Refuge.org blanket

(323 Posts)
PurplePidjin Thu 13-Sep-12 07:57:47

refuge.org.uk/2012/06/13/knit-for-refuge-campaign-gets-underway/

A few of us fancy doing a few squares for this, so here's a thread!

As blankets need to be 4x6 squares (24 total), the idea is that we arrange ourselves into small groups by geography and do a few each, then meet to put them together and eat cake

I'll link the previous Location thread shortly so folk can add themselves and get organising thanks

PurplePidjin Thu 13-Sep-12 08:01:37
SoupDragon Thu 13-Sep-12 12:05:12

But it uses the K word

BarbaraWoodlouseGoesForGold Thu 13-Sep-12 12:51:46

Krochet? wink

I would like to contribute please, but I think I'm on my own location wise smile. I'll happily make some squares and post them on and eat cake on my own if anyone wants to buddy up with me.

Just a thought, and this is based on my complete lack of knowledge - are there any left over squares from previous Woolly Hugs projects that could be put towards a refuge blanket?

tinierclanger Thu 13-Sep-12 12:58:39

I would like to knit, but am probably too shy to meet up. blush
Can I be another knit-and-poster?

SoupDragon Thu 13-Sep-12 13:20:22

LOL - clearly the Clangers aren't brave... I'm too shy for meet ups too grin

PurplePidjin Thu 13-Sep-12 14:43:46

Shredded, we try very hard not to have spares! Any leftovers are used to raise money - one went for Anthony Nolan, another will be auctioned for SANDS next week smile

We need a volunteer to put together a posted one, if folk are going to be wussy wink

Thank you for the info pidj, I'm glad they all get put to good use smile.

tribpot Thu 13-Sep-12 18:34:54

I'm happy to put together a posted one as I have someone at home most days for any parcels that won't fit through the letter box.

However, I might impose some draconian restrictions such as garter stitch edges - do people think that is outrageous?

Not outrageous at all trib (do you mean a few rows at the top and bottom and a few stitches either side to make a border?).

tribpot Thu 13-Sep-12 18:48:13

That's it, Shredded. I'm just thinking of a few simple tricks that might make the squares look more like each other or easier to put together. As these are only 4x6s they'll need a bit of unity, I think - and as we're doing several, they don't all have to be alike.

Somersaults Thu 13-Sep-12 19:12:29

I'm in!

I'd like to crochet as well as knit though but that will probably cause problems if they need a garter stitch edging. If I knew how to join I might be tempted to volunteer myself as a joiner for a crocheted version to go along with a knitted if that's what trib is doing but I honestly don't know where to start!

DutchOma Thu 13-Sep-12 19:43:50

If I have squares I can join.

tribpot Thu 13-Sep-12 20:15:10

I thought this might be a reasonable one to separate into a crochet blanket and a knitted one or two, Somersaults.

PurplePidjin Thu 13-Sep-12 23:14:07

For this, i suggest we go for cheapie acrylic - quantity is better and it'll be easy to wash (I'm thinking b+b type accommodation and laundrettes at least while families find their feet)

Knitters: stocking stitch squares with a 5 row/stitch border. Feel free to be creative in the middle.

Crocheters: Grannies with a final row of solid dc. I'm happy to talk people through if they need it smile Again, creativity in the middle is fab.

How about knitters send to Trib, crocheters send to Oma and they can send on to others if they're swamped? Is that ok? Addresses on request via pm.

Colour scheme... Shall we stick to yellows and whites so they can be for either sex, or go for clear Pinks and Blues?

Sounds good - I will need to source and buy wool on line, so can anyone suggest a brand please?

tribpot Fri 14-Sep-12 07:28:49

Shall we go for a brand that's readily accessible? I'm doing something with Sirdar Snuggly DK at the moment but the Recycled DK is nice, or the King Cole gives us a shedload of colours to work from. Paton's Smoothie is nice too.

As there will be a number of smaller blankets, I think we can choose a colour scheme/yarn that works per blanket - Shredded, what would you like to do? I quite fancy the Paton's Smoothie in Lime and Cream? Or the Recycled in Seashells maybe?

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 07:43:22

Anything 100% acrylic in double knit, i reckon - good suggestions from Trib. I'm hoping to stash bust a big blush

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 07:43:40

*biT

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 07:48:46

The Stylefcraft DK is dirt cheap and nice (provided you're not using it in a high humidity area!)

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 08:08:08

I've ordered from here before.

And I'm not just suggesting this because I have a load in a drawer...

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 08:09:23

I've had issues with the Smoothie coming up stiff, although a short tumble dry sorted this out. I think I have some of this in cream and possibly the bright yellow and sage green.

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 08:18:45

My local Pound Stretcher does some nice cheap wool...

I think quantity over quality on this one (although I've got acrylic stuff for PidjChick that relatives knitted for me!)

tribpot Fri 14-Sep-12 08:20:49

The Stylecraft gives us lots of options, Soupy - and widely accessible too. Are you wanting to join in the knitted blanket with Shredded and me? 3 or 4 to a blanket sounds like it could make it quite straight forward.

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 08:22:27

I
Don't
Knit

How could you suggest such a ting? shock wink grin

I coud probably put together a crocheted one or two for the unsociable gits shy ones grin

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 08:33:18

Soupy and I will be hooking angry

We need more recruits, too. Anyone fancy crusading across Chat?

tribpot Fri 14-Sep-12 08:35:07

Lordy - I've committed a yarn craft faux pas of the highest order, haven't I?? wink

I do like the sheeniness of the Smoothie, but will check with my previous blanket recipients to see if they've had problems washing it.

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 09:06:36

Anything man made will be fine at 40 smile

I'll join in - just give me very very simple instructions on pattern and yarn.

I'm probably safer knitting but could attempt a wobbly granny if required.

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 11:34:20

I washed my stiff baby blanket made of Smoothie and then tumble dried it. It survived and softened up nicely smile

tribpot Fri 14-Sep-12 13:26:44

Barbara - for the time being, I'll assume you're in with me and Shredded, I'm just waiting to hear if she's happy with the yarn suggestions.

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 13:50:20

If anyone has leftover Woolly Hug yarn

Barbara, wobbly crochet is fine and I'm always around for questions if you get stuck smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 15:22:28

I'd like to contribute, it would be crochet, I need to read your instructions.

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 18:21:02

Pistey, we're due a coffee so I'll talk you through it if you like?

Soupy, you, me + 1 other = 6 squares each to make a crochet blanket. How do people feel about that?

I'm happy with the suggestions trib - either is fine with me <indecisive>. I may be able to get someone to bring some wool with them when they visit in a a couple of weeks if I can't get it here.

OK, let's do the two colour lime and cream you suggested <decisive>. I will order a couple of balls of each to be going on with in case it's just the two of us smile

PS, keep forgetting to mention Deramores discount code 15WEEK until midnight on 18 September smile

Somersaults Fri 14-Sep-12 19:30:01

I'll be the other crocheter smile

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 19:39:47

Team Hooker - colours tbc
Pistey
Somersaults
Soupy (c)
Pidj

Team Knitter - lime green and cream
Shredded
Clanger
Trib
Oma (c)
Barbara

Plenty of room for more on both teams smile

Anyone going to do teddies? I once invented a pattern for a Tiny Teddy crocheted all in one go using popcorn stitches for ears/nose/arms/legs. I could post it if needed?

tribpot Fri 14-Sep-12 19:48:55

Shredded - what's easier for you, I don't know if you'll end up having to pay for UK postage if you order online? I should say, Deramores also has a 20% discount on Rowan at the mo as well. But their cheapest DK is a 100% cotton - although this'd be a great yarn for the mini-hugs, for these Refuge blankets, I think something that can be washed and dried quickly would be better.

