A How To project for your hooky pleasure from me to you! Its quick, its light, its pretty, its adaptable, it could be a bag, a cushion, a scarf, a blanket...
5.5mm crochet hook
Aran weight wool blend yarn in 3 colours as follows, 200 gms of colour A, 200 gms of colour B, and 300gms of colour C. You can in fact make this with any weight wool but make sure you change your hook size to suit!
Stolen time... take your blanket bag with you WHEREVER you go...
First of all using colour A chain 22 (not too tightly remember).
1st row - Insert hook in the third chain from the hook and work trebles (for British crocheters or double crochet for Americans...) all along the foundation chain. You should have 20 treble stitches there all lined up nice and neat.
When you have the last incompleted stitch on your hook with 2 strands showing (prior to wrapping and pulling through) push your hook through the top of the adjacent row of trebles of the first strip.
Just like this! Pick up your working yarn and pull it through to complete the stitch. There is your first join!!
Then push your hook into stitch opposite, its there at the very tip of my finger in the picture.
Pick up the working yarn and pull it through.
Now turn your work so that the other side is facing you.
Working into the top of the next stitch pattern across the row.
Turn, and repeat, changing colour when necessary until you have completed the second strip.
Isnt that nice and tidy!
NOTE - finding the top of the second to last stitch as you are working the join up through the strip can be difficult. The pictures below show in detail where to put your hook! If you find it a fidget, then simply work both of these last two stitches into that last coloured space below! It still looks good and is quicker!
2 stitches left to work before the join and Im wondering where do I insert the hook? The stitch is very slightly twisted so the usual easy to spot V is pointing towards the back of the work. Push the hook in as shown.
There we go, the stitch is being worked.
To work the last stitch (the joining stitch) insert the hook into that space inbetween the last 2 trebles of the row underneath. Work as described earlier.
Working the LOVE in!
You can use your hook to embroider the LOVE on the blanket. I have worked mine into the 4 corner squares.
Leaving a tail end and holding the working yarn under your work, insert your hook and pull through to the top.
Keeping things nice and loose, push your hook in again and pick up the yarn from underneath, pulling it through that loop on your hook.
Work along the surface, literally drawing your letter shape with the hook and yarn.
The back of the work is nice and tidy too.
I worked a heart in place of the O... because its for my tiny tiddlywink.
My blanket still isnt completed because Im working on 20,000 projects at once... but its not far off completion. I shall work a border with yarn C (hence the extra ball) of half trebles, then a tiny bobble edge to finish.
Then I will start another one because its just been too easy for words! I hope to have a new delivery of Aran 50% wool blend yarns arriving next week. The colours are truly lovely and I feel I may have to steal some shop stock for the next woolly adventure...
This pattern has been drafted for personal use only please.
REN CUMING 2010