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30 October 2017

Stylecraft Blog Tour 2017 - Granny Square Tablecloth

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

Round 1
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.

Round 2
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.

Round 3
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


Alison said...

Morning the way these have blended together is wonderful and looks really great on your table. All of you have done such different things and makes me realise how versitile this yarn is.

Bekki said...

What a fun way to make over an old table. I love the edging you've given it.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to start a blanket of this design. I knew your Batik creation would be super!

Sandra said...

I love your batik tablecloth! I've just ordered some of those yarns!

Arja said...

Nice colour's and beautiful pattern with border.

Greetings from Arja

Unknown said...

I love this, especially the border. Will have to mske one for myself@

Hannah said...

Heather , this is so beautiful, color combination is gorgeous, i cant wait to make one with same colors. Your blog is full of informative posts/tutorials. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I will subscribe to your blog to get more posts like this in my inbox.

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