Waffle Baby Blanket

Oh this was an absolute dream to make and really quick to work up as well.

Didn’t have much of a brief when this one was requested other than pale pink, cream, beige boho feel.

Ordered some Emu yarn from The Knitting Network and looked through my endless patterns. As I’ve never done waffle stitch before I thought I’d give it a go.

So glad I did it’s turned out better than I’d hoped it would.

Didn’t realise that the waffle pulls the piece in though if I had I would’ve carried on in length but it does stretch loads and is perfect for pram, carry cot etc.

Soooo soft and squishy and ready for the new arrival to the world. Pattern by Sirins Crochet.

Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

Yet another Baby Panda

Hello everyone, apologies I’ve been very quiet of late but I have been busy crocheting so about to spam you from makes over the summer. New full time job and puppy have taken over a bit so I fell behind on my blogs.

I completed another Baby Pandemonium Blanket from all thinks crochet I do love this pattern as you know from previous blogs.

I kept this one simple in the colours of now, grey and white, sparkly baby yarn from BnM and it’s beautiful in just the two colours.

This was an order that I could never get back hold of once it was complete, isn’t that the most annoying thing? Oh well someone’s loss is someone’s gain.

Hope you like it in the two colours.

Take Care Cosies

Marie@cosycrochet

Picnic on the Beach Blanket Week 3

Evening all, I was late starting this weeks instalment. Had emergency vet trips all weekend so didn’t get chance to print off the pattern until Sunday to make a start.
Doggie is all well and on the mend now, thankfully, in case you were wondering.

So week 3 is all about picnic food and who would have thought you could create food with yarn in a blanket. Thank you Coastal Crochet you really do excel every year.
We have apples, blackberries and cupcakes, can you see them?

Absolutely loved creating this weeks delicious delights, doesn’t it look fabulous?
Roll on Friday for week 4 can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

Take care and thank you for reading.
Marie x x x

More Baby Blankets

With yet more BnM baby yarn.

So I couldn’t resist, yet more baby yarn spotted and brought from BnM (UK) so I just had to make my favourite baby blanket again.
I got home and wound it into cakes straight away not knowing how this would turn out I made a start.

This yarn was so nice to work with and as you know I do love this pattern so I wizzed through the first bobble heart section and looked at the way the colours started to build and loved it.

Of course there was enough left over to make an Octopus to.

What do you think?

Beautiful isn’t it? It didn’t last long and is now on it’s way overseas awaiting the arrival of a new bundle of joy into this world. Cannot wait to see pictures of baby all snuggled.

Thank you for reading, take care and stay safe
Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

BnM Baby Yarn (UK)

Good evening everyone, I hope you are all safe and well? It’s the start of yet another week in lockdown and what are you doing to get through it? Me it’s definitely my crochet I’m not sure what I would do without it on these long dark cold evenings alone, it really does help.

Over Christmas I nipped to BnM with my mum for our toiletries and of course I couldn’t not stop at the yarn, it just sucks me in even when I do my best to avoid it. Well I am so glad that I gave in because I spotted this beautiful chunky white multi coloured spot yarn. My local stores never really have a great amount of stock so I brought all they had (5).

I didn’t have a clue what I was going to make but knew I needed it, well it so happened that my close friends announced the arrival of tiny feet in July 21, if this wasn’t a sign I don’t know what was. Out came my favourite baby blanket pattern and off I went.

I was worried when I started on three fronts 1) Would I have enough yarn? 2) Would the pattern work with one colour? 3) are the recipients going to like it? Well it was soon apparent that no I wouldn’t have enough yarn so I started to panic knowing what the stock levels are like around me. I went along to a different store and there it was six left and in the basket they went. As for looking good in one colour, absolutely it pops lovely. The recipients loved it so all worries soon evaporated.

I had enough yarn left over to make a touch sensitive octopus that matches and looks cool with the spots from the yarn.

This baby blanket has to be my favourite, I just love making them, it never gets boring and works up so quickly, before you know it you’re staring the border.

Pattern – Baby Pandemonium by The Crochet Sanctuary, thank you ladies for this amazing pattern I know I will be making more.

I hope you like it as much as I do and please share what is keeping you entertained through this most recent lockdown.

Thank you for reading, Take care and stay safe

Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

Baby Pandemonium

When I started the Christmas CAL I was downloading the introduction before part 1 was released, I noticed they also had a baby blanket in the files that I couldn’t resist. I planned to start one as soon as I finished the Christmas CAL but a few days after downloading and printing ready I got a request for a baby blanket.
No particular request for type, no specifics other than colour, which wasn’t to be traditional but autumnal. Oh this was so meant to be I couldn’t wait I had to start it as soon as I could.

I planned to use my stash as I had odd bits of all the colours I required but then I saw my favourite yarn on offer through The Knitting Network, so I picked 5 colours, paid and true to knitting networks form it arrived the next day. Yarn was quickly wound into cakes and that was it I did as much as I can in-between waiting for the new parts of the CAL to be released.

It was beautiful to work up, the soft yarn of Style Crafts Special DK and the amazing pattern that kept you wanting to create the next section because they all just stood out and popped with each different colour that was added.
The only thing that I changed on the pattern was the final round of the border, and that was only because it didn’t sit right with the colours chosen so I simply added rounds of single and half trebles to finish.

What a beauty it is, and was nice to make a baby blanket away from the norm of pinks, blues, lemons and mints. I will be making more of these that is for sure. Thank you The Wee House of Crochet, Lynda’s Craft Room & The Crochet Sanctuary for creating such beauty again.