So, do you want to see what you can get locally and we'll go from there? Alternatively, I'm happy to do a Deramores (or similar) order for all of us so it qualifies for the free postage, and then post your balls (so to speak) on to you.

If Somersaults is crocheting, does that mean we've won Barbara back to Team Knit?

I'm happy on Team Knit Trib. If you're happy to have me. I'm a plain and essential gal but will try to keep up with you all. smile

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 20:06:37

Shredded, do you have a Walmart near you? Or Jo-Ann?

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 20:07:21

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/_chat/1564453-Blanketty-Crafty-Cakey-Meet-Up-Dahn-Sarf-Sign-in-here

Southern meet up thread smile

Somersaults Fri 14-Sep-12 20:12:33

High five Team Hooker! Colours? Yarns? Yay!

(it's Friday night and I'm home with a baby asleep in bed, a husband at the pub, and two weeks worth of recorded TV to catch up on at my disposal so I'm a little bit giddy tonight!)

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 20:17:36

I have a load of a lovely dusky rose sitting in my stash going spare, we could go Girlie?

Somersaults Fri 14-Sep-12 20:18:53

I like girlie. What kind of yarn is it?

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 20:29:00

Cheap n cheerful i can't remember

Somersaults Fri 14-Sep-12 20:37:09

Do we need to all use the same yarn though? Or does it not matter that much? I'm possibly doing a deramores order tonight so I can order some appropriate stuff if I know what I'm looking for.

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 20:54:47

I probably have some Stylecraft in girlie colours

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 20:55:24

And I assume the C by my name means Cake? As in I get to eat lots?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 20:56:45

Can someone just PM me when you decide Team Hooker, tell me what I need to do? Ta

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 20:57:08

How come you are having Cake Soupy?

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Fri 14-Sep-12 21:07:22

Any space on Team Hooker, if so count me in

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 21:11:17

Because there is a C by my name,on the team sheet, Pistey. obviously.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 21:12:22

I thought that was Captain, like in the netball team.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 21:12:50

and if we are playing netball, I shall be GA

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 21:13:16

Lord,no... I've never been captain of anything in my life. It must mean I get to eat cake.

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 21:17:04

GK. i.e. tall, can't shoot, generally crap.

Somersaults Fri 14-Sep-12 21:38:49

I'm WA/WD ie short, can't shoot, generally crap.

And I'm sure Team Hooker has space smile

Also, can you imagine if we turned up for a netball league? "Yes... Team Hooker... Too tall, too short, generally crap... That's us"

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 23:35:43

Team Hooker - colours tbc
Pistey
Somersaults
Soupy (c)
Pidj
PantryBoy

Team Knitter - lime green and cream
Shredded
Clanger
Trib
Oma (c)
Barbara

(c) stands for captain, constructor or chief cake chomper as required wink

I was in Refuge with my DS when he was 2. He was given a Linus quilt which he will keep for ever. It was such a wonderful thing to be given, and meant such a lot to me as we didn't have much. I make Linus quilts regularly to try and repay what I got, but would love the opportunity to make a blanket or some squares. On behalf of the recipients, Thank You thanks you wonderful lot smile

VintageEbonyGold Sat 15-Sep-12 01:22:50

I have started crocheting. So far I have about 2 metres of chain stitch blush I'd love to help but feel a bit useless only going in a straight line. When do you need to finalise teams? I can try and practise more advanced techniques later today or would I be best spending a few weeks practising before trying to join?

Thank you

I also live in the middle of nowhere, scotland so would probably be a poster too as the only things round here are sheep but they don't eat cake so I'm happy

nerves

trib, that's super kind of you, but I've ordered the wool. It sometimes takes a couple of weeks to arrive, so I will be a bit behind.

I'm thinking of doing some plain garters and some of the team hearts (without the lacy edge). And maybe some stripes to break them up a bit (I just did one of the three colour stripes in last year's refuge book and very nice it is too - in burnt orange, purple and apple green cashmerino)?

PurplePidjin Sat 15-Sep-12 09:45:22

Thank you, Todays, it's lovely to hear things from the other side as it were thanks and I'm glad you're back on your feet now smile

Ebony, there's a crafty Scottish meet being arranged, let me find you the link and get some proper help. Youtube is also your friend, and I've got several people untangled recently. We'll get you there in no time grin

PurplePidjin Sat 15-Sep-12 09:47:46

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/arts_and_crafts/1564435-Woolly-Hugs-Glasgow-meet-up-Monday-24th-September

There you go. There's also one in Winchester on the same day for us Southerners

stressedHEmum Sat 15-Sep-12 11:34:09

I can knit some squares for this, too. What type of yarn? need it spelled out in small words today, have a bit of a mushy brain on as have been overdoing this week after an ME crash.

Won't be able to do a meet up, sadly, just not well enough., can I post?

Stressed wait for Trib or Shredded to confirm before you order but I think Team Knit is going with Patons Smoothie in lime and cream.

Sizing etc still TBC but requirement is for garter stitch border to aid joining together.

tribpot Sat 15-Sep-12 13:14:50

Stressed, Barbara is right. We have started a Team Knit project using Patons Smoothie in Lime (1010) and Cream (1019). I'll PM you some more info. However, please don't feel compelled to join in with that project, I think we will probably have at least one more Team Knit project running alongside that. Sorry to hear you're not well - my DH suffers from fibro/chronic fatigue so I know a bit about what it's like sad

stressedHEmum Sat 15-Sep-12 17:13:20

trib, I'll get a couple of ball of the wool. I would really like to help with this project, as well as the Little Hugs Yorkhill one. I do some work with WA helping women move on from refuges and I know how much little things like this can mean to them.

As long as no-one minds some plain squares, it's all good.

VintageEbonyGold Sat 15-Sep-12 17:30:05

Thankyou Pidjin, have been over to the thread. I've also progressed to double today quite well only knotted one square and managed a curved one

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Sun 16-Sep-12 13:47:57

Does anyone know which yarn the crocheters will be using?

SoupDragon Sun 16-Sep-12 14:16:09

I think we were going for something like Stylecraft DK. ie acrylic

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Sun 16-Sep-12 14:26:51

Stylecraft sounds good I happen to have 30 different colours

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 14:36:25

HEMum, please don't push yourself unnecessarily and make yourself ill thanks

Go Ebony! I'm doing a carseat blanket for PidjChick just in dc, lovely and snuggly (think there's a pic of the bear square on my profile?)

Crochet is just cheapie acrylic in girlie colours. I have dusky rose that needs using, will try and get a good picture later smile

Somersaults Sun 16-Sep-12 15:58:32

So can I definitely go ahead and order some style craft in pinks and purples and start going at squares? Are we having a theme? Like flowers or hearts or anything like that?

