MN Woolly Hugs

(132 Posts)
nickelbarapasaurus Mon 06-Aug-12 12:24:29

I'll link this in the latest Blanket thread smile

Post your Woolly Hugs here smile

nickelbarapasaurus Mon 06-Aug-12 12:25:10

Here are mine for expat and giraffes. smile

Somersaults Mon 06-Aug-12 18:15:19

How do you get photos in your post like that Nickel? I've taken some photos so I will try and post them later.

PurplePidjin Mon 06-Aug-12 18:50:26

Mine smile

mumofjust1 Mon 06-Aug-12 18:51:48

They're lovely! How on earth do you make them?

PurplePidjin Mon 06-Aug-12 18:53:30

It says

Image: Choose File

Under the message box for me (blackberry playbook)

Somersaults Mon 06-Aug-12 19:12:57

Aha! I see it but it's greyed out because I'm on the iPad.

Somersaults Mon 06-Aug-12 19:15:34

I thought I was getting to be ok at crochet after my few days at it ut these other squares are just amazing! Reminds me that I've got a looooooong way to go yet. I've done my first crochet flower now though which I think came out well.

PurplePidjin Mon 06-Aug-12 19:35:20

Nickel and i have both been going for years! Once you get the hang of tensioning and understand the basic stitches, you're away. Pistey learned picot and quadruples today grin

Somersaults Mon 06-Aug-12 20:32:59

I need one to one lessons but you all live far away sad

I know what chains, singles, doubles and triples are, and I know what slip stitch is when it's joining two ends together but not what it is otherwise! I've managed to do quite a nice flower [proud] and a granny square but that's about it. The straight crocheting isn't going great so I might be back to knitting for 3girlies' squares.

Somersaults Mon 06-Aug-12 20:42:24

Ok due to iPad not allowing photo uploads here are my squares for expat and giraffe. And here is my first granny square attempt. I think it came out ok seeing as though the pattern kept telling me to do some slip stitches at the end of every round which I just ignored because I didn't know what they were!

PurplePidjin Mon 06-Aug-12 20:44:18

Where are you, Somersaults? Sounds like you've mastered the basics smile

Slip stitch just means - yarn through, yarn over, back through both the stitch and the loop on the hook.

PurplePidjin Mon 06-Aug-12 20:46:13

They're amazing, Somersaults! Your crochet tension is lovely and even

Somersaults Mon 06-Aug-12 22:10:54

Thank you blush

And so now I don't get why I would slip stitch at the end of a round? The last cluster of dcs isn't at a corner which is where the pattern seemed to want me to start the next round so somehow I think they were supposed to get me back to the corner but I didn't get it so I just turned the work and began my next round going the opposite way in the middle of a side. Probably not at all how it should be done but it seemd to work so I stuck with it!

Oh, moment of possible clarity... Is a slip stitch just a chain? I can't picture it in my head. I know what you want me to do from your description perfectly, but can't imagine a chain ow without actually doing it. I think a slip stitch has an extra 'wrap' of the yarn compared to a chain. This is why. Need one to one! I need someone to ask these questions to who can actually show me what they mean and what to do. I think I must be a visual learner.

I'm Manchester way, there didn't seem to be anyone in my direction on the blanket meet up thread sad

Somersaults Mon 06-Aug-12 22:11:32

And if slip stich is just a chain, then why dont't they just say chain?

PurplePidjin Mon 06-Aug-12 22:15:50

Actually, i do the same. There's two ways, you've found the other one!

A slip stitch is a chain that goes through another stitch. You need it to finish a round, otherwise you'd end up with a lumpy spiral!

Somersaults Mon 06-Aug-12 23:03:56

I'm getting there but by bit in my understanding. I'm enjoying trying out pretty little things having abandoned straight crochet for now (boring and unsuccessful). Here is my latest, the little star that Pistey linked to somewhere. It took a few attempts to figure out what the pattern meant at the corners and I'm not convinced I've done it exactly right but I made it look quite like the picture so I'm pleased.

