When it just doesn’t work…

So I started a new blanket and decided to just use my leftovers from the previous blanket which mostly match the new pattern. Well THIS was a mistake. I always pick different colours for a project to the ones suggested for two reasons: one is because I like to be different and the second is because I am VERY fussy about colours. Whenever I did wall displays in my classroom, not only did everything on the display have to match but it had to match the display next to it. It made things more complicated but was a feast for the eyes once done. That is what I want for my knitting and crochet projects.

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Having got a little way through it I wasn’t totally happy but kept going. Last night, however, I took another look at it and decided that no, it was never going to work. So today I am slowly taking it apart. Such a tedious job but I can’t bare to waste the wool. The next step is to properly plan out which colours to use and where they will be placed.

Putting a little extra work in to plan colours properly before you begin is well worth the time and energy you’ll need to put into it. in the end you’ll be much happier with the end product. So go on and get planning.

Candy Leftovers

A second leftovers item! A few years ago I made a cafetiere cosy for my husband. He used it every time he made coffee but alas it wasn’t to last. Another pattern taken from Nicki Trench’s ‘Cute & Easy Crochet’ book, the cafetiere cosy pattern was perfect for my DK leftovers. I picked a few colours that I thought went well together. I could have gone for something that matches the kitchen, but why do that when you can use colours that look like candy??

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I followed the basic pattern but made a couple of adjustments. I added the snap at the bottom of the handle as the pattern didn’t have a fastening at the bottom. It’s not totally necessary but I wanted it to be secure when it was being used. I just added a few extra double crochets at the end of the first couple of rows.

The other adjustment was to do a simple single stitch in yellow all the way around the cosy. The main reason for doing this was because the sides of the cosy seemed to be wider then the centre. I used the single stitches to decrease the width of the sides. Any crochet experts out there know why this happened.  You can see this more clearly in the picture to the right.IMG_2548

Although not perfect by any means, I love the colours and am pleased with the product. It does the job and looks cheerful for the early morning coffees we have now we have a baby.

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Leftovers

Having decided to make my Cosy Stripe Blanket shorter then the plan suggested I had leftovers! A cushion cover for our sofa has recently died a death so it’s time for a new one. As a lot of the colours matched the colours in the living room I thought I would make one.

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As I have never made anything with granny squares I thought now would be a good time. I used a very simple square pattern in Nicki Trench’s ‘Cute and Easy Crochet’. The core silver colour I had to buy. As you can see from the picture I have finished one side and have started on the second side. It’s going well and will add a great bit of colour to our living room.

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The squares are very easy to make although I am the sort of person who doesn’t like to be constantly changing colours. It’s fiddly and in my opinion wastes a lot of wool with all the ends. Each square has 6 ends which takes a lot of time to sew in and wastes wool. I’ve already decided that whatever my next project is, it won’t involve fiddly colour changes! Probably another blanket!

Finished!

Well I finally finished my first big crochet project! I love it! The colours really pop and I am so pleased with the border. As mentioned in a previous post the pattern is from Attic24 blog. I didn’t make the blanket as long as is suggested because, I’m going to be honest here, I got bored. Because you repeat the same four rows over and over again it got boring very quickly. So I made the blanket long enough to warm your legs or cover you for a quick nap, but that is all. IMG_2334

The edging is a little different however. I decided as the blanket is a fairly simple, solid stripe that I wanted the edging to be more textured and curvy. I started with the same edging that is mentioned on Attic24, making what looks likes V’s in yellow. Then I did a treble block edging in pink. I didn’t quite have the right number of stitches so I just had to improvise and it turned out surprisingly well. I was going to leave it there, but I felt something was missing so I used a blue colour to double crochet all the way around. I completely LOVE  the result.

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Fitting Dungarees

I made these a few months ago but were far too big at the time. They now fit! Whoop! So exciting to see George in these grand dungarees.

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They are still slightly big though so he keeps pulling on the top part. Oh well. I’m pleased they are a bit big on him as he should be able to wear them through a lot of the summer.

Love it!

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Scrummy Seconds

This is the blanket so far with the second round of colours done.  It’s taken a lot longer to do this round of colours as I’ve had a few issues with dizziness. Dizziness and crochet just don’t mix!

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For those of you who are keen-eyed you’ll see that it’s a little narrower at the top than the bottom. I’m not very good at making sure I have the same number of stitches in each row. In the first section the blanket increased in width but now seems to be DECREASING in width!!! What?? I don’t know what’s going on either. Never mind I’ll keep going and try to increase the stitches…

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On a positive note, I LOVE the colours. I wasn’t sure about them to start with but this blanket is so cheerful. I like that it has bright colours and darker more subtle colours. There also seems to be a bit of a blue theme.

I think I’ve made this bigger than suggested but I don’t mind. I’ll keep going until I run out of wool! On that note I must get going as I already have my next project lined up!

 

 

The Beginning

Well I’ve been working on the Attic 24 blanket for a week or so and already I’ve gotten through all 15 colours.

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I’m so pleased with how it looks so far. So bright and cheerful. I will admit I accidentally added on 4 extra stitches. I kept wondering why it was getting wider! I went back to the Attic 24 website and found my mistake. Rather than unravel what I’ve done I’m just going to carry on with the extra stitches. You may also notice my ends are not sewn in. Lucy suggested sewing them in as you go along. I always sew in at the end so I’m sticking with tradition. I’m sure I’ll be irritated with myself when I have to do it all at the end. I am impatient I’m afraid and I’ll pay for it later!

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My next task is to decide on the order of the colours for the next section. Looking forward to the next section!