the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 12

dear diary,

Summer solstice next week means that we are almost half way through the year already…SCARY!! It also means we are almost at the half way point with the ‘homely blanket’ quest, as I have decided that there will be 25 squares in total. This is a good number to be multiplied into whichever number squares you need, to make up a blanket of a size to suit you.

Here is number 12…

Quest Square 12

rico creative cotton aran – 4mm hook – 12.5 x 12.5cm

 

6ch, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), *1tr, 2ch; rep. from 6 times, ss to join. Fasten off and join new colour.

Rnd 2: 7ch (counts as 1tr, 4ch), tr2tog in 4th ch from hook, *1tr in next tr, 4ch, tr2tog in 4th ch from hook; rep. from * 6 times, ss to join.

Rnd 3: 1ch, 1dc in same st, *3ch, skip next clister, [tr3tog, (4ch, tr3tog) 2 times] in next tr, 3ch, skip next cluster, dc in next tr; rep. from* 3 times, join with ss. Fasten off and join new colour.

Rnd 4: 4ch (counts as dtr), *2dtr in next 3ch sp, 1tr in next cluster, 3tr in next 4ch sp, 3ch, 3tr in next 4ch sp, 1tr in next cluster, 2dtr in next 3ch sp, 1tr in next dc; rep. from *3 times omitting last tr, ss to join. Fasten off and join first colour.

Rnd 5: 1ch, 1dc in same st, *1dc in each st to corner, [2dc, 2ch, 2dc] in corner sp; rep. from *3 times, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Note: tr2tog (tr3tog)

Yarn over 2 (3) times, insert hook into st and pull up loop, (yarn over pull through 2 loops) 2 (3) times, yarn over 2(3) times, insert hook into same st and pull up loop, (yarn over pull through 2 loops) 2 (3) times, yarn over and pull through all 3 (4) loops on hook.

Quest Square 12.1

rowan cotton glace – 3mm hook – 9.5 x 9.5cm

 

Happy crochet weekend. Enjoy! x

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – general info

dear diary,

First of all I want to say how wonderful it is that so many of you have joined this crochet along and more are joining almost on a daily basis. I have made many new friends via the blog and also via Instagram and I feel very privileged to be sharing this project with so many enthusiastic and talented people from around the world…Thank you!

This started as my own little project to work on during the next few month’s before ‘my girl’ leaves home. I want to give her something that she can hug and feel warm with when she feels a little homesick. I never thought it would grow into this wonderful friendship like crochet along.

Some of you have been asking general questions about this project and as much as I love answering you individually, it seems that it is quicker this way and hopefully I cover most of the important bits (let me know if you need more info).

What yarn do I use:

Rico Box

I use mostly two brands of cotton yarn for all the squares of this blanket, Rico Creative Cotton Aran and Rowan Cotton Glace, which is a 4ply yarn.

Crochet or sewn together?

I crochet my squares together using double crochet, and all are done using ivory creative cotton aran.

How many squares?

I am trying to release one square per week done in two versions. One in aran and one in 4ply weight. This means the blanket will grow quite quickly and we will be done by the end of the year.

Work as you go or wait to end?

I crochet mine together as I go. This gives me an idea of the look that I want to achieve as I am able to tell which colours I need to use more (or less) of and what sort of style the squares need to be to achieve a balanced look.

Different sizes – why?

I want to make a gypsy style blanket that doesn’t stick to uniformed size or colour theories. I learned from the great master (Kaffe Fassett) to be open minded and free, and that’s what I try and portray with this blanket design. Mine will be quite hotch-potchy, but that’s the way I want it to be. If this scares you or is not for you, don’t worry. You can make it the way you want, that’s the beauty of this. By using only one style of yarn the squares will be the same size and by choosing more of a colour coordination the look will be very different.

Crochet Terms:

I am using standard UK crochet terms.

Copyright:

These squares are either totally my own designs or in some cases I have used something I saw as the basis and re-worked it to my own liking. As this is a crochet along I don’t mind you sharing for others to take part, but PLEASE ask them to subscribe to the blog and follow me on Instagram or Facebook (all links are on the right hand side).  It is lovely for me to see how many of you are joining in the fun.

Finally:

Please leave lots of comments here or any of the other places, and I love to see lots of photos too. In case you have missed it, here is how my blanket looks so far (minus the last 3 squares):

homely blanket at 15 May 2013 blog

 

If I have forgotten anything please just ping me…I hope you enjoy making all the squares. Have fun! xx

 

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 10

dear diary,

Have you missed me? It’s been two weeks since our last quest square and it is high time for square number ten 😉

Quest Square 10

rico creative aran – 4mm hook – 12 x 12cm

6ch, join with ss to form ring.

Rnd 1: 3ch, 3tr, 3ch, *4tr, 3ch; rep. from * twice, join with ss.

Rnd 2: 5ch, skip 2sts, 1tr, *[2tr, 3ch, 2tr] into 3ch sp of prev. rnd, 1tr, 2ch, skip 2sts, 1tr; rep. from * twice, join with ss and fasten off.

Join new colour at any corner sp.

Rnd 3: *[2tr, 3ch, 2tr] into corner, 1tr in next 3sts, 2ch, 1tr in next 3sts; rep. from * 3times, join with ss and fasten off.

