Friday, 10 May 2013

My first big crochet project !!!!

Since last Sunday evening (5th of May), I'm working on a new big project...

....a BLANKET !!!!!!







It all started because Tobia wanted a blanket to cover himself when he is watching the TV on the sofa in the living room. Yes, I know that we live in JK, where we have summer all year round, but because of the humidity (and the heat!!!) and because of mosquitos (that could bring dengue.....) we have a lot of Acs in the house, and there is a "naughty" one on the top of the TV in front of the sofa, so.......







The inspiration arrived through Ravelry, where I found the  Block Stitch Afghan pattern by Sue Pinner. This pattern is available for free on her blog, but what really helped me are not the written instructions, but the good pictures of her work!!!!
I have to destash my stash of yarn, so....
I've chained 500 hundreds of chain stitches (more or less : I didn't check twice the actual big number!!!), using a 4mm hook. The pattern is very easy : you have to alternate rows of 3DCs shells+chain-1 spaces with rows made with SC+chain 2 groups repeated till the end of the row! You work your 3DCs shells over the chain2 stitches!! Easy peasy, indeed!!!
Another nice aspect of this pattern is that you never have to turn your work : each new row starts at the beginning of the previous one!!! So good!!!
I pick a new colour at the beginning of the new starting row!




I'm working on it every evening : repetitive and relaxing ! I like that!
...and it's growing and growing.....!!!!!
Someone is constantly checking on me...


....maybe a little bit interested in the work going on????? ;oD

xxxx Alessandra

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38 comments:

  1. It's a gorgeous stitch and colour. I've never seen this stitch before, it's very effective and will make a lovely blanket. Enjoy your blanket making! ps. I had dengue fever in Thailand, not very nice! Heather x

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  2. Your blanket looks so lovely and colourful!! Absolutely cute and adorable! :))
    I too love this stitch and have it on my pinterest. I am doing few lines on a pencil pouch, but mine is a thinner thread and this stitch goes well with thick yarn.

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  3. The blanket is so colorful! I love the stitch you are using!

    I'm also planning to make a blanket soon!

    Tania

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  4. The blanket will be fantastic!!!

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  5. It looks like a color-dream!!
    Take a look here
    http://gobunt.blogspot.de/2012/04/ready-steady-tadaaaahhh.html
    I think i have to do something like your blanket ;o)
    XO, Martina♥

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  6. Your new blanket is looking gorgeous! I love the pattern and the colours are beautiful.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Ale!
    Helen x

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  7. Ale, this is lovely! What a great pattern, I couldn't figure out how you did the single stitches of colour but it is so easy - and so pretty. Can't wait to see the finished article :o)
    xx

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  8. Such a lovely blanket!
    Your Tobia is a lucky boy.
    (I'm wondering how you make those little dots in between)

    Thank you for following my blog.

    I noticed the picture of the grey tiger cat. Is it yours? What's its name? It looks a bit like our Hugo.

    I envy you for living in Jakarta. Seesm such an adventure.
    You probably get to buy lots of special fabrics over there. OOOh must stop thinking about that.

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  9. Wonderful colors! I love crocheted blankies. And this pattern is sure something I'd like to try! <3

    xxx Lucia

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  10. I love it Ale! Those different coloured narrow rows between the cluster rows really lift it ... will they mean lots of extra ends though?

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  11. oooohhh!!! GORGEOUS, Ale!!! I loooooove it!!!! It will be a lovely blanket!!!
    Kisses from Catalonia!

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  12. It is always nice to create a new blanket, isn't it? I like this stitchpattern, a good choice.

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  13. I love it! Afghans are my favorite projects and this one is AWESOME :)

    Tracy
    www.crochethappy.com

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  14. Ah Alessandra! I have the same ~long-term WIP in my closet! Will have to get it out now, winter is on its way...
    I love your bright colours. Didn't have a pattern when I started, I worked off a picture from a magazine,, so some rows have 1SC 1 ch and other 1SC 2 ch...make it up as I go along!
    Looking forward to seeing your final product.

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  15. Good Job Ale, nice colours.
    Keep calm and crochet on!!

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  16. Hey Ale, I was wondering about the need for blankets in JK ,thanks for the explanation.....
    It's such a happy looking blanket, love all the gorgeous colours and the pattern is very effective.
    Thanks for the link, I'd like to try it but on a much smaller project. Still have to finish my large granny square blanket!!
    I'm sure Tobia will enjoy it when it's finished.
    You do have an interested onlooker watching that yarn and thinking it might be fun to play with, hehe......
    Have a fun weekend,

    Claire X

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  17. What a beautiful start to what looks to be a stunning blanket. A new stitch for me and I think it will be gorgeous once done. It's funny how ideas devolve out of the need of our kids. My current blanket is a result or my daughters tanti about not liking our picnic rug, I hope she's going to like this one. Enjoy xo

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  18. Ooooo this is beautiful Ale!!! I love all the colors, and can't wait to see it finished!
    Kate :}

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  19. Great colors and nice pattern!! And what a wonderful photo of your cat, so sweet!! ♥

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  20. So beautiful Ale!! And, you work so fast!! Love the design and colors!!! xo Heather

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  21. Very very pretty colours. I recently finished a similar one in Cath K colours. x

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  22. Alessandra, su blog es bello y sus tejidos hermosos, solo compartí su trabajo en Google+, ya que me pareció muy bonito, y los colores dan ganas de ponerse ya a tejer, cariños desde Argentina.

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  23. Hi...thanks for the link, your blanket is looking fabulous.....working on some Block stitch designs for Stylecraft at the moment a fabulous stitch really effective results.
    Happy Hookiing.
    Hugs Sue x

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  24. Hi ive just discovered your blog via pinterest. Beautiful blanket im going to give this stitch a try x

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  25. Hi thanks for the link looks fab x

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    1. thank you Sue, for the second time !!!!! ;oD
      xxxxxx Ale

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  26. Superbe ! Merci pour le tuto. J'aime beaucoup :) ♥♥♥

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    1. you are really welcome!!! ;oD
      thank you, xxxxx Ale

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  27. What a beautiful blanket! What type of yarn have you used? Great colours. Thank you for sharing. Alana

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  28. Dear Alessandra,
    Just wanted to say thank you so very much for sharing your creation with us.I had a little trouble with the graph, but found the written tutorial and pictures so easy to use. The blanket is absolutely gorgeous. Again thank you. I hope you have a fantastic day☺

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    1. You are more than welcome Delphie!!!!
      Glad the tut and the pics were really helpful for you!!!!
      xxxxx Ale

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  29. Ale I am new to crochet. Could you please tell me how to get started after I do my chains? Thank you for sharing your beautiful blanket!

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    1. Hi Nancye!!!
      I have to tell you that this pattern is not easy for beginners, but I suggest you to have a look at my photo tutorial at the following link
      http://homemadeatmyplace.blogspot.com/2013/05/block-stitch-afghan-way-i-do-it.html#links
      and let me know if it's helpful!!!
      happy crocheting, xxxx Ale

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  30. Your blanket is lovely. I love this pattern. Looks like a great stash buster!

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    1. thank you Donna!!!
      It's a yarn eater project, so your stash gets really little at the end!!!! ;oD
      xxxxx Ale

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  31. I love your blanket and want to make one, but am a little confused on how to do the first row after you chain. I would really appreciate any help you could give me

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    1. Hi!!!
      You will find the photo tutorial for this blanket here :http://homemadeatmyplace.blogspot.com/2013/05/block-stitch-afghan-way-i-do-it.html#links

      Hope it will be helpful enough!!
      xxxx Ale

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