So I’m working on a new blanket. I’m using a similar colour scheme to the one I made for the back of my sofa (because it’s going to go on the back of the other sofa).
However, this time I’ve decided to make it out of nine granny squares rather than one large one. I’m also being all geeky and matching the numbers of rows of each color to the Fibonacci sequence, so 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13.
I posted a picture of my green and pink granny square blanket the other week. However, it was being blocked and I wanted to show it on the back of my sofa.
I apologise for the lighting but it was a beautifully sunny day so a slightly overexposed photo doesn’t seem so bad.
This is the only granny squares blanket I’ve made and I really like it. When I look at it, it reminds me of starting it on the train to Matlock and building my confidence to crochet publicly.
I’ve realised that as lovely as these long projects are I need shorter ones too. I love that feeling of completing something. To that end I’m currently crocheting my third (slightly larger) hedgehog 🙂
In my post a couple of days ago, I teased with a few photos of the comforter I’ve crocheted. I intentionally didn’t show the whole thing because I wanted to take some better photographs, in natural light, with a better camera. Also, I felt, it deserved it’s own post!
I am so pleased with how it’s turned out. The (Sirdar snowflake) yarn I used makes the granny square beautifully soft and fluffy.
Attaching the head to the comforter was something I’d seen on Pinterest (I think). I loved the idea but thought that it would look better if attached at the corner rather than in the centre of the square. The pattern I used for the teddy bear head is available free here. I did, however, adapt the ears and rather than creating inner and outer circles opted for one half circle per ear.
I’m really pleased with the way this turned out and will definitely be making more… perhaps with other animal heads. My Husband suggested adding paws too, which I quite like the idea of. 🙂
Recently, I’ve been working with Sirdar’s Snowflake chunky yarn and I thought I would write a short review.
This is a fleecy polyester yarn that caught my eye as I was perusing the range at hobbycraft. I was in the market for some yarn to make baby things so this really seemed to fit the bill. Not knowing the gender of the babies I’m crocheting for, I opted for neutral cream and light brown.
The first project I’ve used it for consists of two parts: a striped granny square comforter and an attached teddy bears head (There will be a more comprehensive post about this during the next few days).
For the granny square I used a 4mm hook. The yarn crocheted together nicely and I’m really happy with the resultant square. The only issue I encountered when crocheting the comforter was when I needed to frog (undo) a portion of my crochet. The yarn seems to latch to itself and I had to be quite firm when pulling my stitches undone; at the time I worried the yarn might snap but it didn’t. The yarn sticking to itself in such a way may actually, in the long run, make it more suitable for it’s purpose. Hopefully, it will resist the rigours of little hands 🙂
The nature of the yarn makes the stitch definition poor. However, you get a wonderfully soft fluffy effect.
I used, or attempted to use, part of an amigurumi teddy pattern to create a head to attach. This was really difficult and I must admit I considered giving up at one point. As I’ve mentioned, the yarn results in poor stitch definition. I really struggled to see what I was doing. I remedied this by using another strand of dk yarn alongside thus making it a little easier to see the stitches I was working. Persevering was well worth it the finished comforter looks lovely.
Overall, I’m really happy with this Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky yarn the fluffy effect the yarn has produced is fantastic; and it was very reasonably priced. I shall definitely be using this yarn again but am now prepared for difficulties I may encounter.