Friday, 9 March 2012

Joining the squares

 

I've only made 2 blocks for my blanket this month as I've decided that I'd better learn how to join them all together before I make too many more.  I certainly can't face the thought of getting to the end of the CAL in December and having to start joining them all then.

I'm not a fan of the top block - it wouldn't lie flat until I blocked it and now the pattern is slightly twisted.  I'm admitting defeat - it'll do!  

The second block I love - it was fun to make and taught me a new stitch.  Happy days!  And it made me think that I need to hook a simple granny square for this blanket - that's effectively what the base for this second square is.  It's on the list.

So for the last few days I've been researching how to join these squares up.  The discussion forums on Ravelry are a gold mine of information on things like this for us newbies and I soon found myself clicking across to You Tube to watch some videos demonstrating joining techniques.  I've opted for flat braiding and it's coming along slowly:




Due to a cold that refused to go away (although I'm feeling tons better today), I haven't made much progress on other projects.  I have a jersey top cut out ready to sew, but I need to dig out my course notes to check what I'm doing with the overlocker before I dive in.  I haven't used it since I did the course last autumn, so it's wise to wait till I've found the notes and my head is a bit clearer.

And my next priority is going to be turning some skull and crossbones fabric that I inexplicably have in my stash (zero recollection of where it came from!) into some pirate-y flags and things for a friend's nearly 4-year-old son's pirate-themed birthday.  Better get my skates on ... the party is soon!

9 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the colours, it would be a lovely blanket...I have seen so many nice crocheted things on the web I really mist invest in a nice beginners book and learn how to crochet...I feel like I am missing out.

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  2. I love love LOVE the second block - it's wonderful! How big are these blocks again? It's going to be a stunning blanket, Fiona.

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  3. Can you post the names of the squares as you post the pics! I am working on squares at the moment too & it is interesting to see them to add to the queue on Ravelry! But I need to know what they are! they are looking good btw!

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  4. Your blanket is looking absolutely beautiful. The colours are just lovely, and I love how you've joined them. You're going to have something really fabulous!

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  5. That is going to be beautiful! Hope you feel better soon!

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  6. Hi Fiona, it looks great! The colours remind me of that cushion Mum did as a tapestry sampler with squares of different stitches. Hope you feel better soon (we've all got a lurgy too)

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  7. I love your blocks the top one is lovely and you won't notice the shape once it's sewn up. The colours are fabulous :)

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  8. Glad you're feeling better. I love that second block too - in fact I hadn't noticed the basic granny behind the 'web' until you said. :D

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  9. Hi Fiona - just wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for an award. You can read all about it on my blog.
    http://cottoncellar.blogspot.com/

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