Sweet Summer

14 05 2018 DIY

How are you doing? Are you enjoying summer's bounties?

Looks like this fabric yarn i showed you the last couple weeks will become my special summer project. The company that sells it was wondering if I would be interested in a bag full of left overs and remains of this material. In exchange I would share my creative ideas with them. Well - since I love to share creative ideas anyway I did not say no. Plus -  I love surprises - so I hauled the heavy blue plastic surprise bag inside and excitedly opened it to see, what colors I got.

Mostly black and white and a few little scraps of beautiful soft prints. How wonderful because I really like the scandinavian style of black and whites with natural wood. So I had ideas popping up immediately: The first I am showing you today is a small but long crocheted seat cushion for a small bench. There is a special outdoor furniture set called "Biergartengarnitur" in Germany: it will cover the bench of that classic German beer garden set - an easy way to seat a crowd.

I crocheted the simplest pattern of a granny square and just like a true granny blanket these squares crocheted together can grow in any direction, i.e. 8 of them make a nice little rug you could take out to the doorsteps to watch the sun set.

This is one of my favorite childhood memories: Sitting on the front steps of the house watching garden and street winding down and getting quiet for the night while the birds sing their evening songs...

So sweet...

Did you do that, too? 

Next DIY post will be jewelry again - made of fabric yarn...of course :)

Sunny days, Anette 


Hello Spring: The Dandelion Crochet Blanket

30 05 2017

I made this large crochet blanket for the German craft book "Stitch It Yourself"

The pattern for the blanket itself is super easy and one of my favourites because I really like the structure of the stitches. It's simple as just single crochet but it looks more airy and much nicer, don't you think?

And if you use chunky yarn (I used "The Bulky Merino"), it is done in no time.

Please find the pattern also here in my wallhanging post as it is exactly the same pattern.

You can make the blanket any size you like  - just crochet a little swatch with the yarn you got and from there figure out how many stitches you have to chain to reach the desired blanket size.

Crochet Blanket Pattern Flowers

Crochet Blanket Pattern Flowers

Row 1: Work 1 sc in 3rd chain from hook, #ch 1, skip next chain, sc in next chain; rep from# to end. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 1, 1 sc in first sc, #ch 1, skip next chain, sc, rep from# to end. Turn.

Repeat row 2 until desired lenghth.

Always put your sc in a sc from row before. Weave in the endings.

Now embroider the Dandelion flowers or any design you like.

If you choose a simple design, the back side of your blanket will also look nice.

Chain really long ropes in a contrasting color. Place a knot at the end of the ropes and use your fingers to embroider the blanket.

Weave in all endings. 

If you are interested in purchasing a ready made blanket like the one shown in the pictures please inquire via e-mail.

Crochet Blanket Pattern Flowers Crochet Blanket Pattern Flowers

Crochet Blanket Pattern Flowers Crochet Blanket Pattern Flowers

Crochet Blanket Pattern Flowers

Crochet Blanket Pattern Flowers

Happy Day,

Anette