Category Archives: Blankets

The Blues II

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Here it is! All those blue hexagons have been sewn into a lovely soft baby blanket.

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In this picture you can already see how I’ve arranged the hexagons. On the bottom of the blanket, they are very dark, and then going to the other side, they become lighter and lighter.

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I love the idea that there are only 4 shades of blue used for this blanket. Most hexagons have only been made twice. To play with colours like this is what I really like.

 

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Upside down it gives a completely different look.

 

Groetjes, Dorien

Tumbling Colours

The idea was to start blogging again on a regular basis, let’s say once or twice a week. And then Microsoft and Google started arguing and Windows Live Writer was out. No blogging for me.

I’m not really a nerd or a wizkid so I needed help from others to fix this. Husband?…. too busy. Son?….having final exams at school. So I had to wait. Husband is still busy, son has finished his exams and has made it!

And now it seems the argue is over and it all should work again; we’ll see.

So here is the post I already wrote a couple of weeks ago.

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Can I say: TADAAAAH ?

Yet another blanket is finished. The idea came to me when I was making a patchwork piece according to the ‘disappearing-9-patch’ design. Would this work with crochet?

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Because cutting up crocheted squares didn’t really appeal to me, I thought of a different way of getting the same look. This means that in the end only 2 sizes of squares are made.

Squares are joined as-you-go, so pretty soon it was a joy to work on this blanket; never cold!

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Again I used one of my favorite yarns: Drops Safran, lots of white, 7 bold and 7 soft colours. But the blanket can be made with any kind of yarn you like, although I wouldn’t recommend bulky or lacey yarns.

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The border is kept quite simple.

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Of course the pattern is available in the shop.

Groetjes, Dorien

Boho Crochet Book

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Finally I can tell you about a little secret I’ve had since last Summer. Back in August I received an email from a lovely woman called Hazel, who asked me if I was interested in having my blankets featured in a crochet book she was making. Of course I was! I never dreamed of something like this.

The book is finally published and has 30 lovely colourful projects, from very small and easy to quite large and a little bit more complicated. Nothing too difficult.

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There is a book for the US market and one for the UK. The covers are slightly different, but the content is not, except for the crochet terms, which differ in both countries.

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The book contains 2 projects from my hand. The Colourwheel Hexagon Blanket, and of course The Happy Colours Blanket.

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Besides these, you can find a range of beautiful designs and projects in the book, all made by different designers.

Edit: The book for the UK is released by Apple Press, the book for US by Martingale.

Groetjes, Dorien

Happy Colours Galore

As promised I have collected pictures from the wonderful projects that have been made with the circles-in-squares pattern I made for my Happy Colours Blanket.

Of course there are a few beautiful blankets made:

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Love the randomly chosen colours of both smaller and larger circles, as well as the placement of the circles.

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In opposite to the other projects, here was chosen for a limited amount of colours, and some circles ar made with just 1 shade, others with 2, and the larger circles sometimes with 3. Simple but stunning.

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Only small or only large circles: the difference is huge, but I like that in both blankets the colour choices are seem tho be thought through very carefully.

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2 Square blankets, one with a very straight alignment, the other with the circles scattered around. One pale, one bright. And yet, somehow these blankets look as if they belong together.

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This blanket too is made with a limited amount of colours, but the look is very bold and bright too. It shows that with only 2 different large circles a blanket can become this beautiful.

And then there are some very special projects:

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How cute is this? A very warm welcome into the world I think.

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A smaller project! Just a panel to cover a bag, made with selfstriping yarn. I can imagine a blanket may be a bit daring for a lot of people, but this shows how you can make a wonderful small item, with smart use of yarn and pattern.

Another project which isn’t too big: a cushion! In this case the large circle is in the corner, but it could be anywhere.

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The simplest idea I can’t show because the lady whose idea it was, didn’t give me permission to use her photo, but all she did was crochet the circles in different sizes, not make them into squares, but just sew them onto a pillowcover.

