Spring Blanket CAL Week 14

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Hello! And welcome to week 14! Our penultimate round- next week will be all about the edging, and I will give you the option of making a rectangular or square blanket.

So firstly an apology for last week’s bluebells which I’ve heard that some of you found very tricky!! I hope that you’ll agree that it was a beautiful stitch though!! I made it to our local bluebell woods this weekend, just before the end of the season and it was so stunning, I’m really glad that we paid tribute to them in the blanket.

This week I have introduced our final flower stitch to represent the allium. My garden is very much a work in progress but I have been delighted to see a few alliums coming into flower this week, they really are spectacular!!

Before we move on to the stitches, a quick word about yarn chicken!! As we get to the end of the blanket it is taking more yarn to get around and some of you have found yourselves playing the nerve wracking game of yarn chicken!! When I started planning the blanket I wasn’t too sure how much yarn it would use and I took a gamble of suggesting just 3 balls of green, so I’m so sorry if you find that you have run out and needed to buy more. As usual do feel free to change the colour of the yarn- you may like to just go for the larger balls for these last few rounds!!!

In other news I have arranged a date for a SPRING BLANKET SHOW AND TELL!!! It will be Saturday June 1st 12.30-2pm at Ivinghoe Old School Hub, so following straight on from Saturday club for those that come to that. I will charge a nominal fee of £5 to cover tea, cake, hall hire and a little souvenir of your spring blanket experience!! I’ll add a date to the website this week so that you can get booking!! I hope lots of you will be able to come!! If you’d like to treat yourself to lunch while you’re there, you can order from the onsite cafe CuriosiTea, who will bring your lunch in for you. No need for your blanket to be finished, any stage of blanket is welcome!! I’ll also be announcing the winners of the photograph competition (see my facebook post here for more info) and giving out the prizes!! So all in all it should be a lot of fun!!

So onto those alliums…..

Spring Brights

Round 66- any green that you have left! (I used spring green as I had most of this

Round 67- violet

Round 68- clematis

Special Stitch

Full puff stitch– *yoh, hook through stitch, yoh, pull back through**, repeat from * to ** 4 more times, (11 loops on hook), yoh, pull through 10, yoh, pull through last 2

Round 66– join new colour in any corner space, #ch5, in same space make (1dtr, ch1, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, ch1.1dtr, ch1, 1dtr), skip 5 stitches, *in next stitch make (1dtr, ch1, 1dtr, ch1, 1dtr), skip 4 stitches **, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge of the square, skip 5 stitches, in corner space make (1dtr, ch1, 1dtr, ch1, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, ch1, 1dtr, ch1, 1dtr)##, repeat from # to ## twice more then from * to ** all the way along the last edge of the square, sl st to 4th of ch5 (46 ‘w’ stitches along each edge)

Round 67– Join new colour in any ch2 corner space, in same space make (1 full puff, ch2, 1 full puff), #ch2, *make 1 full puff in middle dtr of next ‘w’ stitch, ch 4**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge of the square, ch2, in corner space make (1 full puff, ch2, 1 full puff)##, repeat from # to ## twice more then from * to ** all the way along the last edge of the square, sl st to top of first puff, fasten off (48 puffs along each side)

Round 68– join new colour in any ch2 corner space, ch3, in same space make (1tr, ch2, 2tr), #make 1tr in top of puff, make 2tr in ch2 space, *make 1tr in top of puff, make 4tr in ch4 space**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge of the square, make 2tr in ch2 space, make 1tr in top of puff, in corner space make (2tr, ch2, 2tr)##, repeat from # to ## twice more then from * to ** along last edge, sl st to 3rd of 3ch, fasten off (236 stitches along each side)

That’s all for now- see you next week for the edging!!

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