This week has seen a colour explosion on my hook!
Oh what a delight it has been
to play with bold colours and shapes
not normally seen here at Patchwork House!
The last few months it has been Santa's workshop here
and I've been making lots of orders.
Of course many of these turn out to be the same,
so it was a great excitement when the last order was finished and posted.
For my next make I fancied something totally different
and have been wanting to try this circle in square granny for a while.
There are many free patterns around on the internet
some in US and others in UK crochet terms.
You can find the pattern I used
this is written in US crochet terms.
I like to work in batches.
I find this helps increase my production rate
as your brain and fingers remember the pattern.
So I make a batch of circles, then do a pile of squares.
I did 3 of most of these combinations (20x3=60)
and 4 of 1 (60+4=64)
so there were
21 red circles
21 orange circles
and 22 yellow circles
I used the yellow circles for the main diagonal of the blanket.
The strong bold shapes of the circle in the square
really appeals to my maths brain!
I wanted to create a child's blanket
imagining the shapes and colours being useful for teaching!
I remember when my 3 children were little
how they often had a nap on the sofa
and how we used to snuggle watching films or having a story.
So I had a vision of a story time snuggle blanket
that could be used as a baby play mat
and be big enough to last into childhood.
I dived into my stash
and came up with this set of vibrant colours.
I have used
with a 3.5mm hook
ruby, burnt orange and citrine for the circles
peridot, fir, jade, topaz, sky, blue velvet and lapis for the squares
and indigo for the joins and edging.
1 ball of each was sufficient.
I love this yarn more every time I use it!
It is extremely smooth and soft with a fine satin like quality.
It has a superior finish and produces a beautiful even blanket
with superb stitch definition.
"Deramores Studio DK is a beautifully soft acrylic yarn
which has been developed with anti pilling technology
to ensure it will remain looking perfect after washing and wearing.
Fully machine washable and hard wearing
it's perfect for the rough and tumble of every day childrens's play
or to create your perfect blanket or Afghan
to snuggle under at home or to pass down through the generations."
I made 64 grannies for a square blanket 8 by 8.
I chose to arrange the circles in diagonal stripes
with a random arrangement for the background colours.
Joining is always such fun,
I love the rhythmic action of crocheting the squares together.
I like to crochet the squares together
as it produces a good strong join.
Using a contrasting colour helps to frame the squares
and adds another dimension to the blanket.
I have crocheted the squares together from the front
with wrong sides together using UK dc through both loops.
You can read my tutorial for this
The joining is completed in 1 direction first
then in the opposite direction
and it comes together very fast.
The tails from the beginning and ends of the joining
can be crocheted over when the border is made.
For the border I made
1 round of UK dc
then 1 round of UK trebles
followed by my simple edging
you will find this in more detail
The finished blanket
measures approximately 100cm square
and is perfect for a baby play mat
which will later become a child's snuggle blanket.
Now I'm wishing I had a little boy to keep this for
as it reminds me so much of the Duplo and Lego my son loved!
But instead I will have much pleasure selling it
and know that it is going to be much loved
by a family somewhere!
The circle in square granny
has been great fun to make
so you can expect to see many more of these
coming off my hook!
Next I'm going to make a baby pram blanket
in the same pattern
so do keep watching on
as I make!
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