Thursday, 14 December 2017

'ArtesanOde' Stashbusting 365 Blanket

A few years ago I challenged my group to crochet 1 square a day for a year...resulting in the 365 project. I still absolutely LOVE my blanket; in fact it is probably one of my most favourite things I've ever crocheted; more so as it it hardly cost me anything since it was made from bits and bobs of yarn I had lying around. For some reason the photos on the blog don't seem to be working but they're still here on Ravelry...



I also created a Board on Pinterest with the various stages of my blanket....I love seeing it grow again before my eyes!

My 'workroom' is positively over-flowing with unused yarn, so having decided on a big clear out before Christmas I realised that some hooky therapy would be the answer...use up some stash whilst clearing out at the same time. Win win!

This 365 Blanket is dedicated to ARTESANO yarns who I used to work with. It was terribly sad when they ceased trading over a year ago but I did acquire a considerable amount of their gorgeous yarn which has been sitting in my stash ever since.

I decided to use up all the odds and ends of DK as well as doubling up the 4-Ply. This blanket will be made as I go along; 1 - a - day (or 7 a week if I can't manage that) so I cannot be exact with amounts of yarn needed. At a rough estimate, it will proabably take about 20 balls of 100g DK including the border as it will fit a King Sized Bed when finsished (see photo above). If you buy the edge colour locally you can usually return any un-used balls to the shop so make sure you buy enough of the edge colour to ensure the same colour lot!

I will be edging each square  with Stylecraft DK Silver and I do recommend that you use just ONE colour for this as it really makes the squares stand out. I will be joining each square to the last using the JOIN AS YOU GO METHOD ; this means that once the last square is joined the blanket will be finished apart from the border.

Here's a sneak peak of the first few squares I've made and joined...the full instructions and photo tutorials will start on 1st January...exact time unknown yet as it will depend how good the party is the night before...




Saturday, 9 December 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK 15

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 91-96

Repeat Week 3 (Rows 14-19)

Change colours as desired.


Sunday, 3 December 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK 14

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 85-90

Repeat Week 2 (Rows 8-13)

Change colours as desired.


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

WE'RE HOOKERS ON THE EDGE!

WEEK 31 THE EDGING

***POSTED BEFORE OFFICIAL END TO ALLOW THOSE WHO HAVE SPED AHEAD TO FINISH !*****

Putting a border on your blanket really finishes it off....it can also hide a multitude of sins, so if yours is a little 'wavy' or 'wonky' around the edges,  this can do wonders! I have not blocked mine yet but it is possible to do so if you wish - pin it out tight and straight on a flat surface then spray well with cold water. Leave it to dry naturally and admire the end result! 


EDGING ROUNDS

1) (USING MC), Join to bottom RHS of blanket by joining around the post of the 1st treble. Now work up the long right side, first working 2ch (counts as a htr), then work 1 htr in gap around the next tr, then 2 htrs for every tr and 1 htr for every dc along whole length, working 1 htr in the last tr, then fasten off.

 Rejoin yarn on bottom left hand side and repeat round 1 for the other long side. Fasten off. 

2) (Denim) Join new yarn to top right of blanket and work 1 htr in every treble along the short edge, work (2 htr 2ch 2 htr) in last st (=corner), 1 htr in every htr along the long side then repeat long bottom and second long side working the corners as before. Slip stitch to join. Fasten off.



3)  (Cream) Ch3, miss 1 st, *1dc in next st, ch2, miss 1 st, ch2, rep from * to corners, working (2 dc 2ch 2dc) in corner spaces. Slsttj.




4) (Denim) Ch2, 1 dc in next ch-sp, * ch2, 1dc in next ch-sp. rep from * repeating corners from Round 3. Slsttj.




5) (Storm blue) Ch2, now work 2 htr in every ch-sp and (2htr, 2 ch, 2 htr) in each corner space. Slsttj. 

Fasten off and weave in all ends. 


Corner combo















Sunday, 26 November 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK 13

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 79-84

Repeat Week 1 (Rows 2-7)

Change colours as desired.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK 12

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 70-78

Repeat Week 6 (Rows 32-39)

Change colours as desired.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK11

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 64-69

Repeat Week 5 (Rows 26-31)

Change colours as desired.