Willow Baby Blanket

My Willow baby blanket is finished and ready to travel to its new home in Europe this week πŸ™‚ This block is from Jan Eaton’s gorgeous book, 200 Crochet Blocks. I’ve crocheted thirty of these beautiful, unique patterns so far, and Willow is my favourite; it’s just so pretty! 

After much deliberation I chose a small scallop border on an sc (US) base (*sl st, miss sc, 5hdc in next sc, miss sc* repeat), with a tiny picot in each corner, which I think is such a lovely touch. I found this edging in an article by crochet writer Kathryn Vercillo, of Crochet Concupisence. I’m sure it won’t be the last time I use it! 

Tip: I made sure to choose my border before hooking the base row. This ensures that the stitch multiple for the chosen edging is correct. It’s much easier to adjust the base row stitch count than to adjust the pattern itself to fit the base! This border has a multiple of 4+1 so I added an extra sc to each side of the base row. For an understanding of stitch multiples I highly recommend Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner Crochet Borders. I am learning so much from it πŸ™‚ 

Tip: always keep notes! I’ve made a note of my calculations for this blanket so I’ll be all set when I make another for a baby coming later this year.

I thought I’d be done with Willow squares for a while after this, but as I sat yesterday evening feeling like hooking something nice and relaxing, my thoughts turned once more to Willow – it seems this love affair is not yet over! This time, a totally different colourway though – neons! I’ll share more as my new project takes shape. Certainly I’m grateful for a pattern that’s now a familiar friend, and some lovely brights to raise my rain-dampened spirits – I hope the weather is brighter wherever you are πŸ™‚


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More Crochet Happy Mail!

Friday is coming to an end here Down Under and I would usually be sharing a finished project. I’m not quite there yet with the Willow baby blanket custom order, which has been a priority hook, but here’s a progress pic. I’m really chuffed with how it’s come together, wasn’t quite sure of it until well into the joining and then starting in on a small hdc (US) scallop border. The relief! Just a couple of ends to sew in now. I’ve loved making it πŸ™‚

In other news, much happy distraction today in form of yet more happy mail! My favourite hooks  – Clover Amour – arrived in new sizes. Woot!

Plus, my first ever crochet subscription box arrived from England and oh! was it worth the wait! So beautifully packaged and so much gorgeousness within! I’ll do a proper review of the box, with photos, once I get into it properly. Suffice to say, I’m thrilled πŸ™‚

Right now though, it’s time to rest, because I’ve been working the hills as well as my hooks this week- it’s the end of week 1/13 of my half marathon training, and I’m knackered! 27km down, and a few hundred to go. Bring it! 

Wip Wednesday – Weaving in Willows

Why oh, why! Did I not weave in my ends as I went?! But, I’m getting there πŸ™‚ Twenty-five blocks completed, now working on the last round of sc (US) in white, and weaving in. Then I plan to use a continuous flat braid join, new to me and I’ll share in more detail once I get my head around it.

I discovered a great tip from The Patchwork Heart this week – if you’re not sure if a ball will make it to the end of a block, weight it! Then this won’t happen…

Nightmare! However, crochet and learn, right πŸ™‚

Also in progress, pricing research. A much debated topic all over the place, as I’m discovering! I’d very much welcome your thoughts on this topic if you’d like to share your formula / rationale πŸ™‚

Wip Wednesday – Willow Baby Blanket

I was asked to make a baby blanket last week, and I instantly knew wanted to use the Willow block from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks. It was my favourite block when I made my daughter’s preschool blanket. It’s so pretty! The only remit is that it be made with animal or plant fibre, no synthetics. I’m using Cleckheaton Country 8ply which is 100% grown and made in Australia at Wangarrata Woolen Mills in Victoria. The blanket is headed to Europe, so this will make it extra special – completely Australian made, from sheep to hook πŸ™‚

I’m a little over a third of the way through already – as it’s an order it’s taken priority over other wips. There will be twenty-five 15cm blocks in total; plus border this will make a good size for car seat or buggy, and will fit nicely inside a nappy bag too. I don’t usually make to sell, but I do consider unsolicited custom orders from friends and family, and this one is certainly a delight to hook.

It’s the first day of Winter tomorrow and I’m feeling the temperature drop right on time! Nights are very chilly now, but I’m still able to sit out on the veranda during the day when it’s sunny. Soon, it’ll be time for fireside hooking – which also has it’s charm, of course. However, for now, it’s not too cold to hold my hook out here, and I’m making the most of it!