Stashbusting Stone, the block!

An email and a comment yesterday have prompted this post. The questions were similar in that they wanted the name of the block. In truth, I have no idea. I didn’t follow a pattern but just played around with a conventional granny square, and this was the result. You must bear in mind that I was using scraps for the centres, so that partly played in the construction.

Here are details of how the final block was made. All details are in UK terms.

I began with a magic loop and then 4 chain stitches. Now a sequence of 2 trebles and 1 chain was repeated, into the magic loop, 7 times. One more treble made and slip-stitched into the 4 chain gap completed the circle making the equivalent of 8 small blocks interspersed with a chain. Gently pull the centre loose end to close the hole (see the note* below) and weave in the ends.

* This may seem obvious, but some blocks, like this one, are better if the hole isn’t closed tightly. To regulate the size of this centre I inserted a crochet hook into the hone before pulling tight.

I’ve included finished blocks in the above as a reminder of where we are heading.

Turn the block over before each new round.

The new colour is joined into one of the 1 chain spaces of the previous round. Once again make 4 chain.

For this round clusters of 3 treble sand 1 chain are made into the next 7 spaces. Lastly 2 trebles made just before the 4 chain and the round completed with a slip stitch into them.

At this point I weave in the ends almost to the end, but then secure them with the next round before trimming. If you do it differently it really doesn’t matter.

Now the block just needs squaring up.

Join your new colour in any one chain space. Start with 3 chain (not an error, 3 chain) followed by 3 trebles into the same space. (This is the first part of one corner. Note – no chains between clusters now, except in the corners. )

Now work 3 trebles into the next space, followed by a corner into the next one. Corners are 3 treble, 1 chain, 3 trebles, all made into the same space.

Complete all sides in this fashion until the last middle 3 chain block. The last corner of this round is finished with 2 trebles and a slip stitch into the first 3 chain of the round.

Don’t cut the yarn, make 3 chain and turn the block around for the final round.

Begin with 3 trebles in the same space as the 3 chain and then the final round is just like a conventional granny square. Begin and end as described above, corners worked in the same way, 3 trebles, 1 chain, 3 trebles, a 3 treble cluster goes into each gap of the previous round and a final 2 chain to link in the last corner.

Written in haste, so let me know if these are too scanty, but have fun and let me know if you try it out. I’m sure at least one other description of this will appear shortly on another blog. I’ve noticed that that has happened a few times. Just remember that you saw it here first!

The end!

There is tremendous satisfaction when something comes to an end … and it’s on time!

Do you remember the above? It’s the first Temperature Blanket I made which covered the seasons from December 2016 to the end of November 2017. Each season was edged with a different colour of Stylecraft Special DK, namely Parchment for winter, Stone for spring , Camel, the summer colour and Gold for autumn. Continue reading “The end!”

Five Colour Friday

There was such a good response to last week’s Five Colour Friday that I’ve decided to give you another! 😉

I have to admit that I have only recently discovered that I like working with Blues! It was a colour I avoided for a number of years, partly, in retrospect, due to the awful blue that we were forced to wear as our school uniform.

That blue was nothing like the ones included here!

Stylecraft Special DK is once again the order of the day and the colours are:

  • Clematis
  • Duck Egg
  • Storm Blue
  • Lobelia
  • Parchment – for the linking colour too. Such a useful colour.

This blanket took one ball of the first four colours and 3 of parchment. As usual they were purchased from Deramores.

This collection is related to the Spirit of January Blanket that is currently under construction. Last year I found that these ‘Spirit’ blankets were inspiration for far more than I expected. I’m sure you will see more collections that are similarly inspired.

Find all Five Colour Friday posts via this link.

 

This was the moment…

Working by lamplight isn’t easy, especially if you are partly distracted by an interesting tv show. (Let’s face it, there aren’t many, so this was unusual!)

The cold light of day, however, revealed that I’d picked up Sage instead of Storm Blue! Fortunately it won’t matter, I can just reverse their placement, but this is a warning …

Always read the label!

More about this very soon.

Five Colour Friday

The first Five Colour Friday for 2018.

Pretty colours that I’ve enjoyed using.

The outer colour is Mocha, a medium shade of warm brown which is a very useful linking colour.

It’s been a while since I used this block and it was fun to return to it.

Once again the colours are Stylecraft Special DK which I purchased from Deramores. I have to admit that they have been waiting in my stash for a little while, I’m glad I decided to use them.

They go so well together I’ve decided to include them in another project so keep your eyes open on the blog – it may not be long before it makes an appearance.

 

Almost there …

My first blanket of the Stashbuster series is almost finished. I just have a little more tidying up to do and that will be that. I’m going to call it the Betsy Blanket because it reminds me of someone! Here are a few glimpses, but another post will come soon with further details.

I’m really pleased with it

  1. Because it really is made entirely with stash
  2. It hasn’t taken long
  3. It’s caused the beginnings of another project!

There will be more details about the C2C in another post to come soon. In the meantime – it’s back to the Spirit of January and the temperature blanket!

Temperature update

January has been an interesting month. Unlike last year it has been particularly gloomy for several days. The few that have been sunlit have been such a blessing. Today was such a day, although this evening is wet. Nights have been very dark. The moon isn’t rising until the early hours (this morning it rose after I was up for the day) so the sky is hardly lit. This has not been good for either choosing colours, or for photographs! All crochet has been done during the hours of darkness, so I’ve been waiting to take pictures, and finally here are a few…

This year I’m making the temperature blanket in a slightly different way. Last year’s was made in monthly blocks – and these were joined into the seasons. I used 4 linking colours, but this year I’m only using one – and there will be no seasonal breaks. One long strip of granny blocks is a little boring, so instead, here is a block of nine days (a photo collage)

The colours are as cool as the weather and edged with Parchment. I think it goes very well with the blues and lilacs.

I’m using the same colour to edge the blocks for the Spirit of January. You may remember that I’m comparing the days of last year with those of this – so each square has 4 rounds of colour. Here is a photo collage of nine days.

You can see that so far last year was far more colourful than this year, and in the above no days were the same. However….

that changed at the weekend. You can see that the days were identical as far as temperature was concerned.

How is your blanket coming along? Are you making a Temperature Blanket? They are fun – and worth the long effort of making a square a day.