And the showstopper can’t  be anything else then Gordana’s beautiful Pouf cover.

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She was one of the first ladies who used the pattern, and what an amazing job she did!

I hope you enjoyed this little gallery of happy colours!

Groetjes, Dorien

Blue Monday

Hello on this wonderful Monday. Time just went so fast this weekend, that I again didn’t have the opportunity to answer your lovely comments. But they are very much appreciated, so THANK YOU!!

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As you can see we still have beautiful weather, and it is hard to imagine fall should start next week. Only all of these little spiders everywhere are telling us that it it really true.

Because it wasn’t possible to exercise this last year, you can imagine my weight has increased a bit (and another bit…)

So my wardrobe needs adjustments. But, somehow I really think I have this agreement with Mr. Murphy I don’t know anything about, because after buying some fabric, my serger  broke down, and exactly the same day the shop-owner went on a holiday for a month. So, finally, last week I could buy a new serger and start sewing again.

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Very simple, very easy. A blouse/tunica made with a with flowers embroidered brown linen.

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As you can see the fabric is very loosely woven, which makes it quite airy and light. It’s a pleasure to wear.

I even found an old scarf that matches perfectly.

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Finally, today a package arrived. I had been looking forward to it for quite some time.

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Guess what was in it…..

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These blankets have been on a trip abroad. Where they went? I’m afraid I can’t tell you yet! But it was a huge surprise to me, and I will tell you all about in a little while.

Groetjes, Dorien

A new blanket made with an old pattern

Hello, how are you?? My life is at the moment a bit boring. Reading a lot, and because my hands are not as sore anymore, a bit of crochet.

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This is Fietje. Usually she is upstairs and doesn’t come down as long as Fleur is in the neighborhood. But now, because I can’t walk with her, Fleur has gone to stay in a kennel, and this little hero dares to come into the living room. Here it looks as if she is asking permission to come closer, but don’t let it fool you; it’s more as if she is warning me that she is.

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first step

 

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second step

 

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Just perfect! She can be there for hours. So it is quite a miracle that I managed to finish the blanket.

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I’ve used the pattern for the Happy Colours Blanket. The only difference is that for the all the circles are made of 1 colour, and the small squares have circles of 1,2 or 3 rounds, and the large squares have circles of 4,5,6 or 7 rounds.

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The border is made using a pattern from Edie Eckman’s book “Crochet Borders” (nr. 22)

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This last pic shows how big a difference it can make what you do with a pattern. The same yarn and colours have been used, the same pattern, just a different way of using it.

Groetjes, Dorien

Summer Hexagon Blanket

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Hello! Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post. Usually I try to respond to each and every single comment in person, but this week was so strange that all I wanted to do was crawl under a big warm blanket and leave the world outside. Nothing serious, I just wasn’t very happy with myself.

So I took my yarn and hook and finished a new blanket. I started with hexagons arranged using the colour circle as a guide.

Starting in the left upper corner going round clockwise: blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, green, back to blue. Because I wanted to let the colours kind of flow, I used the colour circle, and I arranged the hexagons as I described here.

Because this wasn’t large enough for a nice blanket, I made two exact the same pieces.

The piece on top was turned and both pieces sewn together.

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This way the colour sequence is still according to the colour circle, but not in a way which looks forced.

This blanket was made with Drops Safran (I know, I use it a lot!!), and measures 125 x 135 cm (49 x 53 inch), it weighs approximately 1350 grams, and I used 16 skeins of white, and every colour available except black, brown- and grey shades.

The only thing I’m still wondering about, is whether it needs a border or not.

By now, my couch is starting to look very colourful; maybe I should make some solid coloured pillows?

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Have a great weekend!

Groetjes, Dorien

Hexagon Update

Hello ladies! This week the weather is a bit like a roller coaster; yesterday is was 30 degrees, now ‘only’ 19, which is about average for this time of year. I can only hope it will stabilize somewhere this summer, but I guess that wouldn’t be really Dutch, would it?

