How’s your week going? Mine is (still) hot, we are experiencing a very long, very DRY summer. My garden is looking decidedly parched, the veges are curling up their toes and the flowers are practically gasping. I try to ignore them because we are on water restrictions that mean only 2 hours of hand watering every second day. This is very depressing….
On the flip side it’s so hot in the afternoons that you need to stay indoors just to keep out of the sun. So while I could spend this time cooking or cleaning, instead I like to see it as extra time for crafting!
Recently a friend from work asked if I would teach her to crochet because she wanted to make a bed spread (blanket/afghan). Turns out she had an old knit and crochet pattern book (no cover unfortunately so I cant give you a name) with the pattern she wants to make. Here are some other crochet projects from it:
The crochet tunic on the right is cute (pity about what that knit outfit the poor boy is wearing):
And while the stripes in this sweater are questionable, the pattern itself is actually not so bad.What she is keen on is this rose motif spread…It crocheted up rather quickly, but I think the hole in the middle is too big, and there are too many chains in each round making it rather loopy, although this is likely to improve with blocking. The pattern calls for a bulky yarn and a 7.5mm hook… I used a 6mm hook which still made for a huge baggy circle. But then I guess you would need less circles to complete the spread that way 🙂
This green circle is made using a few pattern modifications, a 4mm hook and 8ply (DK) yarn; it has potential I think… but I’m not sure Id like to see a whole bed spread/top/dress/shawl made from it. Maybe with a few more rounds and a picot edge it could make an acceptable doily?What do you think?
If you were advising someone starting out what crochet blanket pattern would you recommend?
Just for starters here are some of my favorites:
- This one at Solstrikke is very similar to one of mine.
- I love the colors in this bulls eye spread at Tangled (I really really want to make one)
- And this beautiful
- Of course the classic ripple at Attic 24
- I love how lively this one is
- But you really cant go past a classic granny square blanket… Ive long loved this (and many others) at Bunny Mummy.
Because this is a bit of a random post anyway I’m going to share a card my daughter made for me this week. It made me laugh and cry all at once, and I’m sure when I’m old and my children HAVE left me, I’ll treasure it still…. It reads: Dear Mum, I love you very much. I bet you love me to. We will always be together. In a family. With people we know. We have lots of love. From Maia.
6 year old logic… you’ve got to love it!
This looks exactly like me. Especially the large pointing outwards feet.
Have a lovely week! Janette xoxo