Patchwork Woolen Blanket

This was another of the Unstarted Objects that I came across whilst recently tidying up.  Many years ago I bought quite a lot of off-cut woolen strips and made some into 2 large patchwork cushion covers.  I had intended to use the rest for a blanket.  Rather than just put them away again I decided to sew them up – this only took me 2 days elapsed.  There was no real design involved for the centre– I sewed the similar sized strips together then pieced the remainder around the outside.  Then I realised it needed binding.  In amongst the fabric collection was a pair of woolen trousers that turned out a failure as the size was all wrong.  Once dismantled there was more than enough to bind the blanket.  A finished object!!

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Crazy Crochet Blanket

finished crochet blanket

Why crazy?  Because it ended up like a crazy quilt pattern with extra ‘blocks’ to fill in the gaps.  Of course the ‘blocks’ were intended to be square and all the same size, but as a beginner this did not happen.  The idea was a block a month and the design was a surprise to us.  We had 2 colour ways to choose from but didn’t know the actual colours.  So each month the design and colours were a surprise. By the end of the year I was uncertain if I would ever put it together; that was a struggle to work out the layout involving the least amount of extra work.  At least it is finished and I can move on.

Crochet Blanket Block Three

      crochet block 3 finished2     crochet block 3 finished1

This pattern looks deceptively easy.  The actual stitches are easy, being just double crochet either into the front or back of the stitch, but keeping 11 stitches within each sub-block is tricky.  I’m not the only one in the group to discover the endless counting not always accurate.  I quickly resorted to using little stitch markers at the beginning and end of each sub block.  Even so, the odd stitch got lost or created!.  The colour is actually maroon.

 

Crochet Blanket Block Two

finished crochet square 2

Finished! Block two for my crochet blanket.  Surprisingly, considering the number of ‘holes’, I found this pattern much easier and only ‘reversed’ once.  I class that as success.

Crochet Blanket to be

finished crochet square 1

This year’s learning challenge is crochet!  I have done a beginners course and actually finished a ‘petal bag’, which is in use.  ‘The Knitting Basket’ (http://www.theknittingbasket.co.uk/ , also on Facebook)   is running a crochet ‘block of the month’ which in 13 months time will make a whole blanket.  This is my first square – on the whole I am pleased with the results.   have started block two, watch this space for more!.