Thursday, September 20, 2012

Crochet along Update #3

How are you going today?

I have got the next bit of the crochet along for you today, so here what I've done:

After the aqua and red outlined cluster pattern, and the 1 row of blue hdc, 
I turned the work and went back with another row of blue hdc.

Next was a row of pale pink hdc, then turn the work and go back, so you end up with a double row of pale pink hdc.

Next is a 4 row pattern called Catherine Wheel.

Special Abbreviation CL (Cluster) : work [yo, insert hook, yo, draw loop through, yo, draw through 2 loops] over the number of sts indicated, yo, draw through all loops on hook.

Row 1(wrong side) : In red, join and make 1ch in first st (counts as first st), 1sc in next st, * skip 3sts, 7dc into next st, skip 3 sts, 1sc into each of next 3sts; rep from * to lats 4 sts, skip 3sts, 4dc into last st,  turn.

Row 2 (right side) : In pink, join to first st and  make 1ch, 1sc into first st, 1sc into next st, *3ch, 1CL over next 7sts, 3ch, 1sc into each of next 3 sts; rep from * to last 4 sts, 3ch, !cl over last 4 sts, skip tch, turn.

Row 3 (wrong side) : still with pink, 3ch, 3dc into first st, * skip 3ch, 1sc into each of the next 3scs, skip 3ch, 7dcs into the loop that closed next CL; rep from *to end, finishing with skip 3ch, 1sc into each of last 2sc, skip tch, turn

Row 4 (right side) :In red, join and 3ch (counts as 1dc), skip first st, 1CL over next 3 sts, * 3ch, isc into each of next 3 sts, 3ch, 1CL over next 7sts; rep from* finishing with 3ch, 1sc into next st,1sc into top of tch, turn.

This pattern can be a bit tricky at the start and end of rows, depending on how many stitches are in your blanket, so here is the graphic pattern to help you work out your ends and starts.  Just adjust your ends and starts to keep your sides straight, according to where you are in the pattern repeat.
(sorry it's a bit blurry, it's getting late here!)
Of course you can do this pattern in whatever colours you like!

Catherine Wheel Stitch Pattern, from Basic Crochet Stitches , edited by Erika Knight.

Next is a chunk of sc rows.
Row 1 : (Right side) Lime green, sc across the row, doing 10sc evenly across each pattern repeat of the Catherine Wheel row below to ensure the stitch count stays the same. Turn.

Row 2 : (Wrong side) 1ch, skip first st, sc in each st across row.

Row 3 : (RS) Mid green, Sc in each st across row, turn.

Row 4 : (WS) 1ch, skip first st, sc in eachst across row.

Rows 5 -11 : Sc across the row, doing one row of each colour, working all on the right side.  
Colour sequence that I used :
Light blue, 
dark blue,
dark blue, 
 light blue.

Next is a chunk of Granny stripe pattern  (see earlier pattern notes) in watermelon, spearmint green, and mid blue.  You can add more or less granny stripes if you would like.  I think I will add a couple more to this chunk, but I haven't quite got to that yet. 

Ok that's all I have for you at the moment, school holidays are coming up next week, so I might have a bit more time to devote to this while the boys have their holiday sleep ins, so there hopefully won't be quite as big a wait for the next instalment!  Sorry for my slowness, but this is a huge blanket and each row is taking ages!

Just a note on the yarns I am using, I am using quite a few different Australian brands, (to get a good colour range), mainly Heirloom Colorworks 8ply and Cleckheaton Country 8ply, with some stash bits and pieces as well.  I think they are DK equivalent.  They are probably hard to find overseas (although Cleckheaton is very common here), so you can use any dk weight yarn that takes your fancy, I like to work with wool, but I am sure it would be just as nice in any yarn you choose.

Have a great day!

Joining in with The Creative Spaces over here.


  1. It's looking great Julie, the ta da moment will be wonderful.
    Particularly like the pink and red of the Catherine's like pink daisies...

    CLaire :}

  2. The colors in this are fabulous!

  3. Thanks for adding the graphic pattern, that makes it a lot easier to figure that out.

  4. Ah! I'm still not finished with the last bit!! I chained 390 to begin as you did so those rows do take a while!! I had a bit of an issue with the sc rows and left it for a while, but have it all sorted now so will hopefully catch up soon! Still loving it A LOT!!!
    Karen xx

  5. It is looking day I will join in and play catch up..but I have to finish 2 other projects first :o This is just so inspiring! Fiona x

  6. The blanket is looking bright and cheerful! The colours are fabulous !

  7. thank you so much!!!: I will try to make it...
    It's really lovely.


  8. Thank you so much for sharing your blanket gorgeousness! I have just finished a blanket so might just have to catch up now and make one like yours. I absolutely adore your mixed stitch work.


  9. Yum..this is just so gorgeous and so inspirational! Thank you so much for walking us through it. I am dying to try it. Need to finish up a few projects, buy yarn, wait til the weather is not so freeeeeeaking hot, sraighten up my crochet corner a bit, etc.

  10. Thanks alot for adding the graphic pattern. I have crochet for years and years and this pattern was not in my "library". Have you thought of using puff-stitches? They would look great in a work like this. Almost like granny-stitches but alot softer.
    Good luck with your work!

  11. Looking FABULOUS Julie!! I'm oodles of rows behind, but working away. I think the bobble row is going to do my head in, it scares me just reading the instructions!!! Thanks so much for doing this, realise it's a lot of work writing it all out : -)

  12. Oh boy! I can't wait to try that wheel row on my blanket! Thanks for a great update.

  13. Hi!
    I've been searching over the net for a perfect blanket pattern for some time now and I found out that this is the most beautiful, amazing, perfect blanket I have ever seen (and I've seen a lot, trust me). The selection of colours is breathtaking! The combination of patterns is ingenious. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas. I will try to make one myself although I think this is a rather big bite for me because I'm not such an experienced crocheter... This is worth trying...
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  15. I've just stumbled onto your blog and I love it. The colours that your use for your crochet are fantastic. Really bright and uplifting. Gorgeous. Really gorgeous.

  16. Just finished the Catherine Wheel section - and even though I intentionally made those stitches looser than normal, they pull in. (If you know what I mean.) I'm thinking I should have switched to the next large hook just for the Catherine Wheel, to keep my gauge consistent. Did you have any trouble with this?


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