Week 1 – Off we go!
So we’re off! I’ve started before you so I can make ALL the mistakes, and you don’t have to! I’m good like that! Actually, Eleonora’s pattern is excellent and if you read it carefully you shouldn’t go wrong…I did go wrong but that was because I hadn’t read the pattern properly! So that is my first tip! READ THE PATTERN PROPERLY! That is mostly just for me!
I hope you are all ready and have got your tension square done, yarn all lined up, hooks and pattern at the ready! There is lots to keep us going through week one.
Be calm, deep breaths, take your time and we can definitely do this!
If you are sitting comfortably, I will begin!
We start with a lovely bit of entrelac crochet. I haven’t done much of this before and it takes a few squares to get into the swing of it. It’s a lovely technique so take your time and I’m sure you can master it! It’s a great effect and actually pretty easy, using only stitches I’m sure you will have used before.
Eleonora also uses this technique in her Picnic on the Beach blanket and has done a really helpful video that you can find here:
She also has a nifty way of carrying ends and also shows that in a video:
The first couple of times when starting with Yarn B (Kelly Green) I didn’t start in the right place. You are working in a diagonal and need to start and the bottom right of the bottom square as on the diagram, creating a diagonal line of little squares going up and left. A couple of times I started on the row above for some reason so had to go back and add the bottom square. It didn’t matter in the end, but it would have been quicker (and less ends) to start in the right place! And don’t forget when doing the diagonal rows with Yarn B you don’t need to finish off after each little square which I also did a few times! To sum up, you just keep going on the diagonal with the same colour when using the Kelly Green from the horizontal line of squares at the bottom until you get to the top of the vertical line of squares on the left had side until you have 9 x 9 squares. Follow Eleonora’s diagram and you shouldn’t go wrong.
Here is my little dog Wren enjoying this project with me!
Talking of ends, Amanda is going to do a tutorial showing how to back our blankets with fabric when we’ve finished, so as long as your ends are secure, you don’t have to worry about weaving them in. If you do intend to weave ends in, do it as you go along. Ends are much more manageable if you deal with them each time you finish a section and don’t leave them to be the last part of the blanket!
On to the little basket weave rectangles. Only a couple of tips here. It’s a very short repeat of rows but I still kept forgetting where I was (I’m so easily distracted!), so I made a note of each row and that really helped. At the top of the note you will see that I put the starting stitch of that row which was enough to start me off and meant I didn’t have to refer to the pattern each time as the rows are very quick. If you are not familiar with front post and back post stitches there is an easy way to remember which is which. When doing a FRONT post your hook goes from FRONT around the post and to the front again creating a stitch at the FRONT of your work and with a BACK post, your hook starts at the BACK, around the post to the back again creating a stitch at the back of the previous row. Eleanora has provided pictures showing where your hook goes for these 2 types of stitches. There are lots of front and back post stitches in this blanket, so you will be an expert at it by the time we get to the end!
When doing the final border row in Yarn G, just be aware of where you are putting your hook and be careful not to miss the first stitch which is easy to overlook. I’ve put a picture here. My needle is in the first stitch which is the top of a chain 3. Just count these stitches as you go to make sure you are getting 13 stitches on the short sides and 26 stitches on the long sides. If you are finding you are a stitch short, you may have missed this one.
Or this one…it is easy to miss but it is a stitch.
And that’s it for week 1!
Before I go, Amanda and I had an idea to put some local Yorkshire sayings and colloquialisms in the blog for your enjoyment! We didn’t get off to a very good start as Amanda suggested there was a local saying with something about putting a sock down your pants, but I think that is all about something entirely different! So for this week, I am sending you a poem written in a Yorkshire dialect to see if you can work out what on earth it’s about! And you can try out your Yorkshire accent! Good luck!
If Thaz Yorkshire
Wen thaz darn sum forran street,
Anon strange ground thaz put thi feet,
An tha meets er bloke wier Yorkshire voice,
Dunt it mek thiart rijoice!
Wi no to uthers it sounds reet queer,
Burrits like music on thy tyke’s ear.
So nivver ang theidd in shame,
Thi Yorkshire tung tha shud acclaim,
Foh the’s nowt er matter withi intellect,
Bi proud er thi Yorkshire dialect.
My spellchecker is having a fit!
See thee next week!