paintbox chunky pots – an artists blanket

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When the lovely peeps from got in touch the other day asking if I would like to try out the latest Paintbox Yarn, I jumped at the chance. Never one to say no to a freebie, and always keen on quick projects, I was only too happy to give this chunky yarn a go.

It didn’t disappoint!

A generous parcel arrived at my door, containing 3 balls of Paintbox Chunky Pots in shades (from left) Paradise – Making Hay – Fairytale…what to make?

The yarn comes from Turkey (brilliant as it’s one of my favourite places), is super soft and perfect for snuggly projects and each ball is 200g/272m.

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As you know, my hubby is artist Mark Gittins. He paints at his beloved Studio 59 where it can get very chilly at times. Looking at and feeling this yarn, I thought of him and that it would be lovely to make him his very own artists blanket.

Without further ado, and with crochet hook in hand I set to work and today I want to share my quick and easy pattern with you because I think you might like to make one too 🙂 #paintboxyarn #chunkypots

I used all three of my Chunky Pots and a 6mm Crochet Hook with the finished blanket measuring 85cm x 120cm.

Here is what I did: (UK terms)

Start by making two 5 round Granny Squares and then sew them together at one side to form a rectangle.

Next: With right side of work facing, join in yarn at any corner and work 3ch (counts as tr), [1tr, 2ch, 2tr] in same space, *(1ch, 3tr) in each 1ch-space to next corner, [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in corner; rep. from * all around and join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round.

Work the next round the same, but instead of (1ch, 3tr) in each ch-space, work (1ch, 2tr) into each of those spaces.

Alternate these two rounds until you have just enough yarn left to work just one more round.

For this last round work 1dc into each stitch and 3dc in each corner space.

Weave in all the ends and you are done! #paintboxyarn #chunkypots

I worked this up in just two evenings, and it fits in perfectly with my idea of a quick yet satisfying project. The blanket is super soft and warm, I enjoyed working with this yarn immensely, and I know this will be a much used and loved item.

Please share yours using #artistsblanket.

Enjoy! X.


N.B. This post was sponsored with yarn only. The comments about the yarn and the pattern are my own!

summer sunshine travel


imageimageimageFinally summer has arrived even in the British Isles! The sun is out and the skies are blue, so get your picnic blankets out, flip flop’s at the ready and head off into your garden or nearby park.

This is a perfect time to start a project using summer cottons or linens, like this beautiful linea yarn by Karen Noe. I picked this up last year at the Schwabsburger Wollfest and this is where I am off to tomorrow.

A fabulous feast for any knitter or crocheter, this Wool gathering is organised every year by my friend Claudia of Wollsinn and a colleague of hers. I have been invited to teach a couple of workshops, I am so excited.


After Schwabsburg I am traveling on to Amsterdam to meet my wonderful Instagram and Blogger friend Marianne. This is a real treat as we have long wanted to meet in person, and is the icing on the cake during this otherwise rather business oriented travel week.

I will try and write a blog travel journal every day, hoping to have your company.

My suitcase is almost packed…will I be able to sleep tonight!?!