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Monday Blues (and Pinks and Oranges and Greens….)

How lovely to have a little bit of extra time this Bank Holiday weekend, with family around, intermittent sunshine (a bit more wouldn’t go amiss though!) and some itsy ditsy little crochet projects that I’ve dipped in and out of over the last few days. All just purely for fun. The last Granny Stripe rounds of the Mexican blanket are all done. I really want to finish this once and for all and as I only have an edging border to do now it looks like my many months long WIP will be a WIP no more, maybe even by the end of today! I love this blankets rainbow of colours a bit more each time I pick it up.

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Designed with cheering up the winter months in mind, it’s looking even more gorgeous in the bright late spring / early summer days.

The only problem remains to choose a design to finish it off with. There are so many lovely borders in this book that I’m spoiled for choice, which will probably hold me up a bit as I agonize over which one I like the look of the best!

I also need to decide what to do with all my leftover bits. Looks like I got a bit carried away with those granny square centres.

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I’ve spent some time joining a few together and now I’m thinking of a cushion to match the blanket… This is looking sweet so far.

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It reminds me of Elmer the Elephant. Even the colours are pretty much spot on. It must be an omen! An Elmer inspired cushion it is then….

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We set up a day bed at the top of the garden on Friday evening, initially expecting lots of lazy, loungy and luxurious lolling around in the sun – ever the optimists. Ok, so it hasn’t quite turned out to be the Ibiza type climate I’d hoped for but it’s been quite warm, if a little cloudy, with only one rain shower so far. The new bed area makes for a pleasant spot to sit and think and I hope I’m going to get much more use out of it over the coming months.

Minnie loves it, though I’m a bit concerned for the air mattress with her sharp claws, especially when she’s doing her kneading thing! Lots of layers of blankets are the answer, I think. Good job the new one is nearly finished so I can add it to the pile.

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Minnie appears to be quite interested in the beginning of an improvised crochet project designed to be both useful and pretty.

As you can probably guess, it’s a toadstool inspired piece and it’s turning out just how I wanted, though I’m not following a pattern. I’m not even writing it down as I go along, which is pretty rebellious for me! Sometimes it’s good to freestyle for a while, forgetting about stitch counts and row numbers and just seeing how things turn out. I’ll come back and post more pictures when it’s finished, but for now, it’s Bank Holiday Monday afternoon and the sun is breaking through the clouds and shining through my window…

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I’m off outside again to tidy up the loose ends of the toadstool project and make a start on the final lap of the blanket,

Now to decide whether to settle in at the table…

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Or on the bed… I think the bed wins this time – It does look rather comfy.

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Bank Holiday or otherwise, I hope you’re having fun in your part of the world! See you soon x


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Ready, Freddie, Go!

“Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball (of yarn, naturally)
Don’t stop me now, if you wanna have a good time, just give me a call…
…. Don’t stop me now (yes I’m having a good time)… I don’t want to stop at all… yeah!”

As well as being a famous Queen quote it also sums up how I feel about crocheting generally so you can imagine I certainly had a blast when I was making my miniature version of  Freddie Mercury. A good friend of mine made a special request some time ago and after several months of loitering on the to do list this little project was eventually finished. I loved putting on all the details that really made him special and identifiable. The moustache and hairy chest were the deal clinchers there I think, though of course the signature yellow jacket/white trouser combo helps a lot too!

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I thought it would be nice to put this up as a free pattern with a cheeky request for a voluntary (but by no means obligatory) donation to The Mercury Phoenix Trust to show your appreciation of The Man, The Trust, The Good Cause and The Pattern!

The pattern can also be accessed from my free patterns page but I’ve made it super simple by adding the download button to this blog post too. Just scroll down to get your hands on a copy. It’s got lots of step by step photos so don’t be afraid to give it a go.

But first let me show you some more of Freddie’s classic moves!

What a legend!

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You can easily make a donation to the MPT by clicking the banner below.

xxx Many thanks if you managed to spare a bit of dosh xxx

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Let’s spread the Freddie love all over the planet with the power of crochet!

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Download Freddie Pattern by clicking the button below.

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Don’t forget to come on over to my Facebook Page and share your crocheted Freddie pictures. I would love to see how they turn out!

Here’s a super cool version by Laura Sutcliffe. Isn’t he just FAB?!!

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Come on folks, let’s get a whole bunch of miniature Freddies rocking those hooks!

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(For all you Poldark fans I’m planning on making a Ross doll next. It will be crochet therapy designed to assuage these withdrawal symptoms I’m feeling in the eye candy wasteland between series!)


