Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Christmas blanket

I finished my Christmas blanket at last - as a WIP, it was around for a long time. 

I used the sumptuous and squishy Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in white (001), claret (063), vintage pink (066) and willow (059) with a 4 mm hook.  

As for the pattern - easy, just traditional granny squares, five rounds, join-as-you-go.  I like to keep things fairly simple so, as you can see, it's the same colour sequence for each square. There are 108 squares in total and it measures approx. 110 x 148 cm. 

For the border I just did one row of treble clusters all the way round, followed by one row of double crochet and one row of picot (UK terms).  

As I always like to have a blanket WIP I have already started another.  I've gone for hexies this time.

Hope all is well out there ...

Jane xx

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Night and day cowl

Last year I made my stripey cowl and I've worn it alot, so I thought I would make another - same pattern, fewer colours.  For this one I used Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino (again) with a 3.5mm hook in the following colours:  mist (057), white (001), amber (066) and black (300).  I can wear this lovely yarn all day long and it doesn't itch!  

 The pattern is simple:  make 41 chain then 1 dc into the second chain from the hook and continue in dc to the end so there's 40 stitches in the row.  Turn, *make 1 chain then 1 dc into each dc to the end, turn* and continue from * to * until your scarf/cowl is long enough (mine measured 126 cm long before I joined the two short ends together and it's 22 cm wide).  There are four rows to each stripe and 16 stripes of each colour. 

The stripe sequence works as follows:  I started with mist and alternated it with white until I had 8 of each colour, then changed to amber still alternating with white until there were 16 white stripes, I then changed to black, alternating with the amber until there were 16 amber stripes, then changed to mist, alternating it with black.  Does that make sense?  Hopefully the photo helps!  

I had intended to make this for myself, but it could end up as a Christmas present - I can always make another - must remember to sew the ends in as I go along next time!   

Hope all is well out there ...

Jane x