When a plan comes together.

I’ve been planning my own crochet design for a while now and it just hasn’t been taking shape, until this morning. It was all about shapes, I was thinking in curves when I should have been looking for angles. It was like knocking down a brick wall and racing ahead. It was a literal block that I worked through, finally.

Breaking down a project to its base shapes takes the mystery out of it. A blanket can seem daunting but one square? easy peasy! Then another and another and voila you have a blanket. When I first started looking at crochet patterns like this, it was a revelation. It makes the impossible become possible. This was why I learnt to read charts, I wanted to see what the shape of things were and how they were built. Charts show you that in a way that a paragraph of instructions simply can’t.

Shape is only one thing that makes a pattern catch our eye.  Colour, texture and size play a big role too. Although I’ve worked out my shape issue, and the colour’s already decided, I’m still swaying when it comes to size and texture. Its an animal design so any size could work, but I know somehow that there’s a perfect size, if only I could work it out. At the moment the prototype make you go hmm, that’s quite nice, but I want it to make people say OMG! how cute is that!!!!!

I guess its the difference between a crochet toy and amigurumi. They’re the same on paper, but in reality, one is a cute toy and the other is just way cuter.

The texture is dependant on the size, and plays a big part in the cuteness factor. Fluffy is cute, super smooth can be cute, but in between, meh!

I want to write more but the patterns just not quite ready to share. Neither am I, really. The idea of sharing my ideas and creations is really challenging me to finish pieces and be open about what I’m working on. One day soon, it’ll be finished and I’ll take a deep breath, probably close my eyes & press post. And that will be that.

A lazy Sunday.

It’s funny how time flies bye when you are engrossed in something. Today I was working on a pattern I’ve designed myself , it’s Scottish themed and I’ve been aching to dedicated some time to it. Having left the girls in charge of Jax the lab puppy, who is still going through a chewy phase, I spent what I thought was an hour before lunch on the pattern, only to look up and discover it was tea time!  I’ve still got a few bits to tweak  but I’m hoping to share some first photos of it later in the week.
So, how did you like the work search? The answers are in the photo below, give yourself a round of applause if you spotted the spelling mistake (highlighted in red!) I had a lot of fun making it so perhaps I’ll make more in the future.
Tomorrow I’m re-doing the fish tank so any crochet laying about the living room has been packed away in hall cupboard for safety. I’m not worried about it getting wet, but Jax is sneaky & well known to steal yarn when I’m distracted. I tend to feel uncomfortable if I cant get my hands on a hook & yarn wherever I am, it’s a comfort thing.
Until tomorrow, night all xx

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Lalylala to the rescue!

Buying gifts for my mum has become a bit of a nightmare. In recent years she’s been going through a minimalist phase and while previously we added to her elephant collection (she’d been collecting since I was young), what do you buy for the mum that doesn’t need anything.

Cue Lalylala. While I’ve made several of these for friends I hadn’t made one for mum. She liked them all; the fox, the toadstool and especially the lamb. So I made her the wee lamb, with 4 ply rather than DK and a 2.5mm hook. It’s some of the smallest work I’ve ever done as I don’t really do small or delicate. To top it all off I disguised it, so mum wouldn’t realise what it was. It worked a treat and went down very well.

That’s what is so good about crocheting toys as gifts, they’re always a surprise!

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Richard of York Ripple Blanket

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I can’t make up my mind about this one. My youngest daughter snagged it as soon as it came off the hook. Sometimes I love it, sometimes meh.

It’s a basic ripple pattern, which I got into the rhythm of really quickly and although I’d be lying if I said it’s portable, its a compulsive crochet.

This one’s made in DK, with a 4mm hook, and done in trebles. It fits a single bed comfortably & is big enough for 2 to snuggle under on the sofa. I used Hayfield Bonus DK. It’s a decent acrylic yarn and the best thing is it’s machine washable and can be tumble dried. Each colour uses up about 230g but if I was making it again I’d plan for 300g. There’s nothing worse than running out of yarn 3/4 of the way through (trust me!)

 

THE RIPPLE

The blanket was 283 stitches wide. The ripple needs multiples of 14 plus an extra 3.

Cast on 283.

treble in the 4th hook from chain.

1 treble in next 4 stitches.

next  *2 x  tr2tog,  1 treble in nest 4 stitches, 2 trebles in next stitch, 2 trebles in next stitch, 1 trebles in next 4 stitches,*  repeat until 4 stitches from end, then 1 treble in next 3 stitches, 2 treble in  last stitch.

 

This is the basic ripple and the colouring starts with 6 rows of each: * Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet* This is the full colour block. I  decreased one row with each colour block til I got to one row of each colour. This is the middle of the blanket. At this point, the rows colour starts increasing by one row each block.

I moved house in the midst of making this blanket and I admit, sometimes it was the only thing that kept me sane. It’s not one of those things that I could just churn out, it took a good while , but for something to do while watching TV, or listening to audio books, it’s hard to beat.

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