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

Today links : Link your Stuff !, Busy Fingers Showing Off and Craft Schooling Sunday !!!






















32 comments:

  1. Welcome back Ale,

    You did a good job with this quilt. The colours are very very pretty, you can feel Djakarta in them.
    I adore the last picture of your beautiful cat with its gaze of surprise (or is it misdemeanor?)

    I also posted a kind of crochetwork just now. You can have a peek here:
    http://www.homeiswherethedachshundis.blogspot.be/2015/04/helemaal-dachshundie.html

    Have a nice Sunday
    I hope you enjoy your new place

    Brigitte

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    1. Thank you Brigitte!!!!
      Margot was a little bit scared by myself while taking pictures from the top of a mini ladder! ;oD
      I'm going to read your post right now!!!!
      Happy sunday, xxxxx Ale

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  2. Hai Alex...what a beauty your granny patchwork blanket!Love all those colors in it,it gaves a special look!LOL ...cats are always busy trying to lay down on your crochet work if they can! ;-)

    Enjoy your new home!

    Angeline

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  3. Hi Ale. Your granny blanket looks very pretty - nice and colorful. :)

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    1. Hi Debi !!!!!!
      So lovely to have you here : such a long time since your last visit!!!!
      Thank you for liking my blanket, xxxxx Ale

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  4. It's great and very nice! :)))

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  5. Mooi met het spikkeltjesgaren en super met die mini-franjes... Jullie kat ziet het helemaal zitten! :-)

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    1. ….. my cat has such a good taste, you know !
      thank you, xxxxx Ale

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  6. Hellooooooooooo, good to hear from you:) Great blanket, and the yarn, well .. I like it, and mr. pussycat also. Glad to hear you moved into another appartement, hope you all feel ok there, byebye Francien

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    1. Hi my dear Francien!!!!!!
      We are fine in the new flat, even though we can stay here until the end of July!!! ;oD
      thank you for liking my new project, xxxxxx Ale

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  7. Ciao,Ale!Ben trovata!Spero tutto ok!Bella l'idea delle frange...Buona settimana!

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  8. Your blanket is gorgeous and I love the tassels!! I am so pleased to hear from you, I have been thinking about you Alessandra and wondering how you were doing, so I am very glad to know you are OK. I hope that the new - for now! - place is OK and that you are alright too. Keep taking care of yourself my dear. xx

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  9. Another great creation Alessandra, the pretty kitty seems to appreciate it first!
    Olympia

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  10. Wonderful to see you again Ali, hope all is well! What a wonderful little blanket, especially love that fringe! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

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    1. thank you Sara !!!!
      I feel better, ;oD
      happy week, xxxxx Ale

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  11. I love it!!! I made a bunch of squares (need to make a few more) and would like to use your fringe & put together a blanket for me for winter :)

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    1. I would love to see it!!!!
      happy week, xxxxx Ale

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  12. Hi Alessandra - what a beautiful blanket, I'm enjoying the variegated yarns now too :) :) So sorry to hear you have had so much upset in the last while - I've been a little out of touch. I hope your new place is OK if only for a little while - you'll be sure to have it looking homely and beautiful for sure, knowing you!! Thinking of you :)
    Alison xx

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  13. I like it because it is different, will experiment with variegated yarn crochet myself xxxxxxx Leah

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  14. Hello dear Ale, good to know that you are allright !
    You have made such a beautiful blanket in the meantime... And Margot is the best model ever, what a sweetie! Isn't she scared by all the moving she has done in her life? See you soon, lots of love and good luck, Mirjam.

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    1. thank you my dear Mirjam!!!!!!
      Margot, I think, is so used to move from a place to another ….. what I noticed is that, in this flat we are in now, she is more calm and relaxed!!! Good for her and for us all!!!! ;oD
      have a great week, xxxx Ale

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  15. Ciao Ale!

    I saw the pic on Facebook before I saw the name, but I KNEW it was you - such a great idea! It looks a little magic carpet :-)

    Yup, you'll find that winter doesn't much i your new hometown :-) - hope you can settle down soon, it is horrible to move and move and move again.

    When are you coming down to the Garden Route for a holiday...?

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  16. You are back! Hope you will feel at home very soon in your new appartment! What a great post, blankets, yarn and cat! Love to see all your pictures!
    My best wishes for you and your family! Glad you are fine! Hug!

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    1. Yes I am !!!! In the apartment, as it's temporary, I have to feel at home as less as possible, but we are feeling fine here!!!!
      Things are a little bit better right now, thank you!!!
      hugs and xxxx to you, Ale

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  17. Love the blanket - especially the fringe.

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  18. Ciao, Ale! Felice di vederti di nuovo qui! anche io vedo che tu lavora molto duro lavoro! bella coperta! e un bellissimo gatto! Penso che fosse anche in amore con la coperta!
    Buona giornata! baci da Catalonia!

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  19. Lo sapevo che non saresti rimasta a lungo senza uncinettare un po ; ) l' effetto delle copertine sembra morbido e caldo ,Margot è dolcissima , moto tranquilla anche lei , forse un buon modo per tornare alla normalità ! Ti abbraccio , buon lavoro e a presto
    Madalena

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  20. It looks really cozy!! Just love the simple granny square!!
    Kate :}

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  21. What a fun blanket! I love it!!!

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  22. What a pretty blanket! Beautiful colors and I love the funny short tassels, really sweet :-). Naturally not to forget cute Margot! Happy weekend!!

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