To be completely honest, the last 3 months have been rather light in term of knitting or crochet. There was just too much happening, that I wasn’t feeling in the right state of mind to just sit down and play with yarn.
I did knit a pair of socks for my mum, from a ball of Regia (how I love Regia sock yarn!) that I had bought a long time ago, but I forgot to take a picture of it. It was a lovely green / yellow / blue striping yarn, and I used a very simple stitch pattern. I’m sure it has a name, but I just don’t know it.
Round 1: knit.
Round 2: k1, sl 1 pwise.
Repeat those 2 rounds forever and ever.
It looks a bit like a rib, but it is much much looser. And you don’t have to purl = perfect no brainer pattern. And it looked fantastic with a stripy yarn. Ah well, no pics to show you!
I did take with me
way too many sock yarns leftovers to work on some squares for my never-ending blanket. I think I managed to crochet about 40 squares in the first couple of weeks I spent here – that’s all my brain could cope with, pattern wise.
By the time our boxes arrived, with the granny squares beginning of a blanket, I had about 60 new squares ready to be attached.
Aw, how I love it. It’s not quite 1m square yet. No matter how many new squares I attach to it, it doesn’t seem to grow. I’d very much like it to be twin size when it’s finished, but it’s going to take a while.
Especially since I’ve declared that I don’t have enough variety in my sock yarn leftovers to keep going. What does that mean? Just that I need to knit more sock yarn. That shouldn’t be too taxing. HA!
Obviously, I didn’t have enough of the “3DC (TC in brit speak?), ch 1″ combination, because I decided to start ANOTHER crochet blanket, but this time out of DK yarn (yes, I’m not crazy enough to have TWO sock yarn crochet blanket going on at the same time).
The mind blowing thing is… It’s not a granny SQUARE! It’s a granny RECTANGLE! There are plenty, I am sure, of tutorials explaining out to make a granny rectangle, but here is how I did it (I’m using US terms).
Round 1: Ch 6, sl into first st to form round.
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 DC, ch 1, *3 DC, ch 1; rep from * 4 more times (so you have 6 clusters), sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round.
Round 3: Ch 4, (3DC, ch1, 3DC) into next ch hole from prev round, ch 1, DC 3 into next ch hole from prev round, ch1, [(3DC, ch1, 3DC) into next ch hole from prev round] twice, ch 1, DC 3 into next ch hole from prev round, ch1, (3DC, ch1, 3DC) into next ch hole from prev round, ch1, (3DC, ch1, 2DC) into next ch hole from prev round, sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round.
I hope it makes sense. Basically, on round 3, 1 extra cluster, 2 corners, 1 extra cluster, 2 corners. That gives you a rectangle.
I’ve started this new blanket project with leftovers Rowan Pure Wool DK from the pullover I knitted Lucas back in the Spring. And some Wendy Merino single balls, that I had bought with another project in mind and never used. I am loving it. My only problem is that I don’t have much DK yarn in the stash. Sock yarn. Yes. Lace yarn. Yes. DK yarn. Nope. So I will add another few rounds to this blanket, and then it will have to wait until I’ve got enough money to buy more yarn. This won’t be anytime soon. Oh well…