Sunday, 29 September 2013

More making it up as I go......

A day of waiting for students to pass check points and checking they are ok gave me time to make today's square whilst sat in the sunshine in a pretty Cotswolds village:
I love the swirl effect of the spaced out slightly longer double treble stitch, one to use again I think.

Crocheting in the dark!

This weekend I have been away on what I hope will the last expedition of the year, one of the problems of camping at this time of year is that it is dark by just after 7pm! So last night I had to finish making my square by head torch light...... Can you tell where the daylight disappeared???
Obviously with it being dark I also couldn't follow a pattern so I found myself making it up as I went along!

A repeat.....

I really liked the orange square I made the other day, starting with a basic granny and then turning it diagonally to finish off the rest of the square:


Today's square is a return to one of my favourite stitches - the bobble! A simple square with a 7x7 arrangement of the bobbles:
The bobble stitch is made by working 4 unfinished treble crochets and then pulling the yarn through all 5 loops on the hook, the rest of the row will be double crochets and in this square 2 stitches were worked between each bobble.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Red Square......

Part of the plan when I started this project was to use up the odds and ends of yarn I had lying around and today's square does exactly that:
This is a random made up square using mainly the treble crochet stitch - one of the joys of making it up as you go along is not having to concentrate on a pattern, meaning you can concentrate on something else instead and tonight it was the life of pi - what an extraordinary film!

Pretty slippers.....

In an attempt to get ahead with my Christmas presents I have made a start on the homemade gifts with these pretty slippers:
These are for my six year old god daughter - I just hope her feet don't grow too much in the next three months!

The final bright square.......

Today's square is the last one of the 25 needed to make a square blanket in various bright colours:
I found this pattern on Pinterest, however the link was broken so I had to work I out for myself - essentially it is groups of 5 treble crochets in each space, the two sets in each corner are separated by two chains.
I have also arranged to squares ready to join together:

Only 100 to go!

I can't believe this is post number 265, meaning I only have another 100 to go after today......
(And I'm really pleased that an update of my phone means I can now take square photos - no more excess space above and below my squares!!)
The pattern for today's square can be found here:

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Baby Jesus......

After a morning spent fixing our broken toilet (a perforated diaphragm valve meant it wouldn't stop filling!) I figured I'd earned an afternoon with my crochet hook. Today I have completed the second figure for the nativity scene I am making - baby Jesus in his manger:
The two pieces are separate but I have attached the straw to the manger to ensure it doesn't get lost!


The corner to corner blanket that I finished earlier in the week has now been edged with a round of shell stitch:
 I'm going to put this up for sale via my etsy store - crafting chemist.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Just perfect!

I now have only two squares remaing to finish off my brightly coloured 5 x 5 blanket following the completion of today's square in yellow. The challenge for today was to create a square that used exactly the amount of yellow wool I had left, this meant a degree of improvisation - alternating double or treble crochets with a chain stitch to save wool etc. And I'm pleased to report that there was about 6 inches of yellow wool remaining when I'd finished so I'd say that was "just perfect!":
I hope the orange and blue squares I have to create in the next couple of days turn out as well!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Daisy, daisy........

A very simple granny square with a pretty daisy design in the corner:
The pattern for this square is in foreign, but there is a chart to follow:

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Kriss Kross.....

Today's square takes a Celtic knot and makes it into a square:
Only using two colours does make it look a bit like a propellor though!
The pattern for this square can be found here:

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Gothic Square......

Today's square is number 94, gothic square from the crochet blocks book:
This colour scheme (along with a number of others) can be found on ravelry.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

A corner to corner blanket......

I've finally finished the square part of my corner to corner blanket and I'm really pleased with how it's turned out:
This evening will be spent sewing in all of the ends! I then need to decide how to edge it........

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Corner to corner crochet cafetiere cosy.......

After making a few mug cosies as gifts for friends and family my mum suggested I could extend this to cafetiere cosies. This uses the corner to corner stitch to create a lovely textured finish:

The basic rectangle needed the addition of a couple of tabs, a button and button hole so it can be held in position.
And a panoramic picture of today's trip to Lyme Regis......

Friday, 13 September 2013

Two basic stitches......

A central basic granny square surrounded by two rounds of treble crochets and a round of half treble crochets:
Again I have used white wool in the centre in an attempt to make the colours go further!

Running out of wool!

I have been making brightly coloured squares for my latest blanket, however a few quick calculations suggest I won't have enough wool to finish it off using just the bright colours...... So a change of plan is required, today's square includes a central white circle to try and help:
The pattern for this is 'a big round' from the crochet squares book.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Bright striped square.......

Another busy day, another square I didn't need to concentrate on:
Made up of alternating rounds of treble and double crochets to create wider than average stripes.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Multi coloured basic granny.......

Tuesday night means its time for the Great British Bake Off - and not even crochet can interrupt that, this meant today's square had to be pretty basic so I decided on this multi coloured basic granny square:
What is very useful about squares like this is that you can easily work the ends in as you go meaning minimal sewing in when you've finished!

Monday, 9 September 2013

A square within a square......

Today's square is another one from the hooks and yarns blog, I have added a couple of extra rounds in order to make it large enough for my project:
The link to the pattern is here:

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Wise man number 1!

I'm working on a children's nativity scene (along with all my squares!) and today I managed to get the first figure finished - a wise man, complete with gift. If I do say so myself I'm rather pleased with how it's turned out!

Hidden snowflake......

The pattern suggests using two colours, one for the snowflake and one for the surround. I quite like the  fact that the snowflake is hidden in the square however:
Whilst this pattern is in a foreign language there is a useful chart to follow:

Take 2.......

Another square from the hooks and yarns blog:
The pattern for this square can be found here:

"I'm so blue"........

I've recently discovered Dly's blog - hooks and yarns, there are lots of good patterns including this one called "I'm so blue":
The pattern for this square can be found here:

Vintage Flower........

A pretty and simple square with a flower motif in the centre:
The pattern for this square can be found here:

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Simple, simple, simple.....

After a long, busy and stressful day I couldn't wait to get home and pick up my crochet hook. However my brain couldn't cope with anything more than a basic square this evening:
The pattern for a basic square can be found on day one of my blog, although this one has been edged with a round of double crochets.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Caged Flower......

It's amazing what you can find on Pinterest. This square popped up on my news feed today:
I've had to add a couple of extra rounds to the pattern to make the square the same size as the others in my current project. The pattern for this square can be found here:

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Superstar square......

Today's square marks two thirds of the way through this project and involves the making of a central white star, surrounding it with a bright blue sky:
The pattern for today's square can be found here: