Travel theme: Square

The granny square is the classic crochet motif, and it is often one of the first things that a person masters when first learning how to crochet. The classic crochet granny square is made up of double crochet stitches that are crocheted in clusters of 3 and each cluster is separated by a chain of 2. The crochet granny square is worked in the round.

IMG_6400IMG_3255IMG00140-20121021-1310Ailsa’s Travel Theme Challenge

 

My latest crochet project

I always have a few projects on the go (who doesn’t?) This is the one I have finished recently.

IMG_3255The  idea was to create a blanket alternating the traditional granny squares in beige, cream and grey, with blocks crotcheted in shades of blue and grey in a more modern geometric way.

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There are lots of ways to join granny squares (just google it and you’ll get more hits than you have time to look at) . I liked the way this turned out.

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I used the Simple Shell Edging to finish this blanket.

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My nephew the happy recipient!

Making a Babette

When I finished my Granny square blanket last year I still had a lot of experimental squares of different sizes and colours and was not even sure what to do with it. I posted a photo on Facebook to ask for ideas and they suggested a Babette blanket.

Goodwood-20131108-00209I have never heard of a babette blanket!  I searched on the internet and found a lot of interesting facts and stories. They’re crocheted blankets based on granny squares in different sizes and colour combinations, which create a unique pattern and a very beautiful “mosaic effect”.

I love them because they remind me of Klimt paintings.

http://craftykitty.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/pattern-of-the-week-thinking-of-babette-blanket/

It was also inspired by the work of designers Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy This blanket offers a journey in color for the crocheter. The modules are all based on the same motif pattern; they vary only in the number of rounds worked.

In the following blog http://gingerschatz.blogspot.com/2011/09/tutorial-crazy-patchwork-klimt-blankets.html

the last sentence was meant for me. “But … if you have a basket of scraps that look kind of nice together and you’re willing to experiment a bit, then read on!”

My babette does not have the the same motif blocks! I used all the blocks with all the different patterns to make up this blanket.

Back to the drawing board! I did not  have enough blocks! After I have drawn the pattern and calculated the number of blocks needed, I had   to crotchet even more blocks.

Diagrams to help with the  layout of the blanket
Diagrams to help with the
layout of the blanket
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Every day the pile of blocks grew bigger!

It was a big relief when I eventually finished the last block.

Putting it together was quite a job!

babette1 Now that it is finished, I am very happy with the end product!

My Babette!

My Babette
My Babette