I am so proud of myself. Yep, this is how I am starting this post 🙂
My biggest project yet – let me re-phrase this: my biggest completed project yet is finished!
Attic24 – Cosy striped blanket is here albeit not for long. It will make the trip to Europe in less than 3 weeks to help my nearly 98-year old Purzel-Oma to stay warm while thinking of us here in Oz.
I found this project while I was looking to crochet something that would take me a little longer, would be a bit bigger and completely different from all my other things I have ever done.
Yes, this is also my very first blanket and how much I enjoyed doing it.
Lucy is the name behind Attic24 and is full of creative handcrafts and projects. I highly recommend you to check it out.
So here it goes:
I have Lucy’s website Attic24 bookmarked as I find a lot of fun projects on it. Most of her patterns are in UK terms and it is great that she actually specifies that very fact. I find that extremely helpful.
Anyway – back to the Cosy Stripe Blanket, let’s get started:
Best thing, it uses only one stitch: the Treble Crochet (or DC in US terms):
–tr [treble] – yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through the stitch (3 loops on the hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops
The pattern is also step-by-step accompanied by pictures if you need some visual help.
Next we are required to have 15 x 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK but as always I needed to find an alternative and used 4 Seasons Marvel 8 Ply Yarn from Spotlight .
The colours I chose were: mint, cerise, laguna, aqua, green, pink, orange, lemsor, flesh, royal blue, sungold, lime, purple, saxe and claret.
Before I started I needed to get my colour sequence in order. To do that I cut from each ball about 10cm and arranged the strings until I was happy with the order. I sticky-taped the sequence to the back of the printed pattern and with the recommended Size 4 hook I was ready to get started.
For you guys that started following me you will know that I learned the Foundation Single Crochet stitch which replaces the chain and subsequent first row of stitches with the Fox Fingerless Gloves. I did use them here again and am pleased to say it looks a lot tidier for me as my chains are very crooked.
I wasn’t too worried about the measurements of the end result which actually is 145cm x 147cm; nearly square without intention. However when it came to the edging I did get quite worried about having enough yarn left, so I decided to finish the blanket with 2 colours short off completing the full sequence in the hope that it will leave me with enough yarn for the first two rounds of edging. I knew the 3rd round was easy enough and not very yarn hungry but the last and 4th did get me worried. But as can be seen – all is well and there is still plenty left.
There you have it; I can just imagine my beautiful Purzel-Oma (grandma, in case you are wondering is named after her most treasured late cat) sitting on her balcony with this blanket on her knees for comfort and warmth, a cuppa in her hands and thinking of us. Bliss ♥♥♥
Until then – stay safe peeps. J xx