Primrose123 Mon 06-Aug-12 23:05:56

These are my squares (hope this works!)


Somersaults Mon 06-Aug-12 23:32:45

It works and they are gorgeous! I'm having crafting envy. Love love love your beautiful flowers and hearts, and your textured squares are stunning.

LackaDAISYcal Mon 06-Aug-12 23:47:24

Somersaults, there are a few of us over t'other side of the big hill, if you fancy a trip to Leeds smile

My phone isn't giving me an option to upload photos sad

Primrose123 Mon 06-Aug-12 23:56:06

Thanks Somersaults!

I like your little star. Do you have a link to the pattern?

these are the instructions for Somersaults' star.

Yani Tue 07-Aug-12 00:33:50

Some lovely squares. They look lovely.
I just wish I knew what you are talking about....lumpy spirals .... the mind boggles!! confused

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 07:14:56

We came up with a better star pattern over coffee yesterday. Here's the MNStar...

Ch4 sl st to join
10dc in ring, sl st to join
#Ch3, sk next st, dc in next st# 5 times
#Dc, tc, extc, tc, dc in loop, dc in st# 5 times
#Dc in next 2 sts (up the hill), picot in extc, dc in next 2 sts (down the hill) sl st in next st (bottom of the Valley)# 5 times
Finish off and sew in pesky ends


PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 08:28:43

For MrsY's dd

Primrose123 Tue 07-Aug-12 08:36:14

Thank you, Neithershredded, I'll give it a try!

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 08:47:10

I'm going to give the MN Star a bash today maybe, I'm just going to need clarification on a few of those abbreviations!

Is sk a typo and should be sl? Or is sk something I don't know about yet?

What is extc?

And I might know what picot is from my last star but I could do with a brief explanation just so I know I'm doing it right!

Don't worry if these are too hard to explain online! I might just have to make a trip out somewhere one day to meet and learn!

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 08:55:07

Sk = skip. So you crochet in every other stitch of the previous round

Extc = extended treble crochet. Yarn over twice, through st, yo, back through st - 4 loops on hook - yo, through 2 loops, yo, through 2 loops, yo, through remaining 2 loops


I'm having a housework and recovery day after a frantic week away with work, so will be around for questions if needed

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 08:56:05

Picot = dc, ch2, sl st into dc.

MrsShrek3 Tue 07-Aug-12 09:14:21

(even tho you are all talking crochetspeak and I don't understand word wink )

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 09:33:35

Thanks Pidjin, I'm going to try that today smile

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 10:06:06

Ok update:

First try somehow I ended up with six loop spaces and six points in my star so I've unravelled and will try again after DD has gone down for her nap. I'll get there! Everything else I've crocheted so far has been unravelled at least three times before I've figured it out. Every new attempt is new learning!

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 10:44:49

You can have as many points as you like as long as the look even smile

nickelbarapasaurus Tue 07-Aug-12 10:51:59

Somersaults - i've been at it for years, but have only ever been any good at the granny squares (3 trebles then a gap, into the previous row's gap).

Because of the blankets, I learned how to change colours correctly (at the end of each row)
(i still don't know if i'm doing it correctly, but it works better than the massive knot i used to do!)
and also I learned how to start a new row properly too - I used to just make a mess by trying to carry on without extending into the new row - it was always obvious where I'd done it!

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 11:56:28

So in my desperation at trying to get DD to nap we walked all the wy to the library and I borrowed a book called The Happy Hooker so I shall be a pro in no time! But she's still not napping so I can't really get on with trying it all!

I'm not sure enough of everything to be daring enough to try changing colours yet I don't think.

nickelbarapasaurus Tue 07-Aug-12 12:23:06

check out youtube videos wherever you can.

there are some excellent tutorials, and you can rewind them

pidj - thank you for the star instructions and the translation. I will have a go later.

These were the fruits of my labour last night. I particularly like the squishy flower, which was easier than I expected.

