How to add a simple shell border to a granny square baby blanket - Crochet Tutorial

A pretty shell border is the perfect way to finish off a crochet project.  You can use it to edge a blanket, a hat or even the cuff of a sleeve... Simple Shell Edging Abbreviations US Terms dc - double crochet sc - single crochet sl st - slip stitch ch - chain sp - space Adding your border to a granny square... Starting on any odd numbered round, join your yarn with a sc, 3 spaces to the right of any corner, then work 7 dc into the next sp... ...and sc in the next sp. Now working into the corner sp.  Into this and every corner make 9 dc... ...and then a sc into the next sp. Continue in this fashion around your granny square until you get back to the beginning.  Join with a sl st to you starting sc. A row of simple shells makes a great edging for a baby blanket... ...and I'm sure you can thing of many other uses for this pretty stitch. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See you soon Cat

The Granny Flower Square - Crochet Tutorial

The Granny Flower Square is probably the most simple flower motif out there and can be used to make almost anything your imagination can think of.  Of course my most favourite thing to make has always been blankets and I have made many in the past using this motif. The Granny Flower Square This pattern now has a video tutorial (new for 2021)... Abbreviations dc - double crochet tr - treble crochet sl st - slip stitch  ch - chain  sp - space Instructions in parenthesis [  ] are repeated the required number of times.  Join new colours with a sl st.  Start each round with a ch 3 or chain less dc unless otherwise stated.  US terms are used throughout. Foundation Ch 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring Round 1 work 12 dc into the ring. Round 2 work 2 dc into each space between the stitches from the previous round. Round 3 work 3 dc into the spaces between each pair of stitches from the previous round. Round 4 starting in any sp ch 4, 2 tr, ch 2, 3 tr in the same sp (corner made), [3

The Granny Stripe - Crochet Tutorial

Who doesn't love a granny stripe?  The granny stripe blanket is in my opinion, the most quintessential crochet blanket of them all...  They have been around for decades and the basic pattern is so easy to master.  You only need to know a few basic stitches and in no time at all, you can create a gorgeous, squishy, stripy, colourful blanket, perfect for snuggles on the sofa. The Granny Stripe US terms are used throughout. Abbreviations  sc Single crochet   dc Double crochet   sl st Slip stitch   ch Chain   sp Space    sk skip  Notes:  You can use any yarn weight you like with this stitch, just use the hook size recommended on your yarn ball band. Foundation Chain    a multiple of 3 + 1 (keep chaining until you reach the required width of your blanket). Row 1 dc in the 4th chain from hook, *sk 2 chains, 3 dc in the next chain* repeat from * to * until the last 3 chains, sk 2 chains and 2 dc in the last chain. Turn. We will now be w

How to Make the Perfect Granny Square (without twisty corners) - Crochet Tutorial

Everyone loves a granny square and there are many different ways to make them and many tutorials available on the web.  This tutorial particularly focuses on avoiding that "twist" you get after working a few rounds in the traditional method.  This is particularly helpful when making large granny squares or a giant granny square blanket. The Perfect Granny Square Abbreviations  (US terms) sc - single crochet dc - double crochet sl st - slip stitch  ch - chain  sp - space Other notes: I used a 5mm (H) hook with Aran weight cotton yarn to make my squares, but you can use any yarn you like, just use a hook recommended on your yarn ball band.  I like to start my rounds with a chainless dc, you can do this too if you wish, or just stick to the traditional ch3.  Join new colours with a sl st, if you wish to make your squares a single colour, sl st into the corner sp to start next round.   Foundation  Chain 4 and join with  sl st to form  r

Granny Flower Love!

Well hello everyone!  If you have been waiting for another stash busting post please accept my apologies, I have had a couple of commissions that have taken up all of my time and the stash busting will have to wait.  So, I will share 1 of those with you instead. I was very fortunate enough to receive an order for a single bed blanket.  I don't make large blankets very often, so it was a refreshing change.  My customer chose the colours and the design.  She wanted granny flowers on a cream background.  The room the blanket was intended for was to have Cath Kidston wallpaper and so the colours were chosen around this... I used Stylecraft Special Aran for this project.  I find an aran weight yarn is much nicer for making bigger blankets and the Stylecraft aran is so soft and squishy.   Colours used  - Lemon, Pale Rose, Cloud, Aster, Pomegranate, Pistachio, Baby Pink and Cream. First I make all the flowers Then surround them with cream.  I a