seasidestashbusting blanket…The End!

It’s done!  I have made the last stitch and woven in the last end of my beautiful #seassidestashbusting blanket. 

It’s huge and I simply love it!

mixedstitch crochet blanketOh! what a journey this blanket has been…a beautiful, stitchy, vibrant and meandering journey of colour, crochet and community…not to mention stash busting too! 

mixed stitch crochet blanket

Thank you so much to Eleanora over at Coastal Crochet for hosting such a marvellous and well organised CAL (crochet-a-long) and to all the lovely people I have met  a long the way; who have encouraged and inspired me with kind words or blankets of their own.  I have really enjoyed scrolling through the IG feed #seasidestashbustingblanket and seeing so many wonderfully unique contributions.

mixed stitch crochet blanket

I am keeping this blanket for myself because honestly, I just can’t bear to be parted from it.  I have hooked in so many memories of my year…like the sunny glamping rows, the foot surgery rows, the world cup rows, the too hot to crochet rows and the snowy day bobbles and I can relate each memory to the specific rows.  I will leave you with my photographic journey…

#seasidestashbustingblanket CAL

#seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 5 - 8mixed stitch crochet blanketcrochet mixed stitch blanketcrochet blanket calmixed stitch crochet blanketseasidestashbustingblanketmixed stitch crochet blanketLove, love, love this blanket. 

I’m not sure what I’m going to do without the weekly rows…

xxxxx

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Gorgeous Glamping…

Just a couple of weekends ago, I abandoned work early, gathered my brood and made a little journey to a truly magical place. We only travelled 30 minutes away but we found ourselves in a different world. 

glamping

We went glamping…that is camping in style!  

And let me tell you it was absolutely luxurious.  Running hot water, flushing toilet, the most comfortable bed in the world (honestly I felt like I was sleeping in a cloud) and a roll top bath with a gorgeous and very private view. 

glampingThe boys happily shunned their screens and devices and spent hours splashing in the hot tub

glamping

and lighting fires

glampingWe cooked contently on the dutch oven (although there was a large wood burning stove inside our abode)

And we cycled the short distance into Arley where the great Severn Valley Railway passes through.

severn valley railway

glampingIn the evenings we lit another fire and made use of the blankets provided for us;

glampingand we chatted and laughed and breathed in and out deeply inhaling as much of the tranquillity as we could whilst toasting marsh mallows and drinking bubbles.

glamping

glampingOf course I took my own blankets and they looked so pretty out on the decking…which has fairy lights at night.

glamping

(Yes, that is a candelabra you can see on the dining table! )

There was also plenty of time to crochet

glampingand knit

learning to knitThis place is a true gem…and look what I found in the dresser…

glampinga happy piece of yarn!!!! 

So thank you Mark and Sonja for all of the fairy dust you sprinkled for our stay with you….we loved it!

woodhouse farm luxury camping

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Sunshine Jelly Baby Blanket Free Pattern…

crochet baby balnket I am so thrilled to be able to introduce the Sunshine Jelly Baby blanket to you.

This delightful crochet blanket is vibrant and fun to hook and the pattern is available, complete with a photo tutorial just below. Made from Drops Muskat cotton, it measures  74cms x 74cms or 29″ x 29″…the perfect pram blanket size, of course you can make the blanket bigger by adding more squares if you wish.
This delicious blanket is made using the Robins Nest square which I designed a few years ago and if you are a regular here you will know that I have recently updated this pattern. When I first designed this square I always intended to make a baby blanket…I guess somethings just take a while to come to pass.

 crochet baby blanketAs always I’m using English crochet terminology.
Ch – chain
Slst – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet

ch3 – counts as a treble unless otherwise stated.
I’m using drops muskat cotton.

and I’m using the colours  and quantities listed below
red – 100g
old pink – 80g
white – 50g
vanilla yellow – 65g
dark orange -20g

sky blue – 35g
apple green – 50g
and a 4mm crochet hook and a 3.5mm crochet hook 

Each lovely yarny square measures 7″ x 7″ or 18cm x 18cm once blocked.

