New Year, New Blanket…

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Hello!

January signifies the start of a new year long blanket project for me – 2017 will see me working on a Sky / Weather blanket

Using Lucy’s Neat Ripple pattern from Attic 24, I will crochet a row each day, the colour influenced by that days’ sky colour / weather

My yarn of choice for a blanket like this is Stylecraft Special dk – the colours I’ve chosen are:

Aster – clear blue skies

Cloud Blue – blue sky & puffy white clouds

Silver – grey skies

Grey – rain

Graphite – stormy

White – snow / fog

As you can see the first week of January has brought quite a lot of grey skies & rain here in Staffordshire, interspersed with two rather beautiful sunny but chilly days

I hooked up a 213 stitch foundation chain which has given me a width of 120cm – as the blanket will potentially have 365 rows (!!) & be exceedingly long, I’ve decided to make 2 blankets, each one 6 months long

Full project notes can be found on my Ravelry page

Looking forward to seeing how this develops…

 

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Simple Stripey Jar Cosy

Jar Cosy 1

A versatile little crochet project that has many uses –  tea-light holder, flower vase, storage pot for crochet hooks or pens or whatever you like…

This pattern will make a cosy to fit a 340g Tiptree jam jar but is very easy to adjust to fit any size jar that you may have stashed away! The pattern for the little flowers is from Lucy at Attic 24

I’ve used Stylecraft Special dk with a 4mm hook – Yarn A Grass Green & Yarn B White – I like to support small independent businesses & currently purchase this yarn from Lynn at Lusciously Loopy

Once you’ve mastered the basics,  get creative – use different sized jars, change the colours, alter the stripes, embellish with buttons or crocheted flowers…the possibilities are endless!

Notions required:

  • scissors
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch marker
  • notepad & pen

Pattern:

With Yarn A start with a slip knot on your hook – 2ch

rnd (round) 1 – 6dc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

  • ss to join – 1ch

rnd 2 –2dc in each dc (12)

  • ss to join – 1ch – pull tail yarn to close

rnd 3 – 1dc in first st (stitch), 2dc in second strep (repeat) to end (18)

  • ss to join – 1ch – you may find it useful to start using a stitch marker now

rnd 4 – 1dc in first 2st, 2dc in next strep to end (24)

  • ss to join – 1ch

rnd 5 – 1dc in first 3st, 2dc in next strep to end (30)

  • ss to join – 1ch

rnd 6 – 1dc in first 4st, 2dc in next strep to end (36)

  • ss to join – 1ch
  • 6 rnds are sufficient for this size jar – if your jar is bigger just add further rnds in the same way increasing the 1dc in the first stitches each rnd

rnd 7 – 1dc in each st blo (back loop only) – insert your hook through the back loop of each stitch not through both – this will create a neat line for starting to work upwards (36)

  • ss to join – 1ch

rnds 8 & 9 – 1dc in each st (36)

  • change to Yarn B – ss to join – 2ch

rnd 10 – 1htr in each st (36)

  • change to Yarn A – ss to join – 1ch

rnds 11 & 12 – 1dc in each st (36)

  • change to Yarn B – ss to join – 2ch

rnd 13 – 1htr in each st (36)

  • change to Yarn A – ss to join – 1ch

rnds 14 to 19 – 1dc in each st (36)

  • change to Yarn B – ss to join – 2ch

rnd 20 – 1htr in each st (36)

  • change to Yarn A – ss to join – 1ch

rnds 21 & 22 – 1dc in each st (36)

  • ss to join – 1ch – if your jar is taller, just add a few more rnds now
  • the next rnd is the decrease(dec) rnd for the neck of the jar – as this jar cosy is crocheted in an amigurumi style, dec in flo (front loop only) as this will create a neater dec

rnd 23 – 4dc, 2dctogrep to end (30)

  • ss to join – 1ch

rnds 24 & 25 – 1dc in each st (30)

  • fasten off, weave in ends & slip your jar into your lovely cosy – sit back & admire your  hard work!