30.1.17

Dotty Blanket Progress

Evening!
Thought it was about time I shared my blanket progress with you all...
If you remember back to this post, I decided to make a smaller than usual blanket using Scheepjes Colour Crafter yarn. The idea being, that this could be an easy care blanket perfectly sized for throwing over knees on a winters day.
It would make a lovely baby blanket too!

I decided to use Colour Crafter as it's soft, snuggly, can be thrown in the washing machine and oh my lord!....the colour range is AMAZING! Over 90 colours to choose from 💙💚💛💜

100% premium acrylic without that nasty squeaky feeling.....100g = 300m and very affordable at £1.99 per ball. You can buy it HERE 😊

So onto the progress.....


If you remember.....I chose a mix of blues and greens with a lovely soft grey.


I ended up using 4 different blue shades and 3 of green


I designed a nice and simple motif and set up a production line!!!
Centres first and then a grey to frame the circle.


Then onto my trusty blocking board!


Next....onto the deciding where to place the colours and some joining! Oh I do love how these colours and this simple design is turning out 💗
Sometimes it's just all about the colours!

Speaking of which....another project is in the making. I'm a roll....catching up and loving being in my creative zone again.

Next time I'll share my colours and yarn for this new project.
Til then x

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15.1.17

Carnival Cushion - Free Pattern!

Ok so it's a little much later than anticipated but Dad has been sick again....
Anyway! Today I'm sharing the free pattern for my Carnival Cushion!


The cushion is made up from 4 mitred squares joined together to form the front section....


and rows of double crochet stripes to make the back section.


A little surface crochet and a pom pom edging give the cushion a nice finish.

I'm not doing a step by step tutorial for this cushion (time has not been on my side recently!) so I'm presuming you have a little basic crochet knowledge. This isn't a difficult pattern but the pom pom edging can be a little fiddly until you get the hang of it!

Ok.....ready??? Here we go.....

The pattern is written in UK crochet terms.

Supplies

A - 844 Hepburn x 100g
B - 845 Astaire x 100g
C - 846 Monroe x 100g
D - 847 Bogart x 100g
E - 848 Rogers x 100g

4mm Crochet Hook
Scissors
3 x Buttons (3cm diameter)
Darning Needle
20 inch Cushion Pad

Cushion Front



Using yarn B make 2 plain mitred squares as follows:

Foundation row: Ch2, dc 3 in 2nd st from hook, ch1, turn
Row 1: dc, dc 3 in next (corner) st, dc, ch1, turn
Row 2: dc 2, dc 3 in next (corner) st, dc 2, ch1, turn
Row 3: dc 3, dc 3 in next (corner) st, dc 3, ch1, turn
Rows 4 - 40: Continue increasing in the corner stitch and working dc in the other stitches as above
Fasten off and weave in ends.  



Make 2 mitred squares as above but work in stripes as follows, fastening off and joining in a new colour as needed:
Foundation, row 1 & 2 - E
Rows 3 & 4 - A
Row 5 - D
Row 6 - C
Rows 7 & 8 - B
Row 9 - D
Rows 10 & 11 - E
Row 12 - A
Rows 13 & 14 - B
Row 15 - A
Rows 16 & 17 - C
Row 18 - E
Rows 19 & 20 - A
Row 21 - B
Rows 22 &23 - D
Rows 24 & 25 - E
Row 26 - B
Row 27 - A
Row 28 & 29 - C
Row 30 - A
Rows 31 & 32 - D
Row 33 & 34 - B
Row 35 - C
Rows 36 & 37 - E
Row 38 - D
Rows 39 & 40 - A
Weave in ends.

Now mitred squares have a tendency to have wavy edges so you need to block the squares to 9.5 inches (24cm)


With right sides together, join the squares with an oversew stitch. With the right side of the cushion front facing upwards work a row of surface chain crochet down each of the seams using yarn C. This will add a decorative seam and also hide the joins!
Cushion Back (2 pieces)



With Yarn D ch72 and work in 2nd st from hook work rows of double crochet. Unless changing colour, ch1 and turn at end of each row. Work in colours as follows:

Piece 1

Rows 1-7: D
Rows 8-10: A
Row 11: C
Rows 12-13: B
Row 14: C
Rows 15-18: E
Rows 19-21: D
Rows 22-25: A
Row 26: B
Rows 27-29: C
Rows 30-31: D
Rows 32-33: B
Row 34: A
Rows 35-38: E
Rows 39-40: A
Rows 41-42: C
Row 43: D
Row 44: B
Rows 45-48: A
Rows 49-51: D
Rows 52-54: C
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Piece 2

Rows 1-5: E
Rows 6-8: A
Rows 9-10: C
Row 11: B
Rows 12-15: D
Rows 16-17: A
Row 18: B
Rows 19-22: E
Rows 23-27: C
Rows 28-29: D
Rows 30-32: A
Row 33: A - Buttonhole row - dc10, ch3, sk3, dc21, ch3, sk3, dc21, ch3, sk3, dc10
Row 34: A
Rows 35-36: B
Fasten and weave in ends.

To join the 2 pieces lay them smaller section on top to form a square (measure the edges to ensure you have a square shape) and pin the section where the 2 pieces overlap. With Yarn C join at any point and work a border of double crochet working through both pieces where the sections overlap and working 3 dc in each corner. Work another 2 rows of border in dc as before. 

Joining the back and front.
With wrong sides facing each other and with the back of the cushion facing you join the two pieces together using double crochet and Yarn C. You made have to fudge a little to get even stitches along all 4 sides! I would recommend pinning the pieces evenly together to get an even finish. 

Now to add the pom pom border! I used Yarn C 

The pom pom edging I modified from this lovely blog. There is a wonderful step by step tutorial!
I wanted my pom poms to sit snuggly around the cushion edge, so instead of working 6 chains I worked 3 chains So start with a double crochet, chain 3 and work the pom pom into the double crochet. In between each pom pom I worked 3 chains, skipped 3 stitches and worked the pom pom into the next double crochet. Before you start I need to point out that the pom pom has a back and a front!

Sew on your button and add the cushion pad. Your cushion is completed!!!!
Enjoy!



Til next time x

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