Let’s crochet a blanket!

That I fell for crocheting, is no real news in my blueberry house. It all started with a scratched wooden floor at the start of 2015. One lovely afternoon, when the sun was shining brightly through the windows, I noticed quite a decent amount of scratches on our oak parquet floor, around the legs of our bench. They were caused by some tiny bits of dirt that got caught underneath the bench’s legs who – with the bench being moved backwards and forwards – left their unwelcome marks on the wood. Hight time to do something about it! I had heard of socks for legs of chairs, but couldn’t find any that I liked on the market. And as a friend asked me if I would like to buy some crocheting yarn for a reasonable price from a friend of hers, I had a light-bulb moment: I could crochet some socks for our bench! Why not. So, as soon as the yarn was delivered, nobody could stop me anymore. At least not for a while. Motivation level was high until… I noticed that I am not very fast at crocheting and it takes me a whole lot longer to finish one sock than I expected. However, I fought it out and finished eight socks at the beginning of summer. Unfortunately, by then it did not feel right anymore to dress the bench with cosy warm socks. They disappeared in the cupboard until winter and snow were back. I put them on. And they finally looked right.

If you are interested in the instructions please don’t hesitate to contact me via E-Mail (contact@myblueberryhouse.com). It is really feasible – you can do it, no probs.

My second crocheting project: Christmas baubles. Again, I enjoyed the challenge. It was even a fraction more complicated than the socks (I followed theses helpful instructions – but left out the “Toggle”). And again, my time management let me down. You cannot start crocheting Christmas baubles a week before Christmas when everything is getting manic anyway! So, what do you guess, how many crocheted Christmas baubles were hanging on the tree? ONE! And because ONE looked so lost, it disappeared in the Christmas box way before Father Christmas managed to step foot into my blueberry house. The idea now: I will retake the challenge for Christmas 2016. But this time two weeks before Christmas;-)

And here we go: Crocheting project no. 3. On the website of the atmine social community (if you don’t know it yet, you should definitely sneak a peek)  I saw a picture of a beautiful blanket by Lilaliv – and fell in love with it straight away. I even managed to track down the instructions, but had to admit pretty quickly that my previous knowledge in crocheting was not sufficient. That does not mean that the project died with that conclusion. Far from it! I just had to figure out, how I could create a similar blanket – just at a lower degree of difficulty. I started once, twice – three times. Until I was happy with what I saw, doing the following:

 

  • You start with as many chain stitches as you would like… Obviously, the more chain stitches, the bigger the blanket. But also the bigger the effort to put into it.
  • After that: Single stitches for a few rows.
  • And then: 2 double crochet stitches, two chain stitches – miss two stitches in the row below – 2 double crochet stitches, two chain stitches – miss two stitches in the row below… When you reach the end of the row, turn the whole piece.
  • One row of single stitches – then turn.
  • And again: 2 double crochet stitches, two chain stitches – miss two stitches in the row below – 2 double crochet stitches… and so on. But the important bit here is, that you do the double crochet stitches and the chain stitches offset two the equivalent row before in order to get the pattern as shown.

And that is literally what I am doing at the moment night after night, about two rows a day, until the blanket will be big enough for at least our two girls to cuddle up underneath it. Good that I use some light yarn – like that the blanket can be used as summer blanket as well… no rush then;-)

You like the sound of crocheting, but have no idea how it is done? Lots of helpful information and explanations I found here.

 

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