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Group Hug – crochet-a-long

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…

Spinning Petals

Materials
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

Method

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.

Spinning Petals
Instructions
Suitable for beginner’s

Round one
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

Round two
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

Round three
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

Round four
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

Round five
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.
Square complete.

 

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
x

Photo illustration

 

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Rag Rugging Adventures

I thought I would show you what I have been working on recently. My Rag Rug of Rudbekia flowers, with their deep chestnut coloured centres and petals of imaginary yellows and whites. In fact I think the petals are pink in real life…but what matter? I enjoy a bit of creative licence.

I started the process by thinking about colour choice and dug out the dye pots. I found an old woollen blanket on Ebay that I planned to use.  I do love to recycle as much as I can and this was a perfect way to turn a slightly yellowing blanket into a glowing wall hanging.  I cut the blanket into manageable squares and began an exciting journey of dyeing various harmonious colours. I like to make the colour swatches as random and splashy as possible, to give variation when hooking. Don’t they look fab all folded neatly ready to go?

Next onto the cutting. I cut with a rotary blade, into strips about a quarter of an inch thick, ready for hooking. It takes an age but oh so worth it when you see the little bundles of woollen strips ready to use in all their colourful splendour.

After sketching out the design I set to work. I wanted to achieve real differences of light and dark, and particularly wanting denim blue and golden yellows to be the predominant colour scheme, to match the shop décor.  Overall I am so happy with the result. If you are interested in learning more I teach variations of rug making…(check out my website page for more information.)  Alternatively I am happy to take on commissions too.

Thanks for reading

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Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers 2018

Is was a great honour to be invited to take part in the Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers this year. As you know my work unites my love of flower and textiles, so this had to be reflected in my design.

The theme this year was ‘Ladies Day’, so I went about designing a chair for which Lady Baillie (the last owner of the castle) could sit, contemplate and create. A space of one’s own…

Firstly I set about making the felt, using the wet felt technique, from merino and Romney  wool, silks and hand spun yarns. This was then embellished using machine and hand embroidery. It was then pieced together and the chair was upholstered by hand.

The chair sat upon a carpet of fresh flowers, inspiration taken from the rich tapestries from the castle. A sumptuous mix of colour and texture  gave added interest and depth to the finished piece. I am delighted to say that it was very well received and I loved every minute of designing and creating my ideas.

 

 

 

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christmas pop up shop

Coming soon to The Old High Street, Folkestone….. Gallery 66 will be my new home for the next 4 months, where I will be offering an exciting array of floristry, and creative workshops.

With Christmas coming I am offering wreath making workshops, where you will learn how to make a wreath from scratch, and adorn it with traditional or contemporary decoration. Not only am I offering workshops, but you will be able to buy flowers, table centre pieces, garlands, textiles and gift vouchers in time for Christmas presents. Come along for some festive cheer, its going to be gorgeous!!

From 28 November – March 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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