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!


9 August 2015

The Photographer's Blanket 2015


 Back in summer 2014
 I had the pleasure of designing a special colourful granny blanket
 for a photographer to use in her work with children. 

It gives me great pleasure to work with customers
 and discuss a special make to suit their needs.
 Lorna wanted something traditional
 that would be suitable for boys and girls.

I am so proud and excited to see my blanket
 in these beautiful photographs
 and am wishing I had young children again
 to have her photograph my family!

 is based in the Cardiff area
 but will travel to take your photographs.
This week I am delighted to have been featured
 on her Facebook Page

Photography by Lorna

Yet again I am pleased to be working with Lorna
 and this year she has commissioned me
 to make her a traditional granny squares blanket.



The colour recipe she has chosen is
in denim cloud blue grey silver and white.

This is going to make a lovely blanket
 with a timeless quality and vintage feel.


I like to make my squares in batches,
 doing the same colour on each square,
 I find this increases my production rate
 and makes best use of my time as it saves changing colours.
Then I will have a session at the end of sewing all the ends in.


All the squares will be the same
 and they will be joined with silver using the 

For those of you who ask
 how to make a perfect granny square
 you may like to read my tutorial

Do watch on Facebook and Instagram
 for daily updates as I make 
and come back next week
 to see how this blanket is progressing.

Happy hookin friends

Heather

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6 August 2015

Corner to Corner Blanket

This summer I have discovered a new love . . . corner to corner stitch.
Using just uk trebles and chains
 this blanket is so easy, incredibly fast
 and it has the most wonderful close texture.
Another huge bonus is there are no calculations involved,
 no counting and no starting chain needed!


My son
 who has just graduated from University and qualified as a teacher,
 has moved from a shared student house
 into his first bachelor pad this summer.
 A house warming present was needed fast
 so I dug out the ever so popular grey blanket pack
and rustled this up in no time!

Grey Blanket Colour Pack for sale here

If you too like this colour pack
 you will be interested to know that it is for sale
 HERE
 at Deramores for your convenience!
How easy to buy with just 1 click
 instead of having to make all those selections! 

I used the wonderful pattern by Sue over at
It is a free pattern called Spring into Summer
 and can be found on Ravelry
Many people use random or self striping yarn for this
 but as a colour artist
 the pleasure for me is creating my own colour recipes.
  I have chosen to work in stripes using 2 rows of each colour and
I have used a random colour order that does not repeat.


You begin working in the corner
and increase at both ends of each row.
As a mathematician this is incredibly pleasing to me!
 Just look at those perpendicular sides!
Keep going until the blanket reaches your desired width
 and you will have created an isosceles triangle
 which is of course half of a square.


Working in 2 rows of each colour
 it creates a lovely geometric pattern rather like a brick wall.
The texture that develops is an added bonus and attraction to the blanket.
It is really thick and one of the warmest blankets I have ever made!


Now if you want a square blanket that is easy,
 keep working till you reach the desired width
 then follow the pattern instructions and decrease next.
This will now make the triangle go smaller
 and you will complete your square.

To make the blanket rectangular
1 ~  increase at each end of each row until you have the desired width
2 ~ then work straight keeping both ends of each row the same
until you have the desired length
3 ~  now decrease at each end of each row to complete the final corner


Of course there are lots of ends to be sewn in when making is complete!
 I actually enjoy this and think of it as an evening of embroidery! 
The final blanket is certainly pleasing and a real reward for your labours!


Every blanket needs a border to set it off.
As this is a man blanket I wanted a geometric pattern
 to compliment the shapes made by the corner to corner stitch.
 So I came up with this triangular pattern and am pleased to share it with you.


Border Pattern (using UK crochet terms)

1 ~ 1 round of dc
2 ~ 3 chain then in next 4 stitches 1 treble, 1 half treble, 1 dc, 1 slip stitch 
3 ~ repeat all the way round and fasten off.


I have definitely had the c2c bug the last few weeks!


Rainbow colours were calling to me
and I played with a little square baby blanket
creating an ombre effect.
To make a slightly deeper border on this blanket
 I added a round of trebles after round 1.


Another experiment found me making a c2c
 using single rows of each colour! 
What a different look this creates.
I wasn't sure if I liked it at first
 but the final blanket was pleasing and sold fast in my


However the ends were another story
and needless to say I wont be going there again!


So 2 rows of each colour
is my suggestion for wonderful stripes!

If you have been inspired by my work
and enjoyed my free tips and advice
please consider making a donation to support my crochet journey.
This will enable me to provide more
 free
colour recipes
 help
tips
advice
 and encouragement
 for your pleasure.
To make a donation please use the Paypal button on the sidebar.


Thank you for all the love I have received from around the world.
My health is improving as new medication takes effect
and life has taken on a new pace.
Crochet is wonderful therapy and a great distraction
 to fill many hours as I rest and await a diagnosis.