You will need to make 16 squares to make this blanket arranged 

4 x 4…

of course you can make more squares if you wish to make a larger version.

crochet baby blanket


So here goes…
with a 4mmhook ch2, join with ss to form a tiny ring (you could make a magic circle instead if you prefer)

CROCHET TUTORIAL

Row 1: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL11tr into ring,

CROCHET TUTORIALjoin blue yarn and slst into 3rd ch
(12tr in total).

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 2: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in same space, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL2tr in next st, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL *2tr in next st, ch1*, repeat * * x10 times,
join white yarn and slst into 3rd ch
(12 clusters of 2tr and 12 ch spaces).

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 3: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL *3tr in next ch space*,

CROCHET TUTORIALrepeat * * x10 times, 2 tr in next ch space,

CROCHET TUTORIALjoin with slst in top of ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 3tr).
Row 4: join green yarn in between any cluster of 3tr of previous round and ch3,
3tr in same sp, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL

*4tr in between next cluster of 3tr, ch1*,

CROCHET TUTORIAL

repeat * * x10 times, join with slst in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 4tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIAL

Row 5: join yellow yarn in any ch space and ch3,
4tr in same sp, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL*5tr in next ch space, ch1*,
repeat * * x10 times, join with slst in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 5tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 6: join pink yarn to any ch space and ch3,
5tr in same sp, ch1,
*6tr in next ch space, ch1*,
repeat * * x10 times, join with ss in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 6tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 7: join red yarn in any ch space, ch3,
5tr in same space,

CROCHET TUTORIALch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in same space (corner made),

CROCHET TUTORIAL*6tr in next ch space, 6tr in next ch space,

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in next space, ch3, 6tr in same space*
(2nd corner made)
repeat * * x2 times

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in next space, 6tr in next space, join with slst in beginning ch3. Do not fasten off.

Row 8: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in next 5sts,

CROCHET TUTORIAL

*6tr in ch3 sp, ch2,
6tr in same space (corner made),

crochet tutorial*1tr in next 5sts,

crochet tutorialdc UNDER next stitch (indicated by the hook)

crochet tutorial1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in next 6sts,
6tr in ch sp, ch 2, 6tr in same space*

CROCHET TUTORIAL

repeat * * x2times

CROCHET TUTORIAL

1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5 sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5 sts, dc under next stitch,
slst to beginning 3rd ch to finish.
Weave in ends.

crochet tutorial

Blocking:

A word on blocking:
Before blocking…

crochet tutorial

Your square will be wibbly.
After blocking…

crochet tutorialYour square will lie flat and will look much better.
Blocking is really worth the extra effort and isn’t difficult or expensive to do. I just pinned this square to my ironing board so that it measured 7″ by 7″ and hovered my iron just above the square and blasted it with steam. Allow to cool before unpinning and store carefully. Alternatively, you could pin the square to the required measurements to a towel or a pin board, spritz with water and allow to dry.

Joining:

I have used a simple and easy slip stitch to join these squares.  I have chosen this join for two reasons.  The first reason is that it is secure and does not add anything to the squares, allowing them to showcase themselves.

The second reason is it uses the least amount of yarn and also creates less ends to weave in. 

So to join the squares start by placing 2 squares with the right side to the right side…ie/ the wrong side of each square will be facing outwards. 

Note that this join requires you to place slip stitches in the top of the stitches along the edge of the square and you should go under both loops of each stitch. 

crochet baby blanket free pattern

 Some stitches will require you to slip stitch in both stitches of each square, these stitches should be the corresponding stitches for each square. Some stitches will require you to slip stitch in the top square only.  This is because the squares are only joined to each other at each corner and in the middle of each scallop. 

