Group Hug – Part One
During these uncertain times we find ourselves in I am finding that I am spending more time than ever losing myself in the joys of my creative pastimes. The happiness I find in creating these crocheted squares of colour is immeasurable. I have found myself daydreaming of a new blanket design, something large and soft, with lots of happy colour. A blanket to get wrapped up in, like a big cosy hug, probably something we could all do with right now…
Over the next few weeks I will be releasing a mix and match of granny square patterns that you can use to create your own blanket. I will give hints and tips along the way of construction techniques, layout ideas all of which I will share in ‘The Lemon Hound Crochet and Knitting Group’ on Facebook. My patterns will be available for free on Ravelry and you can also find me on Instagram.
So how about grabbing your crochet hook, go and do a stash dive, and let’s create one together?
Notes about my work
I don’t like to be too prescriptive with my yarn instructions. This is a chance to get really creative with what you have in your stash. I like to save every little odd and end of wool as you never know when a meter or two will come in handy. It might just give that square the ‘POP’ of colour it needs.
You may want to combine wools by holding two strands together? This can give some lovely tonal effects. Play with different weights to get some really interesting variation in your blanket. I will often hold a lace weight mohair with a fingering weight yarn giving a fuzzy halo to each stitch. This is a chance to unleash the creative in you. Experiment is key.
Play with different sized hooks before deciding which one to use for the overall blanket. I like a looser blanket with a lot of drape so I use a larger hook size, but you may prefer a thicker, chunky style wrap so work with a smaller hook. It’s your blanket, go with the flow.
Lastly, just a word about meterage. Crochet EATS yarn! You will need a fair amount to make this blanket, probably 3000 meters or more if making a large one but if your stash is limited why not make a lap blanket? Remember that every ball you buy rolls over to the next blanket if you don’t use it all up…happy days!
Let’s get started…
Any yarn (here I use a wide range, a real mix and match style)
Crochet hook (choose a hook that gives you the fabric you like, here I use a 4mm)
Abbreviations UK terms
CH – Chain
SS – Slip Stitch
DC – Double Crochet
HTR – Half Treble Crochet
TR – Treble
2TRC – Two Treble Cluster
CH – Yarn over hook pull through loop, one chain made
SS – Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through first and second loops on hook
DC – Insert yarn into stitch, yarn over, pull through loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Double crochet stitch made.
HTR – Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through loop, (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops. Half treble stitch made.
TR – Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through loop, (3 loops on hook) yarn over pull through first two loops, (2 loops on hook) yarn over pull through last two loops. Treble stitch made
2TRC– Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through loop, (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through first 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over, pull through loop ( 4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through first 2 loops (3 loops on hook) yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook. 2 treble cluster stitch made.
Suitable for beginner’s
With 4mm hook and colour of choice CH 4, SS to join a circle
CH 3 (counts as first TR) work 11 further TR into centre of the circle.
SS into the top of the first CH 3 to form a circle.
Cut yarn (12 TR in total)
Sew in ends
With a new colour join into any space between the TR posts from first round.
CH 3, work 1 TR into the same space, CH 1
*Work 2TRC into next space CH 1* (repeat * to * 10 times more)
SS into top of the first CH 3 to join the round.
Cut yarn and sew in ends
With a new colour join into any chain 1 space (between the cluster stitches)
CH 3 (counts as first treble) work 2 more TR into same space, CH 1
*Work 3 TR into next space, CH 1 *, repeat from * to * 10 times more
SS into the top of the first CH 3 to join the round
Cut yarn and sew in ends
With a new colour join into any chain 1 space (between the 3 treble stitches)
*CH 3, DC into next chain 1 space* repeat from * to * 11 times more
SS into the first of the CH 3 to join the round
Cut yarn and sew in ends
With a new colour join under any chain 3 space
CH 3 (counts as first treble) work 2 TR into same space, CH 2, work 3 TR all into the same space (first corner made)
*Work 3 HTR into next space, 3 HTR into next space, then work 3 TR, CH 2, 3 TR into next space (corner made) * repeat from * to * two times more
Work 3 HTR into next space, 3 HTR into next space.
SS into the top of the first CH 3 to join the round.
Cut yarn and sew in ends.
Now make a few more in various other colour combinations. We need a total of 16 squares for our blanket centre, this can either be all of Spinning Petals square or a mix and match of patterns. Stay tuned for more centre squares coming up …
I hope you have enjoyed this pattern. You can find more of my work on Instagram as The lemon hound textiles and on Ravelry and Facebook as The lemon Hound. Please tag your projects #thelemonhoundgrouphug
I can’t wait to see what you come up with