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

 

 

 

Native American Crochet

This week I will focus on the second part of my Crochet Decorations for Home Series about Cushions.   This week I want to share my Native American Crochet Inspired Cushions.   I have always been fascinated by history and tribal societies and I love the artwork many of those societies have, especially Celtic and Native American art.  As I have browsed through various crochet patterns and stitches I often saw Native American patterns that I wanted to try and the cushions seemed the perfect time to do it.

I started with the Apache Tears pattern choosing purple as the edging colour I began by working out the starting chain needed for my cushions.   I had to make sure that it would be in multiples of 7 so the pattern would work and also long enough to cover the cushion properly.   Once I had figured it out I then worked a few rows of purple as a base before starting the Apache Tears stitch in rainbow colours starting at the end of the rainbow.   The pattern is actually not as complicated as it appears to be and is repetitive enough that once I had completed a few rows I didn’t need to refer to the pattern again.  The pattern requires you to mostly work in the back loops although the long stitches work in the front hoops and as long as you figure that out the rest falls into place.

For my 16″ cushion I ended up with a starting ch of 63 plus 1 to turn and 64 rows in single crochet (the long stitches go below the rows so don’t count).   I made two pieces, one for the back and one for the front, although the front piece had an additional 8 single crochet rows at the top to provide the flap.  The cushion was put together in the same manor as last weeks cushions, using single crochet to join the pieces and create the flap.   The major difference between this cushion and last weeks is the tassels.   Since every row in this cushion is cut at the end and you start with a new piece (you cannot do this pattern working both sides) you are left with a lot of ends.   The easiest thing for me to do with the ends was to tie them together to create side tassels and then trim them.   I think it adds to the tasseled effect you see in Native American clothing.

The second cushion I made was the Navajo Diamond Pattern.  Again I used the rainbow colours but rather than having a different colour per row I changed colours every 9 rows to give a different effect.   The pattern is worked in a similar way to the Apache Tears, cutting the wool at the end of every row rather than working the back, and so I also made tassels for this cushion.   You can clearly see the diamonds in the Navajo Pillow compared to the arrow effect on the Apache Tears and it was just as repetitive and easy to work up using the back loops for the single crochet stitches and the front loops for the longer stitches.

Native American Rainbow Cushions
Native American Rainbow Cushions

I love the look from both these pillows, and although they use rainbow colours rather than the traditional Native American colours, I think they look great and tie in with the other cushions I have made.   I definitely would like to make both these patterns again using more traditional Native American colours, although perhaps something different to cushions.

I hope that you have enjoyed the concluding part to my Crochet Decorations for Home – Cushions and maybe I have inspired you to use the Native American Crochet Patterns for something yourself.

See you next week.

Vicky x