Join yarn in 2nd ch of any corner space and with a 3.5mm hook slst,

in both squares slst in the next 6sts,

in top square only slst in next 6 sts (tr), slst in next st (dc), slst in next st (1st tr of scallop),

*in both squares slst in next 3 sts (2nd, 3rd &4th st of scallop),

in top square only slst in next 3sts (tr,dc,tr)*

repeat * – *

in top square only slst in next 5sts,

in both squares slst in next 6 sts, miss chst, slst into 2nd ch of corner space. 

Repeat this process for each side of the square which requires joining.  You will not need to cut your yarn at the end of each side joined as you can continue round by adding another square.  I started joining in the middle of the blanket.  You will have to join in a new corner space for some of the joins, but the process remains the same.

I do hope you enjoy this pattern.

The Sunshine Jelly Baby Blanket ©2018 and the robins nest square ©2016 are designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin
I would love to see your makes and you can share on social media by using the following hashtags
#ayarnyrobin  #yarnyrobin @yarnyrobin
This pattern to include the photos are the property of Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin. You can’t modify, resell or share this pattern. You can sell finished items made from it, but please mention that the item is made using AYARNYROBIN pattern.

 

#yarnlovechallenge February round up

February #yarnlovechallenge photos all in one place. 

This was so much fun and a challenge too.

#yarnlovechallenge

days 1 – 4

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days 5 – 8

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days 9 – 12

#yarnlovechallenge feb 2018

days 13 -16

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days 17 – 20

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days 21 – 24

#yarnlovechallenge

days 25 – 28

I’m going to miss my little daily challenge!

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#yarnlovechallenge days 25-28

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my final four days of prompts.

#yarnlovechallenge

 

Day 25: International…This is my ‘Around the World in 64 Squares’ friendship blanket.  A blanket made from crochet and knit squares sent to me from all around the world.  In return I sent the same amount of squares all around the world as part of a fabulous group on ravelry call The Global Square Exchange.  It was super fun to be a part of and I have a truly unique and international blanket.

Day 26: Embellish…This is my ‘yarny Little Leaf ‘ and one of my favourite embellishments to use.  They are quick and simple to hook and look stunning in Autumn colours too.  Just click on the link for the free pattern and tutorial.

Day 27: Fit …This gorgeous boy got a surprise new winter hat when it became evident that it was not going to fit on my gorgeous husbands gorgeous head! A ‘fit’ fail!

Day 28: Confession…What more an I say

And that is it February #yarnlovechallenge complete…it has been fun…hope you have enjoyed it too.

xxxx

 

#yarnlovechallenge days 21 -24

#yarnlovechallenge... we are almost done, but not quite. 

If you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 21 – 24.

#yarnlovechallenge

Day 21 : Multiples…How pretty are these Robins Nest granny squares?  I always feel a surge of joy when I look at them.  Not only that but they are a complete pleasure to hook.  The free pattern for them comes complete with a step by step photo tutorial.

Day 22: Bag…Well I have had a bag on my ‘must hook’ list for years. But, for some reason I have never got around to starting one, not even as a PHD!  I have purchased the bag handles though.

Day 23: Mend… Not sure how to mend this or why it has happened!  

Day 24: LYS…I don’t like my local yarn store as sometimes they can be a bit moody…and I think that’s off.  You shouldn’t have to walk in wandering if the owners are going to be vexed with one another.  Having said that they stock a good selection of my stock yarn and if I run out it’s handy.  I would just like my LYS to be a lovely, friendly independent that sold some hand dyed as well as the usual.  That ran classes out the back and had a whole yarny community vibe going on….moan over!  

There are now only four days left of this challenge, but it’s not too late to join in the fun, each day in February has a prompt, as long as there is a tenuous link to yarniness in some way your good to go!

xxxx

 

#yarnlovechallenge days 17 -20

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 17 – 20.

#yarnlovechallenge

 

Day 17 : Ink…No tatts to show, but I do have a yarny shopping list!