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 16:54:58

For once i haven't lost the label shock

Sirdar Snuggly shade 0261 grin

I have 50g plus a bit, so shall i make 6 plain solid granny squares meaning you guys can go nuts on the embellishments?

tribpot Sun 16-Sep-12 17:07:49
PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 17:22:21

Bugger, it's a lovely colour too! and i can't afford to buy wool specially maybe i should use it for a Little Hug, then?

I've also got an Imperial Shitload of Robin Bonny Babe in cream, which is bog standard 100% acrylic dk, is that any good?

tribpot Sun 16-Sep-12 18:05:51

Well your blanket doesn't need to be all in one colour, does it? I'm sure of the other Snuggly DK pinks/purples would go nicely with it.

Deramores order for Patons Smoothie: Done

I didn't order some more woolly hugs yarn to get free postage, no siree

Ready for me to pester you for pattern adaptations to fit required sizing, Trib? grin

tribpot Sun 16-Sep-12 18:30:09

Actually Barbara Shredded and I have been discussing the possibility of throwing convention to the wind and doing <drumroll> double-sized squares. You should be able to fit the roof of the Sistine Chapel in 30cmx30cm wink

Well, it's only an idea for now, but I'd quite like not to have to be constantly adapting patterns!

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 19:02:13

And you'd only need 6 squares in total grin

HairyPotter Sun 16-Sep-12 19:11:34

Can I play? I've ordered a few balls of cheapo stylecraft for the little hugs project, but I'd like to fling a few squares this way too.

Whose team can I be on? <needy>

Can I use the wool I've ordered?

tribpot Sun 16-Sep-12 19:14:36

Hairy - at the mo, Stylecraft is the yarn of choice of the hookers, although Pidj is also proposing the Sirdar Snuggly DK.

At the moment, the knitters are favouring Patons Smoothie, but fear not if your preference is to knit.

HairyPotter Sun 16-Sep-12 19:18:23

I'm trying to teach myself to crochet, however it's not going well blush
I might go and have a look at the patons woolliness. You can never have too much yarn can you smile

Somersaults Sun 16-Sep-12 19:21:15

I haven't actually ordered anything yet so can go for sirdar snuggly if that's preferred. I think any pinks and purples would all blend together nicely.

I like the sound of double sized squares Trib and Shredded.

Hairy, I agree with you. My DH does not hmm grin

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 19:33:12

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/_chat/1564453-Blanketty-Crafty-Cakey-Meet-Up-Dahn-Sarf-Sign-in-here

Winchester meet up if you're nearby and need a hand, Hairy. And maybe someone could bung me a bit of spare Stylecraft?

You're not actually expecting the Sistine Chapel are you though, Trib? [worried]

tribpot Sun 16-Sep-12 20:27:57

Not arf, Barbara wink Okay, no not at all.

PurplePidjin Mon 17-Sep-12 08:13:57

Have we got a consensus of crochet yet?

SoupDragon Mon 17-Sep-12 08:55:34

Um...
Stylecraft DK or similar acrylic
Girly colours

Were we meant to be agreeing on something else?

[clueless]

PurplePidjin Mon 17-Sep-12 09:01:08

No problem, 6 plain cream squares queued up in the WIP list grin

Somersaults Mon 17-Sep-12 19:25:03

I think I'm going to order the attic24 style craft colour pack and then I've got plenty of blanket wool in for this and the little hugs too. So yeah, style raft dk suits me perfectly.

My Patons Smoothie is here smile

<Flexes Fingers>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Sep-12 12:00:30

[evenmorecluelessthanSoupy]

Stylecraft DK or similar acrylic - yes
Girly colours - yes

but how many?

SoupDragon Tue 18-Sep-12 12:01:47

How many in Team Hooker?

Oooh Barbara, lucky you - off you go then!

PurplePidjin Tue 18-Sep-12 12:13:12

Team Hooker - colours tbc
Pistey
Somersaults
Soupy (c)
Pidj
PantryBoy
VintageEbonyGold
HairyPotter

Team Knitter - lime green and cream
Shredded
Clanger
Trib
Oma (c)
Barbara
StressedHEMum

(c) stands for captain, constructor or chief cake chomper as required

PurplePidjin Tue 18-Sep-12 12:15:43

Please copy the lists and add yourself if you'd like to join!

7 people, 4 squares each sound reasonable?

SoupDragon Tue 18-Sep-12 12:18:53

That's 28 squares though... 24 for a blanket so we'd need 20 extras to get 2 blankets. I can make extra but possibly not 20 smile

HairyPotter Tue 18-Sep-12 13:21:20

Team Hooker - colours tbc
Pistey
Somersaults
Soupy (c)
Pidj
PantryBoy
VintageEbonyGold

Team Knitter - lime green and cream
Shredded
Clanger
Trib
Oma (c)
Barbara
StressedHEMum
HairyPotter

(c) stands for captain, constructor or chief cake chomper as required

I've defected onto Team Knitter. My attempts at crochet are shameful. Lime and cream are probably the only colours I didn't order. I go and order more in a min. My Deramore order has just arrived but the colours are pinks and purples for the little hug projects.

Any particular shades of lime or cream needed?

HairyPotter Tue 18-Sep-12 13:32:18

Ignore that, just noticed the colours recommended blush Trib can you pm the details to me. I an very dim and still pretty rubbish so I would need you to speak slooooowly. grin

Am I doing 4 squares with a garter border?

tribpot Tue 18-Sep-12 13:36:52

Hairy - I think we will end up doing 2 blankets, so you may not want to order, but our colours are Paton's Smoothie DK in Lime (1010) and Cream (1019). However, this blanket will not be getting under way for several weeks as we wait for the yarn to make its way to Shredded. I also have some quite specific ideas for it, so I'm happy to ensure we have two teams working alongside each other. I'll start a thread specifically for Team Knitter.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Sep-12 13:45:07

Team Hooker - Can I go ahead and order stylecraft in girly colours assuming it is going to be a minimum of 7 sqs? And will I post to you Soupy?

PurplePidjin Tue 18-Sep-12 13:51:06

Team Hooker

4 squares each
Girl colours. (i bagsie cream!)
100% acrylic, eg Stylecraft
Double Knit weight
Posting to Soupie

thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Sep-12 14:05:02

plain squares then?

PurplePidjin Tue 18-Sep-12 14:22:46

As fancy as you like, Pistey thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Sep-12 14:26:43

In more than one colour?
Just making absolutely sure...

Any more room on Team Knitter? Fancy doing a teddy bear...

PurplePidjin Tue 18-Sep-12 14:34:01

Team Hooker - Girlie
Pistey
Somersaults
Soupy (c)
Pidj
PantryBoy
VintageEbonyGold

Team Knitter - lime green and cream
Shredded
Clanger
Trib
Oma (c)
Barbara
StressedHEMum
HairyPotter
DroitwichMummy

(c) stands for captain, constructor or chief cake chomper as required

Numbers are more so we can work out how many squares each person needs to do smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Sep-12 14:37:43

I'm going to do purple and cream then

Woolfey Tue 18-Sep-12 16:09:36

Soupy/Team Hooker - I can't stretch my time to help with this but if you would like any wool buying for it then I'm happy to help, just PM me.

tribpot Tue 18-Sep-12 16:22:03

droitwich - just to be clear, you're wanting to do a teddy rather than a blanket square or two? That is perfectly fine.

