On my hook

In between going to work, sleeping, thinking about sleep and trying to make our house habitable for a new small person, I have managed to squeeze in a bit of hooky here and there. On my hook at the moment is a dinky Vintage Stripe blanket in beautiful spring colours. (An Autumn baby can have spring colours, of course they can!) Bluey blue sky … yellow primroses … and green so fresh like the new shoots and leaves appearing on the trees. Two rows before I cook dinner, three rows before I got to bed. It all adds up nicely.

(Blue = 45, Green = 14, Yellow = 37.)

The yarn is Katia Merino baby (you may remember it from here), Katherine sent me another blue and green for my birthday this year and I love it. Initially I was a bit daunted because it’s 4ply, but it’s working up wonderfully quickly. That’s partly because it’s a narrow blanket of course, but it’s just so lovely and light to work with that you don’t get tired from it. Not that my usual DK is particularly heavy, but you know what I mean. Plus you get very good yardarge with 4ply!

One thing that I find with the Vintage Stripe though is that it’s very hard to sew in your ends neatly. The stitches aren’t dense enough to hide them and they look a bit naff. Still, never mind I’m sure Tiny Tin Bird won’t notice and a border will be distraction enough I’m sure.

I’ve tried to make a Vintage Stripe before and gave up on it ages ago. I started it in August 2009 (3 weeks before my wedding) using Patons Cotton DK and a 3mm hook. Error! 3mm is too small for that yarn and it’s very hard work. I made my foundation rows far too tight, and couldn’t keep my edges straight at all. Silly now I think about it because it’s so simple … work between the stitches and make an increase at the end of your row. That’s it! This time has gone much better, if anything my foundation row is looser than my actual work (I often find this, especially with ripples) and all of my edges are neat. The only slight niggle is that I’ve gone through some bits of the stitches early on, but you can’t really notice unless you’re looking for them.

What’s on your hook at the moment?

xxx

27 thoughts on “On my hook

  1. what a lovely blanket you have there. I am currently working on a ripple blanket for my daughter number one and another granny blanket for daughter number two. a couple of rows on hers and couple on the other. Hopefully it will be done before it gets cold:)

  2. Sue says:

    I like the colours in your new blanket. I have made small granny blanket with 4 ply and used a 2.5mm hook.

    I am currently chrocheting together an elmer type blanket. This is for my husband’s armchair so he won’t get newsprint all over it.

  3. OOOHHH Heather Loving the vintage blanket , I love the stripe and I love love the colours . You may have to show me this at some point . With regards to Monday I will ring around find out who’s up for it and where . ok , so hopefully see you tomorrow evening !!I will text you .
    Love Tracy

  4. OOOHHH Heather Loving the vintage blanket , I love the stripe and I love love the colours . You may have to show me this at some point . With regards to Monday I will ring around find out who\’s up for it and where . ok , so hopefully see you tomorrow evening !!I will text you .
    Love Tracy

  5. Lynne says:

    If all the yarn changes happen at the end of a row, and you are planning on a border – can you not enclose them in the border where they might be more hidden but it also saves you the bother of sewing them in????? Just a thought.

  6. Sharon Braxton says:

    Love the colors in the blanket. I have a new granchild on the way and though I haven’t started it yet, I am planning a Blackberry Salad Bobble blanket. I guess I really need to get started on that as the baby is due in January and I tend to be a slow crocheter. :)

    Sharon

  7. Sharon Braxton says:

    Love the colors in the blanket. I have a new granchild on the way and though I haven\’t started it yet, I am planning a Blackberry Salad Bobble blanket. I guess I really need to get started on that as the baby is due in January and I tend to be a slow crocheter. :)

    Sharon

  8. Hi Heather, lovely little blanket. I am working on a rainbow granny stripe for expected grandson and have slow growing pics in my blog. Not due till december so surely I can manage that lol.

  9. That is a lovely blanket. I don’t know what kind of border you are planning to use, but would it be possible to hide the ends in a border rather than in the stripes? Of course, that means you would have the awful task of doing them all at the end, but the right kind of border might hide them. Just a thought.

    I do enjoy your blog so much!

  10. That blanket it lovely – the colours are adorable. I’ve just finished a ripple scarf and I’m working on a very large granny square blanket and a tea cosy – then there’s that large stash of wool I’m supposed to be using too!
    Claire

  11. Sarah says:

    Dear Heather love those colours in the blanket. Am just on the border for a granny square throw but wish I had planned out the colours a little better! Then I really want to make an elmer type blanket with larger squares.

