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.
It’s a sad day in some ways to have come to the end of the Crochet Along . Organised by The Little Room of Rachell we have crocheted our way through all the blocks in the book by Jan Eaton, 200 crochet blocks. It has been such a journey. The only crocheting I had done until I started were large granny square blankets- ie just going round and round! So I had to re learn old skills and learn some new ones too. The first block took me EIGHT hours, the last just over an hour. The first ones were on a 4.5 hook and the later ones on a 3.5 as I got my tension sorted out. I have so enjoyed it all- the crocheting and the companionship of joint enterprise.
Anyway without further ado, here are my last 4 blocks.
201 Zigzag Bobbles
Notice all the pink and yellow- those are the colours I had at the end!
So now the next challenge is to block them all and join them all up, YIKES! What an adventure!
Only four more blocks to go after these before the great Joining begins!
185 In the Pink
And am I proud of how square this one looks! Mine should of course be called Leftover Yarn Lovely.
Not much green left to use. Pink and yellow now rule!
193 Textured Stripes
And indeed it has a nice thick textured feel and appearance.
And so to the final four, which I post all in one go !
I am so going to miss this , but I have a cunning plan! All homage to Sir Baldrick!
Here is my latest set of blocks. Only two more CAL posts to go, gosh!
173 Big Round
3.5 hook and 6″, as are the others today. Can you tell I am using up left over yarn now!
I have a lot of pink left over! This is actually quite pretty
Quite like the colour combo on this one too.
So glad we are going to be joining up together in the Autumn. I tried joining up 4 of the corner blocks to make a formal centre for a blanket. They looked awful and I unjoined them. Have a feeling the corner blocks will not make a final piece of work!!
Taken from 200 crochet blocks by Jan Eaton and organized by the Little Room of Rachel see her blog here, we have been crocheting all these blocks together. The colour theme is Cottage Garden. Here are this weeks blocks.
In the book this is all pink. As it’s called Sunray I decided to do yellow instead. I used a 3.5 hook and it turned out exactly 6″ square.
Next is 87 Peony
I love Peonys so big and well full on, if you know what I mean. I used a 4.5 hook and had to omit the last 3 rounds as I had already reached the 6″ square. Don’t think it looses much by not having the extra pink rows on the end. In fact I like the way the flower dominates the square, just like peony commands space in the garden.
And finally 88 Edwardian Fancy
Done on a 3.5 hook and measuring exactly 6″ square. And if someone can tell me what is remotely Edwardian about this I would love to know.
Snow is predicted for this weekend so lots of crochet time. Yippee! But I would like to have some gardening time too….please
How’s everyone else doing. And if you fancy joining in people are joining the group all the time- hop over to Rachel’s little room.
Here goes with this weeks blocks, taken from 2oo crochet blocks by Jan Eaton.
Number 77 Raspberries and Cream
These corner blocks are gradually becoming more square- the secret seems to be in the tension, not to pull the DC too tight, especially in the bottom left hand corner.
Number 78 Briar Rose
My favourite block this week- and plain sailing with this one.
Number 79 Baltic Square
As it is mostly trebles and bobbles I used a smaller hook- 3.5 for this one and so it is the right size, and quite pleasing.
Still enjoying this CAL. Love seeing how everyone else is doing too.