Sunday, 23 November 2014

Granny Stripe Blanket: The Beginning

It's begun. After quite a few months filled with dressmaking and curtain making, it's time to return to some serious crochet.

21st November


For this blanket, I'm using four shades of acrylic DK by StyleCraft and a 4mm hook. I did debate over a sunburst granny square blanket but luckily I remembered how much I find darning in ends really, really tedious. If I could hire someone just two darn in ends for me at the end of a project I'd be a happy lady.

22nd November



So as you might be able to tell this weekend has been a pretty relaxed one. Saturday was a pottering about the house sort of day: our neighbour came round yesterday evening for a couple of drinks; a fence was put up in our back garden and lots of Harry Potter 5 was read. Today I'm heading into London for a Thanksgiving lunch and maybe some public transport crochet before this blanket gets to big to transport.

Are any of you crocheting blankets at the moment?


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16 comments:

  1. It's a lovely start Emma and the pastel colours are beautiful. I'm attempting to knit a blanket at the moment using circular needles (but knitting as you would regularly) I am also currently re-reading my Harry Potter books too, although I'm on book 6 now.

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    1. I made a cardigan using this method - it works pretty well! I finished HP 5 now: I bawled at the end! x

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  2. Not quite got to the blanket stage yet, just designing the squares first!! I want to try out lots of ways of joining them together. Far more sensible to do your version though - I may regret my decision before too long lol!

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    1. Haha! I saw a nice granny squares bag pattern which I may have a go at...sounds more achievable to me! x

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  3. Wow, you are making great progress! I'm definitely too impatient for blankets so hats off to you!

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    1. Your recent crochet patterns look great though Sally!

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  4. It looks like you are making really speedy progress. All this crochet is reminding me I meant to try and learn in 2014, and time is running out .....

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    1. I taught myself using this: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/supplyimages/WF1002/How-To-Crochet.pdf and a bit of help for YouTube. It is amazing fun! x

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  5. Love this blanket and the soft blues you've used. Seeing this has really made me wish I could crochet!! x

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  6. "Usually" I can get a crocheted blanket done in about 5 or 6 days, the Current one has been a side-line project for a few MONTHS now! - I was actually planning on getting "back" to IT today... A few knitted hats and Another Blanket had gotten in the way! - Then again, THIS ONE has been more tedious as IT's 100% [raw] Wool and I've busy picking out the scratchy bits from the yarn first. Slow going...

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    1. Wow! 5 or 6 days! That's amazing... The wool I'm using is pretty nice to work with so it's not too arduous :-)

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  7. Isn't Stylecraft lovely to work with x
    I stick to making cushions, as a blanket seems like such a massive task, but ive been doing the mood blanket this year so maybe ill have a little one by the end of this year x

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    1. I found a sewing machine shop near me that sells it for £1.15 a ball - it's amazing! x

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  8. I love a granny stripe blanket, they are so simple to do whilst watching tv as it's so hard to go wrong, and they are guaranteed to turn out beautifully. I look forward to seeing the finished blanket.

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    1. I know, it's the first I've done and definitely easier than the ripple I did last time. x

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