Bluebird’s Granny Crochet Along 2016


Good morning!  I am very very excited to announce that my second crochet along for the year, Bluebird’s Granny, will start on Tuesday 25 October 2016 comprising six parts so she will be finished for Christmas!

This is a real back to basics with a few twists a turns.  The crochet along is predominately the granny stitch and is in homage to my late grandmother who was a prolific crocheter, making granny square cushion covers, but whom failed dismally to teach me in her life time, she would be so proud of my efforts so it felt fitting I go overboard on granny stitch for her.


64 inches tall by 60 inches wide

You will need ….

The colours you use or the order you use them in throughout this afghan is completely up to you.  It would work wonderfully as a scrap blanket but I feel needs at least three colours.  I have used Stylecraft Special DK 100g balls in the following colours and quantities

Mocha – 5 balls, Plum – 3 balls, Clematis – 3 balls, Duck egg – 3 balls, Pistashio – 3 balls

So in total 17 balls or 5,015 meters or 5,484 yards, she’s a real yarn eater but just as good as a stash reducing machine.  It is worth noting now that the final three rows of the border which I have done in one colour takes a whole ball (295 meters)

4mm crochet hook

Sewing up needle – and I thoroughly recommend tidying up ends as you go

There is no right or wrong in colour use.  I have done a mixture throughout the blanket to show different ways of putting the blocks and stripes together.  It also requires minimal blocking, in fact I didn’t block at all but some may want to which is entirely up to you.

This was the order I chose but it is entirely up to you…

So where will it be posted?

If you sign up to receive an e-mail from this site you will receive an e-mail each week, there will be a break of a fortnight between Part 4 and 5 for catching up and taking a breather.  I will also post on my Facebook page and the CAL Crochet A Long group on Facebook will, I am sure, post a link.  Here’s the schedule:

Part 1  –  25 October

Part 2 – 1 November

Part 3 – 8 November

Part 4 – 15 November


Part 5 – 29 November

Part 6 – 6 December

And here is the Information Sheet if you want to download and print it out bluebirds-granny-information-sheet

The pattern will be into Dutch, Swedish, German, Spanish, French, Danish, and Persian
Any questions please ask away …

Emilys Bluebird.jpg
by Emily Franks, one of my fabulous testers

Information for the above blue version:

I Love This Yarn (worsted weight)

Dark Country Blue (5 skeins), Stonewash (3 skeins), Cranberry (3 skeins), Cream (3 skeins), Light Taupe (3 skeins)

5.5mm hook

Finished size: approx. 82″ x 90″ (208x228cm)

I must mention the other fabulous testers: Claire Sutcliffe, Jane Vester, Pauline Vos, Dawn McIntyre, Ursula Prandtstetter, and Mona Llau, Veronique Blockheel and Isabelle Claisse

Here’s some of their stunning creations:

Quiet but busy

I realised this morning that whilst I’ve been crocheting or knitting every day it’s been a while since I updated my blog….so here’s what I’ve been doing

I’ve made my daughter a Twilight Sparkle My Little Pony, she’s 7 inches tall and apparently amazing My Little Pony Pattern

I finished my Moogly and CAL Crochet A Long Friends Around the World CAL..18 blocks from each CAL at 8 inch square for each (the orange isn’t as bright as the photo thinks it is) …both are still going but I though 36 squares were enough.

According to the five year old of the house My Little Pony’s get lonely on their own so I had to make Rainbow Dash too 

This is the first of my works in progress, the Seaside Winter crochet along on the Zooty Owl blog, just one more large square to add then it’s placement and border time

I’ve picked back up my Frank O’Randall Rings of Change being done in ever do slightly expensive Adriafil Zebrino….so squishy but only at row 40 out of 110

This is me up to Part 3 of the Lilla Bjorn Peacock Bag CAL which I’m doing in James Brett Cotton On 

Oh and I’ve just last night finished a knitted sleeve shrug so yes keeping busy 

Discovering tapestry crochet 

Now, I have been crocheting for 18 months so it’s about time I had something other than the plastic sleeves hooks come in to keep them safe and all in one place.  There are quite a few patterns on Pinterest for a hand made crochet hook roll but nothing really pinged.  Whilst searching on Pinterest I stumbled across tapestry crochet. Now that gave me an idea….a small project with a useful end.

So I worked out it would need to be 80 sts across if done in double knitting yarn.  Out came the graph paper and I drew out some simple sheep…I had a limited pallet of colours so green was the starting point.  I’ve previously done cross stitch so drawing on squares comes easy.

I found some fabulous tutorials on Pinterest on how to do tapestry and how to colour change.  I was amazed how quick this worked up…

Having counted I did 38 rows in total.  The finished measurement after blocking is 7 inches by 14 inches.  The finished piece was a nice firm piece of fabric so I didn’t want to add more crochet on the inside, as I had seen for some on my searches.  So I cut a piece of fabric an inch bigger that the crochet piece and pressed over half an inch on all sides.  I then cut another piece the same length but 5 inches wide, pressing the sides and bottom as I used the selvedge for the top.  I simply machined around the edges and then made the hook pockets before machining it onto the back of the tapestry.

A loop and a button and another ta dah moment ….love it

Bluebird’s Granny Crochet Along…update

It’s exciting times here.  I have sent off five of the six parts that will be my new crochet along to some fabulous testers.  We are hoping to have it ready with translations for October this year.  It will be a fortnightly CAL but there will be quite a bit to do.  It’s all based on the granny stitch.  The size is still a mystery to me as I have to final border to work out but there will be some flexibility for you making it in the final lay out and whether it’s square or a rectangle.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the granny stripe work in progress

Stay tuned for further updates over the next couple of months

New charity patterns

As I think I may have posted I’ve been busy making for others these last couple of weeks.  This has resulted in my designing three new patterns.  A teddy hand puppet measuring 3.5 inches by 8 inches so idea for a child and two bags, also quite small at around 6 inches ‘square’ again for children.

Here are the links, they are also on my Ravelry page too:

Charity Teddy

Charity Granny Bag

Charity Cluster Bag

**please note there is an amendment to the Cluster Bag pattern which is now correct on the current link***

Link to Ravelry: Ravelry Page

Amigurumi and small makings 

I’ve been busy attempting to use up ly stash of yarn.  Now I know for many of my followers that a stash is a cupboard full and for some a whole room.  For me my stash extends to a large carrier bag. ..12 balls or part balls.  Even as a quilter I wasn’t a stash hoarder just because I find it difficult to but just for buying.  I’m not a natural shopper of any description. …I do tell my husband he is very lucky!

So these are the making’s so far this week:

This teddy is a crochet conversion from a knitting pattern, he’s a charity hand puppet for Africa 

Unfortunately with such small things the yarn isn’t going down that quickly