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Tue 18-Sep-12 17:05:03

I shall go for pinks and cream in Team Hooker, can someone clarify the size please, I have 6" in my head but I could be wrong

SoupDragon Tue 18-Sep-12 17:23:18

I've searched the link in the OP and, eventually, found out that the sqares are indeed 6".

they seem to be after two sizes of blanket... the 24 square is a cot blanket and they also want 48 square child blankets.

Trib I will start with a bear and see how the time goes. If I have time left and we need them I may then do a square (or 2!)

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Tue 18-Sep-12 17:48:16

Thanks Soupy - what size hook is everyone planning on using?

SoupDragon Tue 18-Sep-12 17:49:04

4mm, because that's all i ever use!

tinierclanger Tue 18-Sep-12 17:53:02

Am already a bit muddled about the Knit Project. Should I order yarn and start knitting or are there more instructions to follow?
Sorry! <thick emoticon>

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Tue 18-Sep-12 18:02:29

4mm is good for me not that I have a huge collection of hooks in nearly every size, oh no not me

PurplePidjin Tue 18-Sep-12 18:09:16

Get it and get started but no rush because the yarn still has to get to Shredded in the States smile

tribpot Tue 18-Sep-12 20:57:13

Team Knit thread - clanger, I haven't heard back from you so at the moment I have you down for the Less Bossy Blanket but let me know.

tinierclanger Tue 18-Sep-12 21:14:30

Sorry trib have PMed you. And will post on other thread!

Thanks for the new thread trib!

VintageEbonyGold Thu 20-Sep-12 20:11:06

Team Hooker, please excuse newbie failings and brain fail, I have hook and yarn, woolcraft acrylic baby care dk in pink, not sure I can change colour in the square though so would be block colour.

I'm not 100% sure how to make the squares but am going to start the first one now, I'm struggling a bit with tension so any tips would be really appreciated.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Sep-12 20:33:26

Did I see that we are doing the last two rounds in double crochet, or have I made that bit up?

SoupDragon Thu 20-Sep-12 20:46:36

First I've heard of it, Pistey. But I've not been paying attention smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Sep-12 20:50:50

Cheers Soupy wine

VintageEbonyGold Thu 20-Sep-12 21:36:27

Ok, I can't do it, so will pull out of doing the blanket as it'll take me a while of practising.

PurplePidjin Thu 20-Sep-12 22:58:44

Nooooooooooooooo, Vintage, we can sort this - you just picked the one night a week i work!!

Block colours are fab, I'm doing plain too smile

Do you want to do a granny or rows?

And are you nearish Winchester and free on Monday?

VintageEbonyGold Thu 20-Sep-12 23:33:18

I can do all stitches in straight up rows with funny bits on the side and strange tensions but just tried two different types of granny starting from a loop and end up with 7 holes instead of 4 and a chain at the start/end of the first round on both.

I hope to get to the scottish meet on mon and have sat/sun to practice.

If I start with 6ch then ss to loop, then 3ch, 3tr, 2ch, 3tr rpt to first chain. I have random holes, bizarre tr's and a 3ch, no distinct 3 tr's with 4 holes???

PurplePidjin Fri 21-Sep-12 07:37:10

(1) Ch 4 + sl st and work in the hole not the stitches, or (2) google Magic Loop, or (3) ch 3 and work into the first ch.

For (1) and (2) ch 2 instead of first tc. (3) you've already done it. That's your starting shell.

#Ch 1, 3tc (shell)# 7 times. Ch 1, sl st to join

Starting shell, ch 1, shell in first gap. $Ch1, shell in next gap. #ch 1, shell# twice in next space$ twice. Ch 1, shell, ch 1, sl st to join.

That's the first two rounds. Each round has a greater number of single shells between the doubles. As long as you do 2 shell between each pair on the previous row, you'll get corners.

Rows are also good. The edges will be hidden by the joining and edging processes, so don't show smile

You can do this

PurplePidjin Fri 21-Sep-12 07:40:39

Ps, when you sl st to join a round, you go into the 2nd of the starting chains - that might be why you get a random chain at the end?

Plus, turn your work at the end of each round (after the first) so you have a nice gaping chasm to work into

smile

Anyone want to see my bear? It's on my profile grin

SoupDragon Fri 21-Sep-12 08:20:54

Great bear smile

I"m sure I have a bag of unstuffed bears somewhere which my gran knitted for a refugee project ages ago. If I cold find them ,they'd be perfect for this.

VintageEbonyGold Fri 21-Sep-12 08:29:41

The bear's brilliant, looks like a polar bear great bear

Pidjin, I don't know what a shell is blush

Great idea soupy. I got a bag of stuffing from the market for £2 and the same stall had eyes and noses.

PurplePidjin Fri 21-Sep-12 08:37:37

Shell, or cluster, is the collective noun for the group of three treble crochets that make a granny square in my head, anyway

Droitwich, he's gorgeoise!

VintageEbonyGold Fri 21-Sep-12 08:59:36

Ok, have stuck a knitting needle through to hold the loop and think I have the shell going on as it's kind of working.

VintageEbonyGold Fri 21-Sep-12 10:50:39

Have posted a pic on my profile I think it's taken the wrong shape

PurplePidjin Fri 21-Sep-12 18:23:00

You're going into each stitch - for grannies, you need to go into the space you made when you chain stitched between shells smile

I found this series of videos really useful for getting my head around a granny square. I haven't gone much further... but it's a start grin

I think the stretching finger blocking bit in the first round or so really helped me. DH did hmm <---this when I showed him my first "square". The second was at least vaguely squareish. grin

VintageEbonyGold Fri 21-Sep-12 19:54:56

PIDJIN, PIDJIN, PIDJIN, lookie on my profile grin

in no way did I accost the most amazing woman today, a nurse no less

Babara, it's difficult isn't it.

VintageEbonyGold Fri 21-Sep-12 19:55:04

PIDJIN, PIDJIN, PIDJIN, lookie on my profile grin

in no way did I accost the most amazing woman today, a nurse no less

Babara, it's difficult isn't it.

Wow Vintage, that's a-maz-ing smile

And you were about to give up shock

Did you know the nurse was a crocheteer? Or did you just randomly accost Healthcare Professionals until you got lucky? grin

SoupDragon Fri 21-Sep-12 20:18:31

Fabulous! smile

PurplePidjin Fri 21-Sep-12 20:19:30

Hooray!!!! That's fabulous <proud> grin

winethanks

HairyPotter Fri 21-Sep-12 20:20:05

Vintage that's fab! Are you coming on Monday? Can you show me how you did it? I have totally given up on crochet. It's tooooo hard <wails>

VintageEbonyGold Fri 21-Sep-12 20:50:33

grin Babara, I was selling her a crochet blanket and said I was learning, she said she could do crochet so I accostted(sp?) her, lovely, lovely woman who spent ages showing me.

Hairy, yes and yes grin.

Pidjin thanks and wine it's exactly like you said and makes sense now.

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Fri 21-Sep-12 20:59:44

Well done Vintage - and can I just add your cat is beautiful!

PurplePidjin Sat 22-Sep-12 13:37:25

2 squares done smile

PurplePidjin Sat 22-Sep-12 13:37:25

2 squares done smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 22-Sep-12 13:58:05

I have done half of one!

VintageEbonyGold Sat 22-Sep-12 15:20:01

How big is each square meant to be? and roughly how many rounds would that be?

