Christmas Eve Blanket CAL

Part 1

Last Friday saw the start of another CAL I wasn’t going to do but then couldn’t resist. I finished Part 1 last night but wanted to wait until today to take the pictures for today’s blog.

This may sound weird to you but straight blankets done in rows scare me a little, I always mess my counting up and lose or gain stitches and get quite a few rows in thinking I’m doing really well then I lay it flat and see the wavy sides. I spend more time frogging than crocheting.

So stitch markers at the ready, yarn arrived and wound into cakes ready, pattern downloaded and printed – lets do this!

Knitting Network supplied the packs for the cal, there are actually two CALS running Christmas Eve and Morning, Eve in Stylecraft Aran and Morning in style craft DK. I opted for the Eve pack purely on colour choice.

Alas the stitch markers didn’t help with less frogging, UGH, plenty of frogging, tears and a few tantrums where had BUT I persevered through and counting is key on this CAL that’s for sure.

What a pattern though and I now have a new favourite stitch, tiny dc popcorns they’re so cute I love them. And those giant bobble snowflakes were certainly a challenge but don’t they look great?

So happy with it and cannot wait until Part 2 tomorrow.

Look at those tiny silver bobbles, love them, fabulous pattern.

Pattern collaborated by

  • The Crochet Sanctuary
  • Lyndas Craft Room
  • The Wee House of Crochet

Have a lovely evening / weekend everyone and thank you for reading I do appreciate you taking the time too.

Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

Crochet Diploma – Module 4

Afternoon everyone I have just completed Module 4, Beyond the basics but before I continue I would like to say that I passed both modules 2 and 3, YAY.

This module covered Joining new colours to a project and different methods of doing this, now when I very first started to crochet I did the big No-NO, yes I admit I used to tie a knot in the yarn (oooops) I didn’t know at the time this would come undone in the wash, did anyone else tie knots when you started out?

What method of changing is the preferred way out there?

I always work new colour into the final stitch so that the new colour starts clean on the new row / stitch, this is my preferred way anyway. I then either weave the ends in or crochet them in as I go, depending on what stitch I’m doing.

Hands up, who hates weaving ends? I do, like really do so I will try and crochet them into the work as much as I possible can.

It also covered working in the front and back loops, front and back posts to create a ribbed effect, which if you’ve never done before can seem a little confusing when you are a beginner, especially back post because it just feels awkward in your hands.

Then went onto the differences between Clusters, Bobbles, Puff and Popcorn stitches, which was good to get a clear outline of the difference to each as they can sometimes be referred to as the same names depending on patterns, but there is quite a difference. I think my preference is Bobbles, Whats yours?

Well that’s my assessment submitted so fingers crossed and onto Module 5 it is.

Thanks for reading, Happy Saturday

Marie (Cosy Crochet) x