So I have finished joining up all the blocks and have started on the edging of my cottage garden themed blanket. I had a DC then three chains then a DC (SC,US) around the edge to work with, so I am doing a DC into each DC and a HTR, TR, HTR into each three chain space.The result is quite pleasing, as it curls and I want to create a foliage effect.
I am not certain if I will go round more than once, I shall have to see how it looks on a bed- which I’ve not done yet.
A few facts- it took a 150g of wool to edge each block, then nearly 400 to join them all. I over bought on my joining yarn so I have plenty to play with on the border.
It is pretty heavy now and very warm- with a duvet even in winter it would be very warm on a bed. I have run out of Downton Abbey programmes to watch while stitching in the ends from joining, and there are a LOT of ends. Fortunately I have three hours of the Great British Bake off master class still to catch up on. Bliss. I have a few more ideas for it, but I have other crochet plans for Christmas to get on with now, so it will be a while before I next show this blanket.
Here she is
Last year I joined Rachel for a crochet along of 200 crochet blocks- which turned out to be less than that, but who worries. The theme was Cottage Garden. We finished in June and took a summer break. September was for preparing the blocks for Join Along. I looked at a lot of gardens this year to decide what made a garden into a Cottage Garden. Colour was predominate , but also an exuberance of life , and far more green in a garden than I thought. So I used a lot of green wool in my blocks and also have opted for green for crocheting all the blocks together.
September was not an easy month in many ways, family to support whilst being busy in the garden, the kitchen and at work. Crocheting the edges of the blocks was wonderfully relaxing, and so it is appropriate to link in with Frontier Dream, Stay Calm and Keep Crafting
Here is the box of blocks ready for joining
One thing I have realized is that all of us who participated in this project have a different approach to life, and a different take on Cottage Garden . I am filled with admiration for those who know exactly which block is going where and have planned the finished project in detail.
I take a more organic approach- of this will look good against this, and have no idea what the finished “Garden” will look like, here is the start..
And yes looking a bit like a garden perhaps, do you think? Check out Rainbow Junkie Corner for her very different approach.