Ignore the mistakes and this is perfect…

After many false starts I signed up for  weekly crochet lessons at the local college.  5 weeks later, not an expert, but I can do the basics.

So I decided to test my ‘skills’ with a small baby blanket.  I used Deramores studio DK in Frost for my main colour and then Mustard, Indigo, Topaz and Blush for the contrasts.

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Deramores Studio DK

I used the Medium Butterfly Loom and wrapped 6 rows in the Frost.

  1. Knot the outer intersections only
  2. Gather the inner sections into the middle to form a daisy
  3. Pass your needle diagonally under all of the threads and out the other side, at the  front pass the needle through the loop and pull the centre into place.
  4. Repeat for opposite diagonal
  5. Pass your needle under one of the petals and out the other side
  6. On the front pass the needle through the loop and pull the knot down towards the centre
  7. repeat for all of the petals and secure off.

 

I then used a series of treble and double crochet stitches in the contrasting colour.

 

Row 1

Starting in one corner, 3 tbl into the loop then  2 ch, *3 tbl into the loop then  2 ch* until you get to the next corner.

In each corner 3 tbl, 1 ch, 3 tbl, then 2 ch, *3 tbl into the loop then  2 ch* until you get to the next corner.

When you reach the corner you started, 3 tbl, 1 ch and slip stitch to join the beginning

The 2 chain are in the gaps and the 3 treble are around the loop

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Row 2

3 ch to start, in corner, 2 tbl  then tbl into each gap, I do not know how to describe this in the proper jargon, but basically I trebled into each gap and when I got to the corner I did 3 tbl, 1 ch, 3 tbl to form the corner – I am happy for someone to give me the right terminology!

Row 3 & 4

Double crochet into each gap

 

So where did I go wrong??

On the blush (pink) I did a white row 1 and all the others I did a coloured row 1

On the mustard one of the corners has come a little unravelled, I think I did not secure my starting end

I thought I had 6 colours (to make 6 squares) but then realised I had only 4 so I made the multi-coloured ones in the middle, which I’m not sure I like

The pink one is smaller than the others, one less row, also on the pink I did not start/finish on a corner so it has a bit of a bulge where it is ended

I should have done more in the white and followed the same treble sequence to give a deeper border.

 

Other than that, I think this is pretty good for a first attempt at crocheting.  The great thing is, it only took me 3 days to do, which I think is really quick (you might not?!) so it is really great to improve your crocheting with, the main part is done on the Butterfly Loom and you only have to do a few rounds and then join them together – I joined mine with double crochet.

 

The Butterfly Loom is available in 6 sizes and using the larger looms you can have a blanket made in no time at all!

 

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Baby Blankets

These are two baby blankets made using the same materials but on different looms.  They both use Inca Cloud Lemon Alpaca for the main body and the cream contrast is 50% British Falkland Merino and 50% Tencel.

This one is made using the Magic Butterfly Loom.  I wrapped one row per square and made 6 squares.  I joined the squares using the braid joining method.  As this is for a baby I thought the open weave might be too lacy for little fingers to get wrapped in, so I decided to put a backing on it.  I edged a piece of lemon flannelette with blanket ribbon and attached it to the back.  I braided one short edge to make the top of the blanket and  trimmed the other 3 edges to create a fringe.  Where the squares meet I needed to put a few extra fringes in.

Baby blanket - Magic Butterfly Loom Blanket - Magic Butterfly Loom - detail

 

This one is make using a Peg Loom,  I used single thread and used the fine pegs.  As the peg looms leaves you with tassels at each end I cut the one end short and then cut a piece of flannelette and blanket stitched this along the top to make a nice smooth edge.  I then added extra fringing to the bottom edge to finish this off.

 

Baby blanket - Fine peg loom                                          Blanket- fine peg loom - detail

The colours haven’t come out very well on my photos but these are lovely pale yellow.

 

Butterfly Looms and Peg Looms are available from my website Croft Looms.