Scrap Rugs

It seems quite fitting that this weeks blog post should be similar to my very first blog post last year, all about scrap wool.   I have had a lot more scraps this year, probably as I have completed far more projects in this last year than I have before.   I also managed to organise them a bit better too.  Since learning how to join wool strands with a strong knot, I have been able to ball up my scraps into several large balls which makes working with them much easier.

This year, rather than simply working several multi coloured granny squares into a blanket with my scraps, I wanted to make some thick and comfy rugs for the kids play areas.   They have a large area under our stairs which stores most of the kids toys, but they have never played there due to

the carpets being rough and uncomfortable.  Therefore, it seemed like a great idea to put all my scraps, whatever their weight together with a chunky hook and make a really thick rug.

scrap rugs
scrap rugs

I ended up working with anything up to 12 strands of wool at any one time, although this varied greatly depending on the weight of the wool.   For thinner wools like 4ply, it worked better to make balls of several strands together to bring them up to a similar thickness to aran/worsted weight.   Then I simply held the strands together and worked HDC in the back loops using a 12mm hook.    I then continued to work in this way until they reached a big enough size to cover the carpets.   When a ball ended, I simply attached another ball using the knot join and as they were all picked at random, the colour changes within the rugs are really random, which I really like.

I’m not quite sure how much wool I have used in the end, I went through all of my scraps as well as some balls which were odd or I had no plans for.    However, despite the amount of wool used, I am really pleased with how they have come out.   They are really thick and squishy and are so soft to sit and play on.   Using the HDC in back loops has given them a bit of texture and the random colour changes really brighten up their play spaces.   The kids love them too and have been watching their progress, desperately waiting for them to be finished.

scrap rugs
scrap rugs

In total I have made 3 scrap rugs, 1 for the under stairs play area and 1 for underneath each of their beds (they are both cabin style beds with a play space underneath.)  Since they are so thick they work up quickly and definitely kept me warm the bigger they got!   In fact, I love these so much I will probably save up my scraps again this year and make some more for other areas of the house.

Now you have seen how I have used my scraps this year, what have you done with your scraps?   Please feel free to share your projects on my social media channels.

See you next time,

Vicky x

 

Crochet Blankets & Jumpers

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas, I know we did.   Oliver and Lily were old enough to really enjoy and understand what was happening.   Since Christmas has now been and gone and everyone has their presents, I can now share the projects I have been working on since September – my families Christmas presents.

Mostly I made blankets for my family members, although also a couple of jumpers too.  Some are patterns that are free, some paid and some are my own designs.   This week I am basically going to have a gallery of the presents I made my family without too much text.  I’ll add a little information for the patterns I used so you can find them too, but mostly I just want the images to do the talking for me.

Jumpers & scarf

In the above picture, on the left is the jumper I made for my Dad in the Navy Blue aran wool from Aldi – the midwestern warmth men’s cabled pullover.   I really enjoyed making this and learnt a lot from the pattern about cables, its a paid pattern but definitely worth it.   Top right is the dragonfly triangle scarf, a free pattern made in bamboo cotton in turquoise double knit.   As its a smaller thread I did add a few extra rounds to make it a little largers.   This is a quick pattern to work up and I really enjoyed making it.   Finally on the bottom right in the cream aran from Aldi is the vertical RIB sweater, although I actually worked it in both loops rather than the back loops and added a smaller alternating back and front post HDC around all the edges to finish it.   This is a paid pattern and was something new for me, I have never worked clothing vertically before.

Dragon & Navajo

Top left is a Chinese dragon blanket made in Paintbox Simple aran (becoming one of my favourite yarns to work with).   I made the graph using Stitch Fiddle and is worked in basic Tunisian crochet stitch with a popcorn border.   On the right is a chunky aldi yarn blanket worked in the Navajo Diamond Stitch, in Navy, sky blue and platinum colours.   This is a really thick blanket which only took a few days to work up, plus the bonus is no ends to sew in!

Hexagons & Map

On the right is a Hexagon sunset colour blanket, with 8 hexagons made in 10 different sunset colours, finished off with a pompom border at both of the short ends.  It was designed for my sister to match her living room colours (plus she also likes hexagons!)   On the right is a map blanket completed in Tunisian Simple stitch.   The map was designed by my brother and sister for a book they are writing so seemed like the perfect Christmas present for him.   Both blankets above were completed in Paintbox Simply aran.   The graph was made using Stitch Fiddle.

Deer & Destiny

On the left is a c2c crochet blanket with the image of a deer, completed in Aldi aran in red and brown (with a little cream).   The border is an adaptation of a Celtic border pattern from the book of the Kells, possible the most challenging of all the Christmas presents I made this year!   On the left fan of the video game Destiny may recognise the design as some of the banners from the game.   This blanket was made in Paintbox simply aran and is completed in Tunisian crochet again.

Princess and waves

The final two blankets are above.   On the left is the leaping Stripes stitch, made in the baby wool from Aldi in pink, yellow, blue and white.   On the right is my nieces princess blanket.   In the middle is her knitted baby blanket and around the edge I have used the Princess and Villians graphs to add some of her favourite Disney Princesses, finished off with a puff stitch border.   The blanket is completed in two colours of pink double knit with the princesses being made mostly using scraps I had left over from other projects.   She hasn’t received this yet as its for her 3rd birthday next month, but I don’t think she will be looking on here yet!

I hope that you have enjoyed looking at the Christmas presents I made this in the final blog post of the year.    Join me next week for my round up of my first year blogging at Cosy Crochet.

Finally I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year, however you are celebrating.

