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.




Sunday, 5 November 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK 10

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 58- 63

Repeat Week 4 (Rows 20-25)

Change colours as desired







Sunday, 29 October 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK 9

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 52 -57

Repeat Week 3     (rows 14-19 )

Change colours as desired





Sunday, 22 October 2017

Sunday, 15 October 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK 7

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 40 - 45


Repeat Rows 2-7

The repeat starts now - do the same patterns just change the colours that you use.


Sunday, 8 October 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK 6

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 32 - 39




Row 32  Use 4.5mm hook

Ch3, * miss next fptr, 1 dc in next fptr, ch 1 rep from * to end, working 1 dc in top of ch3.

Row 33  Use 4.5mm hook

Ch2, * 1dc in next ch-sp, ch1, rep from * to end, working last dc in top of 2nd chain. 

Row 34 Use 4.5mm hook

Repeat row 33

Row 35 Use 4.5mm hook 

Repeat Row 33

Row 36   Use 4.5mm hook

Repeat Row 33

Row 37  Use 4.5mm hook

Repeat Row 33

Row 38   MC Weather Front Continue with 4mm hook 

Ch3, work 1 tr in every ch-sp and 1 tr in every dc to last stitch, working 1tr in top of ch2.

Row 39  MC Weather Front

Ch3, work 1 fptr around every treble to last st, working 1 tr in top of ch3. 



















Sunday, 1 October 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK 5

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 26-31




Row 26

Ch3, 1 tr in each of the next 2 sts, * ch2, miss 2 fptrs, 1 tr in each of the next 3 sts,  rep from * to end, working the last tr in the top of the ch3.

Row 27

Ch3, 1 tr in next tr, *ch1, miss next tr, 3 trs in next 2-ch-sp, ch1, miss 1 tr, 1 tr in next tr, rep from * to end, working last tr in top of ch3.

Row 28

Ch2, miss next tr and ch, * work 5 trs in top of 2nd tr of next 3-tr group, miss 1 tr and 1 ch, work 1 dc in top of next tr, miss 1 ch, rep from * to end, working last dc in top of ch3.

Row 29

Ch3, work 1 tr in every tr to end (missing all dcs), working last tr in top of ch2.

Row 30  MC (Weather front)

Ch3, 1 tr in every treble to end working last tr in top of ch3.






Sunday, 24 September 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK 4

INSTRUCTIONS  ROWS 20 - 25




Row 20

Ch3, 1 tr in every fptr to end and 1 tr in top of ch3.

Row 21   Use 4.5mm hook

Ch5 (counts as 1dc +3 ch), *miss 2 trs, ch3, 1dc in next tr, rep from * to last st, working 1 dc in top of ch3.

Row 22  Use 4.5mm hook

Ch2, * 1dc in next 3-ch-sp, ch3, miss 1 dc, rep from * to end, working 1 dc in top of 2nd ch.

Row 23  Use 4.5mm hook

Ch3, * 1dc in next 3-ch-sp, ch3, miss 1 dc,  rep from * to end, working 1 dc in top of ch2.

Row 24  MC (weather front)

Ch3, work 2 trs in every 3-ch-sp and 1 tr in every dc to end, working last treble in 1st ch.





Sunday, 17 September 2017

WEATHER CAL WEEK3

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 14-19



Row 14

Ch3, 1 tr in same place, * miss 2 fptrs, [1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr ]  (1 v-st) in next st, rep from * to end, working 2 trs in top of ch3.

Row 15 (use a 4.5mm hook)

Ch3 (counts as 1 dc +1ch), *1 dc in each of next 2 trs, ch1, miss 1 ch-sp, rep from * to end, working 2 dc in top of ch3.

Row 16 (use a 4.5mm hook)

Ch2 (counts as 1dc), * 1dc in next ch-sp, ch2, miss 2 dcs,  rep from * to end, working 1 dc in last ch-sp and 1 dc in top of ch2.

Row 17

Ch3, miss the next dc, work 2 trs in every 2-ch-sp and 1 tr in every dc to end, working 1 tr in top of ch2.

