Hello and welcome to Patchwork House . . . . .
my little corner of the world on the NW coast of England, where you will find me addicted to colour and playing with yarn!


22 November 2014

My Crofter Blanket

It seems a good few weeks now
 since the first excitement of starting my colourful crofter squares.
 They have now been edged and joined with cream
 and the blanket finished off with a deep straight border.


So here as promised is how I made my
 Crofter Blanket
it has 81 squares and measures approximately 115 x 115 cm

Yarn
 7 balls of cream Sirdar Snuggly DK
8 balls of Sirdar Baby Crofter DK
2 Elsie
2 Kaitlyn
2 Mimi
2 Maypole


You can buy this yarn pack from Deramores

I am using a 3.5mm hook and UK crochet terms,
 for American terms you will find a conversion chart HERE

The Solid Granny Squares

Round 1 ~ Make a magic loop, you can follow a tutorial HERE

Round 2 ~ 3 chain 2 trebles, 2 chain
* 3 trebles 2 chain *
repeat from * to * twice
slip stitch into top of 1st 3 chain 

      
Round 2 ~ Make 3 chain for 1st treble then
 1 treble into the top of each treble of previous round
In each corner make 2 trebles 2 chain 2 trebles
So each side of round 2 has 7 trebles when complete

Round 3 ~ Make 3 chain for 1st treble then
 1 treble into the top of each treble of previous round
In each corner make 2 trebles 2 chain 2 trebles
So each side of round 2 has 11 trebles when complete

Round 4 ~ Make 3 chain for 1st treble then
 1 treble into the top of each treble of previous round
In each corner make 2 trebles 2 chain 2 trebles
So each side of round 2 has 15 trebles when complete


I made 10 squares from each 50g ball so that made 80 squares in total.
 This would make a rectangular blanket 8 x 10.
 I fancied a square blanket though
 and had enough yarn to make 1 more square 
giving me 81, which made a 9 x 9 arrangement.

If you missed the original blog post
 about the making of the squares you can read it HERE


The squares were all edged in cream and the ends sewn in.


If you missed the previous blog post about edging 
you can read it HERE

To join my squares I worked from the back
 using dc through both loops


This makes a good strong join
 and creates a nice neat look from the front


You can read last weeks blog post about the joining method
 HERE


With the blanket now in 1 piece it was time for the border.
After much procrastinating and trials of several borders,
 I finally decided (with the help of my Instagram friends)
 that the joy of this blanket is the colourful squares.
 The purpose of a border is to frame
 and in this case
 it must not detract from the beauty of the squares.
So
and I kept it simple
 with a continuation of the same rows of trebles into each stitch.


To help the border lie flat
 I did 2 trebles then treble 2 together 
all the way round on my 1st round of the border.
 This decreases the stitch count and removes any frillyness.


I am totally in love with my finished Crofter Blanket 
and it is already feeling very much a part of Patchwork House!

This yarn has been a delight to work with.
 Its is smooth and slightly finer than most DK
 creating beautiful stitch definition.
The colours in the Baby Crofter are stunning making every stitch a joy.

My yarn came from Deramores and you can buy it in a pack 

This blanket is a keeper and will become a family treasure.
I hope you have enjoyed the watching
and maybe fancy having a make yourself?

Happy hookin!

Heather

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15 November 2014

Joining pleasures

Today is a lazy Saturday here at Patchwork House
with lots of
 sitting and hooking
 and
 recharging our batteries!

It has been such a delight
 joining these pretty squares together. 
My hook just glides through this yarn
 like a knife through butter!


Every stitch has been a pleasure.
I love the rhythm
 and the perfection of hooking each 2 stitches together.
I have been joining from the back
 with right sides together
 using UK double crochet through both loops. 


I join in rows
 linking from 1 square straight onto the next.


All the rows going in the same direction are joined first.


This leaves gaps in between the squares
 going in the opposite direction.
 At this point the blanket is rather difficult to hold
 but don't worry it will all come together soon!


Next the rows are joined in the opposite direction.
Again using double crochet through both loops. 
When I meet the ridge
 I make 1 dc in the corner loop either side of it.


I really like this joining method
 as it produces a good strong join with an attractive finish.


When joining is complete
 there is a ridge on the back


and neat lines on the front.


There is an added bonus
 of a pattern made by the holes
 which I also think is very attractive
 adding another dimension to the blanket.


I am totally in love
 with the arty and colourful look of this 
Crofter blanket inspired by Anita Mundt.

I have used 4 shades of Sirdar Baby Crofter DK for the squares
and joined them with cream Sirdar Snuggly DK


If you missed the previous posts
 about the yarn and square making you can read it
 HERE

Do come back next week for the
 BIG REVEAL
 when I will be blogging about
 the pattern details for the square joining and edging!

Have a lovely weekend my hooky friends
I'm off now for a wonderful evening of border making!

Heather

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9 November 2014

Sunday afternoon treat

Hello my hooky friends
 happy Sunday to you all!

Oh there is so much excitement 
here at Patchwork House this week
 as the gorgeous colourful squares of my new blanket
 have been surrounded with cream.
The lovely people at 
gave me this pretty
 to work with.
 If you missed the previous post you can read it
  HERE.



