It has been so busy at work lately I have been doing extra hours so have not had as much time as I would have liked to make squares. I have promised myself that this Sunday will be dedicated to squares. These are the squares so far. I have stuck mostly to stripy granny squares.
But I was thought I would do some in single colours too just to mix things up a bit. I think they look so fresh and bright.
Then I had some bits and pieces that I managed to extend to the specified 13cm size.
Also, I had a call from my lovely Mama H who has also pledged some squares for this great project. So we are both busy in our different corners of the UK but it feels as though we are creating our colourful contributions for the Charity Blanket project together. Thank to Best of Crochet for bringing so many people together to join into this seasonal project.
How is everyone else getting on in between all these gorgeous Christmas creating I keep reading about on your blogs?
- Calling all granny squares (lovelucie1.wordpress.com)
It appears that this fine project had gone global with pledges from a host of countries so thanks for spreading the word and don’t stop, the more squares, the more blankets.
Please find below a snippet of the details for the Christmas Charity blanket Project. For even more details and ideas go to Best of Crochet where you will find more links and images to help create the perfect blanket.
On November 11, 2013 by bestofcrochet.com
1. What squares?
If you prefer to go with the basic granny square, that is great! You can find a nice
- video tutorial on how to crochet a granny square here
- here is a graph of granny square and instructions how to read it.
If you would like a challenge or some variety, I’ve found some beautiful granny square variations with great tutorials here, here, here and here.
If there are some knitters out there who are excited to join, please do! Knit squares go just as perfectly!
2. How big squares?
I propose to stick to squares around 13 cm x 13 cm (5,2 x 5,2 inches). This is around the size I get when I crochet 4 dc rows with size 7/4,55 mm hook.
If your square is slightly different in size, don’t worry, I will do my best to fit it in.
3. What type of yarn?
Granny squares are awesome because you get to use up your left over yarn and combine different yarns. We will have different granny squares from around the world, so I am sure we will also have different types of yarn in our blanket. I am not a yarn expert, but would recommend you stick to fingering (if not too thin) to worsted yarns as shown in the pic here. Feel free to mix!
If you would like to contribute to the cohesiveness of the blanket, and if you have the chance, you may add a row of white in your square so it would be a repeating color.
This is a wonderful way to give something in this season of goodwill so a huge thanks to Best of Crochet in sweden for inviting us to join in.
Please also spread the word so that we can reach more people and make an even greater blanket!
Found this great idea and wanted to share with you all as I know you too will want to join in and gift a few blanket squares to charitable causes.
It is very brave of our fellow crafter to volunteer to join all the donated squares as we all know this can be the most trying part of blanket making!
As soon as enough generous crafters pledge squares to make this a viable project the instructions will be published and we can all get going, I can just hear it now needles clacking and hooks a-hooking, it is after all the season of goodwill.
To pledge your interest click on the link below and leave a comment.
Help Needed to Crochet for Charity
You may remember that I had some squares left over from making a blanket for my lovely Miss L and I decided to use them to make a cushion.
Well here it is.
And as I still had a few squares to use I worked them in along with the stripes for the back.
I originally started this project a few weeks ago when I discovered the Apache Tears pattern by Sara London which ended up being a cushion in it’s own right. It made sense to make them into a pair so the stripy back matches the apache tears cushion.
And to keep the pairing I used a similar pattern to make the flower buttons.
And finished with a simple edging.
I am very happy with how this pair work together.
Or using the face of the stripy backs.
Did you answer the call?
I did but unfortunately I saw the request a little late so have only had time to make 3 hats.
It is such a wonderful idea, the Innocent Drinks company will donate 25p to Age UK for every little hat they receive. Isn’t that great? It is called The Big Knit, I would have loved to make more but sadly have run out of time.
There were even links to patterns. I made the Tortoise and the Owl.
I did try to make my own Frog but I think I will work on the pattern as there is room for improvement.
I was so inspired by this post on Love Lucie enticing we crafters to make hats for smoothie bottles in return for the 25p donation. Now I have the link to the patterns I will make them throughout the year in readiness for next time (I hope there is a next time). They do seem to have done it for a few years now according to some of the other posts I have read.
Check out some of the links below, so many cute little hats!
- Hats for smoothies! (lovelucie1.wordpress.com)
- Task Learn a New Skill (sophiekirk77.wordpress.com)
- The BIG Knit (widgewatch.wordpress.com)
- innocent little hats 2013 (elainemcnulty.wordpress.com)
- The Big Knit 2013 (thegiftshed.wordpress.com)
- Knitting: The Innocent Big Knit (purplekatie.wordpress.com)
- Lily Cole joins forces with Innocent for the Big Knit (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
- The Innocent Big Knit 2013 (loobyloucreations.wordpress.com)
Here he is at last the finished Elephant!
I have to admit that I have rather mixed feelings about him, he certainly has not been the easiest of makes. I found the pattern quite tricky to follow but I am not sure if some of this was in the translation. Has anyone else made him? If so I would be interested to hear how you found it. Maybe I was just having a bad week!!
Anyhow he is done now and I thought you might like to see all the bits that make him. The principles are the same as the other Amish ball puzzles, made up of three rings. Two leg section.
And the third section hosts the head and tail.
Here are all the parts together in a collapsed heap.
I got a little disheartened and confess that he stood eyeless and without his tail on my mantlepiece for a week until my eldest daughter came home at the weekend for a visit. She was rather taken with him and gave me the encouragement to spend the required 10 minutes to finish him off, so on went the eyes and the all important tail.
He has started to grow on me and I love the idea of a crochet toy that has an interactive measurement to him, kiddies can take him apart and build him up again. I have thought about making a couple more, maybe a hippo and a giraffe so you could mix them up and make a giraffaphant an elippo or a hipporaffe.
If you fancy having a go you can buy the pattern for £2.00 on Ravelry, it is another from the Dedri Uys collection.