Have a lovely evening, take care and stay safe.

Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

Beach Combing Cushion

Remember the blanket I did in lockdown? The Beach Combing Blanket CAL from the amazing Coastal Crochet?

Well I had lots of cotton yarn left so I decided to do a matching cushion to sit alongside the blanket on my bed.

I did a simple C2C backing for the cushion and lined it with a old pillow case then stuffed it with fibre fill.

I decided to add a scalloped edging, regretted it once I started but glad I persevered with it.

I picked my favourite square from the whole blanket and and to juggle the colours around a bit but very happy with the outcome.

Thank you for reading

Marie @cosycrochetbymarie x

12 Point Star Baby Blanket

Happy Friday everyone, we’ve made it to the end of another week and it didn’t take long to get here did it?

My last blog had a teaser of my new WIP added to my new trolley, which I still love btw, it was actually two projects.

I brought these cakes from Aldi when they had their recent craft weeks and I only managed to get four, two of each colour and I didn’t know what I should make with them. I knew I wanted to do some kind of baby blanket (due to the colours) but I wanted to try something different.

I came across a 12 point star blanket free to download so was praying I’d have enough yarn for each. I did just, I tried to push an extra round out of the yarn but I was literally 4 stitches short, How annoying?

Not sure why I have never done a 12 point star blanket before but I loved it. The pattern worked up so quickly I have managed to do both this week, they have just come out of the washer and are block drying as I type.

I know that with the way the yarn is coloured that its not perfect rounds each time but I think it adds quirkiness to each blanket. The both measure 40″ so is ideal for a baby blanket, cot / pram topper, bed dressing, chair throw.

I’m sure I will be making some more of these I really enjoyed them both, Anyway have a lovely weekend everyone, make it count.

Take Care

Marie @ Cosy Crochet

Crochet Diploma – Module 10

Well I’m not doing as well as I’d hoped from my last diploma blog, in fact I have been very lazy this Christmas, like very lazy, Anyone else?

I did module 10 and its all about Afghans (blankets to you and I), who has a favourite blanket? Why is it your favourite? My favourite is my Changing Tides Cal Blanket I completed this year, Love it so much.

It covered all the different types of afghans, a size guide for each and the best yarns to use for each, which was really useful as we all tend to opt for our favourite yarn to work with and that’s not always the best, depending on the type of blanket.

Types of Blanket

  • Afghan / Throw
  • Beadspread
  • Baby Blanket
  • Lapghan
  • Graphgan
  • Scrapgan (who knew lol)

And there you thought a blanket was just a blanket right, how wrong a statement that is lol.

The module covered the types of construction, back and forth in rows, motifs, join as you go, Pictures and guided you through your own design process from how to start out to get the right dimensions (UGH Maths) through to construction and writing up your own design.

I really should adopt the calculation method more when starting my blankets, I tend to just pick up a hook and my favourite yarn and away I go and tend to gauge it by sight rather than actuals, anyone else do this? I’m not alone on this surely?

The final part of this module was a pattern for a lapghan for you to make up yourself, this has been added to my ever growing “I MUST MAKE LIST”

Will I ever get through them all? who knows maybe one day.

Have a lovely day, remember to share your favourite blankey with me would love to see them.

Take Care

Marie (Cosy Crochet)

Module 6 – Crochet Diploma

Good Evening, finished module 6 at the weekend which pretty much followed on from module 5 and was entitled Care & Finishing. The first part of the module went into blocking again but in more depth this time. It covered different ways for different yarns and how they should be blocked and its importance. Again it started to make me think should I be?

The module then went onto making up your work, so joining seams together and the 2 methods of this,

What is your preference Crochet or Sew?

Crochet seams are no doubt thicker and stronger, this is what I normally choose, but it did give me different ways to do this to get a different effect. I have always double crocheted (sc US terms) through all loops and finished it that way but there are quite a few affects to be achieved.

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Take granny square blocks for example

  • Right Sides Together – the ridge is to the back of the blanket so hidden.
  • Wrong Sides Together – The ridge will be visible on the right side of the blanket.
  • Through Both Loops – crating a sturdy seam that hides the tops of the fabric.
  • Through the front loops only – create a ridge either side of the stitches on the back side of the blanket.
  • Through the back loops only – pushes the inner loops in causing a ridge on the right side.

I have to confess I didn’t know through front and back loops only was an option. So I am actually learning something you see ha ha.

Sewing – now this is a tedious process isn’t it? Different methods again were covered, the different stitches to be used for which effect. If you prefer sewing seams what stitch do you generally use and why?

The Module completed with weaving ends, now what a job this can be if you’re doing a multi-coloured piece.

The two options this gave was by Hook – Less Secure, Quicker, you can crochet the ends as you work but this does add bulk to your piece. Or you can use a needle (I use a needle) there is less chance of this method working free, it’s more time consuming and sometimes gets put to one side but this is my preference.

What method for weaving is most popular Hook or Needle?

The module kind of hints to a stepped care plan to finishing a project

  1. Block
  2. Seam
  3. Weave
  4. Wash
  5. Block

Hands up, who skips all of this? Can you imagine with all the WIP’s we all have on the go and everything else we have to do, adding this as well!

Who has a jumper stone? I had never heard of one till this module, great idea. Those of you who have one will know (does it work?)

Anyway, going to go and continue another WIP now as I am dying to get it finished. Before I go I passed Module 5, got the results today, Happy Days, onto number 7 already.

Take Care Everyone, have a good evening.

Marie (Cosy Crochet) x

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