Crochet Granny Square Afghan – Update

Well I got a lovely surprise when I got onto work yesterday!

I had received a box full of lovely crochet squares and a letter from Mama H. I am so pleased with the colours we chose, when you see them altogether they look really vibrant and cheerful.

Box of Crochet Granny SquaresI cannot believe how quickly she has got this many done.

Box of Granny SquaresWhen I emptied the box I found a variety of patterns from Granny Twin Stripes No. 5.

MamaH Granny StripesCorner Granny No. 7

MamaH Granny CornersThen Mama H started to get more adventurous with these Alternate Bobbles N0. 17 in plain colours.

MamaH Crochet Bobble SquaresAnd the wonderfully colourful Arcadia N0. 9

MamaH Crochet Sunray SquaresAnd some more single colour blocks called Openwork Square N0. 10

MamaH Crochet Plain Squares

I have done a few more as well which I will show you later when we start to arrange our blanket into a pattern. Mama H wrote in her letter that we may need some more plain squares and I think she may well be right but I will let you know in our next update.

If you like Granny Squares I found some interesting links below that you might want to take a peek at too.

Crochet Granny Square Afghan – Keep it in the family!

Whilst my mother in law (from here on to be known as Mama H) was staying with us recently she decided to refresh her crochet skills. She told me she had only done a little years ago but to be honest I think she was having me on, once I refreshed her memory she has been away like a whippet, I can’t keep up with her!

Anyway this is how we began…..HandGBlanketYarnWe selected colours that we both liked and chose a few granny based patterns from this book by Jan Eaton I have used it so many times it really is a great tool for Afghans. Mama H completed a few practice squares during the visit just to get her hand in again.

MamaHPractice GrannySquares

We also ordered ourselves a fresh batch of our chosen colours and split the order so half were sent to Mama H at home and the balance to me. We decided to base the pattern for the final blanket on absolutely nothing which I find really exciting. We are each going to use the patterns and the coloured yarns we have selected and make a random selection of squares.

This is the growing batch from Wales………

HazelSquares2

And this is my meagre offering……

FirstGranny SquaresbyG

Mama H is way ahead of me at the moment at the last count she was up to 15 and I have only done 2, however my excuse is I had to get the children’s blankets finished first and I still have one more to do so I am splitting my time between the two projects which is actually quite good as I can just do whichever takes my fancy at the time.

I will share a bit more about blanket No. 4 of 4 for Miss L with you shortly but I think I should go and make a couple more granny squares if I am ever going to catch up.

It is going to be so much fun when we can all get together and have the joy of fashioning our random granny squares into a new blanket. I am going to entice my mum Mama E to join in too but shhhhhh as I have not asked her yet.

This is going to be a real family heirloom by the time it is finished.

Wave Blanket – Surf and Seaside Ripple Pattern Afghan

I have told you before about when the children were small and we always had a Poorly Blanket, they would snuggle into it on the sofa when they were feeling unwell or tired. Now they are grown I am making a blanket for each of them so they can have their very own ‘Poorly Blanket’s’ in their respective homes.

The boys both surf so I wanted to make a throw that would remind them of their time on the beach and in the sea so I decided on a ripple or wave pattern and picked a range of blues and greens to reflect the colours of the sea and the shore.

As they are both 6 foot something I wanted their blankets to be big enough to cover their feet so decided to make them 5ft by 5ft so through trial and error worked out that the starting chain needed to be 185 stitches long. Here it is after the first few rows, it already reminds me of the sea lapping at the shore.

wave blanket

I get so excited at this stage, I just love picking out the colours and visualising how I want it to look, playing with the colours and seeing how they flow and contrast with each other.

wave blanket

I only ever start with half a plan in my head as the best part of a project for me is developing my idea as I go along selecting the colours randomly.

wave blanket

As you will see on closer inspection there is no format to the colour changes, I tend to pick them as I go along but not forgetting to keep the balance of the lighter and darker shades and the contrasting of the colours.

I went for a walk to the seafront to take a photo of the blanket against the backdrop of the sea and could not resist this shot of the brightly painted chalets with the warm winter sunshine bouncing off their doors. Ahhhh it brings joy to my heart, I do so love living near the sea.

Seaside Chalets

I have edged the boys blankets with two rounds of simple single crochet using a dark blue. I did try a few different edgings but found that this simple look suited the project best creating a simple frame for the waves.

I hope the boys might keep their blankets in the car so they can snuggle into them to warm up after a days surfing.

wave blanket

I am very pleased with the end result of this project, it was rather a long one as I have made two of these, one for each of my lovely chaps. The pattern and the colours really do invoke memories of sea and sand.

Hint and Tips on Blanket Making

I have learnt one or two little things on this journey of blanket making that I would like to share with you.

wave blanket

1. When you are doing the chain to start your project use markers every 25 or 50 stitches so you can check your count if you are interrupted.

2. Use a size larger hook to make the chain than you intend to use for the main body of the blanket, I often find that the chain is a little to tight and tends to draw the work in at the bottom otherwise.

3. I like to pick my colours randomly as I go along, I take a ball of each colour and play with the colours until I am happy with the effect then arrange them on the table where I work and work through them one by one. It is great fun setting out the colours as you go and helps maintain the interest and excitement of the project. Just make sure that you get a balance of lights and darks along the way.

Inspiration for this blanket was from Attic 24 so don’t hang around, go and have a look!

Now to get on with the girls blankets……………