Re-join same colour at any corner sp.

Rnd 4: *[2tr, 3ch, 2tr] into corner, 1tr in next 5sts, 2ch, 1tr in next 5sts; rep. from * 3times, join with ss, fasten off.

Join first colour to any corner sp.

Rnd 5: *[2dc, 2ch, 2dc] into corner, 1dc in next 7sts, 2dc in 2ch sp, 1dc in next 7sts; rep. from * 3times, join with ss.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Quest Square 10.1

rowan cotton glace – 3mm hook – 10 x 10cm

 

Why not try out different colour combinations. Enjoy!

Happy crocheting 🙂

 

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 9

dear diary,

another week has gone by and heating is still on as there is absolutely no sign of summer here in North Wales. Blanket’s come in very handy during these cold spring evenings, I hope you are all working on yours?

Square number nine today…

Quest Square 9

rico creative cotton aran – 4mm hook – 13 x 13cm

6ch, join with ss to form ring.

Rnd 1: *1htr, 1ch; rep. from * 7 times, join with ss.

Rnd 2: *2dc in ch sp of prev. rnd; rep. from *7 times, join with ss. Fasten off and join new colour at any dc of prev. rnd.

Rnd 3: *1 cluster, 4ch, skip 1st; rep. from *7 times. join with ss. Fasten off and join first colour at any 4ch sp of prev. rnd.

Rnd 4: *2dc in ch sp of prev. rnd, 1dtr in skipped st of prev. rnd, 2dc in same ch sp, ss on top of cluster; rep. from *7 times, join with ss. Fasten off. Re-join same colour at any ss on top of cluster of prev. rnd.

Rnd 5: *1htr in ss of prev. rnd, 1tr in next 2sts, [1tr, 1dtr, 1ch, 1dtr, 1tr] in dtr of prev. rnd (1 corner made), 1tr in next 2sts, 1htr in next 6sts; rep. from *3 times, join with ss. Fasten off and join in second colour at any ch corner.

Rnd 6: *3htr in ch corner, 1tr in next 14sts; rep. from *3 times, join with ss.

Rnd 7: *3dc in centre st of 3tr of prev. rnd, 1dc in next 16sts; rep. from *3 times, join with ss.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Help: 4dtr Cluster explained – Yarn over hook twice, work the first stitch omitting the last stage to leave two loops on the hook. Work the second stitch in same way (3 loops on hook), work third stitch in same way (4 loops on hook), work fourth stitch in same way (5 loops on hook). Wrap yarn over hook and draw through all 5 loops on hook. Cluster made.

Quest Square 9.1

rowan cotton glace – 3mm hook – 11 x 11cm

Enjoy your weekend and happy crocheting x

 

 

the story of three blankets

dear diary,

Why is it that the day has only 24 hours and the week has only 7 days?? Somehow I don’t think I am alone in wishing that there were more hours in a day and more days in a week, just think how much more knitting, crocheting and sewing we could get done…well we can all dream can’t we?

For some reason this doesn’t seem to be the only thing I dream about! High on the list seems to be that I think I should be crocheting a blanket or two (or three). So here are the three works in progress…

First there is the Afghan Star blanket made entirely by using up my Stash of Rowan Milk & Organic Cotton. After about 45 squares I got side-tracked with a lot of other projects…

Afghan Star Blanket 2

afghan star blanket – rowan milk & organic cotton

…then there is the ‘homely blanket’ for ‘my girl’ which, as you know, has turned into the ‘homely blanket quest’. I am doing OK on this one and keep telling myself that I have got more than a year before ‘my girl’ goes off to Uni, and that I can take my time to come up with new, or variations of, designs. This is the story so far (note: not all squares you see have been released as patterns yet)…

homely blanket at 15 May 2013 blog

‘homely blanket’ – rico creative cotton aran & rowan cotton glace

…number three is Valerie’s Hexagon Project 2013. Now Valerie is a great crocheter who’s name regularly appears in Simply Crochet Magazine and has been a friend for some time. Last year she took part in my Afghan Knit-along and when she told me about her Hexagon Project I was keen, but first instincts told me not to start another blanket project. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I went to the knitting group that Valerie is part of and saw Rhiana’s Hexagon blanket wip (work in progress)…well you guessed it…I just had to become part of this crochet-along as I had just the perfect yarn for it. Lovely Vintage shades of slightly mercerised cotton from Denmark. I am loving it and this is what I have done so far…

Hexagon Project May 2013

hexagon project 2013 – svartafaret tilda & Louisa harding mariposa

…pretty don’t you think? Unlike the other two which are crocheted together, I thought I would be a bit different this time in assembling the blanket. I am using Louisa Harding’s Mariposa yarn to over-stitch the Hexagon’s together, thus making a feature of the seam. I am very pleased with the way this is turning out and can’t wait for square number three to be released. There will be seven Hexagon designs in total which will make this one very special project indeed.

Why not have a go yourself by participating in either the ‘homely blanket quest’ here on Made with Loops, or the Hexagon Project 2013 which can be found on Valerie’s Agrarian Artisan Design Group page on Ravelry. Both projects are free, so come on have a go and join in the fun.

Blanket Collection

three blankets

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