Sunday 28 October 2018

Half Term Break - Pendine Sands

Wow things have been so busy here over the last few weeks.  I have been inundated with custom orders for baby blankets, dolls blankets, hot water bottles, baby hats and bed spreads; so the half term has come as a welcome break.  Time to get away from it all for a few days.

We travelled straight from school pick up on Friday and headed for South Wales.  I have many fond memories of childhood holidays in Wales and was very excited to be returning with Little T.  It took us around 3 hours to cross the Welsh border and the sun was setting just as we traversed the Seven Bridge, providing stunning views.  A little over an hour later we arrived at the Pendine Sands holiday park.  It was now pitch black and we would have to wait till morning to see the local scenery.

It really was worth the wait.  The next day proved to be a blinder, with gorgeous sunshine and hardly a cloud in the sky.  Just look at the breathtaking Welsh coastline...

 rugged cliffs...

gorgeous sandy beaches...

squelching in the sand...

 catching tiddlers...

family time at the beach.

The accommodation in the park itself was great too, we stayed in a lovely caravan and there is plenty to do if you have little ones.  A family indoor swimming pool, play areas for the kids, restaurants and pubs, a chippy and also the show bar for evening entertainment.  The staff were all great too very friendly and helpful.  I am sure we will be visiting again soon...

I hope you have all enjoyed a last blast of summer too, wherever you are.

Back soon

Saturday 6 October 2018

The Blanket Stitch - Crochet Tutorial

The crochet blanket stitch is such a versatile pattern and can be used to create many items not just blankets.  You can use this stitch pattern to create hats, scarves, hot water bottle covers anything you can think of, just use the hook size recommended on your yarn ball band.  

This is a stitch tutorial only, if you are looking for the Sweet Dreams Baby Blanket pattern you can find it here...

Video Tutorial

The Blanket Stitch

 US terms are used throughout

sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
sp - space
sk - skip
st(s) - stitch(s)

Foundation chain loosely make a ch as wide as you would like your project to be, a multiple of 3 +1

Row 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, *sk2, sc in next ch, 2dc in same ch* repeat from *to* until last 3 st's, sk2, sc in last ch.  Turn.

Row 2 ch3, dc in 1st st, *sk2, sc in next st, 2dc in same st* repeat from *to* until last 2 st's, sc in sp between ch3 and dc of last round.  Turn.

Repeat row 2 until piece measures desired length.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

This stitch pattern creates nice neat edges so there is no need for a border, unless you want to add one of course.  You could add a row of simple shells like this baby blanket...

As there has been so much interest in this silver and pink blanket you can now find the full pattern here... or a printable PDF version is also available in my Etsy Store...

The stitch pattern works up great using yarn cakes too.  I made these ones with Caron Cakes.

A printable pattern for the Caron cakes blanket can be found in both my Etsy and Ravelry stores.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and please be sure to share your makes on my Facebook page or Instagram using #lullabylodge.

See you soon

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