the ‘homely blanket’ quest – last square

dear diary,

We have come to the end of our ‘homely blanket’ crochet along, well almost. Today I give you the last square, number 35 to do, and then all you have to do is crochet all of the squares together.

So far I have crochet about half of my squares together…

homely blanket as at Oct 2013

…as you can see I have used cream coloured DK yarn and I am crocheting together using simple double crochet. I might need to do a few ‘filler’ squares at the end if there are gaps, but that should be easy enough. I would just make some simple small granny squares for that. As for the border…I am not sure yet. I am going to try a few different options and will let you know my decision and let you have the pattern, in case you want to do the same.

As I am away over Christmas I am crocheting my squares together when I get back, ready for the big ‘TahDah’ moment on New Years Day, so watch out for that!

But now, without further ado…square 35 – A Christmas Star…

Quest Square 35

Ch 6, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: 6ch (counts as 1tr, 3ch), [3tr, 3ch] 3 times into ring, 2tr into ring, ss to join.

Fasten off A and join B at any 3ch (corner) sp.

Rnd 2: 3ch, 2tr in same sp, *1fptr round each of next 3tr, **[3tr, 3ch, 3tr] into 3ch corner sp; rep. from *twice and from *to** once more, [3tr, 3ch] in last corner sp, ss to join.

Fasten off B and join C at any corner sp.

Rnd 3: 3ch,2tr in same sp, *1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, 1fptr round each of next 3tr, 1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in corner sp; rep. from *twice, 1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, 1fptr round each of next 3tr, 1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, 3tr, 3ch in last corner sp, ss to join.

Fasten off C and join A at any corner sp.

Rnd 4: 1ch, 2dc in same sp, *1dc in each of next 5sts, 1htr in each of next 3sts, 1dc in each of next 5sts, [2dc, 1ch, 2dc] in corner sp; rep. from * twice, 1dc in each of next 5sts, 1htr in each of next 3sts, 1dc in each of next 5sts, [2dc, 1ch] in last corner, ss to join.

Fasten off A and join B at any stitch.

Rnd 5: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in 1ch corner sp.

Break off B and join C.

Rnd 6: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in middle corner st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Happy Christmas and enjoy the last square. x

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 34

dear diary,

3rd Advent

It’s the third Advent weekend and time for the second last square of the ‘homely blanket’ quest. Only one more square to go…almost impossible to believe I know, and then comes the dreaded sewing up.

I thought we stay with the festive theme for this week’s square. I have called it “A Christmas Rose”, I do so hope you like it. The square is made up of two separate pieces, this gives you the opportunity to make the Rose in different colours and use as a brooch, or use to decorate your Christmas gifts.

Quest Square 34.1

The Square:

Using A ch 4, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch5 (counts as 1tr+2ch), [3tr, 2ch] 3 times into ring, 2tr into ring, ss to 3rd of 5ch.

Rnd 2: Ss to 2ch sp, 7ch (counts as 1tr+4ch), *2tr in same sp, 1tr into each tr across side of square, **2tr into next 2ch sp, 4ch; rep. from * twice and from * to **once more, 1tr into last 2ch sp, ss to 3rd of 7ch.

Rnd 3: Ss to 4ch sp, 7ch (counts as 1tr+4ch), *2tr in same sp, 1tr into each tr across side of square, **2tr into next 4ch sp, 4ch; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, 1tr into last 4ch sp, ss to 3rd of 7ch.

Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 3 – Fasten off A

Rnd 5: Join B at any tr of prev. rnd. – 1dc in each tr across sides of square, [2dc, 2ch, 2dc] in each corner – Fasten off B

Rnd 6: Join C at any dc of prev. rnd – 1dc in each dc across sides of square, 3dc’s in each corner – Fasten off C

Quest Square 34

The Rose:

With B ch48

Petals 1-3: Miss 3ch, 1tr in each of next 2ch, 2ch, ss in next ch, [3ch, 1tr in each of next 2ch, 2ch, ss in next ch] 2 times

Petals 4-8: [4ch, 1dtr in each of next 4ch, 3ch, ss in next ch] 5 times

Making up: Starting with smaller petals and stitching as you go, coil the row of petals and sew into shape. Attach to square by stitching it down or attach a pin.

Have a lovely crafting weekend. Enjoy x

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 33

dear diary,

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Happy second Advent! I hope you are all beginning to feel a little festive and are enjoying some special ‘me’ time with your crochet or knitting? I am trying to finish my last handmade present for a dear friend, as well as some translation work that pays the bills.

This week’s square is staying in tune with the festive spirit. I am calling it ‘festive stripes’ and introducing the spike stitch (sps)…

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Spike stitch (sps): insert hook 1 row below next stitch and pull up loop of yarn, insert hook into that same next stitch the usual way and pull up loop, yarn round hook and draw through all three loops.

I used: A=green, B=white and C=red

Chain 30 with A

Set-up row: (RS) 1dc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch along – turn

Row 1: 1ch, 1dc in each st along – turn

Rows 2-3: rep. row 1 – break off A

Row 4: Join B, 1ch, 1dc in each of next 2sts, *sps in next st, 1dc in each of next 3sts; rep. from * to last 2sts, 1dc in each of those 2sts – turn

Rows 5-7: rep. row 1 – break off B

Row 8: Join C, 1ch, 1dc in each of next 4sts, *sps in next st, 1dc in each of next 3sts; rep. from * to last 4sts, 1dc in each of those 4sts – turn

Rows 9-11: rep. row 1 – break off C

Row 12: Join B and rep. row 4

Rows 13-15: rep. row 1 – break off B

Row 16: Join A and rep. row 8

Rows 17-19: rep. row 1 – break off A

Row 20: Join B and rep. row 4

Rows 21-23: rep. row 1 – break off B

Row 24: Join C and rep. row 8

Rows 25-27: rep. row 1 – break off C

Row 28: Join B and rep. row 4

Rows 29-31: rep. row 1

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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Have a lovely week and enjoy this square x

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 32

dear diary,

advent

Today is the first Advent Sunday which means great excitement in my house, as boxes laden with decorations are coming down from the attic, and ‘my girl’ and I will be decorating our house.

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Having lived in the Uk for more than 25 years I have never stopped missing my wonderful German Christmases, and even though I have adopted a few  British customs, most traditions and the way we celebrate are still German. (More in another post)

To celebrate the first advent I thought this weeks square should reflect the theme…I hope you like it?

Quest Square 32.1

5ch, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: 3ch, 15tr into ring, ss to join

Rnd 2: 5ch, 1tr in same st, skip 1st, *[1tr, 2ch, 1tr] in next st, skip 1st; rep. from * 6 times, ss to 3rd of 5ch

Rnd 3: ss into 1st ch sp, 3ch, [1tr, 3ch, 2tr] in same sp; [2tr, 3ch, 2tr] in next 2ch sp; rep. from* 6 times,ss to join

Rnd 4: ss to first 3ch sp, 3ch, [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same sp, * [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 3ch sp; rep. from * 6 times, ss to join

Rnd 5: ss to first 3ch sp, 3ch, [3tr, 3ch, 4tr] in same sp, *[4tr, 3ch, 4tr] in next 3ch sp; rep. from * 6 times, ss to join

Break off yarn A and join yarn B

Rnd 6: ss to first 3ch sp, 3ch, [1tr, 3ch, 2tr] in same sp (corner), 1tr between each of next 5sts, 1htr between next st, 1dc between next st, ss in next 2ch sp, 1dc between next st, 1htr between next st, 1tr between each of next 5sts, *[2tr, 3ch, 2tr] in next ch sp (corner), 1tr between each of next 5sts, 1htr between next st, 1dc between next st, ss in next 2ch sp, 1dc between next st, 1htr between next st, 1tr between each of next 5sts; rep. from * 2 times, ss to join

Rnd 7: 3ch, 1tr in next st, [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in corner, *1tr in each of next 7sts, 1htr in next st, 1dc in each of next 2sts, 1htr in next st, 1tr in each of next 7sts, [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in corner; rep. from * 2 times, finish with 1tr in each of next 7sts, 1htr in next st, 1dc in each of next 2sts, 1htr in next st, 1tr in each of next 5sts, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew 16 seed beads around the inner circle for extra sparkle.

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Wishing you all a peaceful and happy festive season xx

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 31

dear diary,

Another textured stitch this week, one of my favourites, as it is so versatile in it’s usage. Not only is this a very decorative stitch, but it is also totally reversible and especially interesting when worked in two or more colours. I am calling it Oyster Shell Stitch…

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This stitch is a multiple of 10sts, but make an extra 7ch for the foundation chain.

For our square Ch 27

Row 1: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in next ch, *miss 3ch, 7tr in next ch (this is a 7tr shell), miss 3ch, 1dc in each of next 3ch; rep. from * to last 4ch, miss 3ch, 4tr in last ch – turn

Row 2: 1ch, 1dc in each of first 2 tr, *3ch, 1cluster over next 7sts, 3ch, 1dc in each of next 3tr; rep. from * to last 4sts, finish with 3ch, 1 cluster over last 4sts – turn

Row 3: 3ch, 3tr in top of first 4tr cluster (under the loop that closed the cluster), * miss 3ch sp, 1dc in each of next 3dc, miss 3ch sp, 7tr in top of next cluster; rep. from * to last 3ch sp, finish with miss 3ch sp, 1dc in ech of last 2dc – turn

Row 4: 3ch, miss first dc, 1 cluster over next 3sts, *3ch, 1dc in each of next 3tr, 3ch, 1 cluster over next 7sts; rep. from * to last tr, finish with 3ch, 1dc in last tr, 1dc in top of 3ch at end of row – turn

Row 5: 1ch, 1dc in each of first 2dc, *miss 3ch sp, 7tr in top of next cluster, miss 3ch sp, 1dc in each of next 3dc; rep. from * to last 3ch sp, finish with miss 3ch sp, 4tr in top of 3ch at end of row -turn

Repeat rows 2-5 once and then rows 2-4 once more. Fasten off and weave in ends.

To use the Oyster Shell pattern for other projects, repeat rows 2-5 throughout.

A cluster explained: [yrh, insert hook in next stitch, yrh and drw loop through, yrh and draw through first 2 loops on hook] over the number of sts indicated in pattern, yrh and draw loop through all loops on hook to complete the cluster.

Enjoy! x

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