Friday, 1 May 2015

Hexagons Shabby Chic Blanket !!!

…. Another mini blanket (143cm x 130cm …. more or less !) !!!

It has been a result of a long pondering….
I wanted to work some hexagons (and diamonds, I have to add!) for a long time, but I was not convinced by any motif , even if gorgeous, worked in the round …. even because I didn't want to change colours so many times …. And I really love double crochet as a stitch, so ….

…. a simple hexagon motif was born, just using double crochets, row after row, while increasing, decreasing and turning …. really easy and effective, in my humble opinion ….

In a couple of weeks, while preparing boxes for the last big move, I completed my 4th blanket (!!!!) …



That is ….



… named so just because it seems a recycled blanket, from old pieces of fabric sewn together and not ironed …. in my case : not blocked and I love this visual effect, so wrinkled and worn, even though brand new !!! ;oD

This blanket is cosy, soft and warm !!!
To crochet this little beauty I've used a 6mm hook and some leftovers from my seashell scarf (hexagons) and from the my granny patchwork blanket (diamonds).
I worked 5 vertical stripes with hexagons (each made of 6 hexagon motifs) and 4 vertical stripes with diamonds (each stripe made of 7 diamond motifs). They are joined together with colourful zig zag lines of single crochet stitches, that give an interesting 3D with ridges!
What I really love is the geometrical finish of this blanket : no straight lines from start to end, but just some in the between of points, generated by diamonds and hexagons together !!!

The border is just underlined by a frame of single crochets, that runs all around the blanket : it's a simple red line, enough for my taste …

Now an overload of images, which record my work in the last couple of weeks …






































… It's done !!! Ready to use and we all (Margot included) love it !!!

xxxx Alessandra

P.S. : more blankets  : Spiky Baby Blanket (here)
                                    Globetrotter Blanket (here)
                                    My Granny Patchwork Blanket (here)

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Make it ! My Granny Patchwork Blanket !!!

Hi my Dears !!!!!
I'm here for a quick "Hello!" and just to say I'm fine and that last week we moved in the temporary flat…
I had to put away most of my yarns, but in the meantime I crocheted a little bit …. 2 mini blankets are right now off my hooks and a new little project is on the way…
I found some variegated yarns in my boxes and drawers and I decided to use them in a granny project…

… and this is what I came up with …



The yarns used were all bought in Jakarta, little by little, just after I learnt how to crochet…
I'm not a huge fan of variegated yarns, but sometimes is really good to try something different…
What I liked about working with this yarns was that I didn't have to change colours after each round of a granny : the yarn itself did this job for me !!!! Less ends to cut and trim : so relaxing!!! ;oD

The project was really quick to complete, as I was working with a 6mm hook and I decided to crochet just a lap blanket, to keep on the sofas …. we are in "winter" in this part of the world, right now!

WHAT YOU NEED :




…. Margot was very useful as a tester of the blanket to be !!!!


THE BASIC GRANNY SQUARE PATTERN (4 rounds)

I worked 64 grannies (8x8) for this lap blanket (but I don't remember the dimensions of it, as all the notes are away in one of the boxes put in storage … sorry !) and I joined them with the join as you go method : you can find the one you prefer via Pinterest join as you go method or how to join granny squares ) or YouTube how to join granny squares or the join as you go method ).





Please note that I follow the US crochet terminology in my works.

Collect the hook and the chosen colour for the granny square : make a slip knot on your hook and chain 4 stitches, slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring.

round 1 : chain 1
repeat [ 3 double crochets + chain 3 ] 4 times
make a slip stitch in the top of the first DC (=double crochet) to complete the first round
(**)make 2 more slip stitches in the tops of the following DCs of the same shell and another slip stitch in the first corner you meet : now you are ready to start

round 2 : chain 1
repeat [ 3 DCs + chain 3 + 3 DCs and chain 1 ] 4 times
slip stitch in the top of the first DC to end the round
repeat (**) as in the first round : you can start, then

round 3 : chain 1
repeat [ 3 DCs + chain 3 + 3 DCs and chain 1,  3 DCs in chain-1 space, chain 1 ] 4 times
slip stitch in the top of the first DC to complete this round
repeat (**) as in the previous round, so you can crochet the last round

round 4 : chain 1
repeat [ 3 DCs + chain 3 + 3 DCs and chain 1, 3 DCs in chain-1 space + chain 1, 3 DCs in 2nd chain-1 space and chain 1] 4 times
slip stitch in the top of the first DC to close the round
make 2 slip stitches in the following DCs
cut yarn and fasten off; trim in the ends




THE BORDER and THE FRINGES






After all the ends were trimmed and cut, I decided to keep my blanket very simple.
In fact, I just made a simple border all around : 1 round of single crochets !!! Easy peasy !!

To give some personality to the blanket I decided to add some fringes …



In the picture above you can have a glimpse of the thin border ( in dark grey ) and of the first fringes …

Each fringe is made of 6 strands of yarn, each measuring 15 cm, and they are positioned only in the chain-1 spaces ( none in the corners ) along the whole blanket, as you can see …








… and here it is , in all its beauty …







…. and some extras …







xxxx Alessandra

… btw, I really missed you all a lot and this little place of mine, too !!! ;oD

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