So we are here!  The last week!  It’s gone so fast!  How’s it all looking?  Are you ready to get going on the border or are you still working on a previous week?  No matter, you’ll get there when you get there! And the prize for being the first to finish goes to…no one! You see? No special prizes for finishing first! Everyone gets the same prize no matter when they finish and that prize is your beautiful completed blanket and a heart full of pride!

I don’t have much to tell you this week as, after all the fabulous work you’ve done, I don’t think you’ll have any problems with the border, just keep checking your stitch count.  A little fudging here and there won’t be noticeable!  I just have a few little pointers…

Before you start, have a good look at the yarn you’ve got left.  I only just had enough yarn K to complete round 3! I had a serious game of yarn chicken and won with little to spare!  You might want to change the border colours and just use the yarns that you have the most of.  It really won’t affect the overall look of the blanket and it will be nice to make it your own!

When you are working on round 4, you might just want to tilt your work towards you so you can see the stitches of round 3 better.

In rounds 5 and 6 you don’t make any corners, just carry on with your stitch pattern all the way around (htr, ch1, skip next stitch).

When you get to round 6 using H (Vintage Peach) I crocheted into round 4 without going over the stitches in round 5 (Yarn A, Raspberry).  This gives me a bit of a ridge on the back of my work where the round 5 stitches are pushed backwards.

It’s up to you how you do yours.  If you crochet over round 5 your border will lie a bit flatter.  I am going to treat this ‘mistake’ as an opportunity though and use the ‘ridge’ to attach my fabric backing!  Love it when things work out like that!

 

This is how it looks if you crochet over the stitches in round 5.

 

 

When you get to the final round, it might be best to identify your corners before you start and place a marker in the two places you will put the 2 x 2dc’s.  Use the stitches from Round 4 below (Yarn E Cloud Blue) as a guide to decide where your new corners will lie.

 

 

And that’s it!  We’ve done it!  I know for some people this will have been quite a journey!  I hope you are super proud of yourselves (we are VERY proud of you) and you must be anxious to show your beautiful blankets off!  Post them on social media immediately (tag us in #littleboxofcrochet) and start arranging those picnics!  We can’t wait to see them in action!

Don’t forget to look out for information from Amanda about backing your blanket if you want to join us for that.

Now before I go I will admit that as beautiful and wonderful as this county is, we do get A LOT of rain here in Yorkshire!  I remember one old man saying to me ‘It doesn’t rain all the time, only in between the showers!’  How right he was!  So I am finishing off with a poem about rain!  A popular topic of conversation in Yorkshire!

 

It rained and it rained and rained and rained

The average fall was well maintained

And when the tracks were simply bogs

It started raining cats and dogs

 

After a drought of half an hour

We had a most refreshing shower

And then the most curious thing of all

A gentle rain began to fall

 

Next day was fairly dry

Save for the deluge from the sky

Which wetted party to the skin

And after that the rain set in

 

Author unknown (but definitely from Yorkshire!)

 

So LBC’s first ever CAL is done! We’ve all really enjoyed it and hope you have too!

Thank you for reading my waffle and nonsense, there may even have been one or two tips and tricks that have helped a bit along the way.

Lets do it again soon!

Lots of love

 

Julie x x