Dienstag, 25. Juli 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Part 6

Hello and welcome to part 6 of the Rainbows after the Rain CAL, brought to you by Zooty Owl and Kokopelli Design! What an awesome journey it was so far and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. For part 6 you will add the first stripe pattern in between the first two strips of squares you joined for part 5. The stripe will be made of a variation of block stitch and I will explain below how to do it.

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Please check thelayout chart for how to placeyour squares and stripes or make up your own layout to get a personalized blanket. For part 6 you will need the joined strips of Dreamcatcher Squares and Traditional Granny Squares. These strips will be joined with a block stitch stripe.

Block Stitch is a very simple, yet effective stitch, which can be used for whole blankets or borders or like in this case for a stripe. So take your strip of Dreamcatcher Squares and crochet a row of sc to one of the long sides (the bottom dark bluerow in the picture below). Then the pattern starts. You don't turn your work, but always work on the right side from right to left.

Row 1: crochet a row of sc all along the long side of your square strip, make one stitch in each corner and one in the join in between your squares.
Row 2 (the turquoise row in the pictures): 3ch (counts as first dc), 1dc in the same stitch, *skip 2 sc, 3dc in the next stitch**, repeat from * to ** until the last stitch, 2dc in last stitch.
Row 3 (the white rows in the pictures): join yarn in the 3rd ch of previous row, 1ch, 1sc in the first dc (3ch), 1ch, *2sc in the space between the 3dc, 2ch**. Repeat to the last space between the 3dc and the 2dc at the end of the row. 1ch, 1sc in the last dc of the row.
Row 4 (the denim row in the photos): join yarn in the 1ch space of the previous row, 3ch (counts as first dc), 1dc in the same stitch, *skip next 2 sc, 3dc in the next 2ch space**, repeat from * to ** until the last space, skip last 2sc, 2dc in the last sc.

Make sure you end the rows in the correct stitches and don't accidentally add stitches to the ends, so your stripe doesn't end up wider in the end than in the beginning. 

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until the block stitch stripe is as wide as you squares. In my original Rainbows over the Namib Desert Blanket the squares were 13cm x 13 cm, so I made my stripe 13 cm wide. It's best to end with a row 4. Then take your Traditional Granny Square strip and join it to the block stitch stripe with the joining method of your choice. In the Rainbows over the Namib Desert Blanket I used a sc join.

If you have any questions concerning the patterns or the CAL, join us in the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long Facebook Group. We try to help!

Mittwoch, 19. Juli 2017

Venetian Square Motif

Anneke von Crochet in Paternoster auf Facebook hat vor einigen Wochen ein Häkelmotiv aus T-Shirt-Garn gezeigt. Seit ich es gesehen habe, ging es mir nicht mehr aus dem Kopf. Sieht das nicht toll aus?

My crochet friend Anneke of Crochet in Paternoster on Facebook showed a beautiful square motif made with t-shirt yarn on her page. Since I saw it, I had it in the back of my mind. Isn't it gorgeous?

Und gestern habe ich dann das Venetian Square nachgehäkelt, allerdings mit Häkelgarn Nr. 10 und einer 1,5 mm Nadel. Meins ist also nur 6,5 cm groß. So ein schönes Muster!

Yesterday I pulled out size 10 crochet thread and a 1.5 mm hook and made a Venetian Square, too. Mine turned out only 6.5 cm. Such a nice pattern!

Dienstag, 18. Juli 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Four Panels finished!

I'm a bit behind with the pattern of the Rainbows after the Rain CAL hosted by Zooty Owl and me, but I finally managed to finish the fourth panel for the floor cushions. Two more and I can join them them.

I really like how the fourth panel turned out, as it looks like little watermelons, which fits the Color theme perfectly (remember it's called "neonmelon"). In the photo below you can see the all Panels I finished so far with the Patterns from the parts 1 to 4 of the RAR CAL. Lovely, aren't they? Now on to part 5. :)

Dienstag, 11. Juli 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Part 5

Previous Posts
Color Inspiration
Color Inspiration 2
Part 1 Traditional Granny Square
Part 2 Dreamcatcher Square and Wheel of Time Square

It's time for part 5 of the Rainbows after the Rain CAL, I'm co-hosting with my lovely friend Zelna from Zooty Owl. I've seen so many beautiful crochet work during the last weeks and it makes me happy to be part of this CAL. Today, as the squares for my blanket are all finished, I would love to tell you a bit of my method of joining the squares and stripes of my Rainbows over the Namib Desert Baby Blanket. It's a bit different from how the bigger RAR blanket with chunky yarn, designed by Zelna, is joined. Since all the squares for my blanket are done, my part 5 is "only" joining the squares into strips with the method you like. I'll describe below how I did if for the Namib Blanket.

 For the Namib Blanket I joined all the squares into strips using Zelna's visible join. I used this join for the first time and have to say I really like it. For my Namib Blanket I have four rows of squares and three stripe patterns, which you can see above. When all squares a joined into strips, I add a row of sc to one long side of the first strip of squares. For the exact placement of the pieces, check the layout chart.

