Spring Blanket CAL Week 15

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Hurray!! So here we are at the end of our blanket and this week is all about the edging. For the edging I have decided to finish with one last flower- cow parsley! For me this is the flower that really gets me thinking that Summer is on it’s way as it tends to line all of the paths and hedgerows during mid to end of may going into June and I’m really pleased to see it coming into bloom at the moment!! Here are some photos that I took on my morning run today- we are so lucky to have such beautiful countryside on our doorstep!!

As promised I will show you how to make 2 versions of the blanket- a square or a rectangle.

Yarn wise please be guided by the colours you have most of! There’s no pressure to use the same colours as me and in fact I just chose my biggest balls!!

For the square you will simply follow rounds 1-3

Round 1- join new colour in any ch2 corner space, ch3, in same space make (1tr, ch2, 2tr), *make 1tr in every stitch along, in corner space make (2tr, ch2, 2tr)**, repeat from * to ** twice more, make 1tr in every stitch along last edge, sl st to 3rd of 3ch, fasten off (240 stitches along each side)

Round 2- join new colour in any ch2 corner space, ch6 (to act as 1dtr plus 2ch), in same space make (1dtr ch2, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr), #skip 4 stitches, in next stitch make (1dtr, ch2, 1dtr), *skip 3 stitches, in next stitch make (1dtr, ch2, 1dtr), **, repeat from * to ** all the way along edge of the square, skip 3 stitches, in corner space make (1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr)##, repeat from # to ## twice more, then from * to ** along the last edge of the square, sl st to 4th of 6ch, fasten off

Round 3- join new colour in any ch2 corner space, in same space make (3ch, sl st, 5ch sl st, 3ch, sl st), #ch2, *in next ch2 space make (sl st, 3ch, sl st, 5ch, sl st, 3ch, sl st), ch2**, repeat from * to** all the way along the dge of the square, in corner space make (sl st, 3ch, sl st, 5ch, sl st, 3ch, sl st) ##, repeat from # to ## twice more then from * to ** all the way along last edge, sl st in first corner space, fasten off

Round 1-citron, round 2- whichever green you have most of, round 3- white

For a rectangle

You will start by making your square into a rectangle shape (by addng rows at 2 ends), you will then add the same edging as the square by making 3 rounds all the way around the edge.

To add rows on two opposite ends to make your blanket longer you will work in a series of repeated rows, which I’m going to call A, B, C & D for clarity! I have chosen to work the tulip stitch for this repeat as so many borders are still full of these beautiful sunny flowers! It also gives you the opportunity to use up any colours that you have left as there are so many tulip colours to choose from!

Row A– join new colour in the corner space at any end (working on the right side of the blanket), ch3, make 1tr in every stitch along, finishing with 1tr in chain space, change to new colour on last stitch, fasten off old colour (238 stitches on right side)

Row B– in new colour ch3, turn so you are working on wrong side, skip 2 stitches, *in the next stitch make (1tr, ch1, 1tr, skip 2 stitches**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge, finishing with 1tr in the 3rd of the 3 ch, joining new colour at the end of this stitch, fasten off old colour

Row C– in new colour, ch3, turn so you are working on the right side, *ch2, make 1 mini popcorn in next ch1 space**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge, ch2, finish with 1tr in 3rd of 3ch, changing to new colour as you finish, fasten off old colour

Row D– in new colour ch3 and turn so you are working on back of blanket, make 2tr in ch2 space, *make 1tr in top of popcorn, make 2tr in ch2 space**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge, finishing with 1tr in 3rd of 3ch (238 stitches along each side)

Repeat rows A-D until blanket is the length you would like (remember to work these equally on opposite ends of the blankets), you will then finish with the same edging as the square but worked like this:

Round 1– join new colour in same place as you fastened off D, ch3, turn, make 1tr in same place as join (to make an increase) make 1tr in every stitch along, *in last stitch make 2tr ch2, now work down the long side of the rectangle, working in the ends of rows A-D, make 3tr in the end of row D, make 2tr in the ends of rows C, B and A, if you have added more rows of A-D work along making 2tr into each, when you get to the ends of stitches from week 14 make 1tr in every stitch along, then work along A-D making 2tr into the end of each row, at the end of the side make 3tr in the same space, ch2** and work along the short side of the blanket making 1tr into every stitch, repeat from * to ** once more, ch2, sl st to 3rd of 3ch, fasten off

Rounds 2 & 3 work as rounds 2&3 above but ignore stitch count! You may have to skip more or less stitches at the end of the edges for round 2

Phew!! So that brings us to the end of the CAL!!! Thank you so much for taking part, it has been a wonderful experience!! I have really enjoyed seeing your photos and hearing about your progress. Remember to send me your entries to the photograph competition and I hope to see lots of you and your blankets at the spring Blanket Show and Tell!! Booking for this is now open on the website here. I have a lovely souvenir for each of you and will be putting together a mini goody bag!!

PS Watch this space for more info about the summer CAL which I am already planning!!

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