I have wanted to create a Cath Kidston inspired lap throw for ages. Last week as I pondered choosing a new yarn pack of the week I decided to put together a colour combo inspired by the Provence rose fabric.
I'm mixing Stylecraft special Dk with a couple of Stylecraft Life Dk. I chose Life Lily and Fern which are gorgeous colours . Special dk meadow and fondant could be used but I liked the subtle difference in colour that the two Life shades have.
I then decided it would be a perfect opportunity for me to create a lap throw. So I am going to record my progress here and once I have stock in this week I will make up some packs for the yarn pack of the week and then if you fancy making a lap throw you can join me :)
I am using a clover hook 4mm and I am using US terms (uk in brackets) When I first started to crochet I saw so many you tube clips using us terms when I was practicing that I automatically use us terms!
I am starting with a Sunburst granny square. It is not my pattern and there are many tutorials that can be found online. I first did one when I started crocheting but can't remember whose pattern I used.
This is a picture tutorial of how I do it.
Chain 5 and join with a slip stitch. Chain 3 - this counts as first DC (Tc) - work 15 Dc (Tc) into the ring making a total of 16. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3 then and attach your next colour into any Dc (tc) .
Now to form the puff stitch. Yarn over, insert hook in the same stitch and pull through a loop (keep your work loose to make it easy to pull the hook through the stitches later) yarn over, insert the hook in the same stitch and pull through a loop. Repeat once more (3 in total) yarn over and pull through the seven loops on the hook - this is why it is best to keep your work loose as it can be a bit of a faff if it is too tight....can you tell I have had experience of that! :) Continue round forming a puff stitch in each Dc making 16 in total. Slip stitch into the first puff stitch to join.
Attach your next colour into a chain space and chain 2. We are now going to create a cluster stitch in each chain space.
Yarn over insert in the chain space and pull though a loop yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the hook. Repeat three more times. Yarn over and pull through the 5 loops on the hook and chain 2.
Repeat cluster stitch, chain 2 in each chain space and then join with a slip stitch to the first cluster.
Attach your next colour in a chain 2 space. Chain 4 - counts as a treble (uk double treble) work two trebles (double trebles) in the next 2 chain space work three dc (tc) in the next 2 chain space work 3 half double crochet (half treble crochet) then 3 dc (tc) in the next chain space work 3 trebles (double trebles) 3 chain and 3 trebles (double trebles) to form a corner. Then carry on round in each chain space 3 dc (tc) 3 hdc (htc) 3dc (tc) 3 Tc (double trebles) 3 chain 3 Tc until you reach the original 3 tc (double trebles) into the same space work three Tc (double trebles) and chain 3 before joining to the top of the first chain 4 with a slip stitch.
Join your next colour in one corner and chain 3 then work 2 dc (tc) in the same space. do one round of dc (tc) clusters with no spaces between clusters and two between the corner clusters. End in the same space you started the round with 3 dc (tc) and 2 chain. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3.
Attach your next colour and do one more round.
I am weaving all my ends in as I go as I simply hate getting to the end of a project and facing hundreds of ends!
I am not sure how this throw will grow :) I am making it up as I go along.
I will post updates of each stage as I go along.
Happy Hooking :)
Part Two Here