Also what stich is the last round? ie, are the shell rounds finished with a ss/dc round? if that makes sense??

I finished the white one (practise one) with a ss and the tension was abysmal but I had made it 9" x 8" before the ss round.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 22-Sep-12 15:27:12

Each is meant to be 6" which for me is 8 rounds, and no, no dc round needed, just finish with the shell rounds.

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Sat 22-Sep-12 15:36:00

Are we doing Grannies?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 22-Sep-12 15:47:52

um... I am...

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Sat 22-Sep-12 15:57:08

That's fine - I shall get going.

I've just finished my squares with the wool you sent Pistey so I'll get them in the post on Monday

PurplePidjin Sun 23-Sep-12 11:28:35

I've done 3 cream grannies with a solid last round, for me in dk on a 4mm hook that's 6 rounds of tc (english terms). Ill do a 4th on the way home then start a mini hug

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 23-Sep-12 12:28:16

Thanks PantryBoy, that's marvellous, I love sending bits for crochet, and then seeing what you brilliant folk can make! Tis like magic!

Soz have to check one more time, are we making 4? And I'm posting to Soupy?

SoupDragon Sun 23-Sep-12 13:09:59

I plan on starting on this later today. I've finished a complete colour section on my rainbow ripple (which still needs about 4 more repeats I think) so will did out my non-rainbow Stylecraft and get going.

Just a suggestion - Stylecraft 1.30 here but postage extra, obvs. Saw it recommended on Rav.

I am knitting some up for something else at present, it is pretty nice. As long as you aren't in Antigua Soupy, you should have mentioned that wink

SoupDragon Sun 23-Sep-12 16:31:34

Nothing like Antigua here today.

[bitter]

SoupDragon Sun 23-Sep-12 16:42:30

Am I meant to be doing a standard style of square?

PurplePidjin Sun 23-Sep-12 18:16:28

Four plain, essential squares ready to post, I'll pm Soupy when I'm not on the M3 in the pissing rain!

Someone needs to do pretties so mine can show them off wink

Pistey, 4 each to go to Soupy on completion smile

Somersaults Sun 23-Sep-12 18:24:13

I could do flowery ones? So far we have cream squares completed? What colour is everyone else doing?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 23-Sep-12 18:26:50

I am doing cream and purple grannies with purple 3D flowers, and I concur, tis bugger all like Antigua today.

VintageEbonyGold Sun 23-Sep-12 18:29:44

I have done 4 pink, granny (I think) will post pic on profile have no idea what I'm doing so can't do pretty/clever things don't know who I'm sending them too either.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 23-Sep-12 18:56:25

They are absolutely lovely Vintage!

PM SoupDragon and she will give you the address for posting, she is up there ^ twittering on about Antigua.

VintageEbonyGold Sun 23-Sep-12 19:18:36

Thanks Pistey.

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Sun 23-Sep-12 19:20:59

Oooh, Vintage. I'm very impressed - only a few days ago you were on the verge of giving up.
Your square looks great

VintageEbonyGold Sun 23-Sep-12 19:35:03

blush Thankyou Pantry, the other 3 are exactly the same has impressed self and it's great fun

Thanks Pidjin again.

I wish I'd learnt this years ago and made clothes/blankets for my now 17yo ds. He does want knitted socks though grin and I have ideas for presents too not socks

PurplePidjin Sun 23-Sep-12 19:58:26

Vintage, I'm having much fun crocheting cardigans for PidjChick #1, estimated to arrive in about 2 months. Ideal way to be lazy on the sofa in pregnancy grin

VintageEbonyGold Sun 23-Sep-12 21:13:17

grin awww, are you testing them on Pidchick bump?

PurplePidjin Sun 23-Sep-12 21:19:24

I will do when he finally gets here!

SoupDragon Sun 23-Sep-12 22:21:40

You do realise they can only wear one at a time don't you? I foresee a heatwave this winter grin

[hopeful]

PurplePidjin Mon 24-Sep-12 08:02:24

I've made him 5 plus a carseat blanket, in varying sizes. Next up is hats!

Tweetinat Mon 24-Sep-12 22:31:42

Am I too late to join Team Hooker?? Would love to get involved if I can smile

SoupDragon Tue 25-Sep-12 07:33:54

The more the merrier!

Um... Stylecraft DK in girly colours, 6" squares.

PurplePidjin Tue 25-Sep-12 08:41:07

Team Hooker - Girlie
Pistey
Somersaults
Soupy (c)
Pidj
PantryBoy
VintageEbonyGold
Tweetinat

Team Knitter - lime green and cream
Shredded
Clanger
Trib
Oma (c)
Barbara
StressedHEMum
HairyPotter
DroitwichMummy

Added you, Tweeti smile

Soupy, I've only done 4 but they're very quick and easy ones - shall i bash out a few more and we'll go for two blankets?

Tweetinat Tue 25-Sep-12 11:18:02

Eeek. Now I'm scared and excited in equal measure!

Just to make sure I've got it right, any style of 6" square in Stylecraft DK Girly colour... I read something upthread about last row being doublecrochet - still the case?

SoupDragon Tue 25-Sep-12 11:48:43

Pidjin, make as many as you like. I've deliberately not made any yet - when the squares arrive I'll make whatever I need to fill up two balanced blankets.

I think we were going to have more than enough for 1 of the smaller blankets so I would have made it up to to anyway smile

SoupDragon Tue 25-Sep-12 11:49:28

And I have no idea about the technicalities, Tweet!

[incompetent]

PurplePidjin Tue 25-Sep-12 13:18:46

I'll see what i can do, then.

When sewing together grannies, a final solid row is much much easier to work with. However, not everyone on the project has experience so I'd say it's more of a preference than a demand wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 25-Sep-12 14:21:40

<ahem>

I have posted to Soupy

<preen>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 25-Sep-12 15:36:55

And hopefully there is a pic on my extensive profile. Just leave Idris where he is or Knotty will be grumpy.

Stylecraft plum, cream and meadow is what I used

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 25-Sep-12 15:39:09

It looks reddy but in fact it is purple

PurplePidjin Tue 25-Sep-12 15:48:23

Beautiful, and nice and close to the cream I've used grin

Will post soon energy crisis smile

VintageEbonyGold Tue 25-Sep-12 18:10:58

Small question.

I mistakenly got woolcraft wool, not stylecraft. It feels horrible compared to the stylecraft wool. Do I scrap the ones I've done and do it in stylecraft?

2. I can't change colour yet but can get the same tension finishing with a slip stitch so could re do them with a dc, then ss.

Or do I just make more, finishing with dc, ss to use up the wool?

I'll try and get a pic up of them. haven't posted yet

Somersaults Tue 25-Sep-12 18:45:28

Wool mountain #1 arrived today but is Debbie Bliss for the Little Hugs. I'm still waiting for my Stylecraft so I haven't even started yet blush

PurplePidjin Tue 25-Sep-12 18:45:59

If it's made of 100% acrylic it'll be fine. If not, it'll wash differently to the others and could warp the blanket. Don't undo it, though, just make lots of squares for practice and do your own blanket smile

I don't understand the second bit, i think PidjChick is having a growth spurt cos I'm absolutely wiped! Will re-read tomorrow and see if i can get through the brain fog, sorry smile

Tweetinat Tue 25-Sep-12 19:00:23

Ohh, those are similar to the colours I was going to choose! Unfortuantely Deramores is down and so I can't place an order sad

VintageEbonyGold Tue 25-Sep-12 19:01:34

Yes it's 100% acrylic but I think it's a baby wool.

