Hello my lovely friends
and welcome to the
2017 Stylecraft Blog Tour.
If you are visiting for the first time,
may I offer you an extra special welcome!
Do stop a while and have a browse, you will find many tutorials
and colourful posts to inspire your crochet.
This year sees our 3rd blog tour
and again I feel privileged to be a member of the
Our numbers are continually growing and bloggers all round the globe
will keep you inspired with knitting and crochet inspiration.
You can keep up with us on Facebook at
and on Instagram at
The tour this year is celebrating the popular Batik yarn
which comes in 20 fabulous shades,
along with the newcomer Batik Elements
which is available in 8 fantastic colourways.
The yarn is a beautiful soft blend of 80% acrylic and 20% wool
coming in 100g balls. It is machine washable at 30 degrees
and can be tumble dried on low heat.
If you have been following along
you will have already seen a host of wonderful creations
and patterns available to you.
Yesterday we were treated to a gorgeous poncho pattern by
You can follow the tour backwards from here
by visiting each blog in turn
and following the links given to the previous days posts.
Tomorrow is the final day of the tour
and will be the turn of
I cant wait to see what she has made!
We were given a choice, of 4 wonderful colour packs
specially created for the tour.
I chose the pack called Country Garden
as these colours match perfectly with my living room.
It contains 4 balls of Batik Elements in Bismuth
and 6 balls of Batik in raspberry, pistachio, heather, mint, coral and graphite.
You can enter a giveaway today
just for readers of my blog
to win your self a pack of this gorgeous yarn!
It will be open to all entrants worldwide
between the hours of
10am GMT Monday October 30th
and 10am GMT Tuesday 31st October 2017.
So what did I make?
As soon as I saw the pack I new it coordinated perfectly
with my new curtains. Many of you will know that we moved house
1 year ago and so I am still gradually making home.
This old table was due a makeover as its old much loved cloth,
had seen better days and no longer matched with my colour scheme.
A new granny table cloth was the perfect project for me,
to test out this exciting new yarn.
I used the Batik Elements in Bismuth
along with the 4 shades that matched my curtains,
raspberry, pistachio, heather and mint.
My table is a small side table with top measuring
44cm / 17 inches.
I chose a simple pattern to let the yarn do the talking,
so the humble granny square was perfect
to make a table cloth for this square table.
If you are a beginner you may like to read my
as it contains many tips and tricks,
for how to make a perfectly square granny that does not twist.
I began with Bismuth for the centre
then alternated it with the other 4 shades in the following order
bismuth raspberry bismuth pistachio bismuth heather bismuth mint.
It's as simple as that, just keep repeating the colour sequence
until you reach your desired size.
Its good practice to take care of your ends as you work,
so that you don't have a dreadful task at the end.
You can read my tutorial
of how I deal with ends on a granny square
I was inspired to create this look
by the wonderful work I have seen on Instagram on #crochetrabbithole .
Take a look and you will see many wonderful inspiring
creations made with remnants of variegated sock yarn.
The colours blend so well
and it's difficult to see where one colour starts and another ends!
I am really pleased with how it turned out
and the result is a soft squishy fabric
which would make a wonderful warm blanket or shawl.
However my table needed a treat!
To turn my granny square into a pretty cloth
it needed a lovely edging.
To make the edging
(UK crochet terms)
Ch 1 = chain 1 dc = double crochet tr = treble
dc 2 tog = double crochet 2 together
Use any colour of your choice
(I used raspberry but ran out so ended in bismuth.
Any combination of scraps will work as it blends in with the square)
Starting in a stitch 3 to the left of a corner,
dc around the whole square making 3 dc in corner stitches.
Ch 1, dc in same stitch, * ch 1 skip 3 stitches,
[(tr chain 1) 3 times in next stitch, tr in same stitch,]
this creates a shell,
chain 1 skip 3 stitches dc in next stitch.
Repeat from * to 2 stitches before a corner stitch,
ch 1 skip 2 stitches, make a shell in corner stitch,
ch 1 skip 2 stitches dc in next stitch, repeat from *
around omitting last dc, join with slip stitch to first dc.
Ch 1, *[dc in next treble, dc in ch space, dc in treble,
dc ch 3 dc in top ch space,
dc in treble, dc in ch space, dc in treble,
hdc in ch space hdc in next ch sp, pull yarn through both to make dc2 tog.]
Repeat from * and join with slip stitch into first ch 1.
My square measures 66cm / 26 inches
which is perfect for my table with a lovely overhang.
I used only part of each of the 4 batik and
2.5 balls of the Bismuth. So there is enough in the pack
to make a larger square than mine.
I am delighted with the effect
and my table is now dressed!
Keep calm and crochet on!
You can check back tomorrow
and I will post the winner of the giveaway.
I hope you all have a lovely hooky day
x x x