Friday, February 21, 2020

CROCHET CHAT: Patchwork Crochet Blanket Progress







This blanket. A great idea of using up my Tilda yarn stash. With great enthusiasm I started to make granny squares in 2018. The squares were easy. Didn't need much thought. Just relaxing and smooth random color play directly out of the basket. Colored 3-row granny squares mixed up with creamy white squares. Pure bliss! But the joining...

I wanted a snug join. I wanted squares on a bias. It took a while to figure out how to proceed (read more about that here). In the end I sewed strips of squares together with slip stitch and then added one row to another in the same manner. It was incredibly time consuming. My enthusiasm faded and the WiP was put away in the closet. For a loooong time. I just recently took it out as my goal is to finish all my UFOs this year to start fresh with a new crochet journey once I'm done.

When finishing the main piece I had to decide on how to make the border. I was choosing between just adding triangles or making it a bit wider using squares on the bias AND triangles to make a straight edge. I went with the latter and I'm now in the final stage of adding triangles to my border. I'm enjoying it even if the progress is slow. I still need to make a couple of big triangles for the corners, small triangles didn't work...  and then decide on an edging. Any ideas? Simple or lacy? Maybe just a few double crochet rows of colored stripes alternated by creamy white... Shall I use special stitches? Make it wide or narrow?  What would you do?


Kärlek
Annette


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9 comments :

  1. Ooooh, swoooon ! I can't wait seeing it finished, and I'm crosing my fingers (AND toes) that you'll be selling the pattern !
    BRAVO and thank you so much for the inspiration :)
    NADINE

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  2. I love the white and colored squares together. I'd finish it like your Gypsy Granny, but substitute white for black.

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  3. Your blanket is lovely. I like using two or three rows of single crochet in different colors as an edging. The blanket is pretty enough I don't think it needs a fancy edging.

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  4. I'll have to learn how to make the half square, but I love the design! It's beautiful just like it is!

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  5. LOVE this, I would use various colours and include the creme / off white that you have used throughout the rug. I would have the border as wide as you need it to be, if it is for a bed, and without the border it fits the top of the bed, the border as wide as you want it to hang below the bed, otherwise if just for a throw rug, a border possibly half the width of the squares or the width of the squares, judging the proportions based on what suits your eye. I would not have a very lacy border instead using the same stitches as in the square, and finish with a picot edging either in a colour that you love from what you have used or the cream colour.

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  6. Hi Annette,
    Ohhhh. your blanket is so beautiful. I love the combination of colored squares and the creamy ones. I don't know what I would do for the edging. I'm really excited to see what you chose.
    Have a lovely new week.

    Sweet greetings,
    Emily

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  7. Sooooo pretty, but I moaned as I was thinking of all the joining. I used to slip stitch squares together, then decided I liked crocheting them together instead, which also gives them a bit more stretch. I like ruffled edges so would probably do 2 or 3 stitches in a stitch every 4 to 5 stitches with color, not white. Edges get dirty easier than the rest of the blanket/afghan and color will help you there vs the white edge. Sometimes the wider edges don't lay as nicely as the thinner edges, but it all depends on how big you want it to be. Popped over from a mutual friends blog, always fun to meet new blog mates. Do swing by for a visit.

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Kärlek
Annette

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