Sending you all best wishes and hope you are having a happy hooky summer

Heather

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25 July 2015

Sorry I've been asbent lately


Dear Friends
Thought it about time I popped in to explain my absence


Events here at Patchwork House
 have unexpectedly take a nasty turn
 and I have become very unwell this past few months.
Having struggled with poor health for several years
 I am now receiving good care
 and lots of tests are nearing a diagnosis. 
This is a wonderful relief to know 
that I will be given the correct medication
 to control my symptoms soon.

I have needed a lot of time off work recently
 and have even been away from my hook .  .  . 
so that tells you how bad its been!

I am pleased to say that I have good days
 in between the pain and fatigue
 and am now enjoying crochet again
 but computer time is still limited.


I hope to blog again soon
but in the mean time don't miss out on my photos!
you can keep up with me on


and 


as I post regularly from my phone!

Have a happy hooky weekend

Heather
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28 June 2015

Mini granny love

Mini granny love!


Colour


pattern and texture


and ends ends ends!


This cushion reminds me of Smarties!
(for those of you reading this outside of UK
 they are colourful sugar coated chocolate sweets
enjoyed by children)


I have had sooooooo much fun making this gift

I love the firm texture and wonderful stitch definition of
and the colours are absolutely delightful


The front is made from mini grannies 
and the back is 1 large granny square,


crocheted together with a button fastening
and completed with a scalloped edge.


This cushion made in bright jewel colours has been so popular!
 I've had many requests for a pattern but I made it up as I went!


So to help you all out
 I am planning to write a tutorial this week
 as I make a second one in tropical colours!


100 centres are made
and the large granny for the back is now complete


Do come back next weekend 
and read how I make a mini granny cushion cover


Wishing you all a colourful day

Happy hookin

Heather

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21 June 2015

The Turquoise Blanket

A few months ago I picked out my favourite colours
 to make a blanket for me! 
Yes for me ... most of my makes are given away
 so its time to update my blanket stash here at Patchwork House
 with some of my favourite colours!

This Colour Recipe is proving to be so very popular
and you can buy it as a colour pack
 at Deramores
 turquoise with lipstick, spring green, fondant, 
sherbet, pomegranate, aspen, raspberry and lime.


My making began originally with granny squares


joined with a turquoise background 
using the continuous join as you go method


This was delightful but time consuming with all the ends!


I have written 4 tutorials for your use 
and kept these squares as my teaching samples

Granny Squares
Joining from the front
Joining from the back
Continuous join as you go

You will find these all on the tutorials page.


The colour pack contains
 4 turquoise for the background and 1 each of the others. 
This will be ample to make a large throw for snuggling on the sofa
 or a large cover for a bed.


So it was time to start again
 as I am determined to have a turquoise blanket in my life!
This time I am making a hexie blanket
using a pattern from the book Granny Squares by Sue Pinner.


I make all the middles first
then add the 2nd rounds


next I lay them out in a suitable arrangement


and join with the continuous join as you go method.


This pattern is so quick as the flowers only have 2 rounds


and the joining is so easy!


My blanket will be hexagonal with a wavy edge.
It will be a snuggle blanket for relaxing on the sofa


As you can see its already in use
 as I hook this cold June morning!

If you have been inspired by my colour recipes
 and have made blankets using them
 you may be interested in a new
 I have started. 
This is a place for my followers to show off their blankets.
 I am so excited with its popularity
 and we are seeing wonderful crochet from all around the world.
 It's quite amazing how the same colours look in different patterns
 and really inspiring to see people interpretations.

 So don't forget to join and share 
I'm so interested to see what you make with my Colour Recipes!

Wishing you all a happy hooky Sunday

Heather
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15 June 2015

Simple Edging

 This week has been rippletastic
working with the most pretty ice cream colours!


My colour palette of
has been most popular
lemon, wisteria, candy floss, spring green, 
apricot, clematis, fondant and sherbet.


Oooooh how I love to ripple it is so therapeutic!
This pattern by Lucy from Attic 24 blog is called
 and I can highly recommend it.


I am always being asked how I edge my ripples and v stitch blankets
using this very simple narrow edge


First I make 1 round of dc (English) 
putting 1 dc in each stitch along the zigzag edges
with a decrease at the valley and an increase at the mountain
then 2 in each stitch along the straight sides.


Then for the 2nd round I make
1 dc, 3 chain, 1 dc in the same stitch
miss a stitch
repeat.
This forms a lovely little wavy edge
 which will follow the zig zag edge happily
 and also sit neatly on the straight sides.

I hope you enjoy using this free pattern and colour recipe.
If so please consider a small donation using the
 Paypal Donate
 button on the sidebar.
This will help fund my crochet journey and enable me to provide
 more free tutorials patterns and colour palettes
 for your pleasure.

Happy Hookin

Heather

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