Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A typical My Rose Valley Colour Palette







It is all about colours. Always. It is the choice of colours that makes our hearts skip. Our blood run like crazy through our bodies. Producing dopamine for our fragile brains and making us feel... HAPPY! That is why crochet is such a beautiful craft, hobby, art, activity, therapy and medicine. Is there anything more fun than taking out a box or basket of yarn and just sort through it? Wind up balls, sort into brights and pastels, naturals, autumn, spring and Christmas??? Lets do purples and pinks. Greens and blues. Yellow and pinks. Oh yes, throw in some orange too. 

Every combination soothes a different soul. And we all have our own favorite palette of colors. Mine is something close to the above. It depends on the season, but most often I return to a light, fresh and crisp palette, the palette I used for both my Swedish Scrappy Happy V-stitch Blanket and My Circle In Square Blanket.

As I know many of you work with the popular acrylic yarn Special DK from Stylecraft when making blankets and throws, I decided to put together a colour chart in this yarn for the Circle In Square Blanket. I've done my best to match most of the colours used and all you need to do is add scraps of similar shades from your already existing stash of acrylic yarn.

I had so much fun putting together this colour chart, because that is also playing with colors. And playing with layout programs and graphic design is also a great source of HAPPY for me, so why not? I hope the typical My Rose Valley colour palette can inspire you for a new make. And I'm curious to know what your favorite palette is? Where in the wheel of colour are you the most happy?




Kärlek
Annette


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Crochet Blanket Edging Tutorial - Bird Foot Stitch



Hi my lovelies
Thank you so much for all the flattering comments my Circle In Square Blanket in my previous post. It is really a gem I have to admit, I think it is the light colors and the duck egg blue that does the trick really. And the edging.

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for the edging as promised. I tried numerous edgings and border ideas for this blanket but in the end I just wanted something really simple. So once again, after rows of fiddling with lace edging pattern, I decided on making small "bird feet". I think the stitch is called Crow's Foot Stitch in real crochet terms. I have modified and improvised the original stitch until it came out the way I wanted it. I call this stitch "The Bird Foot Stitch" based on that it looks like a foot of a bird clinging onto the edging of my blanket. Ok, are you ready? Lets do this.
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THE BIRD FOOT CROCHET STITCH - A Crochet Blanket Edging Tutorial

Yarn:
I have used DK weight yarn from my stash. All amounts are approximate.
• 200g of Merino 120 from Lang, color 174 at Loveknitting.com (Duck egg blue)
• 100g of Acrylic DK weight from my stash, no brand (White)
• 50g of Special DK acrylic from Stylecraft, color Pomegranate 1083 at Woolwarehouse.com (Berry red)

Abbreviations in UK terms:ch - chain
tr - treble
dc - double crochet

Special stitches:
Granny cluster = group of 3tr (UK) in same stitch/space.



STEP 1 - DUCK EGG BLUE GRANNY CLUSTERS
Join duck egg blue yarn in any space between granny clusters (not between blocks) after you have joined all squares of your blanket. I joined at the middle of my second square before a corner.

Ch3 (counts as first tr), make 2tr in same space (first granny cluster), continue to make granny clusters (3tr in same space) in every space between granny clusters until you arrive to the joining  between crochet blocks.

At join make 1tr in the first block's corner space - bridge over with a tr2tog (1tr in first block's corner together with 1tr in following block's corner) - make 1tr in the following block's corner, makes a total of 3 stitches over the joining = 1 cluster. Great picture tutorial here.

In every corner make 3tr - ch3 - 3tr. 

Make a total of 8 rows.




STEP 2 - WHITE BORDER BASE
Join white yarn in any stitch approx. 4 inches/10 cm before or after a corner. Ch1, make 1dc in every stitch around the blanket. Make 3dc in every corner stitch.

Make a total of 5 rows.




STEP 3 - THE BIRD FOOT STITCH 
It is hard to describe exactly how to make this stitch with only words, but I hope that my pictures will help you, see an X that marks out which stitch to insert your hook into.

Simply put, the pattern is Bird Foot Stitch - dc in next 6 stitches - Bird Foot Stitch etc all around the blanket. Adjust the amount of dc's when getting to the corners if needed, and make your Bird Foot Stitch in every corner stitch.

Start:
Join with berry red yarn in 7th stitch after any corner stitch, make a dc in same stitch and in next 5 stitches (total of 6dc made).

Picture 1:
Yarn over (2 loops on hook), insert hook in stitch below in previous row below your stitch  and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook).