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 15:03:53

You can make a flower from the star pattern.

Ignore the last row.
At end of penultimate row, sl st to the post of the st from round 2. Ch 3, dc in post of next round 2 st. Carry on to make 5 new loops, then repeat penultimate row.

I'd have to try it but you might get a 3rd and possibly 4th set of petals this way for a really squishy flower grin

LackaDAISYcal Tue 07-Aug-12 15:06:02

Pidjin, apologies for my denseness, but does that mean you make new loops within the same circle and carry on going around on top of the previous petals (I think I know what I mean)?

The squishy one I made was based a long chain, which rolled itself up as you went along.

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 15:26:24

Yes. You use the sticky out bits below the first set of petals to make a new set of petals on top. I'll attempt a photo tutorial later on here if you like?

I think I know what you mean. I was hoping to have a go this morning since it is raining and not beach weather, but DH and DCs are developing cabin fever so we are going out for a walk.

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 17:15:57

So send them and enjoy the peace grin


PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 20:20:10

How's everyone doing?

Evening all - is this where you hide? I wrote a long introductory ramble in the team hooker thread last night, but no one was there... So this time all you are getting is: Evening, I'm dances, I've been knitting for the blankets until now, this is my first go ever a crochet.

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 21:14:25

You can post pictures on this thread, Dances...

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 21:15:15


Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 21:22:18

I've managed a two layered flower (sort of) this afternoon. Somehow the top layer ended up with six petals and the bottom layer only five...

I seem to struggle counting stitches I think and always end up with too few or too many and then I have to wing it and hope it turns out okay! It usually turns out with either too much or too little of something like petals or points!

I've also knitted a little pink heart to stitch onto a square and begun a star stitch square tonight. Thankfully DD went down quickly and easily tonight so I've had some time.

I see that! How exciting!

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 21:24:12

Yay, Somersaults grin

Pidj - bearing in mind I'm a rank ameatuer - how did you do that last layer on your granny square?

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 21:39:22

This is my heart, and here's my attempt at a double layered flower. It's not so obvious from this photo that there're a different number of petals on each layer!

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 21:45:06

Treble crochet into each stitch, one treble crochet into the space. For corners, tc ch 1 tc into the corner space smile

Awesome stuff, somersaults, especially considering your lack of confidence this morning!

<nods wisely and pretends she understands that>
<reaches for wine>
<googles treble crochet>

androbbob Tue 07-Aug-12 21:56:22

My wool should be arriving in the next day or so and I am planning to progress from a granny square as I am fed up of these!

Have done a flower before but didnt know how to make it into a square - and then someone tried to pass it off as their own on FB (she know who she is grin)

perhaps I will try a star!

Oooohhhhh - piccies! This is so exciting! smile Here is my second ever attempt at crochet. I have given up on the treble stitch border until I fix my tension. But its a start - baby steps.

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 22:23:25

I'm somewhat ashamed to say, Pidjin, that this is my attempt at your star. I am doing something massively wrong every time because that's about my fifth attempt and it still ended up with six points and very dodgy picot! Ah well.

GoodButNoMedals Tue 07-Aug-12 23:43:40

Hi everyone, I've just spent the day crocheting for 3girlies blanket. It's been a few years since I did any crochet but I used to be quite good I thought.

I started with a granny square as that's what I can remember best. Think my tension might be a bit off though, the stitches seem a bit small to me.

GoodButNoMedals Tue 07-Aug-12 23:44:35

There was supposed to be a picture there, is it working this time?

GoodButNoMedals Tue 07-Aug-12 23:45:22

It worked! Here's another one I tried, think this is the one with flowers.

GoodButNoMedals Tue 07-Aug-12 23:47:13

This one is supposed to have an F on it but I'm not sure how easy it is to see on the photo

GoodButNoMedals Tue 07-Aug-12 23:49:02

This one is supposed to be a picture of a flower but I'm not sure about it.

I've done very little else all day, I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed crochet.