  12. Twigwoman says:

    Baby blanket here for a friend’s newborn grandson…. a variegated number in white pale mossy green a soft turquoise and a periwinkle – using Lucy’s ripple pattern…. what could be lovelier?!

  13. sarah says:

    My dearest friend of 33 years has been diagnosed with breast cancer… rushing thru a basket weave blanket for her to use over the next year

  14. sew says:

    What a lucky Baby Tin Bird!
    I’m making Lucy’s blooming flower cushion – after a few failed attempts I’ve finally cracked it.
    My granddaughter(just had her first bithday) is fascinated with my pile of woolly off cuts – I hope this is a good sign that she may have inherited a bit of the craft gene from Grandma :)!

  15. Nanita says:

    Another gorgeous blankie! I really must try this pattern, I love the neat look of it. I’m now working on a knitted shawl and a tiny squares blanket in many colours – 3 round granny squares joining as I go, and the blanket is supposed to become huge, so this one will take me months! x

  16. Hi Heather.

    I love your colours! I am also doing a huge version of this blanket (its an ongoing WIP)and it 220 ch across. Mahossive!

    I’m also doing some olypic bunting for my dad who is taking me to the games. A scarf for my nany’s birthday and also just treated myself to a beautiful few colours for a new project …. not sure yet … but i’m going to take a browse around your blog for some inspiration!

    Kate xx

  17. This is lovely – again I’m in awe of your colour-choosing skills, I would never have put those three together but they look great! I have some vintage stripe on the go at the moment too, but they’re scarves in the Hogwarts house colours for when my friends and I visit the WB studios next month :) xx

  18. Oh don’t ask Heather, honestly it’s feeling like the last 3 miles of a marathon ripple wise! (Not that I’ve ever done a marathon, and this is my first ripple!) I have 17 or so stripes to do – so double that really for actual number of rows to complete – on my Rhubarb ripple blanket and I feel it’s going to be with me for the rest of my life. I can’t be the only one who feels like this surely? Can I?!
    So in order to prolong the agony….I mean joy….I’ve been distracting myself with other projects. Like you do.

    Liking your colour combos on your project, very much.

  19. YO!

    Try sewing those ends actually through the top ot the treble stitch rather than between the two rows. Arrrgh! I can’t describe it, I did it that way and you cannot see my ends at all as they are running through the top of the trebles. I wish I were there to show you what I mean as I just can;t get the description right without lots of gesticulating.

    This is a gorgeous blanket. Perfect for September I think. The week Big was born was glorious. Granny had her breakfast outside every day. It was beautiful sunshine. Big had shocking jaundice so I used to strip him off and lay him by a hospital window and gaze out over Bristol wishing we’d get discharged. But he ended up in that light box thing for a week. He got a tan!!!!! Ha!

    xxx

  20. karen says:

    Oh my! That is soooo pretty!! I love the colours too! I was going to suggest weaving the ends into a border but I see a few other people beat me to it!!
    I have literally, 5 minutes ago finished a granny square blanket for a friends little girl. I was unsure of it to start with as she chose the colours herself, but now it is finished it looks quite pretty – busy, but pretty!! I also made a crochet Woody for a birthday present – finished that Saturday. So I guess that leaves me with – NOTHING on my hook!!!! So many choices as to what to start next…

  21. bec says:

    that looks lovely, will it end up beein quite light weight being 4ply? on my hook are more cupcakes for favours for my weddin in sept, stressin me out that i wont have enough!

  22. Kathryn says:

    Its gorgeous Heather, I don’t know how you fit it in! I am half way through a ripple blanket for my daughter but have run out of two of the colours so can’t continue til I buy some more, I have a border to do for a block blanket I made for me and I’m currently making Lucy’s blooming flower cushion! Maybe I need to get better at finishing what I start!….

  23. I love your vintage stripe blanket especially the colours. When I did mine I left the ends until after I did the border then threaded my ends sideways through the border. It’s not perfect and I don’t know if it would stand up to heavy use and washing, I just have mine draped over a chair. I hated my too tight foundation row as well! Next time I’ll do it on a bigger hook then change to a smaller one for the first row. xx

  24. I love your vintage stripe blanket especially the colours. When I did mine I left the ends until after I did the border then threaded my ends sideways through the border. It\’s not perfect and I don\’t know if it would stand up to heavy use and washing, I just have mine draped over a chair. I hated my too tight foundation row as well! Next time I\’ll do it on a bigger hook then change to a smaller one for the first row. xx

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