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Crafting The Giant Nerd In Me

I saw this pattern on Ravelry a few weeks ago and I shared it here on my blog. https://chronicleofellen.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/crochet-blanket/

If you were paying attention you would have noticed I didn’t come right out and say what it was!

Well, I have decided. I’m doing it. Yes, I’m bloody well doing it!

Here are the materials and some notes on the project.

The blanket is 25 x 25 squares. That’s 625 granny squares to make. I am doing three rounds for each square, don’t know the finished size but it will be the biggest blankie¬†I have EVER made!

I am using Boyes own brand 100% acrylic DK weight yarn. It’s cheap and really soft for a cheap yarn. I would imagine any DK weight yarn would be suitable for this project such as Stylecraft Special DK.

4mm crochet hook.

Squares:

White: 199

Black: 312

Light Grey: 100

Dark Grey: 14

So far I have done all the Dark Grey, 2 Light Grey, 2 Black and 14 White squares. Not much but I’m not rushing.

I was also thinking of doing a border in a Dark Green or Dark Red to show off all that black and white.

So it begins....

So it begins….

And if you need a good way to keep all your squares together? A simple piece of scrap yarn through the centre and you could hang them up (or keep in a carrier bag like I do), yes they curl a bit around the edges, but that will sort itself out when you come to sew them together, so don’t worry about it!

I wish there were more nerdy patterns out there!

So, that’s my latest WIP. I haven’t done much more on the knitted wrist warmers or bunting, finding it hard to finish them (and the bunting is the EASIEST project ever). Also a blanket for Lizzie’s housewarming is still on the go but is taking ages, so she’ll likely get it when she’s forty! I have some free wool with a magazine to make a lacy shawl but I didn’t like the pink and green colours so I think I’ll use a couple of balls of my own yarn, so that’s on the cards. The crochet blanket in the background needs another ball each of pink, brown and purple before I think it’s really finished. And I still need to sew up my crochet hook holder.

Lots of wants and lots of needs. And I have been looking at the crochet along on attic24 with her Moorland Blanket…I want!

Time to go and do something useful and stop whining about how much I love wool!! xx

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A Granny A Day

You know what they say – a granny a day keeps the boredom at bay!

After all these months learning how to knit and then discovering the actual JOY of knitting, I have suddenly made a U-turn and decided to do some crochet for a little bit. I was sorting out my stash drawers, and put all the yarn I wanted used up asap because it was ugly or horrible into bags.

When doing this I found some yarn which I thought would look good as neon granny squares. YES, I said NEON grannies!

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The white one you see in the background was a test one for size for another project I have brewing in my head…a nerdy one that needs 675 squares…so I need to think about that before I say anything more here.

Had a thought that the green and orange squares would be good for a Halloween blanket as I was making them, HOWEVER, I am not going down that route. I thought a small-ish granny funky cushion. With  maybe small squares on the front and either a bigger one on the back or stripes. I have seen granny stripe blankets which look quite good and are quite quick to make up (being a tall treble stitch and lots of gaps.

I only did 3 rounds, 2 in colour and 1 in black.

The only thing I would say is that I tend not to do chains on my grannies! I do 3 chains to make the first stitch as normal, 2 chains in the corners and that’s it. I find just doing your trebles into the spaces between your stitches makes a much neater and tighter square (that will mean NOTHING to people who don’t crochet!).

Anyhoo…

The freebie yarn from different knitting and crochet magazines is being made into practice knitted squares, as I said in my previous post. Yesterday I completed a double rib square, but now I realise when doing ribbing it pulls the work together quite tightly so I know to cast on more next time.

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Are those colours just the most hideous ever?!

And I am slowly continuing with the bunting and other projects.

Hope you all have a crafty weekend planned!

Ellen xx

Crochet Blanket

Star Wars episode 8 is now officially Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so in honour of this announcement here is a link to a pattern I have found on Ravelry for the perfect crocheted blanket! (now I just need to count how many white and how many black squares I need to do!).

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Tina2013/plain-granny