Somersaults Wed 08-Aug-12 00:05:45

They're lovely NoMedals smile I can see the F and the flower in the pink ones and I love the one with the three little flowers.

So many lovely squares!

PurplePidjin Wed 08-Aug-12 07:19:24

Dances, treble crochet is the stitch you're already doing to make the clusters in your granny square. Just do one, passing your hook under the top two strands of yarn of the previous row, instead of three into the gap!

Lovely filet, Goodbut <impressed>

I will be starting to hook together MrsY's blanket at knitting group today <eek> will post piccies when i can smile

GoodButNoMedals Wed 08-Aug-12 09:27:17

Thanks Pidj I didn't know I was doing filet, I just thought I was making patterns blush I'm obviously not up on the terminology as I learnt to do it as a child and I don't think my grandma wanted to confuse me with proper names.

Quick question. How important is it that my squares are exactly 6"? They all started off as 6" on the first few rows but by the end it's a bit bigger, will that matter too much?

PurplePidjin Wed 08-Aug-12 09:38:07

We can wiggle, don't worry. There are some pretty major discrepancies between tape measures around the country!

nickelbarapasaurus Wed 08-Aug-12 10:51:21

i love the idea of a photo tutorial!

this photo thingy is going to be very very useful for this topic

Somersaults Wed 08-Aug-12 11:31:12

I'd love a star photo tutorial! I think that'd really help me figure out where I keep going wrong!

PurplePidjin Wed 08-Aug-12 13:48:48

Right, will start a new thread once i get settled with a brew

PurplePidjin Wed 08-Aug-12 14:35:29
Umami Wed 08-Aug-12 17:29:30

Squares for Expat's blanket

Umami Wed 08-Aug-12 17:31:14

And the other..

PurplePidjin Wed 08-Aug-12 17:40:29

Ooooooooh preeeeeeeeeetty!! thanks


Somersaults Wed 08-Aug-12 18:57:29

I am having major crochet envy looking at those squares. They are stunning.

Umami Wed 08-Aug-12 19:19:11

Thank you blushgrin

I can only give credit to excellent patterns - Attic24's Blooming Flower Cushion and Croco-Dahlia from Ravelry (though I had to really bodge the last round on that one as was about 3-feet away from running out of yarn!).

WoollyWoolfe Thu 09-Aug-12 10:32:00

Umami - such lovely crochet squares. I keep seeing the Croco-Dahlia pattern and loving it but thinking it's a bit tricky but I think I will have to give it a bash this evening as it keeps calling to me... smile

I was just wondering if the squares I made for Expat's and Griaffe's blankets had been received yet?

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 12:36:52

Librarians, check the original Blanket For thread, Pistey has been posting lists <wouldn't want to say that drunk>

LackaDAISYcal Thu 09-Aug-12 15:30:33

Gorgeous Umami smile

I'm going to get on the pooter and get pics uploaded tonight. Not least so my donor can see what I've been up, squeezing every last inch out of the ball!

As an aside, why not the Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino? I read it was the same composition as the normal dk and I've always been flummoxed by the need for two names.

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 16:23:40

Its slightly thinner, is all. Makes the blanket slightly uneven smile

I can't find the original - it's not turning up on my 'threads you're on' list and searches confused. I'll try again

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 20:37:14
Wolfcub Fri 10-Aug-12 06:52:10

Umami those are beautiful.

Thanks smile

GoodButNoMedals Fri 10-Aug-12 22:42:34

Umami - those are really gorgeous. You inspired me and I had a go at the croco-dahlia too. I don't think mine's as nice as yours but it's ok, I was really impressed I could follow the pattern. I'm now having a go at the Blooming flower but how do I turn the circle into a square?

PurplePidjin Sat 11-Aug-12 07:56:48

Count how many stitches or spaces you have and divide by 4. Work a corner at the beginning of the row (ch2, 2tc, ch1, 3tc in same place) then either evenly spaced clusters or tc along for however many stitches you worked out. When you get there, work another corner (3tc, ch1, 3tc in same place) Repeat til you get back to your first corner.

