Seafoam Blanket Pattern

Apologies for my absence the past few months but have been very busy getting married! To make up for this here’s the pattern for my latest blanket: the Seafoam blanket!

image

It is named the Seafoam blanket as it was inspired by my.memory of watching the waves crash onto the beach in Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight.

Pattern

Terms: US terms

Hook: 4mm

Yarn: Stylecraft special DK in:

– Cream

– Empire

– Silver 

– Aspen

– Lobelia 

– Stone 

– Duck egg

– Petrol 

– Parma violet 

– Aster

– Mocha

– Storm blue

Special stitches:

– 3dc shell- 3dc in same stitch

– V stitch- (dc, ch1, dc) in same stitch

– 2dctog- yrh, insert hook into stitch and pull through a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops. Yrh and insert hook into wherever the second part of the stitch should be and pull up a loop. Yrh and pull through two loops then yrh and pull through the remaining three loops.

image

Make chain to size desired (multiples of 6+5)

R1: 3dc shell in 5th chain from hook (I crochet into the bumps on the underside of the chain for a neater finish), skip 2 chains then V stitch into the next stitch. *Skip 2 chains, 3dc shell in next stitch, skip 2 chains, V stitch in next stitch. Repeat from * until you have 2 chains left. Skip 1 chain and dc into last chain. Turn.

R2: Chain 3 (or standing dc if you prefer), skip one stitch and 3dc shell into middle dc of the 3dc shell from the last round. Then skip 2 stitch and V stitch into ch1 space of V stitch from the previous round. *Skip 2 stitches, 3dc shell into middle dc of the 3dc shell, skip 2 stitches, V stitch into ch1 space of V stitch from the previous round. Repeat from * across until you have 2 stitches left. Skip 1 then dc into the top of the ch3 from the previous round. Turn.

Repeat R2 until blanket is desired length. I alternated two rows of colour as follows with a row of cream between each colour as well as for the first and last row:

Empire, Silver, Aspen, Lobelia, Stone, Duck egg, Petrol, Parma violet, Aster, Mocha and Storm Blue. However, you can of course use any colours you like!

Border: 

image

R1: (Cream) With the right side of the blanket facing you, Sc in 2nd stitch of the last row and across. In the last stitch do 3sc. Then Sc evenly down the side. 3sc in the first stitch of the bottom edge, Sc across, 3sc in the last stitch of the bottom edge. Sc evenly up the side. 3dc in first stitch of the last round. Join with ss. Don’t turn.

R2: Ch3, skip 2 stitches, dc into next stitch, ch2. *In the same stitch as the last dc, make the first part of the 2dctog, skip 2 stitch then finish the 2dctog in next stitch, ch2. Repeat from * acround. For corners, ch3 after last 2dctog, dc in same stitch, ch3, begin next 2dctog in same stitch. At the end of the round, join with ss and cast off. Turn

R3: (Silver) Join in any ch2 space and ch3 then dc in next ch2 space. *Ch2, make the first part of the 2dctog in the same ch2 space, skip to the next ch2 space then finish the 2dctog, ch2. Repeat from * around. For corners chain 3 between the 2dctogs either side of the corner dc from the previous round. At the end of the round, join with ss. Cast off. Turn.

R4: (Aspen) Join in any ch2 space and ch3 then dc in next ch2 space. *Ch2, make the first part of the 2dctog in the same ch2 space, skip to the next ch2 space then finish the 2dctog, ch2. Repeat from * around. For corners, end last 2dctog, (ch2, dc, ch2) and begin next 2dctog in ch3 space from previous round. At the end of the round, join with ss. Cast off.

Weave in ends and you’ll have a beautiful blanket!

If you make one of these blankets, please post a picture of your work! I’m on Instagram as @knottybiscuits so please tag me so I can see your beautiful creations!

Advertisements

Future Climates Star Motif Pattern

As I was encouraged today by one of my lovely colleagues to go home and crochet, I am now happy to present the pattern for the motif I’ll be using for my Future Climates throw. This little star is really simple and the throw could be a nice project for a beginner who has mastered the basic Stitch’s.

