Spring Blanket CAL – week 5

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Hi everyone! I hope your week has gone well? It’s a beautiful sunny spring Monday morning as I write this – it’s very cold out there but the sun is shining and the daffodils are bobbing about in the wind -it feels just exactly how an early March morning should! In like a lion out like a hare don’t they say? (probably not, I always get my sayings wrong- I take after my Irish nana!!)

I’m starting, as usual, with a round up from last week- thank you again to everyone who is sharing photos in the Facebook group- here’s a few:

This week I have introduced one of my favourite Spring flowers- muscari/ grape hyacinth. I love the height and texture of these little blue flower heads and the way they blend in with other flowers in the garden. They are just starting to pop out in our back garden- have they made an appearance for anyone else?

As the blanket is now getting bigger and taking longer to get round, this week I have reduced the number of rounds to 5. Round 31 is a pattern of chains, skipping stitches and making double crochets, these chains represent the lacey leaves of the muscari. Round 32 uses picot stitches to represent the bobbly heads of the muscari and rounds 33, 34 & 35 add background colour.

Spring Brights

31- kelly green, 32- bluebell, 33&34 spring green, 35- citron

Muted vintage

31- meadow, 32- storm blue, 33&34- sherbet, 35- saffron

TIP – if you didn’t have 105 stitches on each edge at the end of row 30, round 31 gives you the perfect opportunity to make up for this as you can easily skip a few extra / less stitches as you go- just make sure you have 23 chain spaces on each edge at the end of the round.

Special stitch:

Picot– this is a slip stitch into the 3rd chain from the hook, see this video clip for instructions for round 32

Round 31- join new yarn in any corner space, ch7, make 1dc in same space, ch7, make 1dc same space, #*ch7, skip 4 stitches, make 1dc in the next stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge of the square, skip the last 5 stitches, in the corner space make (1dc, ch7, 1dc, ch7, 1dc)##, repeat from # to ## twice more, repeat from * to ** all the way along the last edge of the square, ch7, skip the last 5 stitches, make 1dc in same corner space as you joined new yarn at the beginning of the round, fasten off (23 chain spaces on each edge)

Round 32 – join new colour in any corner space in the 4th of the first ch7 from last round, make 1dc in same space *ch5, sl st in the 3rd of these chains to make a picot, ch2, make 1dc into the 4th of the next ch7**, repeat from * to ** all the way around the square, finish with a sl st in the first dc, fasten off

Round 33 – join new colour in the first dc of any corner space, ch11, make 1tr in next dc, #ch4, *make 1tr in next dc, ch4**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge of the square, at the corner space make (1tr in first dc, ch8, 1tr in next dc)##, repeat from # to ## twice more and then from * to ** all the way along the last edge of the square, sl st to 3rd of ch11, DO NOT fasten off

Round 34 – ch3, in ch 8 space make (4tr, ch2, 5tr), #make 1tr in top of next tr, *make 4tr in 4 chain space, make 1tr in top of stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way along the edge of the square, at the corner space make (5tr, ch2, 5tr)## repeat from # to ## twice more and from * to ** all the way along the last edge of the square, sl st to 3rd of 3ch, fasten off (121tr along each edge)

Round 35- join new colour in any ch2 space, ch3, make (1tr, ch2, 2tr) in same space, #*make 1tr in every stitch along the edge of the square** , in corner space make (2tr, ch2, 2tr)##, repeat from # to ## twice more, repeat from * to ** along the last edge of the square, sl st to 3rd of 3ch, fasten off (125 stitches along each side)

You may like to block your work this week to really make the most of the shape of those picots! To do this lay your blanket out on a towel, dampen it (by spraying with water or steaming with your iron) and pull or pin the crochet into shape. Let it air dry and it will hold it’s shape much better!

See you next week everyone!!

Sam xx

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