If you're really clever and want it geometrically square, you can work varying amounts of tc, htc and dc across the row to compensate for the curve of the circle. Eg, if your solid circle was 32 sts round, you'd work your first corner the tc in next 2, htc, dc, htc in next 3, tc in next 2, corner. Repeat. The next row would be straight tc between corners.

Does that make any sense? I haven't finished my first brew of the day yet!

Umami Sat 11-Aug-12 08:05:10

What Pidj said!

I think I basically did what Pisj has outlined above, but in a more made up way! You may be able to see in the picture that the rounds of my square (???) are quite eye-bendingly woobly as I try to get it properly square by doing dc/htc/tc/possibly made up longer stitch to even the sides out.

PurplePidjin Sat 11-Aug-12 08:19:36

Umami, yo twice, through st, yo, back, yo, through 2, yo, through 2 is Extended Treble Crochet smile -- why they don't just call it quadruple i do not know--

nickelbarapasaurus Sat 11-Aug-12 16:55:01

my mum calls it a quadruple grin

Umami Sat 11-Aug-12 19:43:09

Quadruple makes far more sense!

I'm sure that when my Nan taught me to crochet, many moons ago, the basic stitch she taught me was yo, through st, yo, back, yo, through 1, yo, through 2, yo, through 2. Is that a real stitch, or did she make that up the same way she always made up the rules for Patience?

PurplePidjin Sat 11-Aug-12 19:46:14

No idea but i like it!

GoodButNoMedals Sat 11-Aug-12 20:26:06

Thanks, that was more or less what I was thinking but hoped there would be a 'proper' way of doing it so I didn't have to make it up. I shall carry on with the making it up method then.

Umami - that sounds like one of the stitches my grandma taught me but she never had a name for it. I was always a bit convinced she'd made it up as she was in the early stages of Altzheimer's when she was teaching me to crochet. It's nice to know someone else out there uses that crazy stitch and not just her.

Umami Sun 12-Aug-12 08:33:27

I do believe that I thought that was treble for many years. I also thought treble treble was just a group of three trebles, as in a standard granny square. Yo yo yo was a complete mystery to me!

PurplePidjin Sun 12-Aug-12 08:51:42

Treble treble! I'd forgotten about them! I think that's what I've been calling extended treble. Wow, blast from the past grin

Umami Sun 12-Aug-12 09:17:42

When I made my first woolly hug, for Edgar's blanket, I was doing it all from memory of what my Nan taught me, hand memory, and a bit of Googling when I got really stuck. She always used to seem to just make things up as she went, so that's what I did. Started fairly well with a sort of wheel pattern at the centre, but then I think I ended up doing about 5 yos in some stitches to make a kind of quintuple treble thing in order to square my circle.

Not much has changed, really! grin

PurplePidjin Sun 12-Aug-12 09:26:11

That pretty much describes how i worked out how to hook it together blush

FrankieMyDearIDontGiveADamn Sun 12-Aug-12 09:32:28

Wow Unami, those are something to aspire to.


I have just played with basic palin/purl and simple crochet to create patterns and texture with my ones for current blanket.
So they are basic but not as 'plain' as my first ones.
I am quietly chuffed with myself smile

PurplePidjin Sun 12-Aug-12 09:50:37

Franki, you should be loudly chuffed with yourself! Mixed media squares! thanks

Wolfcub Sun 12-Aug-12 10:24:57

lovely squares Frankie.

Umami Sun 12-Aug-12 12:03:50

Those are gorgeous Frankie (and I've only just realised you can click on these pictures to zoom blush).

Pidj, I saw your comments on another thread about selling crocheted blankets, and I recalled seeing a beautiful one for sale once for what I recall as around £150. So I had a look on Etsy.... shock

Umami Sun 12-Aug-12 12:10:11
Umami Sun 12-Aug-12 12:14:09
Somersaults Sun 12-Aug-12 12:15:52

Umami, wow. I'm sitting here, mouth open. That's unbelievable.

