Saturday, 31 August 2013

A corner to corner square.......

I can see this stitch becoming really addictive, it's so easy to do and is much prettier than the standard basic granny square:
I worked the increase row for 9 rows and then worked the decrease row back to the corner following the same pattern as yesterday.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Jumping on the band wagon......

I've noticed a lot of lovely corner to corner blankets popping up lately so I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about and give it a go myself:
I'm following this pattern from red heart:
And I can now see why people seem to be finding this pattern so addictive!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Many mini squares......

Today's square is made of four smaller standard granny squares joined together with double crochets in green:

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Continuing a theme......

Today's square is this open lace work squircle (circle in a square):
The pattern for this is number 9, Arcadia, from the crochet squares book.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

More bright squares......

Today's square uses all five of the bright colours for my latest project:
This is square number 46, meadow, from the crochet blocks book - there is a popcorn flower in the centre that is not clear from the photo.

Monday, 26 August 2013

An Edwardian Fancy........

Continuing the bright theme of the past few days today's square is number 88 from the crochet blocks book - Edwardian Fancy:

Sunday, 25 August 2013


Today's square is number 189 from the crochet squares book, it is called willow:
I think it looks fab and can imagine I'll be making more of these in different colour combinations!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

A bright lily.....

This is a repeat of a previous square - the lily square from the crochet squares book, this time with a red background square:

Friday, 23 August 2013

A very hungry caterpillar......

So here it is the finished project:
I'm really pleased with the outcome, how cute!! I've added this to my etsy store - "cuddly crochet caterpillar".

The descriptions for how I made this can be found in previous posts.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Framed flower.....

Nearly 12 hours of sorting and processing GCSE results has not left much time for crochet today - and definitely not enough time to finishing stitching my current project together, that will have to wait for another day! So here is a lovely square with a flower in the middle instead:
Once the central flower has been worked the outer rounds are a simple tc square - meaning it didn't take too much brain power to make!
The pattern for this square can be foud here:

Wednesday, 21 August 2013


Today I have made six feet for my latest creation:
These were made by working six dc in a magic ring, then working two dc in each stitch from previous round to give twelve stitches in total. Three rounds of dc are the worked and it is finished off, these will be stuffed and stitched onto the rest of the project - hopefully I will manage to get it finished in time for tomorrow's post......

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The next bits.....

I'm still working on my new project and have been busy making squashed spheres in a variety of sizes and shades of green:
I'm sure you can work out what it's going to be now.......

These squashed spheres have been created by making a circle of the required size (somewhere around 48-56 dc in total), working several rounds with out increase or decrease (1-3 rounds works well) and then decreasing in the same way as I increased - the key to good increases/decreases is to stagger them otherwise you end up with more of a hexagon than a circle!! The squashed sphere is stuffed when the opening consists of 12 dc so only one more decrease round has to be worked before finishing off.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Can you tell what it is yet???

After several weeks of squares for blankets it is definitely time for a new project:
The main part is a simple red sphere with 52 stitches around its widest part. I then added a nose - a round of 6 double crochets worked in a magic circle, two eyes - the yellow part is 3 rounds of a circle and the grey part is 2 rounds of a circle stitched on top and two antennae - 8 chains, 5 double crochets worked in the second stitch from the hook and the slip stitches worked in the remaining chain stitches. Each of these parts were stitched on to the sphere to create the features of a face. But what is it going to be???

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Blues and greens.......

I have managed to join together the 25 squares in greens and blues using a navy blue wool, this blanket has been edged in double crochets:

My Etsy shop, CraftingChemist, is now up and running and I have added this blanket to the items for sale there. A search of 'crochet baby blanket in blues and greens' brings it up as the first item.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

A square within a square within a square.........

The final square for the green and blue blanket:
The link to the original pattern no longer exists so I have copied the diagram from my Pinterest page (apologies for not being able to credit the original author with this design):
Now to arrange them and get them all joined together....... Hopefully the completed blanket can be tomorrow's post!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Flower love......

I'm down to the last couple of squares for this blanket in blues and greens. Today's starts with a central flower which then turns into a square in the later rounds:
The pattern for this square can be found here:

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Dahlia (2)........

Today's square is square 38 from the crochet squares book:
This is a very different pattern to the first square titled dahlia that I made earlier in this project!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Popcorn star.....

Today's square, the popcorn star, uses a clever combination of 3tc tog and fptc to create the pointy star tips:
The pattern for this square can be found here:

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Bobble stripes.......

Today's square is square 29 from the crochet blocks book:
I really like the combination of the two shades of blue in this one.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Autumn Clusters.....

Now that I've finished the couple of blankets I've been working on its time to return to the blue and green squares - I need 6 more of these for a 5x5 blanket.
Today's square uses the cluster stitch to good effect:
The pattern for this square can be found here:

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Another pretty blanket.......

In going through the squares I've already made for this project I discovered that I had enough in shades of purple to put together for a blanket:
 The squares have been joined with double crochets to create a slightly raised border and then it was edged with a round of double crochets.
 I plan to sell this one - once I've got my etsy shop set up that is!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Eat, play, sleep, repeat - finished!

After weeks of going back and forth with rows of double crochets in white I have now finally finished this blanket, it has been edged with a round of double crochets to create a nice finish:
Now to finish working on the pattern document I'm creating for this one.......

Friday, 9 August 2013

Mini grannies.......

This square comprises four mini granny squares joined together and also edged with double crochets:
Friday 9th August

Bars and shells.....

Today's square is the bars and shells pattern from the crochet blocks book. However I had to modify it as it was too large to fit with the others I had made - instead of working sets of five treble crochets I worked three:
Thursday 8th August


A basic square using double, treble and chain stitches:
Wednesday 7th August


This pattern is the same as yesterday's, however it includes a diagonal stitch worked across the front of the group of trebles in place of the third treble. It has been edged with a round of double crochets to tidy up the edges:
Tuesday 6th August

Textured bluebells.....

Today's square is pattern number 6 from the crochet blocks book, I have edged it with a round of double crochets to finish it off:
Monday 5th August

Making it up......

Today's square was completed whilst relaxing on the sun lounger by the pool and so the pattern was kind of made up as I went along:
Sunday 4th August

Sivota harbour by twilight

Centre flower......

This square is the same pattern as day 211, however it has been worked all in one yarn rather than the different colours of the last version:
Saturday 3rd August

Rounds of bobbles......

Today's square continues the bobble theme. I worked a round of treble crochets and then followed this with a round of double crochets working a bobble in the centre stitch from the previous round, this pattern is then repeated on successive rounds:
Friday 2nd August
 This evening's sunset over Corfu:

Lots of bobbles......

This square follows the same pattern as the band of bobbles, however instead of working the second half in simple double crochets I continued with the bobbles:
Thursday 1st August
 And the most amazing view I've ever had from a hotel bar/pool: