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#rusticlacesquare Blanket is Finished!

It has taken me months and months, but finally, it’s finished!

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It’s absolutely beautiful.  Spectacular even.  I really struggled to capture the beauty in photographs, to be honest.

#rusticlacesquare blanket with edging border tutorial on missneriss.com

I used the joining method that Marianne from MaRRose-CCC came up with, which is essentially genius.  The blanket just grew beautifully and the joins are virtually invisible which I just love.  Especially as I hate joining motifs.

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Once the blanket was done I had to come up with an border.  I searched the internet high and low for inspiration, but to be honest, there aren’t a lot of examples out there.  Cornel Strydom used a simple scalloped edging, which I loved, but wasn’t quite right for me.

In the end I went digging through my crochet stitch bibles, and found an edging that I liked, but wasn’t quite right either, so I decided to modify it slightly.

#rusticlacesquare blanket with edging border tutorial on missneriss.com

Here’s a close-up:

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So how did I do it?  It’s really very simple.

The pattern works on a 10 stitch repeat, so first of all, what you need to do is do a lap around the blanket in single crochet stitches, to get the edging into multiples of 10.  Each finished square has loose loops at the corners, I joined those with one SC around both loops.  I had to fudge it a little bit, because the squares themselves don’t have quite the right stitch count.  I crocheted into each stitch, and in the chain sections I crocheted one stitch less than the chain.  So when the last round of the square has a chain 3, I single crocheted 2 stitches into that space.  Make sense?  Otherwise the edging will become too ruffly.

On the second round, start at a corner, skip the next 4 stitches, Treble Crochet into the fifth.  Chain 1, and TC, Ch1, 4 more times.  Skip 4 stitches, SC into the next, skip 4 stitches, TC, CH1 5 times into the next.  Repeat that fan pattern all the way around.  there should be a SC at each corner, so there is a fan on each side of the corner.

The third and final round, start at a corner and Double Treble, CH2 8 times into the SC in the corner of the previous round.  SC into the middle TC from the previous round, CH2, DTC (Double Treble Crochet), CH2 4 times into the SC stitch between fans from the previous round. SC into the middle TC from the previous round.  Repeat this all the way round, making sure that you have the 8 DTC stitches in each corner.  If you take a look at the pic above, you’ll see what I mean.

I cobbled together a chart.  It’s not fabulous because I’m still getting my head around the Stitchworks software, but it will help you get the idea.

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I’m so happy with the results, I just love the blanket. I just want to wrap myself in it, with a cup of tea and enjoy the sunshine.  You know what?  I’m going to do just that. #enjoyeverymoment

 

#rusticlacesquare blanket with edging border tutorial on missneriss.com

For this project I used Scheepjes Linen Soft.  I used almost 5 balls of each colour, and just over two for the border.  I have enough yarn leftover to make at least one matching cushion, when I get the chance.

ETA:  If you haven’t seen or made the square for yourself already, here’s the chart:

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If you don’t read charts, I’ve found a written description by Crochet Tea Party on Ravelry.

You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Wool Warehouse.

2015 – An Inspired Year of Crochet

The New Year is almost upon us, can you believe it?  One of my dearest friends is due to have a baby – today – so I’m anxiously sitting by the phone for news, although she messaged earlier and nothing, yet.  I can’t wait for this baby to come, because 2016 is going to be amazing.

2015 hasn’t been the best year for me, health wise.  I’ve had some shit going on that I haven’t been able to get on top of.  But when it comes to crochet, life is great!  I’ve found inspiration in a lot of places, I have a lot of ideas flowing through me, and I’ve almost finished making two blankets!  That’s massive for me, usually I can’t get through such big projects, but I’m determined.  One may even be finished today!

So what were my highlights?  Two designs really stand out:

The Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap

Peek-a-boo Button Body Warmer

Egyptian Star Flower Stool

tapestry crochet stool cover | Tapestry haken krukje FREE pattern by missneriss

Such different projects.  I love the Peek-a-Boo because of its simplicity, and I love the Star Flower stool because the colours are beautiful and it looks really difficult, but is really very easy (all my designs are easy!).

Here’s a little gallery of some of the other designs and projects I made during 2015.

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I also started working on a short series of tech tips that I use in my blogging and social media world, including how to fake your own photography backdrop:

My beautiful shabby chic

But 2015 wasn’t all about me! There were so many projects out there that made me go wow! Of course I can’t not mention Sophie.  When I met Dedri in the summer and saw The Original Sophie I insisted that her design has changed crochet forever.  And I was right!  It was the most popular project on Ravelry this year, and people will be making it forever.  It’s only a matter of time before we see a Sophie draped over a couch in a sitcom.

Sophie's Universe by Dedri Uys

I also LOVED the geometric crochet that my friend Marianne is so talented at.  I looked at this cushion cover for aaaaaages.  I love the colours, the design, everything.

Triangle Cushion Covers by Marianne Dekkers

I’ve also been crazy about the Rustic Lace Square.  In fact it’s one of my WIP blankets!  I found so many new people to follow on Instagram because of it.  Check out the hashtag here: #rusticlacesquare and I love this project by Carmen, a shawl! Carmen also figured out how to make a half square for the shawl, it’s amazing.

Rustic Lace Shawl by Carmen Jorissen

But I do think the biggest, best highlight of 2015 was really finding my crochet blogger tribe.  My love for Instagram really kicked into overdrive, and thanks to they guys at Scheepjes, I’ve really fallen down the yarn rabbit hole, meeting some wonderful people and being able to get my hands on some of the best yarns on the market.

Whew!  That was quite the reflection.  I hope you made it to the end.  I can’t wait to roll over into 2016.  It’s the year I’m going to be more organised in my blogging, I’m actually even going to build an editorial calendar.  Can you believe it?!

Have a wonderful New Year celebration, wherever you may be, can’t wait to see you next year!

WiP Wednesday: #rusticlacesquare

It has been slow progress on the Rustic Lace Square blanket this week.  I have a few other projects on the go, and I haven’t really been feeling that excited about crochet this week either, to be honest.  You know those weeks, when you just have a bit of a slump. I’ve also been doing a bit of rearranging in my living room because we have so.much.stuff.  Drives me nuts.  I’m slowly finding a space that I like better though.

Here’s a closer look at the colours I’ve chosen for this project.  I went ahead and made all the inside rounds of the squares for the blanket.  My plan is to make a 5×7 square blanket; then border it in a way yet to be decided.  Still no clue to be honest!

inners of the Rustic Lace Square

I’m storing all the inners on this cool steel ring so they stay together and don’t get lost.

Rustic Lace Square middle sections on their cute hanger

I posted this one on Instagram:

and here’s a closeup:

Rustic Lace Square blanket progress

Looking beautiful.  More to come next week, providing the weather brightens a bit and I can take some photos!

I’m using Scheepjes Linen Soft for this project, together with a 4mm hook.  Perfect match.

How’s your Rustic Lace Square coming along?