I created the Stylecraft Summer Vibe yarn pack and I loved the combination so much that I decided it would be the perfect combination to make a picnic/garden throw. Perfect to wrap up in on those cooler evenings or to sit on for an al fresco meal at home or away.
It is an easy and relaxing throw to create and isn't too taxing . It was the first time i used a clover hook. I bought a couple of Addis swing hooks at Yarndale a few years ago and have found them perfect for the way I hold my hook and they enabled me to be able to crochet pain free for much longer. I had heard such great things about the clover though and was keen to try them. The hook is a 4mm.
I am sharing the guidelines for making this as I have been asked by a number of people. I didn't take pictures of each stage as I hadn't planned to do a tutorial but it is a relatively simple throw to complete and I think the images I used to keep my lovely intsagram and facebook friends updated will help to understand the stages.
I was very strict with myself and attended to all the ends on the squares before I used the join as you go method by My rose valley. It is a great way to join and although for other granny square blankets I have used dc joins and sewn grannies together this is now my go to method for ease and speed. I had chosen Graphite special dk to join the squares. It is a colour I have wanted to use for ages and although my first thought was to go very vivid and use either the spice or pomegranate to join I am so pleased I chose the graphite as it shows the colours off perfectly.
It grew slowly but I actually enjoyed the action of weaving the ends in after each square was formed.
To choose colours I simply lay it out and have a good look at the surrounding squares and choose the middle shade of the square first and work out from there, making sure the same colours aren't repeated in the same round in surrounding squares. I then had the five ball in order next to me and worked from them moving them back to the basket when I had finished with them.
It is a simple five round granny with no chain between clusters and two chains in the corners. After dealing with the ends I made a round in the graphite joining colour then the second round of graphite is when I followed the joining method. I made a row of nine and decided to make it square so nine x nine squares in total.
So over the weeks it grew steadily and I absolutely loved working with the combination of colours.
Once all the squares were completed I started the border and made three rounds of treble clusters. I followed the Bunny Mummy method to ensure the edges stay neat and not at all wavy.
For the next round - still in the graphite - I made a treble in between a cluster of the previous round and chained two between then continued round like that with only two chain in the corners as well. Join with a slip stitch to third stitch of the starting treble and fasten off.
Join the next colour - spice - and make four trebles in each two chain space with tow clusters of three in the corner with one chain in between. Join as before with a slip stitch into the third stitch of the starting treble.
The next colour - pomegranate - is joined in between the cluster of four trebles and then chain two and continue round in that way with two in the corner space with two chain between.
The next colour - lavender - is joined in a chain two space and create four trebles in each with two clusters of three trebles in the corners with two chain in between.
Next colour - meadow - is a row of two trebles with no chain between and two chain in the corners.
Onto the last colour - lime - and a row of treble clusters in between each cluster on the previous round, no chain between and two chain in the corners.
Another 4 rows of treble clusters in graphite and a final row in graphite of dc into each stitch of the trebles with six in the corners.
A round of meadow in trebles into the space between each dc, in the corners there is two clusters of two trebles separated by two chain.
Next round is a dc round with one between each treble on the previous round with four in the corners.
Now onto the delight that is the ruffle!
I adore this edging.
In each space between the dc make three trebles and slowly the ruffle effect occurs. I found this you tube clip for you to see it in action.
I have taken pictures of all the squares I created if you would like to make the same .
This measures 52 inches x 52 inches and is a weighty and cosy throw. I will take more images of it outside once we get some decent weather.
I used the rainbow summer vibe pack at £13.04 an extra lime special dk and seven graphite special dk at £13.20 The total cost is £26.16.
This is the amount of each ball I had left.
I chose to have the meadow and lime on the last round and played yarn chicken with the lime and....lost :) I could have frogged it and used another colour but I was very keen to use the lime. Obviously you could chose not to :)
I adore this throw and as I write this I am snuggled under it.
I hope that if you decide to make this throw you can make sense of these instructions but if you need any assistance please contact me and I will try to help.
Shared with love.