granny

I’m on the edge..

the edge, the edge … *sings*

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so I’m almost finished with my dahlia granny blanket. So exciting! To choose a nice edging (and to crochet it) took quite a bit. Quite a bit of thinking, researching and finally crocheting. The latter one eats up time (and yarn!). Before finally showing you my finished new favorite couch blanket I thought I’d share how I made my border. When searching for nice patterns for edgings/borders on crocheted blankets I didn’t find a lot of posts out there in the interwebs. I did find a few lovely pictures though and that I liked very much. Simple and plain, not too lacey and yet clear and solid. I thought that might fit my blanket quite nicely. So I started and here we go:

I first added one row in a classic granny stitch (*dcx3, chain1*) all around to have a nice base to start from, than I added simple chain (*sc1, chain3*) to start the next round from in the same color I used on the flower centers:

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next I added 4dc in each of the ch3sp for the next round, in the corners I made (dc3, ch3, dc3):

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again I added a chain-round of *sc1, ch3* all around to build the base for the next dc-round. In the corners simply contiuned that way *sc1, ch3*:

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and so I continued for another couple of rounds, in total I made 3 dc-rounds in the base color of the afghan, followed by 2 rounds in the same color I used for the flowers and ended with another round in green/mint. To finish worked one more chain round and added to that a “chain round” in mint/green. For this last round I simply went *sc1, sc1* all around and worked the single crochets into the stitch below the brown chain round. I think you can see it pretty clearly in the picture below (even though the crappy flash light and photoshop did help to loose a bit of the lovelyness of the blanket)

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what is your preferred crochet edging for a blanket? do you go for tassels or lacy edgings?

crochet hugs, Diana

kinda like on drugs

this granny square thing!

although I was thinking: one blanket will be enough for a while, quite a while! these squares will bore me soon. they aren’t! not at all, I’m thinking about another blanket, a whitish one, I know how weird this is (again!), these squares are addicting! I have a silk yarn on cones, that I was about to through away since it was rock hard when washed and didn’t knit properly as well. it was sitting in the corner of my living room, for months! and now I look at it and see it crocheted into squares, tons of squares, all different, except the color, all beigy…and to fulfill my plan I ordered pattern books..

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so far I’ve just peeked through all the books and already found a few squares I like, I do see this blanket in my mind already, although it will be an on-and-off-project for the next couple of months because I also see a few amigurumis in the near future..
are there any squares you recommend? anyones you tested and found to be amazing? would you like to have some sort of crochet-along with me? like sharing the squares we’ve made throughout a week or a month?

let me know,
♥ Diana

I have a weird happiness inside me

My granny blanket is coming to an end – and I feel a weird excited happiness inside me. I grin all the time looking at the squares all laid out on the floor waiting to be crocheted together. And it’s kinda handy I still live on my own – I can lay all eighty squares right onto the floor of my living room, where nobody would could walk now (I jump) so no squares would get into a mess. Arranging them took a couple of hours and one or two nights to let the final arrangement settle on me before I finally started to join them.

all the squares

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and what’s making me grin even brighter is, I finally found a way to crochet them all together so nobody would realize, and make it look like a ginormous square that happens to have some flowers on top .. *doing the happy dance*

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do you do this too? the happy dance, I mean
crochet hugs, Diana

p.s. I plan a video tutorial on my “invisible joining”

final spurt

I’m getting closer and closer to finishing my lovely flowery blanket, my first granny afghan ever! It will be adorable I can feel it. I have 66 squares finished, which doesn’t sound much compared to other blankets that easily sum up 200 squares but my squares are huge compared to what I see throughout the net. So my afghan will be able to cover my queensize bed when whipped up ^__^.

Anyways 66 squares and trying to arrange them on the bed I knew I needed more small flower squares, which I’m making now. I first thought about only making another 6 squares (which would make 72 and 8×9 in the blanket) cause I feel a little tired making them. But really calculating and thinking about the finished piece I figured I could “force” myself to make another 8 additional squares, so I would be able to assemble 80 squares (8×10). Calculating and checking my yarn storage I need to order more green. And doing so I also ordered a few more gold skeins, just in case.. And I start to think about the edging..any ideas?

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oh .. and I started thinking about joining them too. I googled joining methods when I started and found this one to be the one I would like the most, it would be less visible, but being a little too picky and realizing all the ends to weave in with this method I came up with an idea that in my head right now seems even better, less weaving and no wonkyness (as Carina calls it). But I haven’t tried it yet so we will see how that works out

so long, happy crocheting, Diana