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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New Elizabethan Ruff

New Elizabethan Ruff

A really easy pattern to create a soft warm neck warmer!

Christmas presents galore -this only takes a couple of hours to make and costs next to nothing.

Cream Ruff 1

 

Loom     – Rectangle Butterfly Loom

Materials – 50g Sirdar Ophelia, the cream is Milly and the Grey is Kitty, I bought mine from Deramores and cost £2.99 each.

3 buttons, size of a 20p piece minimum

Instructions:

Wrap the rectangle loom 6 times, following the instructions in your booklet

Use the ladder knotting technique following the diagram below and create 4 daisy patterns – to see a video of how to do the daisy pattern click here

Rectangle loom ruff diagram

Use the ButterflyBraid technique on the 3 central loops of one of the short ends to create an edging.

Attach 3 buttons to correspond with the 3 loops on the other short edge.  The buttons do not need to be the size of the loop, you just need to be able to ‘catch’ the loop to keep it snug around your neck.

That’s all there is to it!

Cream Ruff 2  Grey Ruff 1    Grey ruff 2

 

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