Vicky x

 

 

 

Crochet Hooded Blanket – Unicorn

Last week I showed you the dinosaur Hooded Crochet Blanket I made for Oliver.   This week I want to show you the unicorn version I have made for Lily.

Lily really loves horses and riding and well anything along that lines, but more recently she is happy with coloured ponies and also unicorns.   The chunky platinum coloured wool that Aldi released recently paired perfectly with their raspberry colour and just looked like the perfect combinations for a unicorn.  So a unicorn hooded blanket and toy were created from them.   I used about 3 balls of the platinum and one of the pink to create the blanket and the toy.

The blanket was created from a platinum rectangle in shell stitch and a shell stitch border in pink.   I also added pink triangle hand pockets and a platinum hood which was created from a shell stitch rectangle and attached before the border was added.   To finish off the unicorn blanket I added the pink horn and also a pink mane.

The unicorn cuddly toy was created in a similar way, with a platinum body and pink highlighting features.   I adapted this unicorn toy pattern, although I made the arms and legs attach as you go rather than having so much sewing to do at the end.

Crochet Hooded Blanket - Unicorn collage
Crochet Hooded Blanket – Unicorn collage

I’m not 100% happy with the shape of either the head or the body of this pattern and I am not sure if its is because of the actual pattern or how I adapted it.   I will probably have another go at making another unicorn (although it will not be of the same wool) next year to see if I can improve on the shape at all.   However, Lily loves her unicorn and that is really all that matters!

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the hooded blankets and toys I have made over the last couple of weeks.   Join me next week for something completely different.

Vicky x

Crochet Hooded Blanket – Dinosaur

Hooded blankets seem to be very much in fashion at the moment and I wanted to jump on that trend for my children.   Being as I have a dinosaur mad son and I already had some of the chunky green and blue wool from Aldi, I decided I would make Oliver a Crochet Hooded Blanket, a dinosaur version.

The blanket was very easy to make, I simply made a rectangle using double crochet stitches, but working in alternating back and front loop rows, to create a bit of texture like a dinosaur.   I then made a rectangle shape to create the hood which is attached in the centre at the top of the rectangle.  I also added triangle pockets for Oliver’s hands to hold up the blanket in the contrasting blue.

For the border, I worked a round of single crochet in the blue colour and then a round of almost picot like border to create spikes on the blanket, another dinosaur effect.   I finished off with a crest on the hood and a couple of horns giving a similar effect to a triceratops.

Crochet Hooded Blanket - Dinosaur Collage
Crochet Hooded Blanket – Dinosaur Collage

To go with his hooded blanket (and to use up the last of the green wool) I also made Oliver his own chunky Tracey Triceratops and he has been delighted with both, as you can see above.   They will be perfect for him to cuddle up under as the weather gets colder.

See you next week for the unicorn version I made for Lily.

Vicky x

Crochet Dinosaur Baby Gifts

A while a go I found out one of my good friends is expecting her third boy and knowing she doesn’t need anything (she has it all from her previous two) I decided I wanted to make something unique that she wouldn’t already have.   I started thinking about the things that my children used the most and blankets, comforters and rattles were among my top ideas.  I also have children that are mad on dinosaurs and I decided it was a good starting point.   I found myself in hobbycraft (as I often do) in the wool section and fell in love with the bright blue and green from the new Caron Simply Soft range.  They were on 3 for 2 at the time and so I also got one in white.  It was at this point I realised the comforter was what I was going to make.

I sat down to create my dinosaur comforter and being a fan of no sewing all the parts are attached as you go and the whole comforter is created in one long pieces, so only ends need weaving in.   He was surprisingly quick to create, completing him in a day I also had a go at using short row shaping for the first time without following a pattern.  I was really pleased with my dinosaur comforter, he has bright colours and is really soft and I am hoping is something that the new baby will enjoy playing with.  He didn’t really use much of the wool I had bought though and so I decided to try and have a go at a c2c (corner to corner) graph blanket using the same colours (so they match) again with a dinosaur theme.

Crochet Dinosaur Collage
Crochet Dinosaur Baby Gifts, Blanket and Comforter

So I got the graph paper out and sat and drew an outline of a dinosaur and egg on the paper as a guide to follow.  After a few attempts I found a design I was happy with and started to create my blanket.  It is not as hard to work a graph design in c2c as I was anticipating, however, I very quickly learnt the value of bobbins as constantly cutting the wool every colour change resulted in a lot of weaving in of ends, not something I enjoy at all!   About 1/3 of the way in, I started to separate the wool in to various smaller balls so I didn’t have so much cutting and the result is definitly a lot better.  Not only are there many less ends to weave in, but I think the design looks better, and in the long run will also make it far less likely to fall apart.   Next time, I think I will mentally run through a design and figure out what I need and separate the wool before I even start!

I was very pleased with the finished blanket, although it will slightly annoy me that the picture is not completely centered.   I finished it off with a simple border consisting of a sc and ch2 in between every block, followed by 3sc across each ch2, then a row of dc, a row of sc and finally a crab stitch finish.  Using each of the colours in the blanket really finishes it off in a simple and easy way.   I have added the graph of the dinosaur blanket below incase you want to try and make it yourself, although the dinosaur is a little more centered in it than in my blanket.   The dinosaur comforter pattern can be found here.

c2c Dinosaur Blanket Graph
c2c Dinosaur Blanket Graph

I hope you have enjoyed my crochet dinosaur baby gifts as much as I enjoyed creating them, and my friend and her baby will enjoy using them.   See you all next week.

Vicky x