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Monday, 9 February 2015

Meg's star blanket ...



Today I have a blanket Ta-dah that I have been bursting to 'Ta-dah !'
for a couple of weeks now but I couldn't because it was
 a Birthday present for Meg and I didn't want to spoil the surprise.

 But as said Birthday happened yesterday
here it is ....


Nothing fancy or particularly detailed
just a very snuggly sofa blanket.


I used Stylecraft Chunky Special in Burgundy and I had the wool all ready
 to go for when Christmas was over.
I used this wool in my Autumn blanket and it fits the bill perfectly being the
perfect yarn for warmth, cost and wear.


The starting chain was 165 and as I wanted a softish drape I used a larger hook
 than suggested working the starting chain in a size 8mm hook
and then working the rest of the blanket with a 7mm hook. 
The entire blanket is just DC all the way.

And of course the best thing of all about it is that it works up so quickly
 that before you know it you're all done and dusted and you're on to the edging.


Now Meg is a girl who knows what she likes and likes what she knows so 
absolutely no fancy, frilly edges here please !
So to give the blanket a neat finish and to add a bit of weight I decided to go for a Rope edging.
Again, I used this on my Autumn blanket and it seems to work particularly well 
with this chunky weight yarn. 

To start with I went all the way around the edge working DC's with two strands of wool.
This gives a good thick base for the rope edging, which is basically backwards DC.


 All looking pretty good - 
but you know me, 
my blankets just aren't complete unless
 they have a little signature ribbon or heart in the corner.


 This time however I wanted to try a different motif.
I had chosen this colour wool because the blanket was to go with Meg's gorgeous 
starry sofa cushions so it only seemed right that the little addition tied in with this.


So, stars it was !


 Just three,
 made in a soft white 4 ply.


I decided where they needed to be,
pinned them


 and stitched them in to place.


( REALLY struggled to get this picture in focus, I'm sure if I had half an ounce 
of photography knowledge there would probably be a reason but 
I just couldn't get it , and added to that every photo seems to show the burgundy
 wool in a different shade - grr ! ) 



But, rubbish photo's aside,
 the blanket was duly wrapped 
and given 
and loved.
 And here it is in its new home ...




38 comments:

  1. Dear Kate, this blanket is really beautiful, I like the colour a lot. It's just MY colour. I hope that I will get this yarn here somewhere, it is not so easy to get Stylecraft yarn in Germany. The stars on the blanket ar a fab idea! Viola

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    1. I hope you manage to get hold of some of the Stylecraft Chunky Viola, K xx

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  2. Lovely blanket, nice color and the stars looks great in the corner. I haven't used the style craft chunky yet, looks great for blankets, I have tried their dk on blankets but find it a bit on the thin side. :)

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    1. Yes, I'd agree with you on the DK but I was really pleasantly surprised with the chunky, Kxx

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  3. That is so lovely Kate, my girls would be so jealous. L Anne xx

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    1. Thank you Anne, yes the other 2 are hankering after one now ! K xx

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  4. Really pretty blanket and I love the added stars!

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  5. Absolutely lovely Kate, what a gorgeous colour. Love the little stars - so perfect with the cushions. I really like the rope edging, must give it a try one day, thank you for sharing the link. Don't know what happens with the colour, happens to me all the time, but I'm sure someone will know and kindly share. Have a great week.
    Jane xx

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    1. I'm glad its not just me Jane ! It probably doesn't help that I just use my phone to take all my pictures, maybe one day I'll get some lessons ! K xx

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  6. Brilliant colour, and the stars are an inspired addition! And I think the chunky must be super cozy for a blanket! How many balls did it take?

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    1. Oh yes, I didn't say did I ! it took 20 balls altogether, K xx

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  7. Beautiful! I love the stars, although your hearts are always a lovely touch!! xx

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  8. I've been waiting to see this one Kate. Such a warm cosy colour. Looks very just right in its new home. I'm sure Meg loves it.

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    1. Thanks Mitzi - yes, reports have come back that it is already in use ! Kxx

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous, I want one!!! xx

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    1. Thank you Niki - go on, have a go ! K xx

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  10. It's absolutely gorgeous, and the stars are a lovely finishing touch. I'm (still) thinking about making a crochet blanket, and yours are so very inspirational. Always beautifully done, they really are wonderful. I imagine Meg was thrilled with it. CJ xx

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    1. She was CJ, and I love that all my girls love my blankets too. I really hope to see one on your blog one day ! Kxx

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  11. What a fab gift, nicely done. Happy Birthday Meg.

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  12. It's so pretty. Meg is going to love it. The stars are a perfect touch.

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    1. HI Jennifer, I really enjoyed making the stars and using something a little different this time, K xx

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  13. The blanket is a lovely colour and the little stars are a pretty touch too :O)x

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  14. Totally gorgeous and I love your signature touch.....it looks great in it's new home. May have a reveal of my own this week

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    1. Ooh, that's exciting - looking forward to that ! K xx

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  15. Such a beautiful blanket Kate as your blankets always are. It looks very soft and cosy, the wee stars are the perfect finishing touch.
    Marianne x

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  16. Beautiful blanket, looks so warm and snuggly, love the finishing touch xx

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  17. Your blanket is beautiful and I adore the colour. The little starts are just the
    perfect finish, it looks so cosy draped on the sofa.

    irene
    xxxx

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  18. It's so lovely! Great colour, and I love the edging you used and the little stars are such a sweet detail. I love working on a large hook size, it's so satisfying when things work up quickly! x

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  19. This is a gorgeous blanket, and I love the little white stars! I am sure Meg must be delighted with her lovely birthday present....it looks so perfect with the starry cushions!
    Happy weekend, Kate.
    Helen xox

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  20. It's absolutely beautiful, Kate. Lucky Meg! xxx

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  21. That looks great! I bet it's really cozy!

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  22. Your work is so neat - beautiful. You've inspired me to try and learn to crochet! I can knit but crochet has always eluded me....

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