Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Granny Ripple Blanket & A Granny Square Blanket

I'd like to share with you a couple of my crochet projects that finally saw completion in 2010. I was working on 2 blankets for my adorable nieces. I gave it to them as Christmas presents. The blankets took a while to come together, but I'm really glad I decided to make them. They turned out really well.

Granny Ripple Blanket

This one was inspired by Lucy's work at attic24. You should stop by her blog. She has some amazing stuff to share.



You will find a detailed explanation of how to work the pattern on her blog here.

For those of you who are more familiar with the US crochet terminology, I've made a note of it here. One thing that I did differently was changing color every 3 rows and not 2 like the original pattern suggests.



NEAT RIPPLE PATTERN
dc2tog = work two incomplete dc stitches, keeping last loop of each stitch on the hook, as follows ::
YO, into stitch, YO, back through stitch (3 loops on hook)
YO, draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)
YO, into next stitch, YO, back through stitch (4 loops on hook)
YO, draw through 2 loops (3 loops on hook)
YO, draw through all 3 loops.

To begin, chain multiples of 14, plus 3 for turning.

ROW 1
1 dc into 4th chain from hook
1dc into each of next 4 chs
dc2tog
dc2tog
1 dc into each of next 4 chs
*2dc into next ch
2 dc into next ch
1dc into each of next 4 chs
dc2tog
dc2tog
1 dc into each of next 4 chs*
Repeat between ** ending last rep with 2 dc into last chain, turn.

ROW 2
ch3, 1 dc into same stitch,
1dc into each of next 4 chs
dc2tog
dc2tog
1 dc into each of next 4 chs
*2dc into next ch
2 dc into next ch
1dc into each of next 4 chs
dc2tog
dc2tog
1 dc into each of next 4 chs*
Repeat between ** ending last rep with 2 dc into the top chain of the chain-3 from previous row.
Repeat row 2 for length required.


I hope you have as much fun as I did using this pattern.
Granny Square Blanket

While scouring the internet for another blanket idea, I stumbled upon Retro Mummy. I've always wanted to try out Granny Squares. What better way to try out a new idea with something simple to begin with. I love the idea of one large granny square. It saves time having to join little squares together. Though this year, I hope I can try out something with little granny squares.




I worked with an array of colors, using 1 row of white between every 3 rows of a color. But you can work with whatever combination takes your fancy.

Here's the pattern.

Ch4 and sl st into a ring.

1st round - Ch3, then 11dc into the ring. (You should have what looks like 12dc as the 1st ch3 counts as 1dc).

2nd round - With a new color, sl st into any space between the dc. 
Ch3, 2dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1. (This is your first corner).
Skip 3 dc from the 1st round and do 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1. 
Repeat so that you complete 4 corners with 2 sets of 3dc.
Sl st into the 3rd ch you did at the start.

3rd round -  
Ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1. 
Skip the next 3 dc on the previous round and 3dc in that space, ch1.
Skip the next 3dc, and do the corner stitch (3dc, ch3, 3dc).
Repeat this till you have filled in your corners and spaces to complete a round.

4th round continue as you have done before. In each corner you are doing 3dc, ch3, 3dc and have 1 chain separating each set of stitches. When you are in a space that isn't a corner you are doing 3dc with 1 chain separating! When you are starting a new round your first double crochet is actually a 3 chain which gives you the height of the round!

Keep repeating this till you have achieved the size of blanket you want.

When changing colors, sl st new color into any space and continue as mentioned in the pattern. 


These patterns have been linked to Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions

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