Collecting Dust Blanket - The Coloured Squares

Hello my friends, are you well?

I usually use my blog these days to let you know that I've uploaded a new podcast, but today I wanted to share some information, and hopefully inspiration, on how I'm making my Collecting Dust Blanket.



This blanket is a crochet granny square design made in DK weight yarn. I'm using merino but any DK weight will work. In fact any weight of yarn would work too, anything from 4 ply to chunky probably. Changing weight of yarn will affect size and yardage used too, so be mindful of that.

Over the years I have collected 50g balls of merino yarn in many different colours, with the intention of making such a blanket. I would buy in the sale, and when there were offers on, in any colour that I liked and any brand. The only rule was that it was super wash merino, in DK weight. I think I probably stared gathering this merino stash in 2013, so have spread the cost out over time!

I find crocheting granny squares very therapeutic, and started this blanket at a time when there was a lot of upheaval in my job. I would find the rhythmic action of hooking the treble stitches, and choosing my next pretty colour soothing. It would help me put the worry and anxiety of what was going to happen at work to one side. However, the main thing that came out of that time was that I decided to up the anti on my Etsy shop, and start making and selling there. I have since changed my employer, and my little betsy business has become more established, albeit on a small scale. It does mean that any uncertainty at the office doesn't seem so scary as I have a 'plan B' for earning a living. I would like that plan B to become plan A someday, not a leap I can take right now though.
Anyway, my pretty crocheted squares were abandoned and lay languishing and untouched in a box under my bed collecting dust - hence the name! Hurrah!!



This year I decided to pick up this WIP and finish it, my goal is to reach completion by the end of the year but this is flexible and if it continues into 2019 I don't mind. Just as long as I'm making regular progress. 
I had several different ideas of the design but settled on a square blanket consisting of 144 squares - 12 x 12. Half of them will be coloured, and half will be plain cream, arranged in a checkerboard effect by alternating the coloured and the plain. I will do a border as well, but have yet to decide what that will be like. Right now I'm concentrating on completing the 72 coloured squares, 6 rounds of grannies, and I'm working my way through in a methodical manner, completing all the 'rounds' on the squares before moving onto to the next round. So this is where you find me, nearly done round 5 on all of them, and up-to-date with all my ends too!



Here's the pattern for the coloured square:

Ch 4, ss to first ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: ch4,*[1tr, 1ch] Repeat from * 10 more times. Join with ss to 3rd ch to close round. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: Join new colour in any ch1 space, [ch3, 1tr, ch1] in chain space. *[2tr, ch1] in next chain space. Repeat from * 10 more times. ss to top of starting chain to close round. Fasten off

Rnd 3: Join new colour in any ch1 space, [ch3, 2tr, ch1] in chain space. *[3tr, ch1] in next ch1 space. Repeat from * 10 more times. ss to top of starting chain to close round. Fasten off

Rnd 4: Join new colour in any ch1 space, [ch3, 2tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1] into chain space. *[3htr, ch1] into next 2 chain spaces. [3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1] into next ch1 space. Repeat from *twice more, [3htr, ch1] into next 2 chain spaces. ss to top of starting chain to close round. Fasten off

Rnd 5: Join new colour yarn in any ch2 corner space, [ch3, 2tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1] into corner space. *[3tr, ch1] into next 3 chain spaces. [3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1] into next ch2 corner space.
Repeat from * twice more, [3tr, ch1] into next 3 chain spaces. ss to top of starting chain to close round. Fasten off

Rnd 6: Join new colour yarn in any ch2 corner space, [ch3, 2tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1] into corner space. *[3tr, ch1] into next 4 chain spaces. [3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1] into next ch2 corner space.
Repeat from * twice more, [3tr, ch1] into next 4 chain spaces. ss to top of starting chain to close round. Fasten off
Weave in all ends.


I've made a few plain squares and joined them in to see what it looks like, and I'm loving it! But when I start that part in earnest I will post again with the stitch pattern for the plain squares and also the method I use to join them together.
Part 3 will be the border.... once I've decided on what it will be like!!

Thanks for spending a few minutes of your day with me, take care

Sam xx



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