Whilst for this pattern I’ll list the yarn and hook size I’ve used, I would imagine you can use any yarn you have available with the appropriate hook.

Future Climates Star

US terms

4mm

Stylecraft special DK

Ch4, ss  in 1st ch to make a loop.

R1: ch1, 12sc into loop, as into QST sc to join (12)

image

R2: ch1, sc in same st, 2sc in next St. *sc in next st, 2sc in next st* around. Join with ss  into 1st sc. (18)

image

R3: *sc, (hdc, DC, ch1, DC, hdc) in next st, sc in next st.* repeat around and join with ss to first sc. You should now have a star with six points.
Ch4, ss  in 1st ch to make a loop.

image

To join motifs, instead or ch1 between the two dcs  if the points, as into the ch1 space on the second motif.

image

image

And there you have it! How to make and join this fun and diddy little stars. As I said in the original post, if anyone is planning on making the throw or a similar one, please get in contact! I’d love to see other people’s projects and progress.

Future Climates

I have a confession to make: I’m not actually feeling very Christmassy right now. Despite the tree being up, festive music blaring in shops and an abundance of pretty, glittery things around, I’m just not feeling it. Work has been stressful, I have lots of things at home that need attending to and a wedding to plan. So instead, I’m planning my project for next year.

Back in January this year, I remember seeing lots of pictures and posts about temperature blankets. These stripey wonders looked complicated but beautiful and creative. As the end of the year becomes nigh, I’ve thought about doing my own.

Here’s the thing, I’m not a very stripey crocheter. Even my projects with stripes tend not to be straight and uniform. So, instead of. Huge stripey blanket, I shall be making a join-as-you go throw for my sofa, comprised of tiny six-point stars: one motif a day. I will use the average temperature for the place I am in the most that day.

Using my go to choice of yarn, stylecraft special, here are the colours and temperature scales.

image

Plum: less than 0°C
Wisteria: 0-2.9°C
Empire: 3-5.9°C
Aster: 6-8.9°C
Aspen: 9-11.9°C
Grass green: 12-14.9°C
Citron: 15-17.9°C
Mustard: 18-20.9°C
Spice: 21-23.9°C
Tomato 24°C and above

The UK generally falls within those ranges at some point during the year so I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out. 367 stars should look fabulous! I’ll be making a white star for the centre and so I can take pictures for the motif pattern to post here.

If any of you guys out there at planning on making your own temperature blanket/throw, or want to make this one, it would be great to see your ideas and pictures of your progress.

For the Love of Scrap Yarn

So this last month things have been rather hectic: we’ve moved house, changed cars and my partner’s started his new job. Today is the first day for a while I’ve really had to sit down and relax.

So in true crochet addict fashion, I’ve been sorting out my yarn. I have a large plastic bag of little scraps, small leftovers from past or frogged projects that are too small to make anything significant but too big to warrant being thrown away. These little scraps get sewn together and wound into scrap balls.

image

I love how these balls look. They represent my love of crochet, the pride from completing a project, the emotional toil in creating a woollen masterpiece. These are the bits that never quite made it into the intended project.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t matter. In fact, to me at least, they mean a lot. Earlier this year, I started a twelve point star blanket from these scraps. I love this blanket and it is probably the project I am most proud of. It’s not complicated or difficult but it represents me more than anything I’ve ever made before:

image

The way the colours are all random and offset gives it this lovely quirky vibe. It is unique and no one will have a blanket exactly the same. And the best bit is that it is mine. Most of my projects go to other people but I can snuggle under this blanket, wrap it around me and know it is mine. That is a really satisfying feeling.

However, I am curious about what others do with their scraps. I would love to know about the creative things people do or make with their scraps so leave me a comment and let me know.

In other news I’m contemplating a Christmassy project which, if I have time, I will share with you all come December. Watch this space…