Off the Hook :: cosy stripe blanket

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Cosy Stripe Blanket handmade and home 2

Another finished blanket to share!

Cosy Stripe Blanket handmade and home 4

This time I used the lovely Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8ply again – a similar colour palette to the Solid Minty Crochet Blanket, but omitting the ‘lake’ and adding ‘lotus’ which is a beautiful ‘new for 2015’ coral-orange colour.

I had intended to make this blanket up in the classic granny stripe, but at the last moment decided to try out the Cosy Stripe pattern from Attic24.

Cosy Stripe Blanket handmade and home 2

I absolutely love it! I thought the rows of treble between might get a little boring, but it didn’t, and the finished texture is really lovely. Not to ‘holey’ and not too heavy and solid. I’ll definitely be using this pattern again.

Cosy Stripe Blanket handmade and home 1

The colour sequence was supposed to be a simple repeat of two rows per colour, but when I reached the second stripe of white, I realised the colour/pattern sequence would remain the same – ie. the lemon would always be the solid rows, and the stone colour would always be the granny rows etc. By making every second white stripe 4 rows instead of 2, this solved the problem.

Cosy Stripe Blanket handmade and home 3

For the border I followed Lucy’s instructions for the base row, and then continued this pattern (2tr into each 1ch space) for a few more rounds. The final edge was one double crochet (UK) into each 1ch space with 2 chain in between.

Here is the blanket together with the Minty blanket – they are a perfect match :-)

Cosy Stripe Blanket handmade and home 5

Currently I’m working on the border of blanket no. 4 which Mum kindly crocheted up for me, so I’ll be back with another blanket post soon!

Off the Hook :: classic granny square blanket

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Classic Granny Square Blanket 2

Classic Granny Square Blanket 5

I’m home again after a lovely holiday to the warmer north-west part of our state. Well, it was warmer but we did have our fair share of gloomy weather. But all wasn’t lost, because it meant it was perfect crochet weather!

Classic Granny Square Blanket 4

I finished this project while we were away, a classic granny square blanket in beautiful vintage shades using Special DK by Stylecraft.

Classic Granny Square Blanket 1

The granny squares were made up of 4 rounds in 5 different colours using a 4.5mm hook: Sage, Storm Blue, Parma Violet, Parchment & Cream. I made sure to not use cream on the 4th round, as I planned to use it for joining the squares.

Classic Granny Square Blanket 2

I used the continuous join-as-you-go for the first time – I loved it! So speedy, and only 2 ends – one at the start and one at the end. It also has a nice finished texture. You can find  tutorials for this technique here and here.

Classic Granny Square Blanket 3

To finish off, I added a simple granny border, followed by a gentle scallop, all in cream.

This is blanket number 2 of 5 for a special custom order – a few more borders to complete and I’ll be sharing them soon!

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