Completed Crochet CAL 2014

Soooooo I’ve an confession I actually finished this CAL blanket a good few week ago for my brother and his partners 30th birthday, and I’ve just not had a chance to share with you the completed blanket. So here it is….

CAL Crochet Blanket A Block A Week 2014

Hook | 5mm

Yarn | Stylecraft Special DK in Mocha, White and Raspberry

Blocks | can be found here

CAL BlanketI simple joined them by stitching them together using the whipped stitch in the back loops.

CAL Blanket rolledI didn’t really set the blocks out in any particular order as I liked the randomness (plus I was tight on time to get it finished) I did though place all the puffy/more textured blocks in a cross in the middle.

CAL Blanket 1

CAL blanket 2The Border | I simply spent hours on pinterest but eventually decided on two rows of double crochet (uk treble), a V Stitch row, another double crochet row and then simply a single crochet (uk double crochet) in a contrasting colour. and I was quite happy with the outcome.

CAL BorderSo for something that has taking me a good year in the making I am very happy with the completed blanket and I was very sad to see it leave, but I do know the recipients love it as much as I loved making it!

If you have like following this CAL on my blog why not visit us over on the offical CCC facebook page and give some a go.

Right now to find another CAL……

Circles & Squares Blanket

Raspberry Circles

circles & squares messy

This has been my labour of love ever since one of my lovely best friends told me she was having twins. I wanted to do something different from my usual granny square blankets…so I started making lots and lots of these lovely colourful squares just from some stylecraft yarn I already had in my stash, which turned out to look pretty good together.

Pattern: Honey & Roses Granny Square pattern from Little Tin Bird
Hook: 4.5mm
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Aster, Meadow, Grape, Raspberry and White.

Notes: I actually started these blankets months ago before I knew my friend was having twin girls but my friend isn’t a “girlie girl” so I kept in the aster and meadow colours but I did let the grape and raspberry slightly dominate.

I loved making these squares but it felt a little daunting when I had all these squares lined up ready to join together, so I turned to Attic24’s tutorial of how to join squares and didn’t look back. I then hooked two rows of treble stitch and one row of double crochet. My edges are still quite wavy even after I blocked them but I think that’s from the double triple row on my squares as well as my joining, I’m hoping with practice this will get better.

So here’s the progress photos:

circles

circles & squares towers

So here’s the finished Raspberry Circles:

Circles & squares blanket

 

Circles & Squares open blanket

Grape Circles

There is a twin one to this blanket with the grape dominating the middle diagonal but I had to give it to my friend early as births were imminent. I can report that both beautiful girls are doing well and I love cuddling them in these labour of love blankets, lets hope mummy and daddy do too!

 

 

Crochet Baby Cardigan

Baby Girl Cardigan No.1

Baby cardigan

Pattern: Emmy Baby Cardigan on ravelry by Agnes Chow
Hook: 4.5mm
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK Cream and Pomegranate
Notes: I love this cardigan pattern although I realised I really need to improve my finishing techniques but practise makes perfect,yes?! It worked up pretty quickly within less than a week and just in time for our visit to a beautiful baby girl it is meant for.

baby cardigan button detail

baby cardigan sleeve

baby cardigan detail

baby cardigan open