Wahooooooooo! Can there even be something more satisfying than finally finishing a blanket? This seemed to take forever but it’s done it’s done it’s done! Wahoooooo!
This is the Hook N Learn Blanket, which was published as a CAL across 13 issues of Simply Crochet Mag. They rlesed specific colour places in both Schepjes Stone Washed and Schepjes Colour Crafter, but I decided to use up tevremaining yarn from the Last Dance on the Beach blanket that I mad my Fiance for Christmas 2017, woh the addition of some turquoise and teal.
Now as you can see from the pic at the top, this blanket is far from perfect! Clearly my tension was miles off, with some squares far too small an some far too big, so it’s wibbley and wonky but it’s mine and I love it! I makes a really lovely little lap blanket.
And of course, the main thing is that Max approves. Lord knows she gets excited when there is a new handmade blanket to roll about in a knead.
Here it is. My go at Simply Crochet Magazine Hook n Learn CAL part 9.
I have to say, whilst I love the asthetic of the Stitch done properly it isn’t for me…
The original pattern as written would have required me to see in 54 ends we block… That’s 108 by the time both blocks are finished. Ain’t nobody got time for that. So I tried to work it out so I could go back and forth in rows instead of fastening off and starting each row on the same side. This would remove two thirds of the ends rovbe sewn in. It looks fine but it’s not quite as nice as the original. Also it’s so boring! My god is it boring. So boring that I finished each block 3 rows early! My gauge has been quite all over the place with this project, and at the point I stopped these blocks were the same size as some other blocks that were meant to be this size so it’s close enough. I.
On happier news, we are now only 3 parts away from the border, and each of the last three parts require only 1 square! Yay! I am almost there! I have some pretty important other projects to finish first though, so I may not get onto the next square until September…
Hello all! Happy Wednesday! I have 3 projects on the hooks today!
I started my Lucinda Shawl
I moved on to part 9 of the Simply Crochet Hook n Learn Cal. It is Apache tears, which is new to me. I had to Jimmy it a little though as the original design required you to fasten off each row and join again for the next. That would have meant 108 ends to sew in… Yeah, I am not mad so I am trying to make it work by only fastening off to change colour.
And finally I have made a few more inches progress on my sleeveless top from issue 70 of Simply Crochet Magazine.
I hope you are all having a wonderful WIP Wednesday.
Do you ever start a project then completely forget about it. I must say this is pretty rare for me, as generally speaking I tent to start a project then just keep going til it’s finished. But The Hook ‘n’ Learn blanket (Simply Crochet’s most recent CAL) had been languishin in a box for too long now. So I decided it was time to get back on it.
So out came the yarn and the bag of already completed squares so I could work out where I was at. I had already done 6 parts of the 13 park CAL. So what was part 7. Eurgh… Catherine Wheel Stitch. Suddenly I remembered why this ended up being forgotten. Back when I was following the CAL I saw so many people complain about how difficult it was. And quite frankly I think it’s and ugly Stitch, so it got put off. But if I am ever to complete the blanket I need to get on and do it!
Here they are. I am still not in love with the Stitch – looks almost clown like to me – but it wasn’t as hard as all that – it was actually quite easy! I don’t know what all of the fuss was about. Now onto the next block. Puff Stitch. Hopefully with a bit of luck, I will fly through the rest of the blocks!
So the Crojo continues today with the completion of a blanket for my little Maxine.
She liked it so much she decided to roll herself up in it whilst I was still putting on the finishing tassels.
It will now live in her little cubby hole – she has a cubby hole on my fiance’s desk where she can observe him and make sure he gives her plenty of fusses!
I used the Presto 4.5 hour afghan from Make and Do Crew. You can find it here.
The pattern called for a 15mm hook but as I didnt need it to be human sized I downsized to a 10mm. I continued to follow the pattern until I had run out of yarn. I used 5 balls in total – 3 sirdar Husky, then a leftover ball of Drops Eskimo from a baby blanket I made and around 40g of Sirdar Big Softie that I had leftover from a blanket I made for Max when I first got her.
I finished it! I bloody well finished it. My first ever adult sized blanket made solely on my own. Yes, I meant it to be finished by christmas and yes I had to gift it on christmas morning with an IOU of completion but I finished. I am so proud of myself!
Above you can see how it looks when it is fully spread out. Below are some close ups.
And, of course, some of my cat doing her very best to get in the way of my photos.
The little bugger! Its almost as if she feels photographs are made for her to show off how beautiful she is, and like she has a duty to put herself in all my pictures!
Anyways, for some reflections on this project.
My first observation, back when I started this project, saw how lovely and squashy the Scheepjes Colour Crafter yarn is! Boy is it soft. But it is also very sticky – we ended up in a terrible pickle where the yarn had stuch together and got tangled and took 3 experienced yarnies to even partially rescue. That was fun…
I really loved this project though. I feel like it would be perfect to learn new skills, kinda like a sampler. I learnt many new stitches during this project that will definately become part of my regular repetoir.
I only had two small issues with this project. The first was totally my own fault born out of a pain in the arse coulour choice. The dark purple squares gave me headaches as I was straining so much to see the stitches.
The other issue was with the wavy square. I just couldnt follow the pattern. All the slip stitching proved too difficult for me so I ended up winging my way to something that vaguely resembled the original design.
Over all though, I am absolutely in love with thos blanket. And my fiance loves it too – in fact, he is barely seen at home without it draped across him or wrapped around him. And of coudse, the cat loves to snuggle up in it too.