Gardening, knitting and how to crochet C2C

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Weather report

It has been a bit of a mixed week this week, windy, some sunshine and rain

It is raining this morning again and a bit windy

Work in Progress

I am having a bit of time out this week so I have been sewing my knitted squares together and using up some of the oddments working a C2C panel. I am enjoying knitting these squares but still have lots of squares to knit and have had a brain wave, I don’t want to sew them all together as a big blanket that will be too difficult to wash. Sooo I am going to join together in narrow panels and use buttons to join into a big blanket. I will show you the finished item when our bedroom is finished, we are having new wardrobes then having it decorated and hopefully blanket will be done as well.

Panel one

Panel one

Start of panel 2

Start of panel 2

Start of C2C

Start of C2C

If you haven’t tried it yet here are the instructions for C2C Corner to Corner

C2C this is a lovely stitch to work and lends itself to using up your scraps of DK or 4ply or plain or yarns that change colour like Stylecraft Batik Swirl, Cabaret or Candy Swirl or use both to create stripes.


Using hook size of your choice for Dk approx 4.50 or 5.00 and 4ply 3.50 or 4.00 but it is up to you.

  1. Ch.6, turn work 1tr. in 4th ch. from hook, 1tr. in next 2ch.

  2. Ch.6, turn work 1tr. in 4th ch. from hook, 1tr. in next 2ch., reposition 1st row by turning up so that the last tr. worked on 1st row is at the bottom, ss. into 3ch. space, ch.3, 3tr. in same space.

  3. Ch.6, 1tr. in 4th ch. from hook, 1tr. in next 2ch., position the larger piece so that the narrow row is at the top, ss. into 3ch. space, 3ch., 3tr. in same space, ss. into next 3ch. space, 3ch., 3tr. in same space.

Repeat last row increasing the number of steps on each row until your blanket is the width you want it to be.

When it is the size you want it to be you stop increasing on one edge and keep it straight by working across the top of the stitches using slip stitches.

How to crochet C2C
How to crochet C2C

To change a colour

Changing colours at the end of the row by working the last pull through of last colour using the new colour.

Decreasing row

1ch., turn ss. across next 3tr., and ss. into 3ch. space, 3ch., 3tr. in space., ss. into space 3ch., 3tr. in same space, continue to end of row.

you should now have 1 block less on this row

repeat this row until  you have worked only 1 block. Fasten off.


Border

If you would like to work a border I usually work a simple double crochet all round the blanket working 3dc. in each corner stitch. Then work another 3 or 4 rows all round using dc.

Fasten off.

  

Gardening

One of our lovely bulbs had flowered this week

Unfortunately it was gone yesterday

Unfortunately it was gone yesterday

We were working hard in the garden yesterday trying to clear up all the weeds and give some overgrown bushes a hair cut, I think I may have gone a bit too far and given one a really short back and sides. ooops…… it used to fill this corner.

Large tree trimmed in the garden

On the plus side Phils tomatoes have started to ripen, very good considering they have been growing outdoors in the North East of England and we have had a few cooler weeks lately.

Tomatoes


Right time for a bit of me time and get on with my crocheting and printing ready for the show.

Don’t forget to pop by to see us if you are coming to The Southern Wool Show next week.

Happy days

Ali and Louise xxxx