Spring Blanket CAL Week 13

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Hello!! And here we are at week 13, with only 2 more weeks to go!! I can’t quite believe it!!Our blankets are getting so big now that I’m finding it hard to find the space to lay mine out flat. Today I resorted to lying it on my patio and clambering on a garden chair to take a photo!! It’s also getting tricky to take a pic that really shows off all the stitches- here’s a few of my attempts:

So I thought I would challenge you with a little competition for the best spring blanket photograph! Send me your pics of your blanket, I will choose my favourite four and ask my facebook followers to vote for their favourite photo. The winner and runners up with all receive a bundle of crochet goodies. Your blanket doesn’t have to be finished and you can enter as many pics as you like. As long as it features your blanket it can be taken anywhere, with any theme!! Competition closes May 31st. You can share your pics on my fb page here: spring blanket comp or email or text them to me, whichever you prefer!!

As the blankets get bigger it’s taking more yarn to get round! There’s been a little bit of yarn chicken going on with me and Debs while making ours! It may be that you need to buy more yarn if you are keeping to my colour choices (I haven’t had to yet but it will depend on your tension), but do feel free to be flexible with colours and perhaps choose one that you have more of!!

This week just had to be about the bluebells!! We are very lucky where we live, we are surrounded by beautiful woodland full of bluebells. We normally head up to Ashridge at this time of year for our annual bluebell walk but life has been a bit too hectic to fit it in. So when I was taking my son to his football match in Prestwood on Sunday and drove past this beautiful wood I just had to stop the car and admire the view!

I’ve even designed a special stitch for you this week… the bluebell stitch!!

Spring Brights

62- lincoln green, 63- bluebell, 64& 65- citron

I’m nearly caught up with my vintage version and will share a photo this week. Colours will be 62- duck egg, 63- storm blue, 64&65- camel

Meanwhile here’s a pic of Debs’ beautiful blanket which she was working on at crochet club!!

Special Stitches:

Double treble (dtr)- yarn over hook twice, put hook through stitch, yoh, pull back through (4 loops on hook), yoh, pull through 2 loops, (3 loops left), yoh, pull through 2loops (leavong 2 loops), yoh, pull through last 2 loops

Bluebell (bb) – sl st in ch sp, ch2, sl st in 1st of these, ch2, sl st in 1st of these, ch2, sl st in same place as 2nd sl st, sl st in original ch space

Round 62– join new colour in any corner space, ch5, in same space make (1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, ch1, 1dtr), #skip 2 stitches, in next stitch make (1dtr, ch1, 1dtr), *skip 2 stitches, in following stitch make (1dtr, ch1, 1dtr)**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge, skip 2 stitches, in corner space make (1dtr ch1, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, ch1, 1dtr)##, repeat from # to ## twice more, then from * to ** along last edge of the square, skip 2 stitches, sl st to 4th of 5ch (70 v stitches along each edge)

Round 63– join new colour in any ch2 corner space, in same space make (ch2, sl st in 1st of these, ch2, sl st in 1st of these, ch2, sl st in same place as 1st sl st, sl st in original ch2 space), ch2 in same space make 1bb, ch2, in next ch1 space make 1bb, #ch 2, *in next ch1 space make 1bb, ch2**, repeat from * to ** all the way along edge of square, in corner space make (1bb, ch2, 1bb), ##, repeat from # to ## twice more, then from * to ** all the way along the last edge, sl st to first corner space (72 bluebells)

Round 64– join new colour in any ch2 corner space, ch4, in same space make (1dtr, ch2, 2dtr), #ch2, *make 1dc in top of bluebell stitch, ch2**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge of the square (take care not to miss any bluebells as you worn round!), in ch2 corner space make (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr)##, repeat from # to ‘## twice more, then from * to ** along last edge, sl st to 4th of 4 chain DO NOT fasten off

Round 65– continuing in same colour ch3, make 1tr in next stitch, in corner space make (2tr, ch2, 2tr), #make 1tr in each of next 2 stitches, *make 2tr in the ch2 space, make 1tr in the next stitch (the dc from the previous round)**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge of the square, make 2tr in the last ch2 space, make 1tr in each of the next 2 stitches in corner space make (2tr, ch2, 2tr)##, repeat from # to ## twice more, then from * to ** along last edge, make 2tr in last corner space, sl st to 3rd of 3 chain, fasten off (226 trebles along each edge)

And that’s this week done!! Next week we’ll have our last 3 rounds, then it will be onto the edging for week 15, when I will give you the option to make a rectangular or square blanket.

Have fun!!

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