the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 21

dear diary,

another week, another square. We are now just over half way working on our ‘homely blanket’s’ and mine is certainly beginning to look pretty lovely and colourful. Just as soon as I have sewn on the latest few squares I will post an updated photo for you to see.

This week we have some more popcorns to do…

Quest Square 21

rico creative cotton aran – 4mm hook

Popcorn (PC) explained: Work 5tr into same space, drop loop from hook and insert hook from front to back through top of first st in the popcorn yarn into dropped loop, yarn over and pull through the two loops on hook.

8ch, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: *PC, 5ch; rep. from * 3 times, ss to join.

Rnd 2: *[2tr, 2ch, PC, 2ch, 2tr] into 5ch of prev. rnd; rep. from *3 times, ss to join. Fasten off and join new colour at same space.

Rnd 3: 3ch, 1tr in each of next 2sts, *3tr into next 2ch sp, 4ch, 3tr into next 2ch sp**, 1tr in each of the next 4sts; rep. from * 2 times and then from * to ** once more, 1tr in next next st, ss to join.

Rnd 4: 3ch, 1tr in each of next 4sts, *[2tr, 3ch, 2tr] in corner sp, **1tr in next 9sts; rep. from * 2 times and then from * to ** once more, 1tr in each of next 4sts, ss to join.

Rnd 5: 1ch, work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc into corner spaces.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Quest Square 21.1

rowan cotton glace – 3mm hook

Enjoy! xx

PS: I will be in the Greek Islands for the next 10 days, taking in the delights of the Mediterranean sun and sea as well as spending time re-charging batteries and soaking up new inspiration. There will be no square next weekend, so plenty of time for you all to catch up. 🙂

I will keep a journal and post lots of photos on Instagram while there. xx

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 20

dear diary,

Yes, it’s that time of the week again!!! I hope you are all up to date with your squares, don’t worry if you aren’t…lot’s of time to catch up, as long autumn/winter evening are now not so far away.

Time for square number 20 today…a summer lacy flowery number!

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6ch, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 3ch, 11tr into ring, ss to join. Join in new colour.

Rnd 2: *3ch, 2dtr in same st, (3-picot, [2dtr, 3ch] ss) in next st, 1ch, skip 1st, ss in next st; rep. from * around – 4 petals. Fasten off and join new colour at any 3-picot.

Rnd 3: 1ch, 1dc in picot, *5ch, 1dtr in next 1ch sp between 2 petals, 5ch, [1dc, 1ch, 1dc] in next 3-picot; rep. from * around, ending 1dc, ss to join.

Rnd 4: *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in corner, 4dc in next 5ch sp, 1dc in dtr of prev rnd, 4dc in next 5ch sp; rep. from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 5: *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in corner, 1dc in each st between corners; rep from * around, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

IMG_3983Happy hooking…Enjoy! xx

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 19

dear diary,

After my lovely ‘girlie’ week away, more in another post, my feet have hardly touched the ground with so many catching up things to attend to.

The idea for this weeks square came to me whilst away in the French Alps. Five rounds equals five different ski slopes: Nursery, green, blue, red and black…

Quest Square 19

6ch, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 3ch, 15tr into ring, ss to join. Join new colour at same place.

Rnd 2: 4ch, *1tr, 1ch; rep. from * around, ss to join. Fasten off and join new colour at any 1ch sp.

Rnd 3: 3ch, 1tr in same sp, 1ch, *2tr in next 1ch sp, 1ch; rep. from around, ss to join. Fasten off and join first colour at any 1ch sp.

Rnd 4: 3ch, 2tr in same sp, 1ch, *3tr in next 1ch sp, 1ch; rep. from * around, ss to join. Fasten off and join new colour at any 1ch sp.

Rnd 5: 4ch, 2tr, 2ch, 3tr in same sp, 1ch, *[3tr in next 1ch sp, 1ch] 3 times, [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in next 1ch sp; rep. from * around, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Quest Square 19.1

Very simple and colour does it with this square. Have a play with different combinations and see what you like best.

Enjoy! xx

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 18

dear diary,

sorry it’s a bit late, but I am on girlie trip in the French Alps right now and having so much of a brilliant time…

square 18 – version 1

Quest Square 18

rico creative cotton aran – 4mm hook

4ch, ss to join for ring

Rnd 1: 3ch, 11tr into ring, ss to join. Fasten off and join new colour.

Rnd 2: *2ch, 3dtr cluster in next st; rep. from * around (12 clusters), ss to join. Fasten off, join new colour at any 2ch sp.

Rnd 3: 3ch, 2tr in same sp, *1ch, 3tr in next 2ch sp; rep. from * 11 times, 1ch, ss to join.

Rnd 4: ss to 2ch sp, 3ch, 1tr, 1ch, 2tr (corner), *[2ch, 2tr, 2ch in next ch sp] 2 times, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] in next ch sp (corner); rep. from *3 times, 2ch, [2tr, 2ch in next ch sp] 2 times, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

square 18 – version 2

Quest Square 18.1

rowan cotton glace – 3mm hook

Work as for version 1 to end of round 3…

Rnd 4: ss to 2ch sp, 3ch, 2tr, 1ch, 3tr (corner), *[2ch, 3tr, 2ch in next ch sp] 2 times, [3tr, 1ch, 3tr] in next ch sp (corner); rep from * 3 times, 2ch, [3tr, 2ch in next ch sp] 2 times, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

NB: 3dtr cluster – work 3dtr in same stitch but leaving last loop on hook. You should be left with 4 loops at the end, yarn round hook and draw through all loops left on hook.

…report on girlie trip to follow. xx

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 17

dear diary,

Another week has passed and you won’t believe it if I tell you that Summer is still here. Yes, I know it is very hard to believe that here in North Wales we have had 14 consecutive days of sunshine, blue skies and NO rain…Hurrah!!! The other day I heard that this glorious weather is here to stay until the end of the month or even longer…people are beginning to wonder if they should have booked expensive holidays abroad when it feels like Italy, Spain  or even Morocco right here at home. If only a little housekeeping fairy would move in to do all the boring jobs…I can dream though!

It’s lovely to sit out in the garden every day and do a little crochet or knitting, and this weeks square has been developed outside under the shade of the apple trees. I hope you enjoy making it…

Quest 17

rico creative cotton aran – 4mm hook

How to make a Popcorn:

Make 5tr in one stitch, drop loop from hook and insert hook from front to back through top of first stitch in the popcorn and then into the dropped loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.

How to make a 3 Picot:

3ch, slip stitch into third ch from hook.

Square 17:

6ch, join with ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 8dc into ring, join with ss.

Rnd 2: *work a popcorn in next st, 2ch; rep. from * 7 times, join with ss. (8 Popcorns made)

Rnd 3: 1ch, 1dc in same sp, 3ch, *1dc in next 2ch sp, 3ch; rep. from * 6 times, join with ss. Fasten off and join new colour at any 3ch sp.

Rnd 4: 5dc in each 3ch sp around, join with ss.

Rnd 5: 1ch, *1dc in next sp, 6ch, skip 4sts; rep. from * around, join with ss.

Rnd 6: 1ch, 1dc in same sp, *3 Picot, 7dc in next 6ch sp, 1dc in next st; rep. from * around, join with ss. Fasten off and join same colour at any 3 Picot.

Rnd 7: *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in 3 Picot, 1htr, 1dc in next 6sts, 1dc in next 3 Picot, 1dc in next 6sts, 1htr; rep. from * 3 times, join with ss.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Quest 17.1

rowan cotton glace – 3mm hook

Have a lovely happy and sunny weekend wherever you are x

PS: I will be away in the French Alps with some of my ‘yarny friends’ from next Thursday for a week of walking, knitting/crocheting, laughing, chatting, eating, drinking and generally having a lot of fun. I will try very hard to get a new square to you next Friday but if I can’t…please forgive me (I am sure you have lots of other lovely projects to make)…:) xx

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