I spent some time considering how to join and then edge my Victorian lattice squares into a blanket and took inspiration from some photos of finished blankets I found on Pinterest (see link below).
As mentioned in my previous post (here) I put a triple crochet Granny stripe border on my Victorian lattice squares for uniformity of stitches around each one. This them made it very easy to join the squares; I used a single crochet stitch to join the squares into ‘lines’ and then to join the lines together for the blanket.
I then did a double crochet stitch around the entire blanket, again for uniformity and also to provide a solid edge to work my border against.
I chose a mixture of two borders: firstly triple crochet edge to make the blanket a bit bigger, and then I used another Bella Coco video tutorial to add a scallop edge to the blanket. This makes a lovely, detailed edge and really finishes the blanket off. It consists of groups of triple crochet stitches and so is very simple to do.
Rather than block the individual squares (which I really should have done!) I blocked the entire blanket by dampening it and then using my daughter’s play mat to stretch it out on overnight.
In hindsight I would have added an extra row of squares to make the blanket bigger and rectangular, but this is the first blanket I’ve made as a gift and I’ll be very proud when my sister unwraps it for her birthday!
I’ve seen a lot of ‘Call The Midwife’ crochet blankets on Instagram and Pinterest over the past year or so, and the simple but classic design appealed to me. However I could only find written patterns, which I’m not good at following, until my trusty crochet friend, Bella Coco, produced a video tutorial for the Victorian Lattice Square. Whilst it’s not the same as the Call The Midwife blanket, it’s a similar design so close enough in my eyes.
The first square took me about two hours to crochet as I made a few mistakes and had to keep restarting rounds. I had to use the video for the first four or five squares too, until I could remember the pattern well enough; it then took me about an hour to make each square.
It’s a lovely design and the squares are quite large so making them into a blanket is quicker than using Granny or Willow squares.
I decided to put a triple crochet Granny stripe border around each square to make it bigger and to provide a uniform edge for the joining process.
This has been a very satisfying pattern to follow, and has been great to use up yarn remains!
I have a plain, white tea pot that I never use, so I thought a colourful tea cosy for it might encourage me to use it more. I also wanted to see how long it would take to make as I’m looking for quick crochet projects to work on and potentially sell much later down the line.
The pattern for the tea cosy is incredibly easy to follow – it is mostly just the puff cluster stitch, until the end where you do a round of double crochet. Once you reach the sections for the spout and handle gaps, there is a lot of cutting the yarn and beginning again, which means a lot of ends to sew in at the end. However this also means it is easy to switch colours and have a striped cosy. I chose these colours simply because I had a lot of yellow and a little blue, but next time I’ll try out a multicoloured one and use up lots of scraps of yarn.
The pompon is a bit rubbish as I made it quickly and without a pompom maker; I think a super-fluffy, multicoloured one would be perfect for a stripy tea cosy.
I’ve had a tutorial for the tulip stitch blanket pinned for some time, but never got round to trying it out; then a suggestion popped up on my Pinterest feed for a child’s headband using the tulip stitch which prompted me to give it a go.
I used the Bella Coco (who else?!) video tutorial for the blanket, rather than the written instructions for the headband, as I still can’t read them very well and I find the videos so much easier to follow. The tulip stitch is made up of double crochet, the v-stitch and the puff stitch, and it’s fairly easy once you get the hang of it. I simply did one ‘row’ of tulips measured to the size of my daughter’s head.
Whilst it was quite simple, my first attempt is not very neat. It didn’t help that I used different thicknesses of yarn for the edges and the flowers, whoops! The ends didn’t match up neatly either, so I came up with a somewhat creative (i.e. lazy) alternative to sewing the ends together – I gathered all the ends of yarn and tied them in a knot. Not the best solution, but it works. I’ll try and be neater next time… when I have three yarns of equal weight! I’ll update when I’ve had the chance to have another go.
A new crochet tutorial from Bella Coco (yes, her again, but her tutorials are excellent!) came up on my Pinterest feed and it looked too cute not to try out – a crochet elf hat for babies, just in time for Christmas.
The pattern starts off a bit complicated for a crochet novice like me and I had to undo the stitches and begin again a few times. You start with the headband which is a line of stitches which you join together, and then the rest works in rounds of treble crochet.
Once the initial headband is completed, the rest of the hat progresses quickly and easily. The tutorial is to make a hat for a 6-9 month old, but I was making one for my newborn, so I adjusted the number of stitches to what I thought would work and estimated its size. It doesn’t look too messy though.
The tutorial includes a pompom on the end, but I couldn’t find my pompom maker, so I just gathered in the end of the hat to make a point. It fits my baby perfectly and was quick to make during her nap times; I’m delighted with it overall and so is Elise! Link here: http://pin.it/5uIMgKh
With a newborn around it’s been difficult (i.e. impossible) to do any of my Pinterest projects, but I decided to give a bit of crochet a go. I thought that it would be something easy and relaxing to pick up any time the baby was sleeping and I couldn’t snooze. I wanted to make a gift for someone as all the crochet projects I had made previously I kept for myself! So, who better to make a special Christmas crochet gift for than my lovely mum?
I had saved a Pin for a Bella Coco tutorial for an infinity scarf which seemed like a good place to start. I chose a 7mm hook and the chunkiest yarn I could find in my stash. It was a simple pattern to follow: a V stitch, and it was easy to put down and pick up whenever the baby was napping.
As the scarf was so straightforward, I decided to pimp it up a bit with some pretty crochet flowers – cue another Bella Coco tutorial!
I also gathered the scarf at the join for a bit more detail (also, I didn’t have enough yarn to do a separate ‘loop’) and to hide the join. I think it looks quite effective.
You may have read my previous posts about making crochet willow squares and blocking them; the next jobs were to join the squares and put a border on the whole blanket.
There are lots of ways to join crochet squares and most of the methods I found were for joining granny squares. The individual granny squares tend to have a triple crochet outer round whereas the willow squares have two rounds of double crochet, so I struggled to work out the conversion (I am a crochet novice!) to join them together. I then found someone who simply ‘sewed’ the squares together with a darning needle and yarn so I tried that, and it worked.
I joined the squares into rows first and then rows to rows. Since I am a novice, not all my squares had the same amount of stitches on each side so I had to double up some of the stitches but it is subtle and doesn’t ruin the final product.
I decided on a ‘scallop’ border as it’s a simple design which I thought wouldn’t take away from the pretty detail of the willow square. It also helped that it is a simple pattern to follow. Overall, I’m really rather chuffed with myself and the first baby blanket I’ve made.