Row 18 MC (Weather front)

Ch3, 1 tr in every tr to end, working 1 tr in top of ch3.

Row 19 MC (Weather front)

Ch3, 1fptr around every treble to last st, doing 1 tr in top of ch3.






Sunday, 10 September 2017

WEATHER CAL INTRODUCTION AND WEEK 1 FOR SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER




Materials needed

13x 100g balls of Stylecraft  Special DK in 9 different colours; (5 must be of 1 MAIN colour for the weekly weather front repeat, the rest can be different). See my previous Post for the colours that I used. 
1 x 4mm hook
1 x 4.5mm hook
Darning needle
Stitch markers


Abbreviations (UK terms

MC  - main colour (weather front)
ch - chain
Fch - foundation chain
dc - double crochet
htr -half treble crochet
tr - treble crochet
fptr - front post treble
slsttj - slip stitch to join
ch-sp - chain space
rep from  - repeat from

Stitch Symbols for Charts





Hints and Tips

You will need a 4mm hook if you are doing a Foundation Treble or a 4.5mm hook if you are doing a normal foundation chain (this is because the chain is always tighter than the first row -  using a bigger hook stops it from curling). If you have never made a Foundation Treble I highly recommend having a go - it avoids that horrid first row of working into the fiddly chain - here is my *** YouTube Tutorial *** to show you how...

Try to keep a rough stitch count for every week, ensuring that you have the indicated amount of stitches where marked. It doesn't matter if you have to miss/add a stitch at the end as long as you have the right amount of sets where indicated (eg on row 2 you should have 109 trebles and on row 8 you should have 53 sets of 3trs). We all miss or gain the odd stitch without realising so don't pull out rows and rows; just ensure you end up with the right amount of groups where indicated. 

The 2 -row 'weather front' will be worked every week. It consists of 1 row of trebles and 1 row of front post trebles. These should always be worked on the same sides each week so that the 'raised' front post trebles are on the right side of the blanket. 

You do NOT have to change colour when I do - you might prefer to do a whole week in 1 colour if that's how the sky looked that week. You might decide to refer to the sky every evening in which case you might have pinks and purples...or you might do a general summary of each week. The choice is yours. 

*The Ch3 at the beginning of the row counts as the first Treble.*

INSTRUCTIONS ROWS 1-7



 ***EDIT *** 110 TREBLES ON ROWS 2-5***

FOUNDATION CHAIN Using MC

EITHER Chain 222 with a 4.5mm hook...then turn and work 1 treble in the 4th chain form the hook and in every chain to the end (219 trebles)

OR work 219 Foundation Trebles (see above ***) with a 4mm hook. 

Now use a 4mm hook throughout unless indicated

Row 1 MC (Weather front)

Ch3, 1 fptr around every treble to the end .

Row 2

Ch4 (counts as 1 tr +1 ch), *miss 1 st, 1 tr in next st, chain 1, rep from * to end doing the last tr in the top of the 3rd ch. 

Row 3

Ch4, * miss 1 ch, 1 tr in top of next tr, ch1, rep from * to end working the last tr in top of the 3rd ch. 

Row 4

Repeat Row 3

Row 5

Repeat row 3

Row 6    MC (weather front)

Ch3, 1 tr in every tr and 1 tr in every ch-sp to the end, working the last treble in the top of the ch3. 

Row 7    MC (weather front)

Ch3, 1 fptr around every treble to the end, doing 1 tr in the last treble.








WEATHER CAL WEEK 2

INSTRUCTIONS

ROWS 8-13


Row 8

Ch3, 1 tr in same place (counts as 2 trs), *miss 3 fptrs, work 3 tr in top of next fptr, repeat from * to end, working 2 tr in last stitch.  (53 sets of 3trs and 2 sets of 2 trs). 

Row 9
Ch3, miss next tr, * work 3 trs in gap before the next group of 3 trs, rep from * to end, working 1 tr in top of ch3. 

