Welcome back everyone … I hope the weeks break has helped with some catch up or perhaps the chance to start/finish/do a bit more of another project. Anyhow we are now on Part 3, with Part 4 next week before another weeks break. I cannot again stress enough that this crochet along is not a race it is for the enjoyment of creating an afghan/blanket. I have only just finished the wonderful Zooty Owl’s Seaside Winter CAL which ended over a month ago … crochet is about the enjoyment and the therapy, oh and the finished product when and if we get there.
This week it is hexagons with surround that fills in the mountains and valleys they create.
Below is the US version with translations as soon as I receive them.
ADDENDUM: on the granny stripe work six (6) rows in total not the five that the pattern indicates …. pattern amendments will be made as soon as I can
I have had some requests for help on travelling the yarn on the back of the Granny Stripe. Well after much internet searching I’ve found this brilliant explanation which includes written, pictures and a video. I’ve learnt that its called colour stranding, you learn something new every day … hopefully it will help : Colour Stranding
It came to my attention earlier today that the scheduling of the crochet along has caused stress and a loss of enjoyment as there is too much to do over the past two parts in the time allowed.
To me a crochet along is about learning new skills and enjoying the process rather than the race to the finish. I have never started or finished a crochet along on time.
I have decided to have a break now between Part 2 and 3 and then another break between Part 4 and 5. This will extend the crochet along by just one week so it will be concluded on 13 December still in time for Christmas.
It is difficult to gauge the right amount of instructions for any crochet along as we all have our own life commitments and we all crochet at different speeds. I hope that by doing this shuffle it will help.
The new schedule will be:
Part 3: 15 November
Part 4: 22 November
Part 5: 6 December
Part 6: 13 December
I cannot stress enough that this is not a race to complete first. I have designed and created this as a full time working mum and wife so completely understand time constraints. This crochet along is to be enjoyed, when you finish it makes no difference. Please just enjoy the process ….
So here we are already, Part 2 of the crochet along, I hope you’re all keeping up ok. This week we are making flowers with a little more of a complex stripe where you will carry the yarn over on the back.
I hope that my block and stripe method is making sense. The basics are that you make a set of squares, join them together, do an sc border on both long sides and then use this nice neat row of sc stitches to add your granny stitch stripe to one of the sides (hence no reason to do a great long chain), its a join as you go project really. You’ll have an extra stripe to add to the top or bottom of your finished blanket at the end.
I would also add that it is entirely up to you whether you block any or all of this crochet along, my original has not been blocked at all, I feel that the granny stitch creates good square pieces but if you want to block just do a search on the internet for the type of yarn you’re using and there is plenty of advise out there.
Please find below the English/US terms pattern in the blue type together with the translations :
Welcome to Part 1 of Bluebird’s Granny, my second crochet along which will run from now until 6 December. I cannot stress enough that there is no right or wrong colourway which is why I do not make any suggestions on when you change colour in this crochet along, do what suits you and the yarn you have chosen.
Here is the English version with the translated versions below, just click on the blue link and it will open up a pdf for you to print:
Each part will also be copied across to the Bluebird Granny page at the front of the blog in case you miss a part and will remain there in its entirety until the New Year when I will transfer it all over to Ravelry … so there is no rush, this is not a crochet race.
Any questions please either ask them here or on my Facebook page so that I make sure I receive them.
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
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.
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:
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
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