I was both shocked and delighted with how many people got in contact with me about this pattern. Some who have made it already and others who like me struggled a little bit with the pattern on at least one of the squares. I hope that I was able to help those that asked for it. I love hearing from you guys.
I have previously posted about making the celtic comfort blanket which you can read about here. As I was getting to the final couple of squares I decided that I was going to make some changes to the final blanket. I have gone beyond the point of just wanting to get a previously abandoned project finished to wanting this project to be something I am really proud to show off…. as should be the case with all projects.
Before I get into the nitty gritty of my project upheaval I want to explain why it has taken me so long to get to this point. After my restarting this crochet project from its first abandoment I have found that my hands are now longer up to the task of crocheting from morning to night as I have been doing in the past. As with all crafters at some point Repetive strain injury or as its affectionately known in our house ‘a crafters worst nightmare’ becomes a thing.
My hands start to cramp and swell making crocheting difficult. To help combat it I have to take longer and more frequent breaks as well as massaging my arms. However, I have managed to mix it up by doing some sewing or other project planning during these times just to give my hands a rest. Anyhooooo! onwards to what you really came here for….. free patterns!
In the original free pattern I downloaded they just crocheted all the squares together and that was the end of it and while its a beautiful pattern I just wanted to put my own spin on it to make it personal to me. I won’t lie I am making it up as I go which seems to be the running theme of all my craft projects which some times works and other times I need to go back to the drawing board all of which I document just for you guys. At the moment what I am doing is working for me even if I have to fudge it a bit.
On each of the patterned squares I am adding on 2 rounds of cream colour edging in double crochet (uk terms). To turn the corner of each square just add 1DC, 2chain, 1DC then continue with 1DC spread evenly around each square. When you get to the end of the second round slip stitch into the first stitch of round 2. Chain 1 and in to the same place as the slip stitch 1DC 3 chain, skip 2 DC and in the third 1DC repeat for the full round except on the corners where you continue to 1DC, 2chain, 1DC. Repeat all this on each square.
If like me you end up with 4 stitches or 2 stitches at the end of your final round just fudge it. Fudge it any way you can that it still looks even and in my next post I will show you how I join them all together…… at least when I figure out how I am actually going to do that.
This is as far as I have got to. I hope I have explained it in a manner that can be understood by anyone other than myself. If not, by all means get in contact and I will try my best to translate what I have just written for you. I am also toying with the idea of posting up a video so that I can show you as I go. Ill keep you updated on that.
Till next time X