I'll just send the 4 I've done, if they're not suitable then they can be discarded. I'll go and learn about wools

Tweetinat Tue 25-Sep-12 19:54:36

Right - yarn ordered. Might have gone a bit loopy and spent £26... I'm guessing that this way at least some of them might match the rest of what you're doing smile

PurplePidjin Tue 25-Sep-12 19:57:10

Tweeti, try Black Sheep Wool smile

Vintage, have you left a nice long tail on your squares? And have you woven it in a nice long way?

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Tue 25-Sep-12 20:23:40

Pistey, they are gorgeous but Idris is mine, I tell you all mine

I have't started mine yet and I am tied up with parents' evenings for the rest of the week but I will do them this weekend and post them on Monday.

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Tue 25-Sep-12 20:24:57

Oooh, and Pistey, I think I have messed up, I posted my squares for the other blanket yesterday but I don't think I added my name, and even worse I can't remember if I sewed in my tails. Sorry

VintageEbonyGold Tue 25-Sep-12 22:21:29

Pidjin, 3 have very long tails, one doesn't and I haven't sown any in.

I have just learnt how to sow in the starting tail on another project but don't know how to do the end tail.

I could get the right wool and try again, if others are yet to start, as I've got the hang of ending on dc but it will be the same pattern as on my profile, think it's called traditional american pattern.

I'm going to try different colours on another thing so will see how it goes.

PurplePidjin Tue 25-Sep-12 22:44:16

A tail of 3-4" is good, then sew in the same as the starting chain (thread it onto a fat needle and weave it into the stitches so it doesn't show)

I've used Robin Babysoft dk, which is the "wrong" wool. 100% acrylic is 100% acrylic and they'll all behave the same in the wash grin

VintageEbonyGold Tue 25-Sep-12 23:04:18

grin I'll re do them, sowing in the tails with dc edge, get the women at the yarn shop to check them, then post them.

SoupDragon Wed 26-Sep-12 07:27:10

They will be fine, I'm sure smile Don't worry.

SoupDragon Wed 26-Sep-12 11:01:09

<<waves at Pistey>> Your squares arrived and are lovely smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 26-Sep-12 12:42:54

<waves at Soupy>

So glad they arrived safely, and a HUGE thank you for putting our blanket together thanks

If you need any more, just let me know, I have those three colours plus 'raspberry' which is nothing like fiesta grin

SoupDragon Wed 26-Sep-12 12:51:35

I"m not sure how I am putting it together yet... I've only ever put one together and that was almost exactly a year ago grin

Tweetinat Fri 28-Sep-12 09:58:10

Yay! Lovely yarn arrived today - cant wait to get cracking!

http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae212/Tweetinat/Knitted%20Props/34CF1B79-4447-4756-B5EA-D17BA2733436-11758-00000FB31C3B74B8.jpg

PurplePidjin Fri 28-Sep-12 14:12:10

Ooh, I'm envy Tweeti!

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Sat 29-Sep-12 23:04:26

Phew, four magenta squares completed.

PurplePidjin Sat 29-Sep-12 23:21:29

Fab thanks

Tweetinat Sun 30-Sep-12 08:32:34

Okay, so first [ever!] granny completed but on re-reading thread last night I think the colours I've chosen will be too 'bright' with the rest. What do you think - shall I redo in more muted colours?
http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae212/Tweetinat/A49B2C34-76FE-43BB-9778-DBB426CDFDFB-13380-000012329D7E5AB7.jpg

Oh, and sorry for unclickable link - using the App on phone and can't work out how to do it!

PurplePidjin Sun 30-Sep-12 08:43:09
PurplePidjin Sun 30-Sep-12 08:44:22

That's fantastic! The brighter the better according to all the little girls I've ever known grin

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Mon 01-Oct-12 11:31:46

My squares are in the post.

I've sent 4, but if we need more just let me know and I can make a few more.

Tweetinat Mon 01-Oct-12 19:16:40

Thank you Pidj smile One more done, just two more to go. I'm super busy with both my jobs this week and think it's going to be at least this time next week before I can pick up a hook - hope that's okay?

KnottyLocks Mon 01-Oct-12 19:37:31

Hola!
I have just about enough time to bung together a couple of squares if you need some. And I have Stylecraft in girly shades smile

PurplePidjin Mon 01-Oct-12 20:48:14

Team Hooker - Girlie
Pistey
Somersaults
Soupy (c)
Pidj
PantryBoy
VintageEbonyGold
Tweetinat
KnottyLocks

Team Knitter - lime green and cream
Shredded
Clanger
Trib
Oma (c)
Barbara
StressedHEMum
HairyPotter
DroitwichMummy

You're in, Knotster. Can you manage 4?

PurplePidjin Mon 01-Oct-12 20:53:55

Tweeti, i can't find a deadline on the site, so just as soon as you can i guess?

KnottyLocks Mon 01-Oct-12 20:56:29

Four? Smashing smile

PurplePidjin Mon 01-Oct-12 21:07:59

Yay thanks

Team Hooker are well on the way to two blankets grin

I posted a link to the thread as a comment on their latest blog post but i don't think anyone's paying attention

Somersaults Mon 01-Oct-12 22:48:03

I will have squares on the go soon I promise. Stupidly finished maternity leave and started back at work the same week we started decorating the living room. With a 9mo. And I've gone back full time. And said 9mo is teething so we'll all getting very little sleep. I'm midway through my 4th and 5th rounds on my squares for my little hug so when I've finished those rounds I will start on these squares before I finish the little hugs. I don't think I'd have my full little hug done by the posting deadline anyway so it can go on hold for a few days while I whi up some squares for this. Is everyone else doing normal granny squares? Should I stick with the same theme?

SoupDragon Tue 02-Oct-12 12:19:51

I've just had a packet from PantyBoy. Very nice indeed smile

PurplePidjin Tue 02-Oct-12 12:21:29

Hahahahahaha Soupy grin

SoupDragon Tue 02-Oct-12 12:29:42

[snort]

Pant*r*yboy. Obviously.

PurplePidjin Tue 02-Oct-12 12:47:20

I like the new version best <snurk>

SoupDragon Tue 02-Oct-12 17:23:43

I have been forced (forced I tell you!) to buy some cream to put these together with. Obviously I had to add a couple more balls to make the postage worthwhile.

And it is all your fault <<points accusingly at assorted Hookers>>

PurplePidjin Tue 02-Oct-12 17:25:50

<lines up dutifully>

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Tue 02-Oct-12 19:14:35

grin Twirls in wearing a pair of crocheted panties

Glad they arrived safely - if you need any more making please say and I can do them asap

SoupDragon Tue 02-Oct-12 19:17:56

I've no idea if I'll need any more. Well, obviously i need more than i have at the moment but that's because not everyone has finished yet smile I've deliberately not made any so I can just fill in what's needed.

VintageEbonyGuitar Tue 02-Oct-12 20:15:23

<looks sheepish>

Will post tomorrow [cheesy grin]

Somersaults Tue 02-Oct-12 22:40:12

<even more sheepish>

Will start before the weekend.

