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Finished ferns and another bubbles

The green fern blanket is finished!! It is all washed and ready to be delivered to the mum-to-be. I had planned to do the moss stitch border all the way around, but trying to pick up the stitches from the cast on edge was extremely difficult, and looked messy. I thought it over, and decided a nice crocheted edge would work nice, but it would have to be nice and wide, and quite ornate and lacy.

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Normally I would have made the blanket square, but this one was a lot wider than I would normally do, and once I started I didn’t want to start over. I decided a rectangle would be nice. I think (or hope!) that the crochet edge suits the blanket.

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The first row was trebles, the second was treble, chain, treble in every third stitch.

the third row was similar, treble, 3 ch picot, treble, in the chain space below.

I think it finishes the blanket nicely, do you?

Now I have started the next project, yet another bubbles shawl.

Yep, another one. I find them enjoyable, since you use 5.5mm needles, it is nice and lacy. Squeak was swaddled in her bubbles blanket for the first few months, and the pattern is good as it is based on garter stitch, looks good on both sides, and isn’t very complicated to remenber the pattern repeats. Using circular needles makes it a lot easier, I am getting to the stage where I use circulars of everything. I think I am up to about 6 completed bubbles blankets over the years.

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There are 17 pattern repeats in the border, and I have completed 10. I could have this finished in a week or two. The border should only take a few days, but the edging can be time consuming. Squeak loves to grab it for a ‘test cuddle’. I think I will need to make something for her next.

I am eyeing off a small project for Squeak for easter, a Miffy! We love Miffy, Squeak calles her ‘mishy’.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/miffy-and-her-balloon

I will have to buy more yarn as I don’t have the right colours, but I cannot resist making such a cute creature, and making a toddler very happy!

Have you started thinking about easter?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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to re-learn crochet properly, or not?

I am watching crochet tutorials on youtube, the ones for beginners. I am getting a sinking feeling. Have you ever had that feeling about something you thought you were good at, were at quite an advanced level, and would browse through patterns and you felt you could tackle almost any project you wanted? I’m feeling that with crochet.

I have crocheted a number of baby blankets, I would barely knit, but loved crochet. It was portable, and there wasn’t a fear of dropping stitches, and projects happened quicker. I then had a baby and I loved the soft, adorable little knitted jackets and discovered circular knitting needles, and knitting became my new thing.

About 6 months ago we were visiting a family member who was crocheting. DaddyMopar was mesmerised and he mentioned how different we worked on crochet. She held the work still, and moved the hook in and out, looped, the fabric always staying still. It was certainly different to my style of ‘hold the hook still and move the crocheting and yarn around the hook’.

This evening I thought I would look at the youtube videos hoping to re-assure myself that I am not doing it wrong. I have won the crocheting category in my local spring craft show with my work. I can’t see anything wrong with the finished work. I just do it in a way that appears odd.

I did teach myself out of a book almost 20 years ago, and no-one corrected me in that time. I wonder if I should try the ‘proper’ way or just keep going the way I’ve been doing it for 2 decades?

What would you do?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x