is written in US terms
 but it has excellent clear charts as well as written instructions
 and is easy to use.


2 months work
 has made me a beautiful patchwork blanket
 with lace join and edging.
I'm hoping that this will become a family heirloom!
It's time that I made some more blankets for my home and family
 to bring colour to our days!


I wish you all a happy hooky adventure making this lovely blanket.

You can get your colour pack
Don't forget to share your pictures in the
 I'd love to see what you are up to!

happy hooking
Heather
X X X


















2 June 2017

Flower Garden CAL Part 4

Welcome to part 4,
 the final part of the flower garden CAL
This week you are going to join your squares
 and then make the border of the blanket.

If you are only just reading this CAL for the first time
you can find the previous posts here




You will find the pattern for part 4


I'm sure you have all been admiring your squares
 and trying them in lots of patterns, I know I did!
The layout is described in the pattern but it may help some of you to see it.
Its like a flower bed with the 4 flowers in the middle,
 surrounded by the circles and then again by the sunburst grannies.


To join the squares you are going to work in rows,
crocheting together from the front using UK dc through both loops.
This makes a strong join with a ridge on the front of the blanket.
If you are not familiar with this joining method
 I have a step by step tutorial that you may find helpful


Here is a view of the rows joined in the first direction only.
To complete the joining simply work along the rows in the opposite way.


You will notice here that I have numbers pinned on my rows,
 this helps me make sure I add them in the correct order!




Now your blanket is in 1 piece and ready for a border.


This is great fun using several of the colours


and then finished with a cream shell edging.



Tadaa!
Now you have your own beautiful flower garden blanket!


Make sure you remember to share photos in the
so we can all enjoy each others creations!
Thank you for making this CAL such a happy experience,
I do hope you have had fun

Heather
x x x












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