The sc row is the base row for the following stripe pattern. Then I add the stripe pattern directly to the sc row. After I finished the stripe pattern I take the next strip of squares and join it to the stripe pattern. Here you can use any method you like. I mostly use the sc join method. When you finished this step you add a row of sc to the square strip and continue with the next stripe pattern. When you joined the complete blanket you can add a border you love. In my case I used border #25 from Edie Eckman's book "Around the Corner Crochet Borders". Simple but lovely.

During my crochet "career" I already made several joined blankets and also some "groovyghans", afghans which consist of several patterns joined together to make a colorful and interesting blanket. Below you can see my version of Wade's Blanket I made during the Zooty Owl CAL 2015. This one now belongs to my youngest niece.

Another groovyghan I already made back in 2014 is the one shown in the photo below, created after a pattern by Tracy St John. I'm still in love with those colors and have that groovyghan sitting on my sofa since then. This groovyghan was all joined using the sc join and finished with a block stitch border.

When making a groovyghan, it really doesn't matter, how you join the single parts and what you add as a border. You don't have to follow the pattern, if you don't like a certain part. Change it, let creativity run freely, make the crochet piece your own by adding or leaving out parts. It's yours! 

And now have fun with part 5 and don't forget to share photos in the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long FB group.

Donnerstag, 6. Juli 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Halftime Post for Part 4

Halftime post for part 4 of the Rainbows after the Rain CAL! YAY! I had some good laughs from looking at the photos all the lovely CALers shared to the Zooty Owl Crochet-A-Long FB Group. All those poor innocent husbands and sons being forced to model the ponchos! *ROFL* Ladies, you are awesome! :D

Elaine Tuttle Schrock

Annelien Voss

Babsie Loubser

Elaine Tuttle Schrock

Anita Henry 

Heidi Brink

Kim Ryan

Kim Schaunaman

Lisa Stewart

Michele Vincent

Nicola McAree (my absolute favorite photo from part 4!)

Pat Wilkinson

Shannon Visser

Tricia Hoffman

Dienstag, 27. Juni 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Part 4

Hello, lovely Rainbow CALers, welcome back to part 4 of Zooty Owl's Rainbows after the Rain CAL (RAR) I'm co-hosting with Zelna!

Previous Posts
Color Inspiration
Color Inspiration 2
Part 1 Traditional Granny Square
Part 2 Dreamcatcher Square and Wheel of Time Square

Today the CAL has three parts depending on the piece you're making (the RAR Poncho in chunky yarn, Zelna's RAR blanket design in chunky yarn or my Rainbows over the Namib Desert in DK yarn).

For the poncho you're finished with the squares and will join them for part 4. YAY!

For Zelna's RAR blanket you will make the Bring me Flowers Square. This square is dedicated to Zelna's late MOM. She loved flowers and would always say "bring me flowers from your garden" when I phoned to let her know I was on my way for a visit.

And for the Rainbows over the Namib Desert you will make a five Sunny Flower Motif Squares. This square was originally designed by Zelna for the Happy Days CAL in 2014. I loved it so much, that I once made a table runner from this motif (see above) and now used it in my Rainbows over the Namib Desert baby blanket. The final placement of the squares can be seen in the layout graph below. I had to add some rounds to the original pattern to get the correct size fitting my other squares.

And now get your hooks ready and make sure to post your photos in the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-Long Facebook Group. Join us!

Mittwoch, 21. Juni 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Halftime Post for Part 3

 Welcome to my almost traditional halftime post! This one is for part 3 of the Rainbows after the Rain CAL and again it was an absolute pleasure to gather all those photos of the fantastic "Over the Rainbow Squares" our fellow CALers made. I'm beyond words, so have a look at the photos below! If you haven't joined us yet, hop over to the Zooty Owl Crochet-A-Long Facebook Group for more CAL fun!

Anita Henry (Dark grey makes the colors pop!)

Elaine Tuttle Schrock (Just WOW!)

Kokopelli Design/Andrea Müller (My own Over the Rainbow Square, whcih will become a cushion cover.)

Babsie Loubser (Love the red border, which frames the squares nicely.)

 Darlene Strasburg (Lovely seaside colors!)

Jamie Thorpe Woolums (Ah, more bright Colors! Can't wait to see this blanket finished.)

Lisa Stewart (Love the shads of green with the little bit of violet and yellow.)

Michelle McIaughlin (Michelle is working on a prodcution line with four squares at the same time.)

Nicola McAree (Lavender Fields! Yes, I can see and smell them.)

Pat Wilkinson (This really Looks like tie-dye.)

Shannon Visser (Love those "vintage" colorway. Like beautiful roses!)

Susan Hall (Pinks, purples and blues! What can be wrong with that? Nothing!!!!)

Susan Kuhl (How different these both squares look due to the color placement. Well done!)

Suzanne Struble (Suzanne says, she an old hippie in her heart. And this poncho is so perfect for you then! Looking forward to seeing this one finished! Tie-dye!)

Zooty Owl/Zelna Olivier (I'm a big fan of Zelna's color placement and with every new CAL I'm looking forward to the colorways she will come up with.)