Picture 2:

Yarn over (4 loops on hook), insert hook in stitch below in 2 rows below and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook). 

Picture 3:
Yarn over (6 loops on hook), insert hook in stitch below in previous row below and pull up a loop (7 loops on hook). 

Picture 4:
Fetch yarn and pull through all loops. Make dc in next 6 stitches. Continue with bird foot stitch - dc in next 6 stitches etc. all around the blanket, finish with a slip stitch into your first dc made. Fasten off yarn and Voila! Your blanket is done. Hope you found this tutorial helpful. Good luck and thanks for popping by today. Tomorrow I'll share a full colour palette for this blanket as well. Stay tuned...





Kärlek
Annette


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

My Circle In Square Crochet Blanket - VOILA!






My Circle In Square blanket is doing her VOILA entrance. Making this blanket was pure pleasure and I took my time to enjoy the crochet journey. Watching it grow slowly and allowing my mind to sleep on edging ideas for quite a while before the right one came to me. This crochet project made a pretty good dent into my stash of acrylic, wool and mixed fiber yarn stash., which is a good thing as I need to use up what I have on hand before going out to buy even more yarn...

Inspired by Swedish rag rugs I carefully picked out a light and airy color theme, just like the Swedish Scrappy Happy V-stitch Blanket, based on pastels with a lot of white all joined together with a duck egg blue. Picking colors is not always easy, but if you have a source to pick from - a picture, flower, fabric print - it makes the process a bit easier. If you want to, I can put together a post with examples of the colors used in this project from the Special DK, Stylecraft's colour chart. I know many of you use Special DK and might already have some left overs in your stash to start a project like this. Would that be of interest?


The block design is based on three rows of mixed colors surrounded by a last row of white, and then using duck egg blue to join my squares. I finished the blanket with a wide border made up from granny clusters, double crochet stitches and a Bird Foot edging. I will share a tutorial for the border and edging within the next couple of days.

When I started this project and saw this blanket belonging to the summer house in Sweden when it was finished. It is quite heavy but I'll try my best to squeeze it into my suitcase when we fly there in July.  I think it will do just PERFECT in my newly decorated living room at the cottage. It is already one of the kids favorite, and I had to do some Crochet Emergency Repair quite recently. Some of the squares centers had broken open, but now it is safe and sound again.

Down below you can find all the facts about the make of this blanket, but please let me know if there is anything more you would like to know and I'll try to answer as good as I can. Enjoy!

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CIRCLE IN SQUARE BLANKET

SIZE:
Squares measures 4.25" x 4.25" / 11cm x 11cm
Border measures 4.5" x 4.5" / 11.5cm x 11.5cm
Blanket measures a total of 45"x 57" / 115cm x 145cm

WEIGHT:
Approx. 1200g

YARN YARDAGE:
This is difficult to say exact but approx. (from the top of my head...) 3540 meters / 3870 yards in total. The duck egg border approx. 250g or 740 meters/809 yards. White yarn approx. 200g or 590 meters/645 yards, and the rest is a mix of colors used.

HOOK SIZE: 
4 mm

YARN FOR BLANKET:
Scraps of DK weight wool, acrylic and mixed synthetics - no cotton.

YARN FOR BORDER:
Merino 120 from Lang, duck egg blue.

COLOR THEME:
Based on a thought of a light and fresh feel I chose to use mainly light pastels, frame every circle with a row of white and add just a few darker colors to add some depth.  

COLORS I'VE USED:
A variety of shades of White - Cream - Nude - Beige - Nougat - Brown - Pink - Fuchsia - Pink -
Purple - Blue - Turquoise - Mint - Teal - Duck egg - Green - Olive - Pistachio - Yellow - Mustard and an accountable number of different shades of each and every one mentioned.

PATTERN:
Crochet block: I used a classic Sunburst Granny Square pattern and made some modifications to it. Here is a good Sunburst Granny Square Tutorial for guidance and pictures. Row 1 to 3 was made according to pattern, in row 4 I only used treble stitches (UK) in white.
 
Joining: I joined all my squares in row 5 with duck egg blue using the Join-As-You-Go technique.

Border: Coming soon in separate post 

SQUARES:
I made a total of 108 squares.

EARLIER BLOG POSTS ABOUT THIS BLANKET:  
In Spring I Choose Light
A Little Crochet Helper
Crocheting Circles
Scrappy Happy 80
Choosing Joining Color
Contrast

Long Time No Seen
A Mini Break For me 
Giving Birth To A Crochet Blanket




Kärlek
Annette


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