<slinks away ashamedly>

SoupDragon Tue 02-Oct-12 22:42:23

Oh, no need to look sheepish. after all it's acrylic not wool

SoupDragon Tue 02-Oct-12 22:43:20

Actually, that reminds me of a rhyme from my teen years...

Mary had a little lamb
She tied it to a pylon
10000 volts went up its bum
And turned its wool to nylon

Tweetinat Tue 02-Oct-12 22:44:22

So I had a child free couple of hours this afternoon and cracked the last two squares but I'm blush as one is nearly 1cm bigger than the other and that one was just on the limit for 6 inches so it may be no good angry. Will send anyway but let me know if I should redo.

VintageEbonyGuitar Thu 04-Oct-12 14:21:30

Will have mine in the post this afternoon 2hrs odd travelling time atm They are thoroughly shite so don't be afraid to bin them and apologies if it's more work for everyone else.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Oct-12 14:29:21

Lovely squares, Tweet smile

Somersaults Thu 04-Oct-12 19:30:16

Could I request a pic of the squares you have so far Soupy? Then I can choose nice colours to match smile

KnottyLocks Thu 04-Oct-12 19:33:39

Two squares done, two to go.

Mine are mixed grannies using candyfloss pink, lavender and Stylecraft 'magenta'.

Somersaults Thu 04-Oct-12 20:34:33

And how many rounds are everyone's squares? I know six inches but just to give me an idea! I've chosen Stylecraft fondant, magenta and clematis I think.

Somersaults Thu 04-Oct-12 20:38:01

Actually, looking back at pics of other squares I think I'm going to do plum, magenta and pomegranate instead smile

SoupDragon Thu 04-Oct-12 20:38:17

There is cream, a deep rose pink... Er... A bit of that vibrant turquoise and a more vibrant purpley pink like blackberry juice. and I'm too lazy to get off my rear end to go and photographer them smile

SoupDragon Thu 04-Oct-12 20:40:31

I think I have virtually every colour a good enough variety of Stylecraft to allow me to make squares to compliment whatever squares I'm sent smile

KnottyLocks Thu 04-Oct-12 20:46:12

Blackcurrant one sounds like 'plum'. It's loverly.

Off to count my rounds.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Oct-12 20:48:32

I think it was redder than Plum <<looks over edge of chair at huge box of Stylecraft>> er... I don't know. The squares are on top of a shelf in my kitchen and its cold out there grin

KnottyLocks Thu 04-Oct-12 20:49:12

Ok, my squares are 6 rounds of Tr, finishing off with 2 rounds of HTr.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Oct-12 20:52:59

Today i discovered that Emporer is a lovely colour.

And I've just noticed that with code SC20 gives 20% off Stylecraft at Deramores

KnottyLocks Thu 04-Oct-12 20:55:57

Gah! I shall resist the Deramores code. I will. I WILL. I will .....

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Thu 04-Oct-12 21:32:52

Mine were magenta and cream

VintageEbonyGuitar Thu 04-Oct-12 21:37:50

<bleaches code from eyes>

Have posted them, they're a pale pink one colour.

Somersaults Thu 04-Oct-12 21:42:30

When you say 6 rounds of treble I get that, and I know what htr is but do you mean htr clusters? Or instead of a round of dc you did two rounds of htrs?

I'm happy with my colour choices, I think they look fab together and it sounds like they'll go great with what has been done so far. I just need to know ow I'm finishing them off now. With a round of dc, or a round of htr? Or with neither and just normal granny clusters!

KnottyLocks Thu 04-Oct-12 22:16:34

I think I do HTr solid edge out of habit now instead of a DC last round. I like the way it adds body iyswim.

VintageEbonyGuitar Thu 04-Oct-12 22:25:51

No idea what Htr is, I finished them in solid dc newbie

VintageEbonyGuitar Thu 04-Oct-12 22:27:59

Scrap the last comment, confused self.

Tweetinat Thu 04-Oct-12 22:55:19

Thank you Soupy - hope they go well with the rest but I have a mountain of stylecraft to redo if necessary!

I used pomegranate, turquoise and white.

PurplePidjin Thu 04-Oct-12 22:59:29

I've done 5 rounds of clusters and a 6th round of consecutive stitches, all in UK treble/US double crochet. Plain cream.

I've done 4, might get a few more done on the way to the in laws this weekend smile

Somersaults Thu 04-Oct-12 23:02:08

I've finished the first one now, 6 rounds of treble clusters and one final solid round of htr. I quite like it! I've started the second square but I'm going to have to go to bed. I'd like to think I'll have four done by the end of the weekend though, then I can get back to my little hug!

VintageEbonyGuitar Thu 04-Oct-12 23:57:59

Ah, mine are the wrong size. Sorry, they'll be no use. They're naff anyway so it'll be no great loss grin

Can you excuse my inexperience and make up the loss?

<bows out>

SoupDragon Fri 05-Oct-12 06:58:32

How are they the wrong size? The joy of crochet is that they can be added to or frogged to make them the right size smile

And who cares about "naff"... by the time I've bodged the construction that wont matter anyway grin

PurplePidjin Fri 05-Oct-12 07:28:26

Everyone's stitches are different sizes, so amount of rounds is largely irrelevant, Ebony. As long as they measure 6" across, they're fabulous thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 05-Oct-12 08:11:35

Send the squares, my lovely smile

Crochet is magic!

SoupDragon Mon 08-Oct-12 15:56:31

VintageEbony, they are absolutely fine smile Once they have been flattened out from where the postman screwed them into a ball to get them through the letter box hmm They will complement the other squared perfectly smile

PurplePidjin Mon 08-Oct-12 18:17:18

Hurrah brew

Sorry, Soupy, will send mine soon but have only done 4 so far blush

KnottyLocks Mon 08-Oct-12 18:52:03

My 4 are done. Soupy, can you pm the address? Ta smile

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Mon 08-Oct-12 19:26:08

Pidjin, how many are we meant to do - I only sent 4

PurplePidjin Mon 08-Oct-12 19:32:37

4 each - i just promised a few extra to help Soupy bump us up to two blankets smile

SoupDragon Mon 08-Oct-12 19:57:52

4 is fine smile

I've done none!

VintageAxeWeldingPboredWarrior Tue 09-Oct-12 00:24:52

Have nc'd

Seriously? actually surprised they weren't stomped on and burnt aswell.

I'm flouncing but as I have mh issues it's quite a bizarre task. Best of luck to you all, sorry I couldn't do anything for woolly hugs but probably for the best

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-12 07:20:44

Why are you flouncing? Stay here in the warm wooly confines of Team Hooker. smile

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-12 07:21:19

The squares were absolutely fine and will look lovely in the mythical finished blanket smile

VintageAxeWeldingPboredWarrior Tue 09-Oct-12 07:34:47

<whispers> stalker <waves>

Is it all make believe SoupDragon?

<sends success vibes to all hookers>

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-12 07:59:50

Well, the squares aren't make believe but the finished blanket may well be if I don't get my finger out grin

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-12 08:01:17

Bloody stalkers encroaching on mumsnet life.

Hang out in Team Hooker for a while. It's always nice in there.

PurplePidjin Tue 09-Oct-12 08:31:32

Stay with us, Vintage, hooking as therapy works <voice of experience> Is there anything we can help with - listening ear, woolly hugginess, brew?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 09-Oct-12 14:49:58

Hello chums. Tis warm and woolly in here, and kicking off elsewhere... I stay here.

