I have made many willow blankets over the past few years
and they never fail to delight !
There is something very special about this beautiful block
with its intricate lace detail and crisp corners
but sadly every time I post pictures
I get flooded with requests for help
and cries of despair from frustrated hooksters !
|200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton
The willow block is by Jan Eaton
and is pattern 189 in the book 200 Crochet Blocks.
It is a fabulous book with written patterns for 200 blocks
that you can mix and match to make blankets
and I highly recommend it!
(this book is written in UK crochet terms)
I have chosen to make my squares in 1 colour only
as I think it enhances the pattern.
I have adapted the pattern
and just keep working in 1 colour until finished.
So now to help the many of you who say they can't master
round 4 ! Please note this is how I make my blocks.
Other people may have interpreted the pattern differently,
but this works for me !
This pattern is from a book
so I will not post pattern details here just my hints and tips.
If you buy the book it is clearly written
and with these extra photos I hope you will manage!
|Rounds 1 2 & 3
Check you have 48 trebles in round 3.
This is important!
48 divided by 4 = 12 stitches for each side
|ready to start round 4 with 1 dc in 1st stitch
now put your hook into the bottom chain
and make a slip stitch
this forms a little 'ear'
|make a slip stitch in 1st chain
Now this is where it may start to go wrong.
We are going to make the circle into a square.
So I find it helps to calculate how many stitches will be for each side.
48 divided by 4 = 12 stitches for each side of the square
|slip stitch in 1st chain complete
next you must MISS 2 STITCHES
make 2 chain
then 1dc where the needle is
|miss 2 stitches
it will look like this
|miss next 2 stitches chain 2 then dc where needle is
again miss 2 stitches chain 2
miss 2 stitches chain 3
miss 2 stitches chain 2
(each time we miss 2 stitches)
this completes 1 side of the square
you have used 13 stitches
|1 side of the square
now you will repeat that little sequence
for the next 3 sides of the square
|chain 5 then slip stitch into bottom chain
when all 4 sides are done
you will have 4 'ears'
equally spaced in the corners
|4 sides complete
now for round 5
slip stitch into next 5 chain space
this will be the first corner
continue from the book
|slip stitch into 1st ear
If making in 1 colour
I begin round 6 where round 5 ends
to save breaking off the yarn.
I start with 7 chain
(2 to replace a treble then 5 for the chains)
then 1dc 3 chain 1dc in the corner etc
|willow square complete
Finally I add an extra round of dc
to each square in my joining colour
making 3 dc in each corner stitch.
When calculating my squares
I try to make an equal amount of each shade
to ensure an even balance
but you don't need to be too fussy about this!
I lay them out like a Sudoku puzzle
in a random arrangement but trying to get
only 1 of each colour in any row or column!
This is great fun!
My favourite method of joining for these squares
is crocheting the squares together from the front
using UK dc through both loops.
This creates a really strong join
with the ridge on the front.
First I join all the rows in 1 direction.
Then in the opposite direction.
You will find a detailed picture tutorial
My blankets are made in
It is my favourite blanket making yarn
as it is soft and snuggly, very affordable,
can be machine washed and tumble dried
and comes in over 80 wonderful shades.
Finally to complete a blanket you need a border.
It is like a frame around a picture and sets it off !
My border comes from the book
I added 1 round of trebles first to add depth
then used border 93.
(do note this book is written using US crochet terms)
So there you are !
Easy when you know how ?!
I do hope this has helped the many of you who have written to me.
It is my pleasure
as a teacher and crochet artist to share and encourage others.
However blogging takes much time when I am not making orders.
If you have been helped or inspired by my work
please consider a small donation to support my crochet journey.
You can do this by using the Paypal donation button on the sidebar.
and happy hookin!
X X X