To be honest at first
 I wasn't liking the random effect
 as much as I thought I would.
 I adore the yarn
 as it is so soft and finer than I am used to.
 It produces beautiful even stitch definition
 and the colours are just fab!
I am using
 Elsie
 Kaitlyn
 Maypole
 and 
Mimi.


However when I made the border of each square
 in cream Sirdar Snuggly DK
it just made the colours
 POP
 and I totally fell in love!


It is a frequent sight
 here at Patchwork House
 to find piles of squares
 as ornaments on tables and window sills
 in baskets and on trays
but oh what a pleasure
what a wonderful sight 
when the ends have been sewn in!


So today I have rushed home from church
 and am going to delight in
 an afternoon of joining!


Imagine 
my delight
 to be
 home in daylight hours
 in a quiet house
alone with this pile of yarny goodness!

Do come back next week
 for an update on the joining progress and border!

Till then have a happy hooky week my friends

Heather

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2 November 2014

Half term hooky


 Half term for me
 has been a wonderful time of relaxation
 in my favourite part of the world
  


The Yorkshre Dales


 we spent time enjoying
 sheep pheasants sunshine autumn leaves and lovely walks


quality time
 in a lovely cottage in a quiet village 
was just what the doctor ordered



breath taking scenery


special time together
 away from busy jobs and lives
 brings us home
 feeling blessed and recharged for the next 2 months!


Of course there was hooky
lots
and lots
of wonderful yarny therapy!


Just look
 what the lovely people at Deramores gave me
 to crochet with on my holiday!


In case you haven't heard of them
 Deramores is an online yard store based in the UK.
 They have a H U G E selection of yarns
 from many different manufacturers and provide a very fast service. 
They also post worldwide!

You can imagine my excitement when I opened this beautiful yarn.
is an acrylic and nylon yarn with a self striping effect.
This is very different to my usual Stylecraft colours 
which you will know to be my favourite
 but I was eager to try something new.


Random or self striping yarn
 is the ideal portable yarn for taking on holiday,
 one ball, hook and scissors fitting very neatly in my bag everywhere I go!

I was inspired by the
made by the very talented blogger
if you dont know her blog
 you are in for a treat ... pop on over!

As a change I chose to make a baby blanket
 so I am working with the softer brighter colour palette of 
Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter DK



I am now very brave and hook in public most places I go
on trains
in the car
on picnics
and in cafes and pubs


 it is wonderful when people stop to talk
 and ask about what I am making


Well as you know I have many OCD tendancies
 and love nothing more than planning my crochet.

 Matching hooks and mugs
lining up colours
counting equal amounts of each round
all make it perfect and appeal to my Mathematical brain!


So when I first started with this random yarn
 I must admit that I wasn't too keen!
But as the week progressed it has grown on me!
 I am now loving the arty look of these variegated squares
 and they come with the added bonus of no ends from changing colours!


I have used
 2 x 50g balls of each of the following 4 colours
 and made 80 squares.
These are now being edged with cream Sirdar Snuggly
 and I am liking them even more as the cream makes the colours pop!



Do come back next week
 for a progress update of my variegated blanket!
When complete I will be writing up the pattern for you
 and joining and edging instructions
 to be published with the final tadaa photo in a few weeks!

My final treat of the holiday
 was a morning spent with a wonderful hooky gang at the 
Skipton Knit and Natter group.
I was so delighted to be invited and had a wonderful time
 with lovely ladies who speak the same yarny language!
 Thank you all for making me so welcome.




So now after a heavenly week of hooky and countryside
 it is time to get ready for back to school.

Here at Patchwork House
 I am enjoying a new thrifted jug for my flowers. 
Wishing you all a happy Sunday!



Heather
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18 October 2014

Rainbow Squares


 So now its time for me to grovel and apologise
 and say please forgive me
 for my long absence of 2 months . . .
 school took over my life!
One day soon I hope to be full time at The Patchwork Heart
but until then I have a day job which is very demanding and has to come first!

So the first half term is nearly over
 and I am into the swing of things!

I hope you are all enjoying the lovely sunny days and cooler evenings
 . . . time for candles fairy lights and blankets!
 I've even had my hot water bottle out this week 
which has been the height of indulgence!

So what have I been hookin?
Well if you follow me on IG and FB
 you will have enjoyed this rainbow baby blanket
 but there's nothing like the big pictures on a blog
 so here they are for you to enjoy!


Stylecraft Special DK
 in
lipstick
spice
saffron
meadow
aster
violet
 and 
magenta


oh what a pleasure
hours of fun
playing with colours


I just love the simplicity of these plain sqaures
surrounded with parchment


joined from the back with dc through both loops


the stitch definition is to die for


many happy hours were spent under this little beauty
and I even managed to find a matching mug
 to satisfy my OCD!


this blanket gives me so much pleasure
I will definitely be making more!

For those of you who have asked for a pattern
watch this space!

Lovely to be back blogging
I have set myself the new task of blogging each Saturday now

Happy weekend to you all
enjoy your hooky!

Heather
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