Inspiration from Patchwork Quilt Designs

When I come to end of one project, there is always a sense of excitement that I can start a new one. Yes, I am one of those really annoying people who are very strict about having ONE project on the go at any time. I have to stick to my rules otherwise I would never finish anything!

But sometimes when the time comes to start a new project my head is buzzing with all sorts of ideas, and it can take a while to really crack on and make a sample and see if works.

For this project I have used the technique that was used for my Rainforest Patchwork Squares and my Violet blanket.

The inspiration for this project came from modern quilt designs, particularly the disappearing 4-square designs. I decided to make 4 differently configured squares, which I will later come to join to form a larger square. My basic design was as follows:

My 4 square designs

I then joined the squares in groups of 4 and then edged the group in a darker colour.

More details on this pattern is coming soon.

The Crossed Stitch Granny Square Blanket – full pattern and video now available

I am pleased to finally publish the pattern for my Crossed Stitch Granny Square Blanket. The full free written pattern can be found here.

In addition to the free written pattern, there is also a video tutorial to help you with making the Crossed Stitch Granny Square. A video for joining and the border is on its way soon.

More colour blocks

I have to admit that I am a bit obsessed with colour blocks and single colour squares. I think this is because I just want to make something with as few ends as possible to sew in. I also had some beautiful Paintbox Simply DK yarn in my stash that I have been saving for that perfect project.

You can buy Paintbox Simply DK yarn here (affiliate link – if you buy anything via this link, at no extra cost to you, I may get a small commission which helps me to run my website).

My first task was to work out what stitch combination I wanted to use. In the end I went with a combination of two different stitches – a combination that I used in a previous project or two, see if you can work out which ones.

Initially I was not happy with how the edges looked, so my second task was to work out how to create a perfectly straight edge. This took loads of attempts, but I was really happy with the outcome – more on this coming soon.

My third task was to work out how to do the join. In the end I went with a join similar to that I used on my Rainforest Patchwork Blanket, but with some little differences.

Now my task is getting the bulk of the blanket finished………and when the weather is fine I can sit in the garden and get in the crocheting zone!

I have had lots of comments on social media calling this the ‘ice-cream’ or ‘Neapolitan’ blanket – not sure what I will call it but it does remind me of ice-cream!

Retro Stripes

This has been my focus for the past couple of weeks. This project is worked in stripes – it took me while to work out which stitch to use. The end result is very pleasing with not too many gaps in. The colour scheme reminds me of the 1970s retro colours, but also a bit of an autumn feel too.

This pattern has a very simple one row repeat, so hopefully will be simple for me to write up and should be coming very soon.

Violet Blanket Pattern

My Violet Blanket is finished! Pattern and further details now available free here. Perfect for a stash-buster or to have fun with different colour combinations.

This pattern uses the same stitch and principles as my Rainforest Blanket. It is work practising the join-as-you-go slip stitch join, but once you get the hang of this it is super easy and relaxing