Day 18: Art…Well it had to be this ‘Flower Fiesta’ wall art that I hooked a while ago now…the link to the post is here and the little leaf pattern (which is free of course) is just here

Day 19: Notebook…I have notebooks in every room of the house, except the bathroom.  I even have one in my car because you never know when the creative lightening bolt may strike. 

Day 20: Swatch…I’m not a fan of swatching…at all!  But I did do a little one for my charming harbour blanket, because I don’t usually hook with navy and I wasn’t sure if I could commit to a big project without swatching first.

It’s still not too late to join in the fun, each day in February has a prompt, as long as there is a tenuous link to yarniness in some way your good to go!

xxxx

 

#yarnlovechallenge days 13 -16

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 13- 16.

#yarnlovechallenge feb 2018

 

Day 13 : Publication…This book was published by Readers Digest in 1981.  It’s the best stitch dictionary I have ever used and I have a few! Timeless.

Day 14: Yarn Love…a heart for Valentines Day.  I love all yarn…it’s that simple ♥

Day 15: Cheer…This is the ‘Very V’ blanket…rows and rows of beautiful V stitch.  This blanket was a joy to hook and never fails to cheer.  The free pattern and tutorial are available just here.

Day 16: Join…how about a lovely double crochet (single crochet if you use American terminology) join, to give you a gorgeous raised frame around a granny square.  Tutorial just here.

We are now over half way through this challenge but it’s not too late to join in the fun, just jump over here.  Each day in February has a prompt, as long as there is a tenuous link to yarniness in some way your good to go!

xxxx

 

Hooking and Healing…

If you read my last #yarnlovechallenge post, you may have gathered that I’m a bit laid up… but every cloud has a silver lining and my enforced rest has meant lots of crochet.  

broken foot and crochet
guilt free resting!

and a spot of jigsaw (ing!!),

but mostly crochet and cuddles with my buddy.

scnoodle dog
Jess, my crochet buddy… 

I have really made some headway on my Charming Harbour blanket .  I hadn’t picked it up for a while and I was just beginning to feel burdened about the possibility of it becoming a long standing PHD. I am so glad to have pulled it back out as I have found the simplicity of hooking this blanket most pleasing lately. 

broken foot and stuff to do

#seasidestashbustingblanket CAL

Additionally, I have been thrilled to be taking part in a CAL hosted by Coastal Crochet.  I found the CAL a little late in week 2, but I soon had the rows completed, thanks to my prescribed idleness. I have kept up to date ever since too.  We are now in week 5 and this stash busting blanket is growing into a mighty fine array of mixed stitches, with beautiful waves of long stitch abounding currently.  

#seasidestashbustingblanket

#seasidestashbustingblanket#seasidestashbustingblanket

#seasidestashbustingblanket
mixed stitches…

I have still to make a start on the Granny Square CAL details of which are just here, but I still have another week until my stitches come out so I’ve got time.

Enjoy the rest of your week whatever you have planned.

xxxxx

 

#yarnlovechallenge days 9 -12

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 9 – 12.

#yarnlovechallenge

Day 9 : View…I’m getting tired of this view now…I’m loving the extra hook time, but would like to loose a few stitches (surgical ones that is!)

Day 10: Novelty…If you are new here and you have not been introduced, then this is the quirky Grandma Florence Tea Cosy.  A mesh of crochet woven with ribbon for a very novel way to dress your teapot.  The free pattern and tutorial are just here.

Day 11: Smell… These alpacas smell like popcorn and of course their yarn is divine.  Taking them for a walk is also pretty cool too.  You can read about such adventures just here.

Day 12: Worn…I generally gift most of what I make…but, I kept this lacy infinity cowl for myself. Details of this gorgeous pattern are just here.

It’s not too late to join in the fun, each day in February has a prompt, as long as there is a tenuous link to yarniness in some way your good to go!

xxxx