Row 10

Repeat Row 8

Row 11

Repeat Row 9

Row 12   MC (weather front)

Ch3, *1tr in each of the next 3 trs, 1 tr in the gap before the next set of 3trs, rep from * to end,  doing 1 tr in top of ch3.

Row 13 with MC (weather front)

Ch3, 1fptr around next and every tr to last stitch, working 1 tr in top of ch3.







Monday, 24 July 2017

It's a Whirlwind Obsession!

I have to admit that my current obsession right now is the absolutely gooooorrrrgeousssness that is the colour-changing loveliness of Scheepjes Whirl.

                          Image result for whirl scheepjes

It is a 4-ply Cotton mix that seems to go on and on for miles...all 1000m of it! The colour changes are so gradual which is what makes it so special. It is fabulous to crochet with and just as easy to frog too which is a real blessing when trying out new patterns.

I first treated myself to 2 cakes of the Green Tea Tipple which I saved for my recent adventure in India. I must admit to being chuffed to say that I've 'done it' on a train bound for the Taj Mahal!


'Doing it ' on The Gatiman Express bound for Agra


With high humidity and temperatures rising to over  45 degrees,  I didn't do as much as I'd hoped,  so I had to finish it when I returned to the cooler climes of the UK. I had chosen the EDLOTHIA shawl (a free pattern on Ravelry) and wasn't disappointed. It really is such a fabulous pattern with several different sections. The Whirl lends itself to a pattern like this, allowing the gradual colour changes to really shine through. Once finished I blocked it hard in the sun allowing it to grow considerably. Just 1 cake of this makes a fabulously generous shawl or scarf.







In fact, I loved the pattern so much I whipped up another one in some scrumptious 4-ply I had stashed from a yarnfest In Brighton I went to several years ago...




I then couldn't resist another shot with the Whirl (I said it was an obsession) so chose the Poncho version of the Virus Shawl...there's a tutorial on You Tube which you'll need for the starting chain then it's the same as the shawl  - you just add 2 corners  instead of 1. Love it!

Unblocked on left, blocked on right

It's the perfect cover-up for those chilly evenings after a BBQ too!

I added a simple Picot edging

I've now started another shawl with one of the new colours...watch this space!


Saturday, 22 July 2017

AUTUMN/WINTER CAL 2017 - THE BARKHAM HOOKER'S WEATHER BLANKET Starts on SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER


This CAL is designed to reflect the changing sky but can be easily adapted to reflect your mood, the season or a mixture of all. I have designed mine by looking at the colour of the sky each week but there is room for an awful lot of poetic licence.....basically you choose the colours you want each week whether they reflect the real weather or not!





You will need 13 x100g balls of STYLECRAFT SPECIAL DK. This will include 5 balls of your main colour (the weather front) and then 1 ball each of 8 more colours. There will be a small amount left at the end (or you could use just 7 more colours to avoid wastage).










I used the following:

5 x SILVER



1 x Aster


1 x Cream



1 x Midnight (I used a slightly different shade but this will work perfectly)



1 x Duck Egg



1 x Turquoise



1 x Denim


 1 x petrol




1 x grey


You will need a 4mm and a 4.4mm hook as well as the usual darning needle etc.

It will take 30 weeks for the blanket plus 1 week for the border. You will be completing 1 new 'weather front' each week and you can change the colours to suit your own view or mood. Grey sheets of rain could become yellow rays of sun; white puffs of cloud could become moody storm clouds or even snow. The blocks of stitches can represent the weather near you; plain rows of trebles can be lightening strikes (white) or sun rays (yellow) or even just sheets of rain (grey). You decide and you choose.

The finished blanket will fit a Single bed lengthways or stretch across a King Size bed widthways as a runner....or just use it to snuggle under on the sofa!

Stitchery Do in Wokingham will be making up kits with my colours and suggested other colours so feel free to contact them  or visit their gorgeous shop if you can. It is in the lovely market town of Wokingham in Berkshire with plenty of parking opposite the shop in the 2 main car parks.