What is HTr solid edge?

KnottyLocks Tue 09-Oct-12 16:02:12

Shove up, Pistey! <parks arse on bench>

KnottyLocks Tue 09-Oct-12 16:03:11

HTR solid is when you HTr into each stick rather than follow the traditional granny cluster of three.

PurplePidjin Tue 09-Oct-12 16:14:43

Or possibly stitch, knotty?

I don't know if I'm allowed in or if I've been suspended? Spilled boiling water on my Wool Hand so no hooking for a few days sad will try and catch up next week if that's ok?

KnottyLocks Tue 09-Oct-12 16:24:49

Oh you daft mare sad

<passes burn cream>

KnottyLocks Tue 09-Oct-12 16:25:46

)))))squidge(((((

PurplePidjin Tue 09-Oct-12 16:28:18

thanks

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-12 16:57:06

Ow!

Catch up whenever.

PurplePidjin Tue 09-Oct-12 17:06:34

Shall i send my 4 now, with some to follow later?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 09-Oct-12 17:16:03

Poor Pidj sad

Soupy, do you need any more?

Sorry, HTR is like treble but you go through all three, and do that like a solid granny?

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-12 17:19:14

No idea if I need any more. I haven't counted them yet smile

PurplePidjin Tue 09-Oct-12 17:25:56

Yes, Pistey.

Soupy, there's 4 to come from me, so have a count when you get a moment and we can split the difference between us if you like?

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-12 18:07:21

Just rest your hand you daft mare!! the blanket will be fine smile

PurplePidjin Tue 09-Oct-12 18:09:24

Yes, Ma wink

Somersaults Tue 09-Oct-12 18:56:36

I've got three completed and one half done. Bloody decorating keeps taking up my crochet time!

Somersaults Tue 09-Oct-12 19:10:30

And booooooo to burns.

KnottyLocks Fri 12-Oct-12 16:10:45

Squares posted to you today, Soupy. First time this week I've managed to get to the Post office while it's open.

SoupDragon Fri 12-Oct-12 17:04:45

smile

Somersaults Fri 12-Oct-12 19:21:51

I'm going to post the four I've done and then get on with my Little Hug and squares for 5boys. Once I've done those I can quickly whip up another couple if its not done by then. Could you pm me an address Soupy, please?

SoupDragon Mon 15-Oct-12 16:50:00

Knotty, yours have arrived - haven't actually looked properly, just peeked in the envelope but they look lovely smile

KnottyLocks Mon 15-Oct-12 20:34:59

Oh good. And thanks smile

Might change your mind once opened grin

SoupDragon Tue 16-Oct-12 07:42:13

I doubt it.

although there was no chocolate.

KnottyLocks Tue 16-Oct-12 07:46:17

That thieving postie shock

SoupDragon Tue 16-Oct-12 07:46:51

I know... disgraceful isn't it?

grin

Somersaults Tue 16-Oct-12 18:56:33

Soupy I still need an address please! Then I can post my four off and I'll feel like I've achieved one goal at least!

PurplePidjin Thu 18-Oct-12 12:02:39

Me too for the address, please thanks

SoupDragon Thu 25-Oct-12 14:02:47

Um... someone sent me some plain cream squares. Arrived today.

Can't remember who said they'd sent them blush

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Sun 28-Oct-12 14:09:21

I have no idea if I'm waiting for any more squares.

I'm not actually waiting so don't worry if you've not sent them. I am currently ignoring the pile on top of my bookshelf whilst doing Hug squares.

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 28-Oct-12 14:29:23

The cream ones are mine, sorry - I'm so rarely involved in sending that i forgot to identify myself!

Somersaults Sun 28-Oct-12 15:01:56

I haven't sent mine yet. But it's half term this week so I shall be able to get to the Post Office tomorrow smile

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Sun 28-Oct-12 15:21:49

No rush, somersaults smile

I had a feeling there was one set I was waiting for.
Apart from my own, of course.
Which I haven't started.

theodora Sun 28-Oct-12 17:42:41

Hello, I'm working on a small baby ripple about 20" square that the children are keen to send to a refuge. Can I do that through this thread? Would also be delighted to do some granny squares if you need more and I have lots of stylecraft special dk in various colours. Let me know if you need more and if I should send the ripple to you (hoping to finish it over half term) x x

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Tue 30-Oct-12 15:47:05

Have a look at the link at the start of the thread, it should have an address. At least I hope it does!

I have a packet of lovely squares from Somersaults smile conveniently the children are away with their father so I got to scoff the chocolate buttons myself smile thanks

Are those all the squares I was expecting now?

Somersaults Tue 30-Oct-12 18:10:29

Glad they arrived safely smile

And that you got to enjoy the chocolate in peace!

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Tue 30-Oct-12 19:17:07

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/arts_and_crafts/1591051-Woolly-Hugs-Little-Hugs-for-Little-People-Crafting-continued

Theodora, if your ripple doesn't match the Refuge requirements, how about a child in hospital?

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Tue 30-Oct-12 19:17:54

Team Hooker - Girlie
Pistey
Somersaults
Soupy (c)
Pidj
PantryBoy
VintageEbonyGold
Tweetinat
KnottyLocks

Have a list to tick, Soupy wink

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Tue 30-Oct-12 19:50:24

That would be great if I could remember who sent what grin

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Tue 30-Oct-12 20:12:41

You should have 4 from each person, 28 in total. If you don't then someone forgot and we need to go through the thread to work it out!

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Tue 30-Oct-12 22:10:00

I think the only person who hasn't done them is me grin

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Wed 31-Oct-12 08:20:56

Hurrah grin

SoupDragon Tue 20-Nov-12 07:37:33

I have started to put this together now smile

And today I will be undoing it as I've put it together wrong grin [dunce]

I've only ever put together one blanket made of squares and that was summer 2011!

PurplePidjin Mon 26-Nov-12 04:58:24

Yay Soupy thanks

SoupDragon Mon 26-Nov-12 11:12:22

It's all bumpy!

PurplePidjin Mon 26-Nov-12 13:04:58

In what way? You Should be able to put 2 squares wrong sides together and dc in each st along...

SoupDragon Mon 26-Nov-12 13:17:02

here

It's all stitched together (slip stitch on the reverse). It pulls out flat but i suspect it needs blocking.

SoupDragon Mon 26-Nov-12 13:18:27

The border may help - I've only just started that though.

And this is only the first one! I need to see what's missing from the second one once this is done.

SoupDragon Mon 26-Nov-12 13:28:04

How are you anyway? smile

PurplePidjin Mon 26-Nov-12 18:46:27

Is your tension a bit tight? I found dc the only way to even things up tbh, and it frames each square nicely.

I'm fab, PidjChick is awesome and dp is the mutts nuts at supportive daddyhood smile

SoupDragon Mon 26-Nov-12 18:58:49

smile My PFB is now a stinky teenage boy. [sigh] he used to have squidgable thighs and chubby cheeks. He went let me squidge his thighs now and he has cheekbones grin

Blanketwise, I don't like the DC frame though smile I don't think it's the tension as such... Anyway, I'm not undoing the bloody thing!grin

SoupDragon Fri 30-Nov-12 15:34:50

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