Yep, I made a baby! A pretty cute one too. And a blanket, a pretty big one at that. Three years in the making, off and on. Probably more off than on. Now it’s all done, just in time for…Summer.
Size – about 275 x 230cm, big enough for a queen size bed
Squares – 72, each with 10 rounds, joined on-the-go
Border – Seven rounds of black yarn
Yarn – A mix of soft acrylics like Stylecraft DK and Panda Magnum Soft 8ply
Am I the only one who keeps a record of what they make? I have a list for crochet blankets and one for quilts.
A warm and snuggly blanket made with Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8ply. My cousin asked if I could make her a blanket a little while ago, with the only request the blanket be shades of blue. This one now lives in the United States, on a couch in a house by the sea.
It would be great if I could remember where I wrote down the finished size of this one…It is definitely at least 120cm x 120cm…I think. It would be fantastic if I could remember which pattern source I used. I think it was a YouTube tutorial but this Red Heart pattern seems to be the same. The border is a row or two of US single/UK double crochets, I had just enough yarn left for it.
It was hard letting this blanket go but that’s just all the more reason to make one of my own!
Here’s an end-of-the-day, no-makeup, poorly lit snapshot of my snazzy new winter poncho! This is 12-ply acrylic but very tempted to make a more sensibly-coloured poncho in a beautiful Bendigo Woollen Mills 10 ply yarn. This project was an excuse to use this grey, mustard and blue combination that I spied around the same time my good friend Alyce was shopping for yarn. She’s working on her first crochet blanket in the same style. This poncho will be my go-to for keeping warm in the house this winter…with perhaps a beanie to match. Tres chic!
For my own notes: cowl neck with 6mm hook and body with 5mm hook.
The pattern is by Simone Francis from Simply Crochet magazine, and can be purchased through Ravelry. Here’s another version by Lucy of Attic 24.
In 2009 I learnt how to crochet and started this blanket, which was to sit on my couch. Fast forward six or so years, and 20-odd blankets later I finally went back and finished up this blanket. These colours suited the décor at the time, however these days, as much as I try to resist, I’m all about all of the colours all of the time. The blanket does in fact live on my couch, however the couch no longer lives with me. A lot has changed since 2009!
What do you give to someone who wants and needs nothing? Give him himself, of course! This is my brother Tim. He lives in a faraway land making animations by day, and by night too.
Pattern adapted from Tobias boy doll pattern by Smartapple Creations. The pattern is very detailed and easy to follow with pictures to help you out. I used a 3mm hook with 8ply acrylic yarns. For the hair I made an orange “cap”, sewed it on and then sewed yarn over top. This made sure there were no bald spots! Owly gives a great explanation for one option of amigurumi hair.
Finished blanket 22 was made for Kimberly and Stewart who had a beautiful wedding back in May. The pattern is one of my favourites, Neat Ripple by Lucy from Attic24. Each ripple is almost a full skein of yarn; all besides the pale grey and purple are Panda Magnum Soft 8ply. I started the blanket in January and it ended up roughly 150cm x 150cm.
Congratulations to the happy couple, and thank you for inviting us to share your special day!
This blanket definitely took longer than 10 days. How an earth did I finish the black granny stripe blanket in 10 days? This one is a little wider and has three more colours than the black granny stripe. It’s warm and cosy, and bright and cheerful. I love the weight of Panda Magnum Soft 8ply, it feels heavier and thicker than Stylecraft DK but the two work well together. This granny stripe pattern by Lucy from Attic 24 creates nice dense stitches; the clusters of treble/double crochet stitches that make up the rows are closer together than your standard granny square.
Started – July 2014
Finished – December 2014
Pattern – Granny stripe by Lucy from Attic 24
Yarn – Panda Magnum Soft 8ply in white and 30 assorted 8ply coloured yarns
Hook size – 5mm
Finished size – Approx. 148cm x 160cm
Details – Two rows of 30 colours, separated by two rows of white. Four rows of white on each end. Border is a row of US single crochet/UK double crochet. (May add to this at some point.)
Once upon a time, a redheaded girl named Katie tried to make an ugly crochet blanket. She used up all of her scrap yarn, in a very random order, paying no mind to colour clashes or matches. She found it quite fun, a welcome break from the toil and trouble of choosing yarn of colours that blend or pop or match. The blanket grew and grew, until one day it was 160cm wide. Katie weaved in all of the loose ends and declared the ugly blanket to be done! “I will call the it The Hodge Podge!” she said, because of the marvellous mixture of pinks and blues and yellows and greens. The only thing was, it turned out that the blanket wasn’t so ugly. It was full of colours, a lot of some colours and a little of others. It was big and warm and cosy and comforting and that redheaded girl slept under it all winter long.
Although she was so happy with her crazy kaleidoscope blanket, she said to herself “One is not enough!”. So Katie got to work and created… The Hodge Podge No. 2!
Started – June 2013
Finished – July 2014
Pattern – Basic granny square with one chain between each cluster, and two chains on each corner.
Size – 140cm x 140cm
Yarn – Random, mostly 8ply soft acrylic
Hook size – 4mm
Border – One row of US single crochet/UK double crochet
The Hodge Podge (bottom) and The Hodge Podge No. 2 (top).