Sophie’s Universe, parts four and five

Sophie's Universe parts 4 and 5I am still loving this pattern but starting to find the written pattern is becoming increasingly complicated. I am now starting to use the video tutorials from It’s all in a nutshell more frequently just to make sure I have followed it right. Sometimes I have done a beautiful job, and sometimes I have done something a little random!!!!

It is really important to keep count as the blanket grows as I have managed to add the odd stitch here and there and occasionally lose them too. I can usually fix it on the next row. I’m sure I will eat my words later on but so far I’m getting away with it  (I think!)

I found it really useful as well to make notes as I went. Notes on colour choice and planned rounds to use it on. I also numbered my colours and popped them onto pegs. It helped a lot and is also a stupidly pleasing thing to do! 🙂 This tip came from the rather wonderful Attic24 blog – Blanket planning with Yarn pegs 🙂

This pattern really lends itself to a make it up as you go along approach with choosing of your colours. You can of course plan it out and make sure the leaves for example are always green. In my version of Sophie, one set of leaves are now parchment, and although I did twitch a bit with a hankering to frog that row. I am very glad I left it as it looks fine,  and as long as I try and hold back from telling people where I stuffed up no one will ever know (apart from you of course!!)

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As ever a special shout out to my sons talented girlfriend Jasmine Poole, who did the photographs for this section of Sophie. Click here to have a look at her blog 🙂

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Now to get busy with the next section of Sophie, can’t wait to post 🙂

Enjoy,

 

Lx

P.S the last picture does include part 6 of my Sophie but love the pic that Jasmine took so included it anyway 🙂

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A crochet Christmas

IMG_2460Yes, I know it’s February, but the following blankets were made as gifts for Christmas hence the title! 🙂 In fact one of these has only just been given as it was completed in January 🙂

I made these over a seven month period which sounds horrendous, however,  there is nothing I love more these days than whiling away a couple of hours in the evening with my crochet hook and some gorgeous yarn. Downside for the other half is I like the big light on to crochet which kind of kills the mood for him (especially if he is watching one of his grey swedish killing type programmes). However, he is also partial to watching Wheeler Dealers or Car SOS or similar. No mood setting needed for those 🙂 Result, happy couple 🙂

Emma's patchwork blanket

Three of these blanket patterns came from the blanket supplement found on Simply Crochet magazine issue no 33. Check out their website for details. The sampler blanket was initially inspired by this one. In fact my first few rows were following the pattern properly but then encouraged by this lovely blog I had my first go at making it up as I go along. Really happy with the result 🙂

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What I really loved about the patchwork style blankets was the conveyor belt style of crocheting I was able to do. Once I had mastered round 1, 2 or more, all I had to do was simply do another 20, 45 or in one case 104!!!! Something so very pleasing about small piles of crocheted squares or rounds that are then for the most part put together using the join as you go method. Love this way of putting a blanket together. Once you have all your bits you simply spend an afternoon or two arranging them how you want them and then a blanket will appear seemingly very very speedily. Happy Days.

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Anyway, hope you like these as much as I did.

Sampler Blanket

Sampler Blanket

 

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Enjoy,

Lx