Crochet Round Up
I haven’t done a crochet round-up of my projects, so I’ve brought them all together in one post.For a while now, well a few years I have crocheted blankets for charity.My first big project was for Refuge, a women’s charity for women and children fleeing domestic violence.I had made several granny squares up, sent them to a friend to sow up with other people’s squares.These blankets were then passed on to women for comfort blankets.It was from that I looked for other charities to crochet for, of which there are so many.I’ve done 6 inch squares for maternity units to help breastfed babies bond with their mums.
In November 2014 my auntie was in a hospice after 9 years of suffering from bowel cancer.During two visits during her stay, she mentioned how much she liked the crochet blankets on her bed.They were from past visitors and this inspired me to make some but first I wanted to make a blanket for my mum.It was my first attempt at a large blanket that didn’t involve the granny stitch.
Crochet Round Up- Charity Blankets
After recommendations from others I started on Lucy from Attic 24’s Ripple blanket.I was really overwhelmed and skipped the ripple effect and stuck to just doing a plain stripe.I managed to finish it within a month, a few days before Christmas.A few years on, I think I could do the ripple pattern now.In January 2015 I made a few blankets for the hospice which my auntie was in before she died.I did large granny squares as well as individual squares stitched together.
Crochet Round Up- Sky Blanket Project
Mid 2015 after brief conversations with a couple of other bloggers, we decided on trying doing a Sky Blanket for 2016.The project brought together crocheters and knitters from around the world, to make a blanket over a year depicting the sky each day.Not many, including myself ever finished theirs (reason for mine is in the paragraph below).It’s something I’d like to try again for 2018 but using squares instead of doing a striped blanket, which became too long and gangly ( I should have followed a pattern).There’s a Facebook page and a Facebook group .
Just after starting to organise the Sky Blaket in September 2015, I was approached by a Facebook friend to make a blanket for her.I showed her some ideas and she went for Attic 24’s Harmony blanket.So I started well in November and then it was sidelined in January 2016 as I got into Sky Blanket, but the Harmony blanket took over and I finally finished that in March 2016.
Crochet Round Up- Attic 24’s Harmony Blanket
It is my biggest project to date.I really missed doing the squares, joining them up and finally the borders.I am really pleased that Lucy has done a Summer Harmony blanket this year.This will be a project for my own blanket, once I have finished all the kids blankets.I’ve stayed with Lucy’s blankets as she really is spot on explaining how to do each section ( I think I was too much of a novice when starting out with her ripple blanket a few years ago).
Crochet Round Up-Baby Blanket
In March 2016 a friend of mine had a baby.An opportune moment to crochet a gift for her.It also was another project that got in the way of my Sky Blanket.I used King Cole Flash DK – Summer Fruit, which is a yarn that graduates in colour.This makes it easier to whip up a blanket without constantly changing colours and darning in.
From the summer of 2016 I started knitting again.I did a brief spell a couple of years ago, including extreme knitting with HUGE knitting needles.I then decided on doing a crochet version of the 4th Doctor’s scarf from Doctor Who.Not complete but something to come back to before Winter of this year I think.
This brings to me up to date with current projects, as I said blankets for Kieran, Caitlin, Mia and myself by November this year.Back in April 2017, I started on Caitlin’s Hydrangea blanket, so many beautiful hues and tiny flower stitches.It took me a couple of months to do, not perfect but I feel much more accomplished in my crochet now.Then in just under a month I completed Mia’s Granny Stripe blanket but I ordered the wrong yarn pack, so the colours are slightly different to the original.
With Kieran he wanted something less bright and fiddly with no blue.So I went through my yarn stash and selected a dark grey, a cream and a teal (more green than blue) using the Cosy Stripe pattern.I think the 3 alternating colours are more suited to males.I’ve named it a ‘man throw’ as I hope it’ll stay with him throughout adulthood.In fact I hope all my kids will treasure their blankets forever.No pressure.Once I have finished Kieran’s blanket and progressed onto mine I’ll do another update.
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