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


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
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