I have very mixed views about social media, it can be a huge platform for cyber bullying, judgment, over sharing and damn right rudeness but it can also be a place where you can find inspiration, talk to like minded people who share the same passions, follow designers, photographers etc, etc. Facebook groups are great for this, especially for keeping up to date with the latest designs being released. It probably the main reason why I use Facebook.
Instagram is another platform I use. I kinda like Instagram, there doesn’t seem to be the negativity, hash words, and bullying there seems to be on Facebook, but than again my account is set to private, so I may be wrong.
While I was having a quick scroll through my Instagram feed, a few weeks ago, Little Dove Crochet, a crocheter I follow, posted a photo of a blanket she was making and I just fall under its spell and had to make it.
The square was a design by another Instagramer, gulag_degirmenci. Unfortunately there was no pattern available, but she had kindly posted a photo tutorial, which can be found here.
It didn’t take long to work out the pattern and with a spring in my step, I gathered the yarn I knew I wanted to use.
A while before I had come across a mood board and I was dying to try out this, Style Craft Special Double Knit, palette.
I decided to change the Black for Midnight and set to work on a test square. As it grow, I fall in love with these colours together, even my hubby came home from a long Sunday at work and commented on my nearly finished square. He does not do that very often, so I knew I was on to a winner.
I then had to decide how to finish her. Should I continue with just the one square and make a large square lapghan or should I make 12 squares, join them and make a border to finish it off?
I decided on the latter.
With the 8, Style Craft Special Double Knit colours, my clover 4mm hook, and the pattern memorised in my head, I set to work making the other 11 squares.
I used the below colours in the same sequence for each of the 12 squares and I started each square, with a chain 3, instead of a magic circle.
Round 1 & 2 – Silver,
Round 3 & 4 -White,
Round 5 & 6 – Sherbet,
Round 7 & 8 -Turquoise,
Round 9 & 10 – Empire,
Round 11 & 12 – Lapis,
Round 13 & 14 – Royal,
Round 15 & 16 – Midnight.
After round 16, I made an extra round of single crochets (sc) in every stitch across until the corner, Making 2 sc, chain 2, 2 sc in the corner spaces.
I then joined the squares with the, “Flat surface slip stitch join.”
After the backbreaking task of joining was complete, I crocheted around the joined squares, with a half double crochet (hdc), making 5 hdc’s in the 4 corners, which gave a nice clean edge ready for the border . 1 worked 3 rounds, of double crochet, making 5 dc in the 3rd corner stitch.
I then worked the last round as below.
Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet, Triple Crochet, picot-3, Triple Crochet, Double Crochet, Half Double Crochet in corner space,
Skip the hidden stitch,
slip stitch in next stitch,
skip 1 stitch,
5 Double Crochets in next stitch,
skip 2 stitches,
continue with Single crochets in every stitch across, stopping 6 stitches before every corner,
skip 2 stitches ,
5 Double Crochets in next stitch,
skip 1 stitch ,
slip stitch in next stitch ,
skip 1 stitch
and repeat until you have crocheted all the way around. Join with an invisible join to finish.
Twisted Granny ended up being a nice size lap blanket, measuring roughly 48″ x 38″.
Rounding the yarn up as skeins come in 100g balls, I used 1 skein of yarn in each colour, Silver, White, Sherbet and Turquoise.
I used 2 skeins of Empire, Lapis and Royal and 4 skeins of Midnight. 14 Skeins in total.
The overall yarn cost to make the Twisted Granny Lapghan was £26.46 and she took just over 2.5 weeks, working on her every afternoon.
I’m pretty chuffed with how she turned out, all the hard work, time and love that went into making her was definitely worth it. She is snuggly, thick and warm without being too heavy.
Now onto the next lapghan, which I’m mega excited about making. Watch this space for more information.
Too-da-loo for now.