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!”

Transition

Christmas has gone, but 2018 is not yet over. Did you have a good time? We spent the holiday with family and it was good. I managed a little crochet, and thankfully didn’t have to hide it away to get my daily ‘fix’.

I currently have five projects that need finishing, and one will be almost there by the end of this year. It’s only a small throw, but I’m enjoying it. The colours are based on one of the Five Colour Friday squares. These have taken a bit of a backseat on the Web, but are still in progress.

Continue reading “Transition”

Are you joining me?

Monday is almost here, and the first of 100 granny squares will be made. I’ve auditioned a few colours, and these are my first choice

However, this isn’t a sample of the intended first square, rather an experiment to see how they look together. Continue reading “Are you joining me?”

It’s hard to know …

… where to start!

August is almost over, and, amongst other things, that heralds the start of autumn. I have to admit that I’m pleased the temperature has dropped somewhat. It isn’t cold by any means, but sleeping is easier, and crochet can at last be factored into the day. My head is bursting with ideas, colours and textures, hopefully some will appear on the hook over the next several months.

I’ll begin by telling you about a mistake I made!

Continue reading “It’s hard to know …”

Too hot? Yes! Still too hot!

It’s a joy to look out of the window and see the lightest of rain fall! Mid May was the last time it fell here, and the gardens are parched. We had a heavyish fall overnight, so there is no watering can duty today. Today should have been the last cricket match of the season for our grandson, but it’s rained off! It’s a shame as they have won the County Championship, and it would have been good for them to play that last game – especially when you are only 10.

The odd crocheted square has continued to materialise. Did you read the  previous ‘hot’ post? My project is still on hold, but single small squares haven’t been too much of a problem at times (albeit, not much more than one a day!) You may also have missed the end of Project 100.

As you can imagine, the Temperature Blanket has been interesting! I’m currently playing catchup as I’ve been unexpectedly away (see below). The hot colours have made more than an occasional appearance, as you can see below.

I’m looking forward to seeing them all together – I’ll update you with a few pictures when it’s up to date.

Yes, we’ve been away for a few days. It was a spur of a moment decision to go and stay with family. The weather was perfect for the trip, and we even managed a visit or two to the sea.

We walked along the cliffs, and also visited the surrounding towns. We discovered an amazing bus service and also made a couple of trips by train! Such excitement…! We have promised ourselves another trip soon.