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Mexican Stripe Basic Stitches

I’ve had a few questions about how I made my Mexican Blanket and which stitches it uses so I thought it would be good to share the basics with you in a little photo tutorial. Here’s a reminder of where I’m up to so far with it. Thought that’s not quite an accurate summary, as I have actually darned in all those ends now and added a few Granny rows down the long sides, but you get the general idea!

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So here goes! (and please remember all my patterns use US terminology, for the UK equivalents scroll down to the bottom of the free patterns page).

I used a 4.5 mm hook and double knit (light worsted weight) yarn for this blanket.

Firstly make your required number of squares by following the first 2 rounds of this Granny Square Pattern – (pictures 1-12). Make sure you leave a 12″ (30cm) tail on the last round of all but one of the squares. These will be used to join the pieces, and because it’s already attached it means a few less ends to darn in afterwards (hooray!).

I’m making a little cushion here, so I’m using five squares in alternating colors.

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Join the squares together using the yarn tail attached to each one. With wrong sides facing, insert your hook through the front loop only of the front square and the back loop only of the back square. Yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook to form a Slip stitch, continue in the same way in each of the remaining 8 front and back loop pairs. (9 Slst made)

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Fasten off and weave in the yarn ends so it’s all nice and neat, ready for the next stage. Set the Granny Square Strip aside for now and begin on the Shell Stripes. Here’s the basic maths straight out of my sketchbook:

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You can make your patchwork piece any width you like. To make yours bigger (or smaller) just make 9 ch for each square you have and add on an extra 2 ch. The last 3 ch acts as a turning chain and are also counted as a dc. You’ll notice there are 4 dc in the first and last shells only and three in the ones in between.

I began by chaining 47 in this example, but however many you make follow this pattern and the maths will still work:

(Make all your stitches in Row 1  in the ‘bump’ at the back of the chain)

Row 1: 3 dc in fourth ch from hook, [skip next 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch] to last 4 sts, skip 2 ch, 4 dc in next ch. Fasten off and cut yarn.

You do end up with  an extra stitch at the end of each row when you come to join it to the Granny Square strip but that  wont notice once you come to put the border on and the extra stitches at either end  mean you can space the sc in the next row evenly. It also gives you a nice extra stitch to crochet around when you begin to make the border later on.

Row 2: Starting at far right of row, join colour 2 by inserting your hook through the space between the first 2 dc, make a slip knot and put on hook, ch 3, [skip 3 dc, sc in next shell space] to last 4 sts, skip 3 dc, sc in space between last 2 dc. Fasten off, cut yarn.

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Row 3: Starting at far right of row, join colour 2 by inserting your hook into the first chain space, make a slip knot and put on hook, 3 ch (counts as first dc) 2 dc in same 2 ch space, [3 dc in next 2 ch space to end]. Fasten off, cut colour 3.

Repeat Rows 2 – 3 as many times as you wish, mixing the colours up as much as you like and ending with a Row 3.

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When you have as many rows as you want, line up the joined squares and the stripes with wrong sides facing and crochet the edges of the stripes and squares together with slip stitch in the same way that you joined the squares to each other. Darn in the ends at the back of the work.

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Finishing Row 1: Join your chosen colour to the space between the topmost 2 dc on the far right and make 3 sc in this space then 3 sc in the same space on each row.

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When you get to the Granny Squares section, sc in the back loop only of all 9 stitches on the edge. Cut the yarn when you get to the end of this row.

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Try not to get mauled if you happen to have to share your crochet obsession with a cat!

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Time to take a break while Minnie has a nap on my handiwork, again!  I took my eye off the ball for a few seconds and I’m way too indulgent to move her. Well it’s the perfect size for a cat nap and I could do with a cup of tea anyway! It will also give me a moment to finish writing this up without too many typos as she’s nearly as fond of lolling about on the computer keyboard as she is of lying on crochet.

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If you look closely you can see that once I finished the row of single crochet down the side I put in a row of 3 dc shells down the long side of the crochet piece.

Finishing Row 2:  Begin at the far right again. Make 3 ch and 2 dc in the second sc in from the edge, [skip 2 st, 3 dc in next st] to end, skipping the very last st. Repeat the whole process on the opposite side and that should really have neatened things up a bit.

I hope that all made sense. It’s very straight forward really, as you can see, though Minnie has done her best to complicate matters!

I’m off to crochet the back now and when I get a chance to snatch the rest of my crochet away I’ll darn in those stray ends and make it into the cushion cover I originally intended it to be. I think Minnie’s going to love it even more once it has a squashy feather pillow inside it!

I’ll be back to share when I’m done. I hope you can join me. xxx

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Update: Minnie’s gone to do her evening prowl of the neighborhood so I get to show you the finished panel now.

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