Well I finally finished another project! I was so keen to get this finished and once it all started looking like a blanket it was sooooo rewarding.
My sister is due to give birth to my very first niece or nephew at the beginning of September which I’m sure by now you all know as I never stop talking about it. I’m so excited.
Any way I took up crochet purely to be able to make him or her a blanket and maybe other things but so far I have only made a buggy blanket and a lot of knots 😉.
I started off with the simple granny square and wanted to just keep going to get the right size but my inexperience got in the way and my work kept looking twisted and out of shape. Eventually I decided I would stick to small squares and then learn how to add them together.
After trying a few different techniques I found my rhythm and the tension became a lot more equal. I found that starting my loop with 6 chain stiches, chaining one between each set and making my corners 3 chains instead of 2 made my work a lot flatter. So my granny square is chain 6, slip stich into first chain then 3 chains and 2 trebles into middle for the first ‘shell’ then 3 more sets of 3 trebles with 3 chains in the corner. Once your past this first row it starts to look a lot clearer. And you can just carry on 3 trebles, 1 chain, 3 trebles, corner 3 chains. Just remember to chain 3 for the start of the row and that counts at first treble. The video linked below will help you to see what I mean and then you can adjust to suit your style.
Once I finished all my squares I had to youtube again how to add them together I found so much help on YouTube but follow 2 very useful channels. First one I looked at was Jada instiches I learnt how to crochet from her various video’s She does it in such a fun upbeat way it was so easy, however she of course doesn’t use English terms which when I started to try and follow patterns I struggled so I looked for an English guide and found Bella Coco. There are of course hundreds of other people to follow if you just search you will find lots. I found this one very simple to follow and being in English terms I can now understand a little better. This tag is for joining the squares together which she shows you 2 methods. I chose the join as you go method as I liked to look it gave.
I went for a white border to keep with the neutral theme. Starting off with a row of single crochet’s then a row of ‘scallop’ which are 5 trebble crochet’s into one hole. I love it it’s so easy once you get the hang of it and it gives such a pretty effect.
I’m so pleased with this blanket and already have plans for the next one much bigger though.
Here is the blanket in pride of place.