Here as promised is my full blog post
about how I made this stunning
Moroccan Tiles blanket.
I have used 1 each of the 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, allow 4 balls.
You can buy this yarn
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
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