PurplePidjin Sun 12-Aug-12 13:43:35

That's realistically how much actual work goes into a blanket - including the Woolly Hugs. I reckon on about 20 hours to construct and edge, that doesn't include the time other people spend making squares.

There's no money in it, although I'd love to teach...

nickelcognito Sun 12-Aug-12 14:20:13

the one your granny taught you is a double treble, and the extended treble is the triple treble (or treble treble)

Umami Sun 12-Aug-12 15:15:31

But I thought the double treble and treble treble had more than one yo right at the start?

Soooooo confused confused

<Resolves to learn how to knit instead>

nickelcognito Sun 12-Aug-12 15:37:28

let me think....

trible treble, yo twice, then through, then yo, through, loop off, yo, through, loop off until you've finished all the loops

double treble, is how your granny did it.

I might have to google now confused

nickelcognito Sun 12-Aug-12 15:43:08

it gets even more complicated!!

in US usage, the treble is our double treble -

and the US double treble is our triple treble (same link)
here it says in the blurb the double treble is the triple treble in UK

ahhh!!!! <<penny drops>>
your yo once then through and once is a half either treble or something else
i've jsut got to post this so i can go back to the previous page and check your description

nickelcognito Sun 12-Aug-12 15:43:41
nickelcognito Sun 12-Aug-12 15:44:52

"I'm sure that when my Nan taught me to crochet, many moons ago, the basic stitch she taught me was yo, through st, yo, back, yo, through 1, yo, through 2, yo, through 2"

i think she made that up...

it sounds like a half double treble...

Umami Sun 12-Aug-12 17:35:28

It's the 'through one' that appears to be odd. Probably made up is strangely comforting! grin

Primrose123 Sun 12-Aug-12 19:42:53

My latest square. It's a ripple pattern, and I crocheted in the gaps to make it more square. I need to check with Pistey to see if it's square enough!


Primrose123 Sun 12-Aug-12 19:44:09

That didnt work, trying again...


Primrose123 Sun 12-Aug-12 19:44:37

Aargh, can't get it to work!

Primrose123 Sun 12-Aug-12 19:46:17
Somersaults Sun 12-Aug-12 19:47:13

I just copied and pasted the URL and it looks lovely smile

PurplePidjin Sun 12-Aug-12 20:11:13

Primmy, that's gorgeous, and thank you for squaring it! I just dealt with one in the same pattern that wasn't, closest I've ever come to swearing on a blanket project blush

(I'm a very sweary person but it seems inappropriate on these somehow)

My first ever finished granny...

Somersaults Mon 13-Aug-12 00:23:09

Well done Dances smile

Somersaults Mon 13-Aug-12 09:12:42

Here is my latest effort, and my favourite square that I've done yet.

nickelcognito Mon 13-Aug-12 12:28:26

very good, Dances - and all your pesky ends sewn in too! grin

nickelcognito Mon 13-Aug-12 12:32:49

Somersaults {ooooh}

Wolfcub Mon 13-Aug-12 14:03:32

Somersaults - is that pattern available on the tinternet? It's lovely.

Love the grannysquare Dances, I'm still not entirely confident enough for all that colour changing malarkey.

Primrose123 Mon 13-Aug-12 14:08:02

Dances and Somersaults - lovely squares!

Somersaults - thats lovely!

WoollyWoolfe Mon 13-Aug-12 16:19:08

Somersaults, that's a really lovely flower square - I'd also like to steal the pattern from you if it's on the internet please smile

Somersaults Mon 13-Aug-12 16:56:46

The pattern was adapted from this one I found through Ravelry. I can't remember exactly how I changed it but I'm pretty sure all I did was added an extra two rounds of (UK) trebles and one final dc round in blue. Possibly.

And thank you all blush

Somersaults Mon 13-Aug-12 20:51:56

And here is my closing ceremony/DD naptime square.

My second every granny.

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