A Blanket for Jacob

It is done. Finally! With too many WIPs on my needles this took waaaaay too long to finish. But it does look nice: all these colored bobbles, the simple green edging, very “spring” – even the back side is pretty. I will mail it to Washington tomorrow. Supposedly, it is still winter over there …

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Granny Square Blanket

This is what I crochet when taking the train to work: a small size granny square blanket. Each square measures 12×12″ (30x30cm).

I am usually pretty good in boiling down stash but no matter how hard I try – some skeins seem to last forever. They’re mainly sock yarn in weird color gradients, hardly more than one skein each and I know I will never (ever) use them for anything “real.” However, I wanted to get rid of them AND at the same time I needed some easy crochet or knitting to take along with me. So I decided to make a blanket: 1 ball = 1 square.

This is where I am right now:

Granny Square Blanket Granny Square Blanket Granny Square BlanketGruesome colors, I know. How about joining them in turquoise? Same color for the edging. That will brighten up the blanket and unite its parts. Maybe not turquise but orange. Not sure yet.

However, another two and a half squares and I am done. That will make a nice, small blanket, 47×35″ / 120x90cm.

Have a good weekend.

Bobbly Blanket

Ta-daaah (as Natasja would say) – I have finally finished the Bobbly Blanket. Whoo-hooo!!

It’s very heavy (1 kilo = 2.2 lbs) and very beautiful. Plus, the feel of the bobbles is beyond description. Spontaneously all three of us decided that we’re going to keep all those bobbles. The blanket may stay in the livingroom for good!

Bobbly Blanket Bobbly Blanket Bobbly BlanketI have used “Regia 6-fädig” sock yarn that my friend Minette gave me for Christmas in 2012, plus sock yarn bits and pieces in various colors. And here’s how I did it:

ch a multiple of 4 sts plus 2.

Row 1: sc1 in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch of row (= multiple of 4sts plus 1); ch1, turn.

Row 2: sc2, * dc5tog, sc3 *; repeat from * to *, ending the row with sc2; ch1, turn.

Row 3: sc across; ch1, turn.

Row 4: sc4, * dc5tog, sc3 *; repeat from * to *, ending the row with sc4; ch1, turn.

Row 5: sc across; ch1, turn.

Repeat rows 2-5 until desired length. Make sure you have enough yarn. Bobbles are stash busters! If you want to use different colors: change color in odd numbered rows.

Edging: 1 round of sc in main color (3sts in each corner sts), 1 round of hdc in contrasting color (3 sts in each corner sts).

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Maschenzahl teilbar durch 4 plus 2

R1: 1 fM in die 2. Lfm und in jede weitere Lfm (= Maschenzahl teilbar durch 4 + 1), 1 Lfm, wenden

R2: 2 fM, * 5 Stb zus. abmaschen, 3 fM *, von * bis * wiederholen, die Reihe mit 2 fM beenden, 1 Wendemasche

R3: fM über die ganze Reihe, 1 WM

R4: 4 fM, * 5 Stb zus. abmaschen, 3 fM *, von * bis * wiederholen, die Reihe mit 4 fM beenden, 1 WM

R5: fM über die ganze Reihe, 1 WM

Die Reihen 2 bis 5 wiederholen, bis die Decke lang genug ist. Farbwechsel immer in ungeraden Reihen.

Umrandung: 1 Reihe fM (3 fM in jede Eckmasche), 1 Reihe hStb in Kontrastfarbe (3 fM in jede Eckmasche)

Knit the Bridge

No time to actually write a blog post, but I happened to come across some pictures (looking for something totally different – the web is weird) that I must share with you!

The Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh was yarnbombed into (supposedly) the US’ biggest knitted grafitti ever, made by 1,847 artists with more than 600 blankets. A “jaw-dropping endeavor” says Huffington Post and I could not agree more.

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Knit the Bridge has its own blog and a Facebook page with loads of pictures and information. Enjoy!

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Yarn bombing on the Andy Warhol's bridge in Pittsburgh

There will be a party on the bridge on Sunday – if only Berlin was closer to Pittsburgh … 🙂

Hannah’s Blanket

It’s been a while since Hannah over at NYAC suggested that we all do a blanket CAL together and I cannot believe we’re already accomplishing “week 6” in a few days. Hannah’s instructions and pictures are very nice and easy to follow and on Saturdays I seriously feel like doing homework when crocheting row after row according to her guidelines. So far, there has been no stitch or sequence that I did not like and of course I check Facebook the minute I am done to peek at all the others blankets that are just like mine and still so very different.

However, I am having (and have had) a hard time with some of the stitches due to the sock yarn I chose (and the fact that I am a perfectionist maybe … :)). Stitches like the Catherine Wheel or the Mirrored Chevron just don’t look right (to me) with a flimsy fiber. Consequently, I had to modify patterns to meet the yarn’s characteristics or – worse! – change them altogether. I endlessly grappled with the bobbles for example, as the second color would always shine through the stitches. At the end (exasperated …), I would crochet the row of bobbles in only one color as a compromise.

Yes, I have to admit: spending the weekend on 6 rows would occasionally take some of the fun. So finally, the day before last, I left work early to make it to the store in time (with regard to opening hours Germany is clearly not the U.S.) to buy acrylic yarn (probably similar to the brand Hannah is working with) and to start over. And it is with pride that I announce today that both blankets are “up-to-date” since last night!

But which one is nicer? I wish I knew! Here are the basics:

  • Crocheting the acrylic yarn is not only faster in speed but also faster in seeing a result. So far the acrylic blanket-to-be measures 16″ (41 cm) whereas the other one has only 10,5″ (27 cm). That is clearly an advantage.
  • Still, it is a lot lighter. Acrylic does not seem to have any weight at all. Now that I am able to compare, I totally prefer the weight of the sock yarn blanket-to-be. It seems to rather embrace the body – does that make sense?
  • Plus, the feel is different. Acrylic may be softer but sock yarn is thicker to the touch. I really like that too.
  • However, with acrylic yarn the stitches have more defined contours, they stand out and I love that. Looking at the Star Stitch (my favorite stitch so far) makes me smile.
  • Moreover, it’s easier to work over a second yarn (as for the bobbles) and even the Mirrored Chevron worked out straightaway with all stitches being even and nice.

In short: I have no favorite, I like them both, but I would probably prefer to snuggle with the sock yarn blanket. So I asked the expert at home and – guess what – J too decided in favor of the sock yarn blanket.

Of course, I will finish both of them. The first one because it is so much fun to make it (acrylic yarn)  and the second because it will be rewarding to finish my “master piece” (sock yarn) 🙂

What was your choice of yarn and why? Are you happy with the result (color, texture, feel …)? I am seriously impressed by all the different variations of Hannah’s blanket that I have seen so far! What would you do differently if you would start anew? Or wouldn’t you change anything at all? I am very curious to get to know the story behind your blanket!

Happy Crochet on Saturday 🙂

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