I thought it would be nice to give you a little update on my hexagon blanket.

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What I’m doing is gradually changing the colours. This means starting with a hexagon with only one colour, let’s say yellow:

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Then adding one colour, first for the first round , then for 2 rounds:

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With a third colour I make a hexagon with three different rounds, and then again like the three above.

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Going on like this, with darker shades in the same colour range, you can get something like this:

I’m almost done with crocheting the hexagons, so every day I sew on a few of them.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Large circles in a square, tutorial

After telling you about my new blanket last week, I received a few questions about how to make the large circles and squares. So here is a tutorial about them and about how to make them into a blanket.

You start the same way as for a small circle and crochet 3 rounds as described here.

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Round 4: ch 3, dc into joining stitch, dc into next 2 st, *2dc in next st, dc into next 2 st* , repeat until end, join with a sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch.

Round 5: ch 3, dc into joining stitch, dc into next 3 st, *2dc in next st, dc into next 3 st*, repeat until end, join with a sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch.

Round 6: ch 3, dc into joining stitch, dc into next 4 st, *2dc in next st, dc into next 4 st*, repeat until end, join with a sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch.

Round 7: ch 3, dc into joining stitch, dc into next 5 st, *2dc in next st, dc into next 5 st*, repeat until end, join with a sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch (84st)

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Now before I go on, I’ll explain first the dbtr stitch:

dbtr = double treble crochet = 3 yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), *yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops*, repeat 3 times.

Now you can make your circle into a square.

Join yarn in any stitch, and chain 1 (counts as first sc).

sc into next 3 st, hdc in next 2 st, dc in next 2 st, tr in next 2 st, (dbtr, ch, dbtr) in next st.
*2tr, 2dc, 2hdc, 8sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 2tr, (dbtr, ch, dbtr)*, repeat 2 times,
2tr, 2dc, 2hdc, 4sc, join in first chain.

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Final round: ch3, dc into joining st, dc into next 9 st, (2dc, 1tr, ch, 1tr, 2dc) into corner stitch, *dc into next 21 st, (2dc, 1tr, ch, 1tr, 2dc) into corner stitch*, repeat twice, dc into next 10 st, join in top of initial 3ch.

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That’s it!!

When I made my blanket, I sewed 5 small squares on to the large ones, and put them on the floor. I didn’t want to have the large squares in nice rows, so I tried a few layouts, made a picture, and sew the squares together.

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For the small circles I used 3 shades of the same colour, for the large circles, I used 4 shades: the first 3 I used 2 rounds, and the last shade only 1 round.

All squares were sewed through the back loops of the final round.

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After all the sewing, I crocheted 2 rounds for a border; 1 round of sc, and 1 round of dc.

Edit: For this blanket I used ‘Drops Safran’; 15 skeins of white, and all colours available except black, and brown- and grey tones. The weight of the blanket is just over 1200 grams.

Groetjes, Dorien

Tadaaah!!

Sorry for this incredibly boring title, but I really did feel like using it!

It’s been more than a week since my last post, but don’t worry, everything is absolutely fine up here. I’ve just been working very hard to finish my blanket.

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As much as I like to crochet, I don’t like to sew together the squares, and there were just so many of them.

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And there is a little surprise for you! 250 Little squares is not enough to make a good sized blanket, so I came up with this idea:

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Instead of circles of 3 rounds, I made circles of 7 rounds, and then made them into squares.

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There wasn’t a real plan of putting the blanket together, I started by sewing together a few small squares, adding a large one, and making larger blocks this way. This way the blanket ‘grew’ and the colours were used totally at random.

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The border is kept very simple: one round of single crochet, one round of double crochet.

All these happy colours are now brightening up our living room; I just have the odd feeling they are asking for some matching pillows.

Groetjes, Dorien